My mother would call it ‘devil music’, my father ‘white noise’, but there’s something about Born of Osiris’s album ‘The Discovery’ that keeps me going back to them time and time again. It was the first truly heavy music I ever listened to, and I hope to maybe convince you to try out the heavier spectrum of music.
Before I first listened to Born of Osiris, I listened to a number of different artists. System of a Down, Three Days Grace, and MUSE were all bands that had a large amount of play on my iPod. My friends would sometimes show me bands that were heavier and had screamed vocals, but I never really ‘clicked’ with the sound. Then one day, somewhere in the depths of the Internet, was a link to ‘Follow the Signs’, the first song on ‘The Discovery’. This song blew my mind, from the ambient keyboard that features near the start of song, to the head-bang inducing heavy guitar parts; to the extremely talented solo that closes the song. I was instantly hooked to this new sound and had to listen to the rest of the album. Luckily, the rest of the album is just as good as the first song. Based in Illinos USA, Born of Osiris released ‘The Discovery’ in 2011. The album traverses a number of different genres, including, but not limited to: Progressive Metal, Deathcore (a combination of death metal and hardcore) and even Electronica. Drummer Cameron Losch drives the songs forward, with a mixture of double bass, blast beats and tasty fills. Guitarists Lee Mckinney and Jason Richardson share both rhythm and lead duties. Solos on songs ‘Recreate’, and ‘Behold’ show their talents on the guitar, and they bring great riffs that appear on almost every song. Keyboardist Joe Buras adds another layer to the band’s songs. Some bands use keyboards as a novelty, which makes it stand out and ruin the song. In ‘The Discovery’, however, it feels like it fits naturally and mixes well into the songs. What sets Born of Osiris apart from other metal bands is the use of electronic intros and outros, such as in the songs ‘Singularity’ and ‘Regenerate’. ‘The Solution’, ‘The Omniscient’ and ‘XIV’ are entirely electronic and give a relaxed vibe. This allows the ears a break from the heavy songs that fill out the rest of the album. One of the stand out songs on the album is ‘Recreate’. The song transitions from a heavy ‘chugging’ sound to featuring melodic solos and lead work, and back again consciously through the song. ‘Recreate’ also features haunting synth and catchy vocal lines, which is rare to see in metal. This band’s music won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but I hope I’ve shown you what exploring out of your musical comfort zone might bring to you. ‘The Discovery’, as well as being my first truly heavy album I listened to, is also in my top 5 albums of all time.
Words by Anthony Bruno Grab the album on iTunes