A Higher Place review by Born of Osiris

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  • Released: Jul 7, 2009
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 8 (38 votes)
Born of Osiris: A Higher Place
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Sound — 10
Born of Osiris is at the top of their game, realeasing their new CD, A Higher Place, on July 7th, 2009. It's pounding riffs and slower breakdowns can only be mastered by the band itself. While metal is the same in most bands, Born of Osiris has taken it multiple steps further, mastering melodies and still kicking you square in the nuts with bold, machine gun firing leads. There is one draw back, though--the band's use of the keyboard is a little bit boring, and it will take time for many metalheads to get used to it. But everything else is great!

Lyrics — 10
Ronnie Canizaro's vocals have only improved. His gutteral screaming pummels you deep into the ground and doesn't let up. The searing sound of Ronnie's vocals are very recognizable, making your ears bleed with every second. His vocals fit every metalhead's requrerments.

Overall Impression — 10
This is Born of Osiris's best CD yet, dominating 2007's 'The New Reign' and still obtaining their original style. In fact, their style is so original, that you can't really compare them with many other bands. I dislike the keyboards more in this CD than their last, but even so, it's well worth your money! My favorite song is Now Arise. Go check it out!

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    Valderama
    How is it faux-metal? Just because they dont pose in front of forests, while frowning with their arms folded, wearing black tank tops, doesn't mean they aren't metal. Scene? Stop judging bands based on their image, it's not only narrow-minded but hilariously misguided.
    A55C0PT3R
    Paddles wrote: Who said I was judging bands based on their image? Aside from the obvious fallacy inherent in that statement (insofar as a scene band will go to great lengths to enhance its image for the sake of popularity, therefore judging one based on its image is perfectly valid) all of these bands have the same absurdly boring formula. Pseudo death metal (rip off a few Suffocation or Dying Fetus riffs) followed by a hip hop beat "breakdown" for 35 minutes does not make a listenable album or an interesting band. Widdling D harmonic minor doesn't make you "technical" or break the monotony, either.
    Scene is basically a judge on how a band looks (ex: gay hair, tight jeans) in addition to listening to shitty screamo hardcore shit. So yes, you are judging on how BOO looks, which is no way close to scene. BOO definitely shows in this album that they are not hardcore in any way. They have like 2 breakdowns, and that isn't even bad. The rest is progressive, ever changing death metal. You are just an elitist thrash metal faggot, who thinks a song should be slayer blast beats + trashy guitar riffs for 8 minutes. I get really bored of that, I need balance between slow and fast and BOO really exemplified that well in this album. And the whole suffocation/dying fetus thing was just ****ing stupid. So ANY harmonized riff written by a band other then the ones you named is ripping off? How about influenced? That's a way better word choice numb nuts.
    think11270
    Well, I listened to the myspace tracks, and despite how terrible they were. I was like "ahh, I think I'll still purchase the new album." I really liked The New Reign (despite terrible production quality) because it was unique. It had a lot of personality. This album comes off as incredibly cookie-cutter. I've given this cd a few listens and I honestly can't find anything that I find interesting. It seems like all the newer cds coming out that bands are just trying to sound like each other. It's really disappointing. For the most part I find all of the bands on sumerian really interesting, I think I've lost all love for this band. I was hoping they'd continue where they left off I guess, but continue to refine the unique sound they originally created for themselves.
    JameO_182
    I have listened to some bullshit bands like dying fetus, origin, suffocation...etc. Their songs are mostly very unchanging as far as rhythm and guitar parts go. No comparison to Born of Osiris.
    union collapse
    I completely agree with the above comment. When you go to listen to this album, turn it up. Listen to it loud and don't just hear it, listen to every part of the song and each element. everything they have is so tight and clean and different from each other piece of the band. I can't agree more that Born of Osiris is EPIC. These songs all make me think of a soundtrack to a journey. I'm a firm fan of TNR and it's more breakdown influence but only because they know how to create more complex breakdowns than you would typically hear in hardcore bands. That's what every Progressive Deathcore band has the ability to do. They have creativity in writing and playing this music. But I will say this album is completely different. This band has really grown into their sound and they're all extremely talented musicians. And I've actually hung out with them and they're pretty chill dudes, except for slight party mode after their set. I'm too laid back for that haha. Regardless this album is ****ing amazing. Listen to the end of Faces of Death.
    atsguitarist
    Quantonyne wrote: I think they sound a LITTLE like The Faceless...and their CD art looks a LOT like Planetary Duality.
    Sumerian Records has an artist they hired to do artwork for all of their bands. That is why it is so similiar.
    thirdeye_15 wrote: Quantonyne : I think they sound a LITTLE like The Faceless...and their CD art looks a LOT like Planetary Duality. I totally agree... i think the record was produced by a memeber of the faceless... could b wrong, that mite have been there last one.. not sure but regardless PROGRESSVIE DEATH METAL at its BEST! LOVE THE NEW ALBUM!!!! "The composure of my soul is harmonized by the sounds that travel into me!!!!"
    The Cd was produced by Zuess at Planet Z Studios (Hatebreed, Whitechapel, Shadows Fall, etc). Stop comparing TNR and this new album. Both are different. Bands mature. Get over it. Listen to it and enjoy it for what it is.
    Kid-Muffin SS
    I like this album, but in my opinion, the technical level has gone down. It is not as all catchy as I thought it would be. Though I like the vocals a heck of a lot more now. And I hear people saying they've matured as a band? Can someone explain that to me?
    cukd7x-a2-
    Paddles wrote: Another shit faux-metal band from Sumerian Records, a crowded cesspool of scene bullshit. Avoid at all costs.
    you better ****in bow down
    A.D.A.H.4life
    Despite the fact that BOO is infamous for their breakdowns (i.e. the Bow Down intro, or 40 seconds into Open Arms ) and this album contains barely any.. I still think this is a big step forward for this band. I think they had a good idea by keeping their songs short because that makes their live show much more satisfying. When I listen to a band live, i wanna hear as many songs as they have time for. And it's true that this album is much more Progressive and less Deathcore(which i am a big fan of) but that just shows their versatility as a band. So, i enjoy both the new album as well as The New Reign because they're two different sounds and listeners will have a lesser tendency to get bored of BOO because of that. BTW the members of the band aren't scene at all, but ive noticed about 90% of the people who listen to them are scene as ****, so that kind of makes them a scene band i guess. and i agree with whoever commented on Paddles being an elite thrash faggot, because BOO is definately not fake Metal in any way, shape or form. and Sumerian Records is for the most part a really good label with many talented bands on it. After the Burial, The Faceless and Veil of Maya are all very skilled musicians and songwriters. The only band that has no reason for being on Sumerian is definately I See Stars. I played a show with them recently and they have good stage presence but it's the kind of shit that little 16 year-old scene sluts eat for breakfast everyday... but i digress. This album was just as good as TNR and i cant wait to see what direction they move to with their next album. And their performance at Dirtfest was more than satisfying i must say.
    sexclamation
    This new cd blows The New Reign out of the water in my opinion. And all those people who keep saying that they don't like this cd because there are less breakdowns are retards. The New Reign was a good album with a lot of good melodies but it seemed as if they were holding back on the melodies and replaced them with breakdowns. The breakdowns were well timed and powerful but to tell the truth everyone should've seen this coming. Most bands hold back originality and just breakdown to the max to appease fans and gain popularity in the beginning. Then when they have a set fan base they either show their true colors or they just comform to what everyone else is doing because it makes money. I'm glad BoO decided to take the first route and show their true colors because this new album is an epic classic. The breakdowns were replaced with more driving riffs and the keyboard took a back seat to the melodic guitars. Though I wish they would've used the keyboard a little bit more on this album, I liked how they still used it to make certain parts more epic by adding to the atmosphere. There was not one song on this cd that was bad. The vocals were exceptionally better on this album as well as the production. It seemed like they layered more stuff in the recording process than on the last album to give it a fuller sound. The placement of the vocals was also well done. All in all who cares if they appeal to scene fags? It doesn't mean they suck. I bet all the scene faggots hate this cd because it's too progressive and there's no breakdowns that there faggot asses could dance to. lol
    jamesdtsx
    at first i thought the same way as a lot of people here... like the melodies just werent as unique or catchy anymore and honestly i felt disappointed. now that ive listened more, there are actually some really good songs here that will grow on you. at least theyre changing and trying new things. good songs with that BOO melody twist on this album are: Faces Of Death Now Arise Exist The Accountable Elimination Thrive Starved Live Like I'm Real
    akronos
    im a big fan of music in general and i like born of osiris because they manage to stand out from the rest of the mediocrity that is todays metal scene. TNR was brutal in the best possibly ways,(abstract art definitely has the most brutal breakdown i've ever heard), but more importanly, it was unique. this new album isnt bad, but so far it hasnt managed to wow me yet. i dunno, maybe with a few more listens i might hear something i like. P.S. production on this cd is AWFUL! i dont get how anyone can say that its better than TNR's signature sound...I can barely make out what they're playing half the ****ing time. way too much overdriven bullshit. p.S.S New american gospel had a signature sound, and then sacrament came out...lets hope BoO doesnt go the way of LOG
    Blackskall
    this album was ok, i like the new reign soo much better.. A higher place is alot less "progessive" than there 1st album.. On most of the tracks the rhythm tones are really muddy.. melodic stuff is still pretty sick tho, imo i liked the vocals better on TNR, his screams really kinda cover up my favorite parts, which are drums n guitars, awesome drumming btw
    sexclamation
    P.S. production on this cd is AWFUL! i dont get how anyone can say that its better than TNR's signature sound...I can barely make out what they're playing half the ****ing time. way too much overdriven bullshit. p.S.S New american gospel had a signature sound, and then sacrament came out...lets hope BoO doesnt go the way of LOG
    The production for TNR was a litlle bit cleaner but I heard everything they were playing. TNR also wasnt a signature sound at all. You can't build a signature sound from one cd. Don't even try to compare this band to Lamb of God. That's something that someone with a lack of knowledge for music would say. BOO has shown more technicality, cleanliness, and progressiveness than LOG. Try actually listening to the album loud and pay attention.
    this album was ok, i like the new reign soo much better.. A higher place is alot less "progessive" than there 1st album.. On most of the tracks the rhythm tones are really muddy.. melodic stuff is still pretty sick tho, imo i liked the vocals better on TNR, his screams really kinda cover up my favorite parts, which are drums n guitars, awesome drumming btw
    TNR was a good album but how can you possibly say that album is more progressive? The cd was full of breakdowns and stop and starts. Every song on the new cd is progressive whether you like it or not. The melodic riffs were one of a kind and the heavy parts fit perfectly and were easy to hear and not muddy whatsoever. Get a new cd player or whatever
    Blackskall
    sexclamation wrote: P.S. production on this cd is AWFUL! i dont get how anyone can say that its better than TNR's signature sound...I can barely make out what they're playing half the ****ing time. way too much overdriven bullshit. p.S.S New american gospel had a signature sound, and then sacrament came out...lets hope BoO doesnt go the way of LOG The production for TNR was a litlle bit cleaner but I heard everything they were playing. TNR also wasnt a signature sound at all. You can't build a signature sound from one cd. Don't even try to compare this band to Lamb of God. That's something that someone with a lack of knowledge for music would say. BOO has shown more technicality, cleanliness, and progressiveness than LOG. Try actually listening to the album loud and pay attention. this album was ok, i like the new reign soo much better.. A higher place is alot less "progessive" than there 1st album.. On most of the tracks the rhythm tones are really muddy.. melodic stuff is still pretty sick tho, imo i liked the vocals better on TNR, his screams really kinda cover up my favorite parts, which are drums n guitars, awesome drumming btw TNR was a good album but how can you possibly say that album is more progressive? The cd was full of breakdowns and stop and starts. Every song on the new cd is progressive whether you like it or not. The melodic riffs were one of a kind and the heavy parts fit perfectly and were easy to hear and not muddy whatsoever. Get a new cd player or whatever
    woah man relax man its just a cd lol r u an angry 12 yr old or something? TNR was more progressive because everything fit well together.. it was also a "breakbeat" genre.. the screaming covered everything up on a higher place imo
    AA00P
    "BOO" is perhaps one of the stupidest acronyms I've ever seen. Are all you people too lazy to type "Born of Osiris"? Jeez man. Anyways, I thought this was a major step up from their last record (which was downright terrible and had now flow whatsoever). Fewer breakdowns, more melodies, and better vocals helps for more cohesive songs. I dunno what you're all whining about as far as the production is concerned. Sounds just fine to me.
    sexclamation
    BlackSkall, No I am not an angry little 12 yr old. Guess what though, since when does the definition of the word progressive mean everything fits together. I play guitar, I have recorded music and I actually know music so to sit there and tell me a breakdown driven record is progressive is downright stupid. Though, that record was better than most other deathcore albums out there it still had a lot of generic parts to it.
    sexclamation
    BlackSkall, I am not an angry little 12 yr old. But the fact still remains that although you like to pretend to kno what you're talkin about by saying words like "progressive" in the wrong context. Since when does the definition of the word progressive mean everything fits together? Progressive- making progress toward better conditions; employing or advocating more enlightened or liberal ideas, new or experimental methods Though their last cd was good, it was not that much different from everyone else trying to do the same thing. No offense but that record pretty much consisted of breakdown, breakdown, keyboard part, breakdown. Not every track was like that but that was pretty much the main layout. This new cd has RIFFS. Who needs breakdowns all the time? Breakdowns aren't progressive and they never will be unless they are taken out of the concept that they have to be 4/4 all the time. I'm not an angry, whiny, little kid. In fact, I think I just proved that I know more about music than you or at least have a better ****ing vocabulary
    AntonTheCrazy
    sexclamation wrote: BlackSkall, I am not an angry little 12 yr old. But the fact still remains that although you like to pretend to kno what you're talkin about by saying words like "progressive" in the wrong context. Since when does the definition of the word progressive mean everything fits together? Progressive- making progress toward better conditions; employing or advocating more enlightened or liberal ideas, new or experimental methods Though their last cd was good, it was not that much different from everyone else trying to do the same thing. No offense but that record pretty much consisted of breakdown, breakdown, keyboard part, breakdown. Not every track was like that but that was pretty much the main layout. This new cd has RIFFS. Who needs breakdowns all the time? Breakdowns aren't progressive and they never will be unless they are taken out of the concept that they have to be 4/4 all the time. I'm not an angry, whiny, little kid. In fact, I think I just proved that I know more about music than you or at least have a better ****ing vocabulary
    PWNT
    avengedEVANfold
    Paddles wrote: Another shit faux-metal band from Sumerian Records, a crowded cesspool of scene bullshit. Avoid at all costs.
    avengedEVANfold
    sexclamation wrote: BlackSkall, I am not an angry little 12 yr old. But the fact still remains that although you like to pretend to kno what you're talkin about by saying words like "progressive" in the wrong context. Since when does the definition of the word progressive mean everything fits together? Progressive- making progress toward better conditions; employing or advocating more enlightened or liberal ideas, new or experimental methods Though their last cd was good, it was not that much different from everyone else trying to do the same thing. No offense but that record pretty much consisted of breakdown, breakdown, keyboard part, breakdown. Not every track was like that but that was pretty much the main layout. This new cd has RIFFS. Who needs breakdowns all the time? Breakdowns aren't progressive and they never will be unless they are taken out of the concept that they have to be 4/4 all the time. I'm not an angry, whiny, little kid. In fact, I think I just proved that I know more about music than you or at least have a better ****ing vocabulary
    but the fact still remains, what originality came out of this record? hm, a whole lot of NOTHINGGGGG.
    Devin T
    they have tosin playing with em at the moment so that speaks a lot for me, and also sumerian signed periphery so its not all bad.
    hereisnowhy
    this cd is wicked, i dont agree with the main revue, saying "the keyboard parts get boring", i think it subtle, accenting the guitar parts, giving it a "shinobi" or some kind of ninja videogame feel to it, this band, along with alot of other technical metalcore groups like after the burial, and misery signals etc... have made alot of metal music seem boring to me now... i used to think drop C chugging riffs and sweep picking was where its at... but bands like this are making alot of other styles of metal music obsolete, in my opinion anyways... im sure alot of so called "metalheads" will cry that this band is too modern sounding, and bitch about superficial bullshit... theres metal music , and theres progressive... and this is truly progressing towards something, id like to think its progressing towards metal becoming something more than c tuning, razorbacks, pointy beards and sleeveless shirts... and whole lot of misguided, and fabricated anger... a higher place is my favorite album right now, im sure that will change, as long as open minded people continue to make music that cant be put in a category... yeah sure, its progressive, or metal, or hardcore, or whatever the hell u wanna call it... its all of those things, i guess... its just good music, and its so much different than 97% of whats out there... stop focusing on genre and just listen... i think these guys are amazing, and i cant wait for the next record
    sexclamation
    avengedEVANfold wrote: sexclamation wrote: BlackSkall, I am not an angry little 12 yr old. But the fact still remains that although you like to pretend to kno what you're talkin about by saying words like "progressive" in the wrong context. Since when does the definition of the word progressive mean everything fits together? Progressive- making progress toward better conditions; employing or advocating more enlightened or liberal ideas, new or experimental methods Though their last cd was good, it was not that much different from everyone else trying to do the same thing. No offense but that record pretty much consisted of breakdown, breakdown, keyboard part, breakdown. Not every track was like that but that was pretty much the main layout. This new cd has RIFFS. Who needs breakdowns all the time? Breakdowns aren't progressive and they never will be unless they are taken out of the concept that they have to be 4/4 all the time. I'm not an angry, whiny, little kid. In fact, I think I just proved that I know more about music than you or at least have a better ****ing vocabulary but the fact still remains, what originality came out of this record? hm, a whole lot of NOTHINGGGGG.
    good one....super original. Thank god ur here to save the day with ur witty comebacks. Give me a reason why it's not original and we can have a civilized discussion
    BloodCellZ
    Loved the first record, this one is not good. All the songs seem pasted together, the guitar tone is harsh, trebly, and doesn't sit well in the mix. Cool parts, but overall, poor songs. They really missed it with this one, don't even download it for free.
    huevos
    Ok, maybe not. Blackguard is some strange pirate-metal madness. Like a viking-death-power metal band. It's kinda entertaining. They influence me to drink some delicious ale. I See Stars is scene faggotry to the max. Sorry, nothing experimental or hardcore about them. And everything else that I haven't explained falls into Paddles faux/scene metal category.
    huevos
    BoO has always managed to make interesting melodies, but they **** it with the breakdowns. A lot Sumerian Records bands do that. Veil of Maya, BoO, and After the Burial fall victim to this foolishness. Well, AtB has managed to step away from that in Rareform, but still. The Faceless are an exceptional exception to that.
    Paddles wrote: Valderama wrote: How is it faux-metal? Just because they dont pose in front of forests, while frowning with their arms folded, wearing black tank tops, doesn't mean they aren't metal. Scene? Stop judging bands based on their image, it's not only narrow-minded but hilariously misguided. Who said I was judging bands based on their image? Aside from the obvious fallacy inherent in that statement (insofar as a scene band will go to great lengths to enhance its image for the sake of popularity, therefore judging one based on its image is perfectly valid) all of these bands have the same absurdly boring formula. Pseudo death metal (rip off a few Suffocation or Dying Fetus riffs) followed by a hip hop beat "breakdown" for 35 minutes does not make a listenable album or an interesting band. Widdling D harmonic minor doesn't make you "technical" or break the monotony, either.
    I hate to admit it, but this describes the majority of the bands on the Sumerian Records roster quite well.
    pandaXcore88
    i like that the CDs play right into each other...last song on TNR having the same riff as the first song on this one. i haven't grown to like this one as much as TNR, but i still think it's a decent CD. what you all should do is go get the new re-release of Rareform by ATB.
    XenititesX
    this one disappointed me. there was one breakdown. it was in live like im real. which is one of the greater songs off the cd. along with exist and now arise. but other than that, huge disappointment. doesnt deserve the 10 the first reviewer gave.
    Alexxx.
    love the album but it doesnt have the catchyness or groove to what new reign had :/
    ItWillDo
    I'm test-listening to it right now, and it doesn't sound all that bad, but I'm missing some of the harmonic parts TNR had. It's still a ****ing kickass album though.
    Paddles
    Another shit faux-metal band from Sumerian Records, a crowded cesspool of scene bullshit. Avoid at all costs.
    Amuro Jay
    Way different from the first album. A couple of these songs are really good, but the rest of the CD is forgotten for me. Still decent, though.
    Quantonyne
    I think they sound a LITTLE like The Faceless...and their CD art looks a LOT like Planetary Duality.
    Slay 'Em
    Paddles wrote: Another shit faux-metal band from Sumerian Records, a crowded cesspool of scene bullshit. Avoid at all costs.
    Get you head out of your ass. Their previous album was good and nothing like this sh*tty album they just put out.
    thirdeye_15
    Quantonyne : I think they sound a LITTLE like The Faceless...and their CD art looks a LOT like Planetary Duality. I totally agree... i think the record was produced by a memeber of the faceless... could b wrong, that mite have been there last one.. not sure but regardless PROGRESSVIE DEATH METAL at its BEST! LOVE THE NEW ALBUM!!!! "The composure of my soul is harmonized by the sounds that travel into me!!!!"
    Jonzors
    I was actually wondering during the performance why they were on the summer slaughter tour? its like there's a "metal" shaped cookie cutter somehwere.... and the whole being pro maryjane thing??? I couldnt hear any of that influence personally. Long live music
    Bjorney
    Just because they decided to put out an album that was really progressive and maybe took more than one listen to really get into doesnt make them shit. TNR was nice but LOLBREAKDOWN - KEYBOARD SOLO - BREAKDOWN - KEYBOARD SOLO - LOLANOTHER BREAKDOWN only stays interesting for so long (about 21 minutes and 31 seconds to be more precise)
    caught22
    I haven't given this a good listen yet. I heard two songs that were on their myspace page a few weeks ago and it wasn't what I expected at all. What I did hear I liked. I loved TNR, so I'm pretty curious about this.
    HagstromSpeed
    Paddles wrote: Another shit faux-metal band from Sumerian Records, a crowded cesspool of scene bullshit. Avoid at all costs.
    You do that, we'll listen to it with much pleasure
    Paddles
    Valderama wrote: How is it faux-metal? Just because they dont pose in front of forests, while frowning with their arms folded, wearing black tank tops, doesn't mean they aren't metal. Scene? Stop judging bands based on their image, it's not only narrow-minded but hilariously misguided.
    Who said I was judging bands based on their image? Aside from the obvious fallacy inherent in that statement (insofar as a scene band will go to great lengths to enhance its image for the sake of popularity, therefore judging one based on its image is perfectly valid) all of these bands have the same absurdly boring formula. Pseudo death metal (rip off a few Suffocation or Dying Fetus riffs) followed by a hip hop beat "breakdown" for 35 minutes does not make a listenable album or an interesting band. Widdling D harmonic minor doesn't make you "technical" or break the monotony, either.
    HagstromSpeed
    thirdeye_15 wrote: Quantonyne : I think they sound a LITTLE like The Faceless...and their CD art looks a LOT like Planetary Duality. I totally agree... i think the record was produced by a memeber of the faceless... could b wrong, that mite have been there last one.. not sure but regardless PROGRESSVIE DEATH METAL at its BEST! LOVE THE NEW ALBUM!!!! "The composure of my soul is harmonized by the sounds that travel into me!!!!"
    If im not mistaken, I believe michael keene (guitarist from the faceless) produces most of Sumerian's bands
    mckraf
    they are from near my area in the suburbs of chicago where they started. they started as a scene band and even though I kinda like their music now they will always be a scene band. IMO the best stuff they did was as yourheartengraved and rosecrance. they just had cooler sounding synth and electronic stuff.
    Pretty_Much
    mckraf wrote: they are from near my area in the suburbs of chicago where they started. they started as a scene band and even though I kinda like their music now they will always be a scene band. IMO the best stuff they did was as yourheartengraved and rosecrance. they just had cooler sounding synth and electronic stuff.
    They are not a scene band now. And what is your reasoning for saying they will always be a scene band? That is pretty dumb.
    YourMessiah666
    i saw this band live last september and they were so good. i can honestly say they sounded better live than they did on the album. which is very hard to do. amazing band. mediocre reviews. i will pick this cd up