Sound — 8
Born Of Osiris' debut album, The New Reign, showcases their progressive deathcore type of sound. The keys add refreshing and new elements to the otherwise brutal guitar work that'll smash you around and won't let you stand up to catch your breath. Like many bands in their genre, they seem to favor using Middle-eastern sounding scales in their riffs, which can lead to many captivating melodies such as on the impressive Empires Erase. While there are no solos, the sometimes odd and complicated time-signatures (held together by some rather impressive drumming) and technical riffs can still keep you interested most of the time. The band's interesting use of their keyboard player also helps separate them from sounding exactly like many of the bands in their genre. The grinding vocals also fit the music perfectly. Now I must come to the drawbacks of this band. While they say to be progressive, and sometimes they are, they simply chug far too much. Many of the songs are evolving into something truly different and special, until they decided that the time came for another breakdown. It's sometimes difficult to tell when you've moved on to a new track, as the longest song is about 3 and a half minutes long. On the other hand, they keys are used in new and beautiful ways; it's not your standard sound or what you would expect. But even then, the chugging parts are different from what you'd normally expect. The odd rhythms used remind me strongly of Meshuggah, which is quite a compliment to this newer band. Then the parts where they actually play their instruments are also very impressive, which almost makes up for the large amount of chugging in this 8 song album.
Lyrics — 8
I read over all the lyrics, and honestly they're nothing new or different. None of them are laughably bad, and occasionally they pull out quite a good line. The song Bow Down is a huge crowd pleaser, as it starts with the simple "F--king bow down!" and then assaults you with the intensity Born of Osiris is known for (I would know. I saw them at a show 3 days ago, and they were excellent). The vocalist himself has a deeper pitch growl/scream, sounding vaguely similar to As I Lay Dying and Between The Buried And Me. He fits the music quite well and adds to their overall sound in a positive way.
Overall Impression — 8
Overall, this band could be something amazing. I love the keyboard's parts (which definitely need to be used more, as he is extremely talented). The crowd pleasers on this album are Bow Down, Open Arms to Damnation, Empires Erase, and Abstract Art, all excellent songs(my favorite must be Empires Erase). The tendency to interrupt the flowing melodies on this album with chugging tends to annoy me sometimes, but it also shows the potential of the band. If you enjoy Between The Buried And Me, Meshuggah, or the deathcore genre in general, you might find this band to be a fun listen.