The New Reign review by Born of Osiris

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  • Released: Oct 2, 2007
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.2 (46 votes)
Born of Osiris: The New Reign
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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.

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    playmetal5150
    WOOORRD one of my favorite bands.. sick drummer, can get a little repetitive but its still amazing
    lilmario
    Zao_89 wrote: lilmario wrote: niether born of osiris or meshuggah uses odd time sigs they are pretty much always in 4/4. Wait, "they dont use odd time signatures" "they are PRETTY much always in 4/4"? Which one is it?
    hah sorry they r pretty much always in 4/4
    b0rn0f0s1r1s
    speedmetal777 : their drummer writes all their guitar so its not the most talented s**t ever. and sure they play in 4/4 but they put the kick drum so it follows almost every note, even outside the breakdowns.
    dude, i hope your kidding about the drummer writing the guitar parts. and i dont know if any one else has noticed, but so far, i have only found 1 drummer who can double bass faster/longer than boo, and thats the faceless, but boo is still better. BOO FTW.
    the_kid_tek
    Just got this album & it just blows me away. One the best albums i've downloaded in a long time.
    speedmetal777
    their drummer writes all their guitar so its not the most talented s**t ever. and sure they play in 4/4 but they put the kick drum so it follows almost every note, even outside the breakdowns. i love my BOO
    lilmario
    6_6_6_1_syn wrote: lilmario wrote: Zao_89 wrote: lilmario wrote: hah sorry they r pretty much always in 4/4 So youre saying they DO use other time signatures? i havnt heard BOO play in anything other than 4/4 unless its 3/4 and im not too sure about meshuggah Most of the their songs are in 4/4 and 3/4, but they sometime use really odd rhythms and riff times that almost travel outside of the standard 4/4 then work their way back in. It's hard to explain, but listen to Rosecrance at :48 and Empires Erased at :38. Remember that both of these riffs are written completely in 4/4.
    ya man exactly they stay in 4/4
    6_6_6_1_syn
    lilmario wrote: Zao_89 wrote: lilmario wrote: hah sorry they r pretty much always in 4/4 So youre saying they DO use other time signatures? i havnt heard BOO play in anything other than 4/4 unless its 3/4 and im not too sure about meshuggah
    Most of the their songs are in 4/4 and 3/4, but they sometime use really odd rhythms and riff times that almost travel outside of the standard 4/4 then work their way back in. It's hard to explain, but listen to Rosecrance at :48 and Empires Erased at :38. Remember that both of these riffs are written completely in 4/4.
    lilmario
    Zao_89 wrote: lilmario wrote: hah sorry they r pretty much always in 4/4 So youre saying they DO use other time signatures?
    i havnt heard BOO play in anything other than 4/4 unless its 3/4 and im not too sure about meshuggah
    Zao_89
    lilmario wrote: hah sorry they r pretty much always in 4/4
    So youre saying they DO use other time signatures?
    Patdi
    FINALLY! BOO gets some damn notice. great band. great songs. enough said. oh, and theyre from the chitown area!!!
    grunger
    if their songs went for like 10mins each, they would dominate. Have massive keyboard sections, mad time sigs and their cool breakdowns. They would be something more.
    Mr. President
    They combine the breakdowns of Waking the Crapdaver with pointless progressive elements that impress people who have never heard prog-music before. Bad Album. They can do better.
    Zao_89
    lilmario wrote: niether born of osiris or meshuggah uses odd time sigs they are pretty much always in 4/4.
    Wait, "they dont use odd time signatures" "they are PRETTY much always in 4/4"? Which one is it? I like to compare them to Meshuggah and Protest the Hero. They combine the technicality of Meshuggah and the leads of Protest the Hero.
    ericonline15
    i think that they need more technical guitar work to really be a great band, but if you have a nice sub then there's hardly anything more fun to drive to.
    synths
    Born of Osiris is sick as hell. The only thing i hate is that their songs are too short. Very talented and intricate but too short. plus their keyboardist deserves more solos/fills IMO.
    lilmario
    boo is ****in sick, niether born of osiris or meshuggah uses odd time sigs they are pretty much always in 4/4.
    Infamou$17
    They'd sound like Winds of Plague if they didn't do all that cool progressive sh*t... very interesting band to listen to. I dig
    jonathanonfire
    im glad they contrast the synth parts with odd-timed chug-a-thons (see 1:42+ in open arms to damnation). i wouldn't compare them to btbam though. as to, they never really chugged an open chord. heh. they remind me most of meshuggah with their mathcore-y odd-time-signature breakdowns and the faceless with their cheesy synth. but that isnt even giving born of osiris justice. theyre deathcore with progessive/mathy twist.
    axe_man
    yer these guys are like a smaller BTBAM. The songs are shorter therefore easier to listen and have interrupted progresive melodies.