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20 Watts Reviews Born Of Osiris’ A Higher Place and Poison The Well’s The Tropic Rot by subsonicd1sc0rd
Born of Osiris' A Higher Place

Born of Osiris' A Higher Place redefines deathcore

Born Of Osiris – A Higher Place

Any fan of heavy music knows that the recent surge of “deathcore” bands has divided listeners tremendously. While some enjoy the predictability of generic riffing and nonstop dissonant breakdowns, the majority feels insulted by this formulaic approach. Now, with the release of Born Of Osiris’ first full length, A Higher Place, the “deathcore” tag will finally get some credibility. Utilizing complex song structures and intertwining melodies, the mighty BOO have conquered a progressive approach that will surprise any fan of metal or hardcore.

Opening with the symphonic “Rebirth,” a fitting title, Born Of Osiris delve into twelve tracks of technical bliss. Keyboardist Joe Buras has finally found his role within the band; instead of awkwardly entering the mix with goofy synth settings, Buras uses his instrument to add an overall ambiance to the music. “Now Arise”, for example, would fit nicely on a Dimmu Borgir record due to the black metal vibe of the keys. Another standout track, entitled “The Accountable,” features extremely precise drumming, constantly changing rhythms and an unexpected melodic finish that will have even the most serious of metal-heads air guitarring to no end.

While some may argue that the bass is inaudible on the new album, the production sounds absolutely huge (thanks to the almighty Chris “Zeuss” Harris). Not only will A Higher Place appeal to a wider audience than Born Of Osiris’ previous EP, it will help cement Sumerian Records as a reputable source for extreme metal. Those who decide to check out their roster will be pleased by the intelligent take many of their bands (After The Burial, Veil Of Maya, etc…) have on the ever-so-despised “deathcore” genre. So give A Higher Place a fair shot and you are bound to be pleasantly surprised. As for you elitists, I’m sorry to say that you are missing out on a fantastic listening experience.

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Releases of the Week: Galaxies and I See Stars by subsonicd1sc0rd

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Galaxies – (Why) In Three Movements

In music today, everyone is obsessed with genres. If a band doesn’t fit within the constraints of a predetermined classification, new subgenres are created to appease those that want to feel as if they’re on the cutting edge. Very rarely does a group come along that challenges the need for such categorization. Galaxies is a prime example of this phenomenon. With their first release, (Why) In Three Movements, this Philadelphia-based musical collective has created a piano-driven adventure that incorporates elements of musical theater and electronic programming.

Unlike the light messages that carry most musicals nowadays, the piece is about one’s frustration with feeling suffocated by religion and the eventual turn to atheism. Lead vocalist and pianist, Corey Regensburg, leads the listener through a broad spectrum of emotions, with every twist and turn bringing the unexpected. Kyle Stetz contributes a variety of intelligent (and often haunting) electronics while featured percussionist, Kat Casale, propels the piece’s climax with tasteful drumming. Clocking in at just over ten minutes, (Why) In Three Movements is an epic journey to remember.

Influenced by the likes of Radiohead, BT, and Neurosis, Galaxies are particularly successful at creating tension within their music, as well as knowing when to let their soundscapes breathe. The beautiful harmonies and foreboding transitions will undoubtedly connect with anyone familiar with life’s ups and downs. Although broken up into three sections, this release functions as a single piece of art that should be experienced as a whole. Give a thoughtful listen to the absolutely brilliant composition and you will certainly be captivated.

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