It’s been a few years since Born of Osiris have released any new music, with 2015’s Soul Sphere their last full length effort. In the space where an album would be traditionally expected, the band instead toured a full live version of their breakthrough debut, The New Reign. This allowed them to reconnect with the band’s past, and combine it with the writing style employed on The Simulation.
Each of the new songs found on the album is an adventure in itself, staying true to the form expected from the progressive metalcore field. Yet, this very music is consistently unpredictable by nature, and the BOO Crew have really managed to stay on the edge of creative boundaries with this one.
Opener and lead single The Accursed is short, but a heavy hitter. Melodic interplay between the lead guitar and synth is immediately established as huge feature, and the listener can’t help but nod along as the band locks into their groove, especially in the choruses. In short, it djents.
Next up is Disconnectome. A cinematic orchestral intro arranged by the band’s own Joe Buras gives way to a grinding, intricate collection of riffs and grooves, like the soundtrack to a battle montage with Alien. Despite neglecting traditional song form and structure, the band somehow pull all the sections of the song together under one brutal umbrella.
Cycles of Tragedy really demonstrates frontman Ronnie Canizaro’s capabilities both screaming and singing, with brutality and wistful, catchy chorus both present.
Industrial instrumental Recursion acts as a boundary between the two stylistic halves of the album, although is preceded by Under The Gun. The intro and bridge sections could be direct samples from an Ultra Miami set closer by Nicky Romero or Alesso, yet somehow it belongs where it’s been placed – guitar and vocal tie the melodies firmly into a place metalheads can feel safe.
The second part of the album is notably heavier, and darker, and best left to the listener to discover. Some gems found here though; explorations in sheer musicianship, and a pleasure to dissect.
The Simulation was released January 11th 2019 via Sumerian Records
- The Accursed
- Cycles of Tragedy
- Under The Gun
- Analogs in a Cell
- Silence The Echo
- 8. One Without The Other