Born of Osiris
The Discovery


4.0
excellent

Review

by climactic USER (9 Reviews)
March 22nd, 2011 | 2639 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Quite an ascension indeed


First and foremost, keep in mind that this album is not the second coming of Jesus, nor will it turn the music industry on its head. The musical hype train has been speeding off its tracks recently, with Scurrilous, Empty Days and other 2011 albums riding along it at a rather dangerous speed. With all these recent overpraised records, individuals such as myself may become disheartened with our fellow sputniker’s opinions. However, believe me when I say The Discovery is the most interesting, unique, and FUN album of 2011 so far.

Born of Osiris have always been at the top of my very small list of melodic metal/deathcore/progressive shutthe***upcore bands I enjoy, and what The Discovery essentially does is make the other contenders null and void. The guitar leads, and instrumentation in general, on the album is phenomenal. It is primarily a guitarist’s album, and non-musicians may have a hard time appreciating the layers of guitar harmonies, keyboard arpeggios and shifty rhythms. The Tom Morello-esque lead a half a minute into “Recreate”, standout solo in “Dissimulation” and the entirety of “Singularity” (super cool song titles, right) are just a few of guitarist Lee McKinney’s highlight moments on The Discovery. Musically in general, the album is an extremely melodic, yet simultaneously very heavy record, rather than the terribly overdone heavy/soft/heavy/soft cliché many of their labelmates and genremates love to use. It is complimented by a couple ambient-ish electronic sections, mainly “The Omniscient” and “A Solution”; the latter even featuring decent clean vocals. There are solos galore, a fair amount of chugging, and some parts that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Hate Eternal or Obscura release (many parts of “Devastate” and “Dissimulation” for example). The Discovery manages to make good use of their keyboardist, [usually] without going over the top, something they used to have trouble with.

What Born of Osiris still seem to have some trouble with is a sense of connection and a general focus of their songs. Sure, they are fun as hell on their own, but the songs don’t always flow together like they could. The ambient tracks are nice, but seem somewhat forced in an otherwise turbulence-free metal album. What The Discovery lacks, like A Higher Place and The New Reign as well, is a main goal of the album. What this means is a feeling of completion, that everything that they wanted to say, has been said. It ends somewhat abruptly after 53 minutes with the over-the-top XIV/Behold combo. But maybe that’s not the point; maybe the point is a ridiculously fun, technical experience for the forward-thinking metalhead. And if that’s so, then this album goes above and beyond almost anything else I’ve ever heard. Sure there will be those who write it off with one half-assed listen simply because it has 7-strings and some chug/djent whatever, or probably because it doesn’t fit in with their s00per elite doom/black metal collection they cherish. But before you tag The Discovery as another generic deathcore record, I challenge you to find me just one other album that sounds remotely like this one.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
climactic
March 22nd 2011


19368 Comments


the bloc in me coming out of his shell again. thanks in advance for comments

Digging: Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

ButcheredChildren
March 22nd 2011


5591 Comments


good review, pos

Ire
March 22nd 2011


41795 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

there is a bloc in yr butt

climactic
March 22nd 2011


19368 Comments


he refuses to leave bro

bloc
March 22nd 2011


34919 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I'm a virus

Illusionsx
March 22nd 2011


95 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Good review, pos

I'm still surprised they went from a higher place to this, such a monumental improvement in one album

NeutralThunder12
March 22nd 2011


8742 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

so much better than their old stuff. figured they would always be just a meh chuggy deathcore band, i mean, some of their stuff was ok (abstract art, the badassness of bow down), but this blows all of their previous efforts out of the water

Illusionsx
March 22nd 2011


95 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I like what they did with the guitars towards the beginning of Recreate, don't know how to describe it

climactic
March 22nd 2011


19368 Comments


first minute of singularity is prob my fav

CrimsonChin
March 22nd 2011


116 Comments


i liked the review, have a pos. is there a stream somewhere?

climactic
March 22nd 2011


19368 Comments


thank you. and idk, i used mediafire

Mewcopa0
March 22nd 2011


1800 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

boring band but this sounds interesting. will get

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 22nd 2011


7097 Comments


good read, have a pos.

Erratic
March 22nd 2011


1120 Comments


listening now

climactic
March 22nd 2011


19368 Comments


thank you for poses

pillowswantyoursoul
March 22nd 2011


923 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This album was pretty meh like the rest of their stuff. Good review.

climactic
March 22nd 2011


19368 Comments


sup 36, long time no talk. im sure youll like this. thanks guys.

btw, techno thing at the end of shaping the masterpiece is nuts

Willie
Moderator
March 22nd 2011


16049 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review. I'll look into this.

Digging: Skrew - Universal Immolation

bloc
March 22nd 2011


34919 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Techno? How dare you bring that word into this thread!

TheOceanInside
March 23rd 2011


439 Comments


i can't get into BOO simply because of the vocalist, it's sad because i should like this.



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