Born of Osiris
Tomorrow We Die Alive


3.0
good

Review

by Esoteric USER (9 Reviews)
August 20th, 2013 | 37 replies


Release Date: 08/20/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: While Born of Osiris loses almost half of their charm on The Discovery, Tomorrow We Die Alive is a rather fun release and doesn't fall short into the realm of its generic counterparts.

Every once in a while, a band tends to show scintillating work, often accompanied by extensive and wildly prevalent musicianship in the form of a record, which is eminent in its perfect sense. Born of Osiris’ The Discovery is a true example of a stellar release. Magnified technicality and musical proficiency lies at the core of The Discovery which makes it impossible for Born of Osiris’ fans not love it and for the new listeners not to appreciate the hype, though the latter may find difficulties on digesting The Discovery and any previous Born of Osiris records, especially The New Reign and A Higher Place for only a couple of listen.

Now, we’ve come to witness their latest effort, Tomorrow We Die Alive. Born of Osiris delivers the same technical formula and few musical elements presented from The Discovery but with the drastic presence of more open string chugging and catchy keyboard breakdowns. From a musical elitist’s point of view, a breakdown is a lazy and unimpressive way to alter the band’s ability to write legitimate material. However, it is not evident in Tomorrow We Die Alive. The chugging parts suits Born of Osiris’ tracks very well as it fits with the album’s uber-mechanized setting.

Clocking at only 42 minutes, Tomorrow We Die Alive is a rather skeletal release. It’s not surprising considering the short length of their past works. It starts incredibly strong with “Machine,” which resembles previous efforts made by Born of Osiris but with a more overpowering grooves and well-driven style. “Machine” is the glass cannon of the record as it is geared to represent Born of Osiris’ more approachable, mainstream sound. Though it seems contagious at times, it perfectly delivers the band’s signature storm of riffs and semantical synth progression that beefs up the track. “Divergency” follows up with the same structural set-up, but back with a more surprising electronics and stunning keys. It keeps building up to deliver the intense pseudo-dramatic, dubstep-like breakdown ending. It is a testament of faux-mechanical sound overture that could satisfy synth-oriented audiences.

Abundance of cleans is rampant and it is scattered throughout the record, providing Chester Bennington to Oliver Sykes vocal sound and range. Relatively it adds up to put out enjoyable moments (e.g “Exhilarate”) and bludgeons it up with a transcending instrumental finish. Undeniably, Tomorrow We Die Alive is a deathcore album, characterized by catchy breakdowns, ill-suiting symphonic vibes and sci-fi synthesizers that serve as a momentarily enjoyable turns and hooks throughout. “Aeon III” and “Illusionist” provides catchy outrageous riffs and vicarious melodies that serves as a radical highlight in a well-timed, stabilized manner.

Album is hammered softly by its flaws. The whole record is plagued with behemoth chugging and ominous, yet forgivable breakdowns, which in turn provides mediocrity at best. Unlike their past efforts, Vocal performance is very poor, noticeably the cleans, (“Absolution” comes to mind) and certainly needs a room for improvement. Lyrics are average and very thematic. As one could say, it is a rather poor reminiscent of The Discovery and a frozen fruit of their uninspired songwriting.

Strangely as it seems, Tomorrow We Die Alive has the ability to grow on listener, appreciating its unique qualities and colossal moments to the point of forgetting how inferior it was as compared to their previous release. Surprisingly, Tomorrow We Die Alive is a very interesting album, setting aside its tolerable blight nonetheless. It is a really enjoyable showcase of what Born of Osiris is doing best for the past few years and this euphoria of an album justifies it, at the very least.



Recent reviews by this author
ERRA AugmentMercenary Through Our Darkest Days
The Browning HypernovaHuman Improvement Process Deafening Dissonant Millennium
Reflections Of Ruin RebirthRogue Empire Overlord
user ratings (449)
Chart.
2.8
good
other reviews of this album
Deuce8311 (2.5)
"Your soul's reflection, is it what it used to be? So take another look at yourself. Tell me, what d...

phggt (2.5)
Tomorrow We Die Alive is trying too hard....

voiceofresistance (3.5)
So do we still need to bow down...?...

Jacquibim CONTRIBUTOR (2)
Tomorrow We Die Alive either represents a band in a stylistic mid-life crisis, or one that just does...


Comments:Add a Comment 
ericu03
August 20th 2013


161 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

A very interesting release. So far, it is sweet. What can you say about the album?

ericu03
August 20th 2013


161 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

compared to their other albums, yes sir paparacus. riffing on Mindful is quite cool.

TheMoreira
August 20th 2013


7177 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review friend. Pos'd

"It keeps building up to deliver the intense pseudo-dramatic, dubstep-like breakdown ending"

One of the worst moments in the album, hated that part lol

ericu03
August 20th 2013


161 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

thanks man, i really appreciate it. i think this release will be only average for you brother, 'cause you have great deathcore taste.

TheMoreira
August 20th 2013


7177 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Oh yes i've gone through it already, and totally yeah, it's average at best!
Haha wow, thanks.

ericu03
August 20th 2013


161 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

3 out of 5. wow, not bad for my 3rd review. im quite surprised that review has negs without stating their reasons. is my review that bad? :[

J0ckstrapsFTW
August 20th 2013


3652 Comments


Fuck I had a feeling this would be meh

TheMoreira
August 20th 2013


7177 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Can't see why the 2 negs.

CK
August 20th 2013


4922 Comments


Woah 3 reviews in a row lol

Digging: Death - Human

ericu03
August 20th 2013


161 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

j0cks, give it a try. it's fun.

Moreira, i think they hate this album haha. btw, thanks for sharing
that EP mate. had a good listen m/.

TheNexus100
August 20th 2013


2533 Comments


i heard two songs off of this. the second one is one of the worst songs ive ever heard

Digging: Carrion Spring - A Short History of Decay

ericu03
August 20th 2013


161 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

try the album nexus, Illusionist and Aeon III are quite the tracks.

TheNexus100
August 20th 2013


2533 Comments


no

TheNexus100
August 20th 2013


2533 Comments


i swear i think its called divinity so something it was easily the worst song ive ever heard

TheNexus100
August 20th 2013


2533 Comments


oh no its divergency

AfterTheBreakdown
August 20th 2013


7147 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I highly doubt most of these people have even listened too it.

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
August 20th 2013


6037 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Ericu03: no, your review was good. Probably just butthurt BOO fans who are negging you. Then again, a 3 is a very high rating for this album, which could explain the negs. Still, you explained yourself very well, so I think your 3 is justified.

Digging: Aphex Twin - Syro

zaruyache
August 20th 2013


6596 Comments


While Born of Osiris loses almost half of their charm on The Discovery

Are you high? That was their best record.

Digging: Natural Snow Buildings - The Night Country

SitarHero
August 20th 2013


4679 Comments


I love how the rating improves with every review. 2 more reviews and this will be a classic. xD

thespaceforthis
August 20th 2013


518 Comments


how can you die alive? or better yet how can you die if you are already dead, dont come here with your zombie shit



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy