Born of Osiris
A Higher Place


3.5
great

Review

by AfterTheBreakdown USER (10 Reviews)
April 26th, 2011 | 70 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If you were not completely satifisfied with The New Reign, this may be worth a quick look

Chicago, Illinois’s Born of Osiris burst into the metal community with their Sumerian debut The New Reign. Appearing as just another deathcore with some good hooks with songs like “Bow Down,” and “Abstract Art.” Since then the band has matured greatly and changed their tone to become more of a progressive band like many of their label mates.

What we get is a slightly more developed, melodic and progressive take on their The New Reign EP. While still a balance of deathcore and tech death metal, the synths on A Higher Place have become more integral to the songs rather than random injections or intros and the music has become a little more choppy and complex; not quite the full on plunge into pure technical metal, but a more Meshuggah-ish realm of stammering polyrhythms (i.e. “Thrive”) and elegant solos. The end result will still see a majority of real death metal fans hate them, and the kids will still go nuts for them, but like The Faceless and Burning the Masses, Within the Ruins and such, no matter how much you hate the band, you have to admit they have some skill (a fact cemented by the addition of Animals As Leaders virtuoso Tosin Abasi to the bands ranks).

One of the problems I have with A Higher Place is the second I would get into the groove and enjoy a song it would be over soon after. For a band that tags themselves with the word “Epic” they should certainly look into playing songs that go beyond the two to three minute range. Thirteen tracks spanning less than thirty five minutes is honestly very disheartening.

Although the release may not be much better than The New Reign, Sumerian struck gold signing Born of Osiris, two albums in and they continue to progress and experiment with different approaches to their albums, the future looks bright if they keep improving and taking steps in the right direction.

Recommended Tracks-
“Now Arise”
“Exist”
“Live Like I’m Real”
“Put To Rest”



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Comments:Add a Comment 
bloc
April 26th 2011


55882 Comments


ALBUM ROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLZ

Digging: Paris - Sleeping with the Enemy

Neenahskater
April 26th 2011


353 Comments


oice

Curse.
April 26th 2011


8057 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

still waiting on your 5 review bloc

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
April 27th 2011


9610 Comments


well done on #2, will pos.

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AfterTheBreakdown
April 27th 2011


7221 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I would have reviewed the discovery but that has pretty much been covered

AfterTheBreakdown
April 27th 2011


7221 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I would have reviewed the discovery but that has pretty much been covered

AfterTheBreakdown
April 27th 2011


7221 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I would have reviewed the discovery but thats pretty much been covered

AfterTheBreakdown
April 27th 2011


7221 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What happend? I don't remember commenting on this 3 times

booreno62
April 27th 2011


69 Comments


You wrote that Impending Doom review too, didn't you? If so keep writing man, you're good at writing short and to the point reviews, I like them.

Pos'd, by the way.

AfterTheBreakdown
April 27th 2011


7221 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I did. Thanks I will have 1 or 2 more by the end of the week

Spec
April 27th 2011


35694 Comments


Short and sweet. POS.

MalleusMaleficarum
April 27th 2011


16374 Comments


ahah bloc

AfterTheBreakdown
May 5th 2011


7221 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This discovery is quite the improvement from this

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2011


9610 Comments


Agreed, this is a soggy sandwhich.

AfterTheBreakdown
May 5th 2011


7221 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I dislike this one more and more

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2011


9610 Comments


Are you about to change your review rating?

AfterTheBreakdown
May 5th 2011


7221 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah when im not using my phone to do so.

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2011


9610 Comments


Yep, same problem. Phone doesnt let me edit my reviews.

AfterTheBreakdown
May 13th 2011


7221 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Never write a review on a phone. Doesn't work well.

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
May 14th 2011


9610 Comments


not at all



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