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Born Of Osiris Tomorrow We Die Alive

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Born Of Osiris - Tomorrow We Die Alive
01. Machine
02. Divergency
03. Mindful
04. Exhilarate
05. Absolution
06. The Origin
07. Aeon III
08. Imaginary Condition
09. Illusionist
10. Source Field
11. Vengeance
Reviewed by: Dave Wedge   //   Published: 9/16/2013

Born of Osiris' third album is their first without departed guitarist Jason Richardson, who split and went on a scorched-earth campaign against his former bandmates, basically calling them a bunch of junkies. Whatever happened, it didn't slow things down for the Chicago band.

Despite shedding a shredder, Tomorrow We Die Alive picks right up where The Discovery left off, and ratchets up the creativity, the tech-prog brutality and sees the band boldly embracing its style with no boundaries. Eerie, spacey synths, gargantuan power chords, thrashy riffs and blast beats abound, as they brazenly mix deathcore, industrial and modern electronic music.

What works best is when they break a song down completely with chugging riffs and squealing guitar accents and then return to a main guitar line and huge, keyboard-driven crescendo, as they do on "Divergency" and "Mindful." The result is deathcore that sticks in your head. Even if you hate keyboards in metal, you remember them.

Like Dimmu Borgir and Fear Factory, BOO use synths to create layers and atmospheric elements, but they also take it a step further like Asking Alexandria, adding ultra-modern techno and electro elements. The synths and electronics also add a complex, modern edge that keeps you guessing. Just when you think you know where things are going, they take an unexpected turn into Rush-meets-Dying Fetus digi-core, as occurs on mind-scramblers like "Aeon III" and "Imaginary Condition." And "Illusionist" just takes the laptop-driven insanity and thrashy industrialism to gloriously extreme levels.

Bottom Line: If you hate electronic music, you'll most likely hate this. But if you don't mind a little digital melody, symphonic stabs or pulsing synths mixed with your metal, Born of Osiris uses the technology to expand its sound and take it to dark, mysterious and chaotic places where a traditional guitar, bass and drum setup can't go.

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anonymous   posted 6/14/2014 6:38:07 AM
Actually, they're not going downhill, they're going back up! I have heard a ton of their new song progresses and they are faaaarrrr from TWDA. They're quite amazing. TWDA is definitely not their best, but it still has its very enjoyable moments
anonymous   posted 3/29/2014 7:54:54 PM
This album is a 6/10, at best. They peaked with The Discovery and now we can all enjoy the ride downhill.
anonymous   posted 3/5/2014 8:05:00 AM
This album is a step down from The Discovery. This album they're more straight forward to meet more people's tastes, which I think comes out as stale and generic. It's good, but its not good for them from what they have already created. I think The New Reign and The discovery are much better.
anonymous   posted 11/15/2013 6:33:45 AM
Cameron writes the drums, bass, and guitar so it doesn't matter what members are in the band.
anonymous   posted 10/12/2013 1:10:53 PM
new album is a step up from when they used to be Bored of Osiris

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