of Osiris have been knocking around a few years now but haven't put out anything that was extraordinary. Their first album The New Reign
was standard affair deathcore with occasional melodic and progressive sections, it wasn't anything special and suffered a lot in terms of song writing but did hint at a good degree of technical understanding underneath the mediocrity. Their follow up album A Higher Place
saw the band injecting more progressive and symphonic elements into their sound, showing the band drifting away from their shaky beginnings. The album however still suffered a lot where song writing was concerned, A Higher Place
as a whole was highly repetitious with each song barely differing from the one that followed it. Still, it showed that they had at least matured and refined their sound from their mediocre deathcore. Their third album, The Discovery
showed the band dropping a lot of the ailments that plagued their song writing before, the album was far less repetitious, showing a greater and more refined use of their progressive and symphonic elements to create a sound that was truly their own and resulted in a pretty good album to boot. Sure, it might not have been the best thing I've ever heard, but credits where credits due and Born
of Osiris have sure as hell improved massively. Their latest album entitled Tomorrow We Die
Alive is a massive leap in terms of quality from The Discovery
, taking the sound they prototyped on that album and improved on all aspect dramatically. Tomorrow We Die
Alive is an incredible album and shows that Born
of Osiris have finally released something phenomenal.
When compared to their previous outings, Tomorrow We Die
Alive makes a much greater use of their progressive and technical elements whilst splicing in some electronic elements for good measure. The sound is quite diverse and interesting, there's a good degree of technical and musical know how infused with a much needed sense of the avant-garde and experimental. They're not treading the territories set down by legions of other deathcore bands anymore and are finally moving in their own direction, away from the sea of mediocrity and faceless clones. Yet whilst Born
of Osiris have always been fairly progressive in my eyes, they never tried anything truly out there and were still adhering to a lot of the stereotypes that deathcore entails. Sure they had some interesting moments scattered about their earlier albums but nothing that made me stop and think that these guys are really onto something. This is the first time they've dabbled in all out progression and the results are nothing short of fantastic. They've finally grown into a mature and enticing outfit that will sure as hell demand a lot more attention from metal fans worldwide.
The problem I had with Born
of Osiris on their previous albums was that it felt to me like the technical elements were added as an after thought. It felt to me that when they felt their music was lacking that little something that made music special they added random technical interludes to counteract it and try to hide how boring and sterile the music was underneath. The technical elements in Tomorrow We Die
Alive feel a lot more natural and organic. For the first time in this bands career they've managed to successfully balance the technical and progressive elements wonderfully with their deathcore sounds. Nothing
feels out of place and everything flows smoothly. There's no sense that one section was added as an after thought and instead it's wholly consistent. The first track Machine
is a good example of their new found progressive prowess, effortlessly mixing progressive and technical elements with deathcore and some fairly strong symphonic elements. The song manages to remain interesting and strong throughout, being one of the best deathcore tracks I've heard in a while. This track perfectly highlights the evolution Born
of Osiris have made from their humble deathcore beginnings to a formidable and progressive monster with a very strong sense of the avant-garde.
What I really like about Tomorrow We Die
Alive is the synthesizer content. It's nothing short of extraordinary, adding a fantastic spacey vibe throughout the music. The track Divergency opens with an excellent keyboard melody that wouldn't be out of place on a Mass
Effect game, the keyboards are highly atmospheric and beautiful. Luckily the keyboards maintain a fairly strong presence throughout this track adding soothing ambient undertones to the progressive deathcore fury. Divergency is another excellent track with infectious keyboard melodies that add so much in terms of atmosphere. The guitar work is also phenomenal as well, perfectly balancing melody, technicality and heaviness in to one powerful package.
At times the guitars play beautiful ethereal melodic leads, balanced with deathcore chugging and heaviness. The track Absolution
is a great example of this where an ethereal lead that is incredibly melodic and emotional floats effortlessly over standard deathcore heaviness. Some of the guitar work dabbles in the territory of Djent, although not wholly original it works pretty well under the melodic leads and atmospheric keyboard tones. Adding a good sense of heaviness and even more depth to this already vast album. Of course the guitars wouldn't sound nearly as good if they weren't mixed in with the almost electronic sounding keyboards, on their own they're nothing particularly special but add influences of electronic and it works fantastically well.
It's really quite incredible to see how much Born
of Osiris have evolved. I'm going to be honest and say that I was nowhere near expecting the quality I got from Tomorrow We Die
Alive. From a band that put out fairly mediocre albums, Born
of Osiris have really stunned me with this one. Showing a greater sense of maturity than they have previously emanated. Born
of Osiris have no doubt surpassed my expectations in creating one of the best deathcore albums I've ever listened to. Tomorrow We Die
Alive is a great example of how well deathcore can be pulled off when the band members actually focus on writing good music. Tomorrow We Die
Alive is catchy, memorable and exciting, it's incredibly diverse and well written, showing a great degree of talent and potential from this young band. Four albums in and Born
of Osiris have written one of the best deathcore albums of all time, so with that I say good job guys and I'm looking forward to seeing what they release in the future. Deathcore
has finally got a band worthy of waving its banner.