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by Joshmetal Figueroa


osiris2Chicago natives, Born of Osiris, are back with a fierce new album called, “Soul Sphere.” The deathcore vets (they went through 3 name changes since their inception in 2003) rip right into the first track, “The Other Half of Me” which doesn’t mess around with elaborate intros. Just a few seconds of ominous synth sounds and less than 30 seconds in they blast off into a heavy, yet technical sound.

While the deathcore genre isn’t for everyone, Born of Osiris is a good starting point for those who are interested in seeing what the genre has to offer. For those who are unaware of what, “Deathcore” is, I am here to tell you! Deathcore is a fusion of death metal and metalcore. Metalcore, has a heavy emphasis on breakdowns. Deathcore then uses death metal riffs, blast beats and growl vocals. Mix that all together and you have deathcore. As I have stated, it is not for everyone but if given a fair listen, you may find something you like in a band or two.

osirisBorn of Osiris have released five albums since 2007 and this might be their best work which speaks volumes. One track, “Illuminate” is definitely my favorite. It sounds like a death march into war with the snares and military like chants in the background. What else I like about Born of Osiris, is their use of clean vocals and growls. In “Illuminate” they’re used fantastically well, Ronnie Canizaro (vocals) and Joe Buras (synth, keyboard, and clean vocals) play off each other. You can hear the unity between the two.

I can’t stress how awesome “Soul Sphere” is for metal fans. People say that there is not any good music anymore. Born of Osiris is one of the few to prove that music is very much alive and well. Give them a listen. You will not be disappointed.





Joshmetal Figueroa, a Metal connoisseur, searches the galaxies, ferreting out the best Metal you may not have heard before. A New Jersey native, he left the button down world to travel through time and space, returning only long enough to share his discoveries.








THE PYGMIES-Inside Your Mind

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pig5Out of the frozen Canadian Prairies come The Pygmies, reinventing Western Canadian music. This Calgary, Alberta garage-pop/punk band with roots in the 60s and 70s, have released 3 albums in the past 2 years, and thankfully, I have listened to them all.

pig3The January 2012 EP  The Pygmies, contains 2 tracks, “Because You’re Mine” and “Can’t Get You Outta My Head“. The songs are amazingly well crafted, with wonderful melodies. Reminiscent of early Kinks, they contain great riffs and solos, with an edge. Sort of The Kinks meet The Ramones.

pig2Pygmy Parumpapumpum, one of my favorite album titles of all time,  contains 4 tracks, and was released in November 2012 with, as you guessed, an Xmas theme. Songs like “Santa Claus“, “Father Christmas“, and “Pygmy Xmas” offer a Punk/Pop perspective of the holiday season by delivering great harmonies, amazing riffs and transitions, and some very cool drumming. The title track, an instrumental  take on the classic Christmas tune, intertwines itself with a verse or 2 of Silent Night, played with way cool psych guitar effects, and amazing 60’s organ. A way cool Xmas album.

pig1The 10 track Inside Your Mind, released in November 2013, has made the short list of our Canadian Indie Album Of The Year. Refreshingly simple, yet intense, this album has blown me away. “Hold Tight” has great effects and nice harmonies, while “Death March” gives us a great 60’s pop song with a wonderful melody and great harmony placement and shades of The Ramones. “I Can’t Get Out” , a perfectly executed garage-pop tune foreshadows the surf guitar riff, solo and Beatle ending of “Last Night“. The keyboard solo of “Inside Out“, with its early The Pretenders feel, and the obvious The Kinks influence of “End Of Time” make these prototypical  pop songs. The vocals on “No Connection” are tremendous and I really dig the 60’s ending. The pounding drums and ethereal harmonies of “Cannibal” are a perfect counterbalance to the much slower tempo. The heavy garage sound with a 1960’s vocal melody and organ of the title track remind me of something in a 1960’s teen beach movie. And I really like it. My favorite track, “Chain Reaction“, opens the album with incredible keys, a great melody, and way cool riffs and guitar effects. Sort of Smash Mouth with a 60’s twist. This song plays over and over in my head.

pig4The Pygmies have nailed it. The sound is captivating and the songs are brilliantly written. I enjoy the 2 1/2 minute tunes, which are written in a pop style-short and simple, and give me the sense that these were recorded live in one take. These guys are adept at dropping garage melodies into 1960’s pop, and 60’s pop melodies into garage music. They have a distinct knack for vocal melodies and harmonies, and a great sense of humor. I only wish that this was a double album. The Pygmies have developed a style that gives me The Zombies and The Kinks with a kiss of The Flaming Lips, and they have made it work. Definitely a must have album.

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