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BORN OF OSIRIS-Soul Sphere

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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.

 

 

Josh

 

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.

 

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IWRESTLEDABEARONCE-Hail Mary

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by Joshmetal Figueroa

 

iwabo2There are not many adjectives to describe iwrestledabearonce (from this point on, will be shortened to iwabo). Some consider them metalcore, deathcore and even avant-garde metal or mathcore (mathcore are bands who use unusual time signatures). While I try not to generalize bands in genres as music is simply music. Some bands have to be categorized and iwabo is certainly one of them.

iwabo’s earlier albums were highly tongue in cheek with songs such as, “Tastes like Kevin Bacon” and “I’m Cold and There Are Wolves After Me.” While listening, it was seriously like they threw every musical influence at the wall to see what stuck. They are a band you either love or do not understand whatsoever. I have loved them from the start. I am especially optimistic with their new album, “Hail Mary.”

 

 

iwaboAfter original lead vocalist, Krysta Cameron, left in the middle of Warped Tour in 2012 because she was pregnant, iwabo brought in Courtney LaPlante. Both girls have vicious growls, banshee screams and heavenly vocals. It seems on, “Hail Mary” iwabo have a more “serious” sound and it showcases the band at its best. While the new shift in sound may come from Courtney’s vocals or maybe iwabo is growing up. You still hear the unusual guitar sounds and general iwabo insanity, yet “Hail Mary” seems to have a tighter sound than previous albums, they also showcase a more adult and dark tone. Even the song titles do not have the familiar the iwabo sense of humor, the first track is titled, “Gift of Death” which is my favorite track off the album. My other favorites are, “Green Eyes” and “Your God is Too Small” which has Courtney using some of her lovely clean vocals.

As I have stated, iwabo is a different type of band. You either love them or do not understand what is going on. They bring you on an insane audio trip and I love the ride.

 

Josh

 

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.

 

 

 

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