Some fans of deathcore’s Born Of Osiris are of the opinion that the go-to guys for breakdowns and killer synths might have lost their way with 2013’s Tomorrow We Die. The thumbs down from fans seemed largely due to the increased presence of synthesized soundscapes which left little room for the technical metal input from the rest of the band that was so enjoyed in earlier releases, such as The New Reign. Following the release of a new single, “Resilience,” the gents seem to have taken a step back in time leaving listeners positively beaming at the prospect of a new album.
Quite right, too, since Soul Sphere is exactly what Born Of Osiris needed to deliver. Packed with all essential deathcore and their trademark elements, this release is hair-on-end material from the off. Opening with “Free Fall,” they get straight down to business with relentless guitar solos, monstrous synths, and massive double-pedal drums. The inclusion of pinch harmonics in just the right places makes the whole thing an ominous, spine-tingling affair. “Illuminate” is of the same vein with chanted backing vocals making it ideal action movie soundtrack material, before single “Resilience” busts its way through and blows the face clean off. It’s unshakably characteristic Born Of Osiris with its polyrhythmic guitars, crushing drum patterns, and cut-throat growled vocals. The creepy electronics in both the intro and outro are simply devilish and only add to the darkness.
Creepiness follows in “The Composer,” which is quite possibly the most epic track on the album. Filled to the brim with Gojira-esque pick slides, blast beats and slamming breakdowns, it’s heavy as hell. In comparison, “The Louder The Sound, The More We All Believe” is the more catchy of the songs that Soul Sphere has to offer with a memorable, bouncy chorus and poppy synth arrangements. It’s questionable as to whether the track really fits in with the overall dark vibe of the album, though, and “Throw Me In The Jungle” poses a similar question at times.
Closing on a high with the chug-filled “Warlords,” the album comes to a sudden end. There was certainly scope for a louder and more majestic outro here, but then again, Soul Sphere already contains plenty of that within each of the 12 tracks. They needed this album to show fans that they are still about the old days; they’re still about the heavy, the chug, the breakdowns and the cinematic synth passages. Some bands are good at doing what they’ve always done, and don’t necessarily need to reinvent their sound or try to be something they’re not. This is an honest and substantial album and, if you like old school Born Of Osiris, you’ll dig this.
Soul Sphere is out October 23 on Sumerian Records. Pre-order it here!
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