I’ve only been listening to BORN OF OSIRIS for a couple of years now, having first been turned onto them at Mayhem Fest 2013. Do I think they’re a great band? Absolutely. Have they made some missteps in their career? You betcha. But one of the things I find most enjoyable about these guys is how great they are live. Even if the lighting is dogshit (Summer Slaughter this year, hellooo?) they still bring it onstage. So, much like VEIL OF MAYA’S latest release, I eagerly anticipated getting Soul Sphere (out now, Sumerian Records) to see what’s going on in the land of BoO.
Well, I can safely report that all is well. The requisite deathcore sound is there, along with breakdowns, but not TOO many breakdowns. The synth is once again very prominent, and the dual guitar runs are fucking sick as hell. Vocalist Ronnie Canizaro reaches new heights on this disc, with songs like “River of Time” and “Resilience” showcasing both the crazy dual leads as well as his range and delivery. Opening track “Free Fall” immediately lets you know what you’re in for, and every cog in this machine is well-oiled and running smoothly.
“The Louder the Sound, the More We All Listen” at first might have some of you saying, “What the fuck??” but give it time, you’ll dig it. This one and its predecessor “The Composer” have shades of GOJIRA in them, which is a wonderful thing, believe me. Maybe “Composer” has a lot more than shades, but it is by no means a rip-off or sound-alike. One of the more melodic tracks is “Goddess of the Dawn”, with a very smooth opening barrage that gives way to the barking vocal staccato and then resumes its melody on the hook. Well done!
The keys are super-prominent on “The Other Half of Me”, but they fit in nicely with the angst of the vocals, believe it or not. The record ends with a one-two punch of “Tidebinder” and “Warlords” with the latter being the closing track. That last one is interesting because as much as it has the BORN OF OSIRIS sound, there are parts where it seems out of place, but that’s not a bad thing. The band is spreading their wings and I applaud them for it. “The Sleeping and the Dead” has more of the signature sound, albeit with the keys front and center, but not at the expense of the chugging riffs.
So at the end of the day Soul Sphere is a very good record, and one that is worthy of your attention. I really dug most of the tracks with maybe a couple that didn’t thrill me, so there’s room for improvement. But what I’m really hoping for is a BORN OF OSIRIS headlining tour in support of this album, because a 20 or 35-minute set (which I’ve been teased with twice now) simply isn’t enough from these guys. Pick up your copy of the disc today and let me know your thoughts on it.
STANDOUT TRACKS: “River of Time”, “Resilience”, “Free Fall”, “Warlords”, “Tidebinder”, “Goddess of the Dawn”