17/03/2003

CD 1
01. The New Math (what he said)
02. OSI
03. When Youre Ready
04. Horseshoes and B-52s
05. Head
06. Hello, Helicopter!
07. shutDOWN
08. Dirt From a Holy Place
09. Memory Daydreams Lapses
10. Standby (looks like rain)
enhanced video: Horseshoes and B-52s

CD 2
01. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
02. New Mama
03. The Thing That Never Was
Enhanced multimediapart: documentary of the recording

 
JIM MATHEOS ( FATES WARNING ) , KEVIN MOORE ( CHRMOS KEY ), MIKE PORTNOY ( DREAM THEATER ), STEVE WILSON ( PORCUPINE TREE ), AND SEAN MALONE ( GORDIAN KNOT )
 

 OSI: "Office Of Strategic Influence"    

Review     by Salvo "Lovedeath77" Russo________________

 
OHHH!  I didn't expect an album so wounderful!   A cd composed from four big monsters of prog music: it will let you mesmerized ...i'm sure! There are lots of atmospheres and i think that also prog-metal is taking inspiration from modern music! Nu-metal influences involve this album but not only....There are songs that reminds me of Goblin (italian horror music band) and the vocal parts are entrusted to Kevin Moore that shows his ability as singer!!!There are no usual songs!! It's no possible to compare this work to other bands and it's difficult to describe what these 4 men have created!!!!  This is a super album that may be understood from all those that appreciate different kinds of music. "Dirt froma holy place" reminds me of Goblin....a nu-metal riff involves "Horseshoes And B-52's" an introspective song in which i notice a very fantastic atmosphere!!!! The cleverness of the musicians is supported by  perfect arrangements as well as the care in the production!IThis is a masterpiece...a brilliant album which shows the evolution of metal in all meanings!!!The atmosphere rules the songs....and it's evident how this work is  far from Dream Theater, Fates Warning ecc...Here i notice a very good search for a particular sound done by synth, i notice darkness.......and modern guitar riffs.
An experimental work ..that i think will change many things in the next years!!This is the prog in 2003!!!!!!
Go and buy this cd... play it in your hi-fy and you'll enter in the fantastic OSI's world !
 
Salvo "Lovedeath77" Russo
Niederrohrdorf - Switzerland Impressum