REVIEW: "The Simulation" By BORN OF OSIRIS (Djent)
Djent, Technical Metalcore/Sumerian Records/Released Jan 11, 2019
For a “progressive” metal album The Simulation is very short. Clocking in at 25 minutes over eight songs. And that’s due to Born of Osiris releasing two albums in 2019 with this being the first. It’s a similar move to labelmates Between The Buried And Me releasing their Automota albums in two halves last year. Unlike BTBAM however, this first record is a very strong one.
Born Of Osiris has always had a more direct and accessible style compared to their fellow djent enthusiasts. And this record may be their most straightforward yet. The band hasn’t eased up on their showcases of technical ability but the song arrangements aren’t overly complex. Each song has sticky hooks whether it be in the vocal melodies or instrumentation. “The Accursed” and “Under The Gun” contain the biggest vocal hooks with the latter of those being the simplest track of the record. “Under The Gun” is driven by simple rhythmic chugging but stands out due to its quality vocal melodies.
“Disconnections” and “Analogs In A Cell” lean on the more technical end. With the former being a heavy, driving track with more dynamics than most others on the record. And the latter featuring guitar sweep picking as a focal point. The last two of the record, “Silence The Echo” and “One Without The Others” add more atmosphere than the other songs. Allowing space between the swift, instrumental onslaughts to establish emotion. “Silence The Echo” gives a dark vibe and well balanced song arrangement with electronics and percussion standing alone in the early verses, before breakdown riffs and aggression lead into an understated chorus and guitar solos.
While The Simulation doesn’t reinvent the djent wheel, it’s a quality execution of the genre. Not technical for the sake of it. Choruses that complement the songs rather than carry them. And plenty of quality riffs packed into short run times so the band doesn’t overstay their welcome. A strong, focused effort that’ll be a challenge to top with a second record coming so soon later this year.