12 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Chicago deathcore icons Born of Osiris have always pushed the boundaries of their genre, folding synth textures and prog-rock acrobatics into a chugging churn of riffs to create a style as ambitious as it is brutal. Their fifth album splits the difference between the quasi-symphonic experiments of 2013’s Tomorrow We Die Alive and 2011’s breakthrough The Discovery, boiling epically complex ideas down to four-minute song forms, fleshed out with eerie electronics (“Resilience”) and hymn-like vocal passages (“Illuminate”).

EDITORS’ NOTES

Chicago deathcore icons Born of Osiris have always pushed the boundaries of their genre, folding synth textures and prog-rock acrobatics into a chugging churn of riffs to create a style as ambitious as it is brutal. Their fifth album splits the difference between the quasi-symphonic experiments of 2013’s Tomorrow We Die Alive and 2011’s breakthrough The Discovery, boiling epically complex ideas down to four-minute song forms, fleshed out with eerie electronics (“Resilience”) and hymn-like vocal passages (“Illuminate”).

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About Born of Osiris

Chicago-based metalcore outfit Born of Osiris were formerly known as Diminished, Your Heart Engraved, and Rosecrance before settling on their present name. Drummer Cameron Losch, guitarists Lee McKinney and Matt Pantelis, vocalist Ronnie Canizaro, keyboardist Joe Buras, and bassist David Da Rocha all met while in high school.

The band's signature blend of thrash and progressive, melodic death metal came to the attention of Sumerian Records; they signed the band (all of whose members were 18 at the time) and released The New Reign EP in 2007. Pantelis left in 2008 before the recording of 2009's A Higher Place. That album sold well enough to land inside the Top 100. All Shall Perish guitarist Jason Richardson temporarily joined the band in 2009. He played on 2011's The Discovery (an album that was cut using seven-string guitars) before being fired later in the year. Produced by the band, it didn't place as high in the Top 100, but fared better than all previous outings on various indie and metal charts.

Pared down to a quintet, Born of Osiris released Tomorrow We Die Alive in August of 2013. In another sonic shift, they opted for a more orchestrated sound, one that involved more vocal layers and programmed orchestration by co-producer Nick Sampson. Buras' keyboards were a central focus on the set, but the band's attack remained as aggressive as ever. The album placed inside the Top 30 during its release week and inside the Top Ten on various other charts.

After aggressive touring, the band re-entered the studio. In the summer of 2015, Born of Osiris began leaking small bits and piece of a forthcoming, somewhat conceptual album. Its 12 tracks were divided into three "levels": The Binding, The Fight, and The Release, with four cuts in each. Titled Soul Sphere, it was released while Born of Osiris were in the middle of a lengthy tour (which ended up being cut short after guitarist McKinney broke his foot in several places). Soul Sphere peaked at number 67 on the Billboard 200. The band returned in 2017 with its second extended player, The Eternal Reign, a re-recorded new vision of their debut. In addition to the reimagined tracks, the EP also included new single "Glorious Day." ~ Thom Jurek

  • ORIGIN
    Chicago, IL
  • FORMED
    2003

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