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  • Audio CD (12 Oct. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B002QAQ9UC
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 417,192 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  2. Terminal [Explicit] 6:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. False Start [Explicit] 3:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. We Come Undone [Explicit] 4:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Radiolounge [Explicit] 6:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Be The Hero [Explicit] 5:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Microburst Alert [Explicit] 3:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Stockholm [Explicit] 6:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Blood [Explicit] 5:26£0.99  Buy MP3 

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In Blood, O.S.I. have succeeded in creating a fascinating album at the crossroads between rock and progressive metal. Music, that alternates between atmospherically dense and aggressively demanding elements, while effortlessly transcending barriers between different styles and genres. Following its impressive predecessors, Office Of Strategic Influence (2003) and Free (2006), Blood is the third release by Kevin Moore and Jim Matheos. O.S.I. unites two exceptional composers who share their penchant for the unusual and are on the same artistic wavelength. 'We have different musical tastes but an unspoken musical understanding' Moore enthuses. The creative process which produced Blood lasted more than a year. In their now familiar long distance collaboration Matheos sent his ideas via email to Moore, who honed them to his own taste before mailing the results back to Matheos. At the end of the day, some pieces were sent back and forth countless times, while others, such as the pulsating metal track 'Be The Hero', required very little exchange. When Jim sent me his tracks for I had a vocal idea right away. I think it all came together in a couple of days. I love when Jim sends really heavy ideas, and he doesn t mind me chopping them up. It was fun to play around with the times signatures by editing, and adding a lot of Minimoog effects and unison lines. Along with Moore and Matheos, Blood features Porcupine Tree drummer Gavin Harrison. There's also a guest appearance by Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth) on 'Stockholm' , which the Swedish musician composed together with the two O.S.I. masterminds. I think it was Kevin's idea to have a guest vocalist. He asked me if I had any suggestions and I immediately thought of Mikael, Matheos explains. 'It was Mikael's choice, we gave him several songs to pick from'. Mikael wrote the lyrics and melody and recorded his parts at home in Sweden. Moore and Matheos took care of the album's production themselves, while the mix was done with Grammy winner Phil Magnotti. Blood is an ambitious album recorded by real masters of their trade, for people with a taste for the above-average. --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

About the Artist

All-Star project consisting of Jim Matheos (Fates Warning), Kevin Moore (Chroma Key, ex Dream Theater), Porcupine Tree drummer Gavin Harrison and guest singer Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth). Unique mix of musical elements from the genres of Rock, Metal and Electronic. Special Edition Bonus CD (approx. 25 min.). --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Boyles on 25 Feb. 2010
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You may think it slightly unfair of me to review a band that I have heard very little of. I'm sure those OSI fans out there won't share my comments on this, the band's 2009 album.

Having got into the International Prog Rock Show, I was in the mood to obtain some of the stuff which most people won't have heard of. Blood appeared in both the reviewers Top 20 for the year and having already listened to Porcupine Tree - The Incident, IQ - Frequency and Transatlantic's latest epic The Whirlwind, all registering pretty high on the scale, I was sure to find something in there.

Blood promised a lot. The ex-Dream Theatre keyboardist Kevin Moore and Jim Matheos, guitarist for Fates Warning, were joined by Gavin Harrison - drummer for Porcupine Tree.
Mikael Akerfeldt, singer for legendary prog/death metal band Opeth sings on one of the tracks "Stockholm"

In my opinion, the album sits fairly in the middle of the prog metal camp but doesn't really deliver on most aspects. The vocals, fairly droll in comparison to those of Mikael's, accompany fairly lifeless instrumentation. The commerciality of False Start and The Escape Artist, to name a couple, help pickup the album, but even I struggle to see how this reached No. 3 of Top 20 albums for 2009, even though this is again, one person's opinion.

Where I have to congratulate OSI, is on the selection of Gavin Harrison for drummer. His timing and overall prowess make this album worth a listen at least. His interpretation of the music gives a bit of get up and go.

I'm sure OSI have released better material. Hearing "Go" from their 2006 album, Free, I can hear some beautiful harmonies and some wonderful keyboard work, but Blood never comes close to this.
A purchase for those OSI fans only - those who came across this album by chance would do better looking at Riverside's latest offering for something different.
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