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A Higher Place [CD]

Born of Osiris Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Jun 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: SUMERIAN
  • ASIN: B00290GN4G
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,507 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rebirth
2. Elimination
3. The Accountable
4. Now Arise
5. Live Like I'm Real
6. Starved
7. Exist
8. Put To Rest
9. A Descent
10. A Higher Place
11. An Ascent
12. Thrive
13. Faces of Death

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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome cd 7 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a classic Cd, I always wanted, glad i ownit now forsure, didn't take long to receive by mail
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5.0 out of 5 stars How Osiris went from Technical to Masterful 7 July 2009
By Kenny Roy - Published on
Format:Audio CD
A Higher Place picks up RIGHT where A New Reign left off, with the building beautiful piano section on Rebirth (same one from The Takeover). Immediately following, we are made aware than Born of osiris means business on Elimination. Hard hitting, Heavy riffs, changing time signatures, and their signature progressive feel. However something is different right away.

Less Breakdowns, More melody and more structure. The Synth becomes even more of a key component as it gives each song its colour and character. They make the songs feel as though they have direction, and the result ends up being an epic sound.

Not to say there aren't some tasty breakdowns. There ARE! And the melodies that are layered over the breakdowns compliment them quite well and add to their originality. However, in place of some of the traditional breakdowns we're used to, Born often breaks down into a jazzy beat that shocks yet pleases. My favourite case of this is on the track "Starved".

Some Standout Tracks: (This was so hard as every track is unique.. not often the case in this genre)

Elmination - Heavy and progressive, yet finds and epic and beautiful feel near its ending.

Now Arise - Catchy and heavy, has one of my fave endings. Wicked breakdowns

Exist - Catchiest song/breakdowns since Abstract art. Unbelievably original breed of Death Jazz

Thrive - Best of every world. Just a great song with heavy breakdowns and melodies.

Faces of Death - What an ending to this album! Love the major key riffing in the end and the nice synth touches. Fantastic!

Overall, Born of osiris went from being a young and aspiring technical death metal band, to a master of their domain. They have truly settled into their own unique sound and have set the bar for song writing and technicality in this genre... and any genre for that matter. Please Check this out
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Growth in the Right Direction 4 Aug 2009
By Stephen - Published on
Format:Audio CD
If you're discovering this album somehow without having heard their first album, well... you're essentially going to be hearing a different band. The production on this album is really good; the guitar tones remind me a lot of Slipknot's album, "Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses" in that they're raw and earthy; not compressed and digitally rendered. The band is a lot less technical on this album and much more straightforward in their delivery. Unfortunately, while I do dig the vocals, the atonal screaming the whole time gets kind of old with me these days. I'd love to hear much more dynamic usage of vocals (see: Periphery, Cilice, TesseracT, Textures) but that's something I have a growing opinion of these days with bands like this.

Honestly, that's my only critique of this album in searching for something I'd like to hear done differently! Oh, and the album is really short - just like their last one. I think it clocks in at just over 30 minutes or so. I gave this album 4 stars because there isn't as high of a replay value in this as their first album had for me. I'll definitely listen to it, but it'll have to be from time-to-time. Their last album was way more technical in nature with a lot of breakdowns and a lot of polymetric passages. Not so with this album; they really do pull off sounding like seasoned veterans with their instruments.

In my humble opinion, for their next album, I think they should find the balance between, "A Higher Place" and, The New Reign" all while taking a chance by throwing in MUCH more dynamic vocals! Harmonies, singing, and screaming over a combination of the technical nature of their last album with the songwriting and melody from this album... that would make for one heck of a contender in this genre, I think. Anyway, definitely grab this album. The only thing you'll be disappointed in is how quickly the album ends!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Symphonic deathcore at its Highest level 19 Dec 2013
By A. Stutheit - Published on
Format:Audio CD
On paper, at their root, Chicago's Born Of Osiris seem to be just another generic, Johnny-come-lately to the now exploding-in-popularity "New wave of American death metal" movement. After all, they are comprised of five band members, one for each instrument (guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, vocals), and do bog down in pretty standard 4/4 timing much of the time. Furthermore, their music is riddled with fairly generic-sounding vocals and metalcore-influenced breakdowns.

But B.O.O. differentiate from the vast majority of deathcore groups on today's market in that they pay more attention to the keyboards. Far more than mere window dressing, the group's synth work is, simply put, excelloent, and helps to distance them from the hordes of other tuneless death metal/metalcore bands. In fact, one could even argue the point that Born Of Osiris have as much in common with symphonic black metal than they do with either of the above-named two genres. Couple this increased sense of melodicism and keyboard accents on their sophomoric effort, 2009's "A Higher Place," with the fact that the album also boasts good drumming and exceptionally technical guitar work, and the end result is a pretty darn original sound. (And one that, on the whole, sounds something like a Dimmu Borgir-meets-Nocturnus-meets-Meshuggah-meets-Unearth-meets-Pantera-meets-Fear Factory hybrid.)

The terrifically ominous and melodic opener that is "Rebirth" (which is laden with lots of keys and techno-industrial-like knick-knacks) sets the stage perfectly for "Elimination," which is almost startling by contrast, at least in terms of brutality and intensity. This pounding and blistering follow-up is centered around fiery thrash riffing, machine gun-fast drumming, thunderous, driving rhythms, and vocal patterns that alternate between freakish high screams and visceral low growls (a la The Black Dahlia Murder). And melody might be only an afterthought, here, but it is prominent enough to provide the mix with some nice texture and nuance in what would otherwise be an all-out trainwreck of brutality. And "The Accountable" continues down this same path, with impeccable double bass and blast beat collages underpinning cast-iron, technical guitar rampages, thus concocting a dizzying give-and-take between the two instruments.

"Now Arise" is another highlight, as it is a cut that evokes vintage Fear Factory, what with its fiery, chugging guitars interlocked in a duel with thunderous double bass kicks. But "Now Arise" differentiates from the works put out by Burton C. Bell and the gang in that it takes a stab at an interlude piece of pure symphonic black metal -- and not a half bad stab at it, too! And operating in similarly-structured fashion, "Starved" opens with some crunching, cascading, Fear Factory-meets-Gojira-esque riffing anchored by intense thrash beat drumming, before allowing some melody to come to the forefront of the mix at around the two-minute mark. This melody is very strong and infectious, and comes in the form of a cool and chilling, black metal-derived keyboard solo. The song climaxes, however, by blending the two styles -- melody and brutality -- into one simultaneous, potent mix, where some tastefully melodic guitar leads are laid elegantly alongside looming keyboard lines, and over taut grindcore blasts.

"Exist" is a technical guitar workout much in the same vein as Psyopus, Necrophagist, and Origin, as it boasts fluid sweeps, technical licks, pinch harmonics, and epic-sounding melodic lead work. And those are, more-or-less, the album's standout tracks, although one must not forget to also mention the inclusion of the bludgeoning and ultra-chunky "Put To Rest," and "Faces Of Death," which marries some more technical riffing with ripping harmonic leads/solos. And, again, some symphonic black metal elements find their way onto the scene, here, too, including utilizing a full choir -- or if not, then something that sounds very similar to it.

Although it cannot be said to be the most essential or life-altering purchase, you would be hard-pressed to find a deathcore record that is more unique than "A Higher Place" in all of 2009. It is the sound of an inventive and original young outfit that has all of the makings it needs in order to be a very successful new band, and one that soars above most of the plain vanilla chug and breakdown-worshipping brigade.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As refreshing as a dip in the pool 8 July 2009
By Ryan Farwell - Published on
Format:Audio CD
After being drawn in by the seductive intro 'Rebirth', you are immediately slapped in the face by what could be the most refreshing transformation in metal history. Born of Osiris did away with the breakdowns and said "hello" to writing dynamic, progressive songwriting. There aren't as many songs focused on the keyboards as The New Reign did, but instead incorporated more guitar melody.

I'm sure that scene kids worldwide are going to hate on this album left and right, aching to hear their precious breakdowns once more. A Higher Place has many characteristics that The New Reign had. Bone shaking blastbeats, progressive technicality, and melodies that will bring you to your knees. The one thing this album doesn't have that The New Reign did, is a disappointing number of songs on the track list. A Higher Place pumps out a mouthwatering 13 tracks and only contains one filler (the intro), which is forgivable. If you are familiar with The New Reign, when you hear the intro you will notice that it sets the tone for what some might call "the new Born Of Osiris" with the way that it incorporates the outro melody from the final song on The New Reign but with the new twist of A Higher Place.

As for the appeal of the songs, there's not much to say other than it barely gives you any time to rest. From beginning to end, you are pummeled with fast guitar riffing, relentless vocals, and more amazing drumming than you can shake a stick at. One song that I'm drawn the most to is 'Starved', which to me is the total package of metal.

There's nothing much to say other than to give this a listen for yourself. More than worth the purchase. If you're looking for an album to hardcore dance to in your bedroom at your mommy and daddy's house, this ain't it. If you're looking for musical genius that will make you want to punch your Grandma in the teeth, pick it up.

Goodbye deathcore, hello real music.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Higher Place Will Arise 7 July 2009
By Elizabeth Wonderham - Published on
Format:Audio CD
A Higher Place is a big step up from The New Reign. A Higher Place and The New Reign sound the same, but a little different from each other . I read in a interview on Born Of Osiris in Outburn Magazine about A Higher Place having less breakdowns witch is true. Born Of Osiris are going in the right direction with the sound on A Higher Place. The changes they have made to there music is in a good way. If you like The New Reign you'll like A Higher Place if you can listen to a CD without all breakdowns.
My favorite songs on A Higher Place are:
1. Elimination
2. Now Arise
3. Live Like I'm Real
4. Starved
5. Exist
6. Thrive
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