‘The Simulation’ marks Illinois technical deathcore crew Born Of Osiris‘ fifth studio record. Recent efforts have seen them stray slightly away from their deathcore origins into a more metalcore-minded field, and so ‘The Simulation’ is an important milestone as to whether the band can re-capture the excitement of their early material.
Early indications are good. Opener ‘The Accursed’ fills the air with an electronic introduction, complete with emotively-strained vocals from Ronnie Canizaro. The production sounds huge early on, with decent synths audible in the background to give the track quite an atmospheric sound and the anthemic chorus on show will undoubtedly go down well live.
Although the band have mixed up their sound over the last few years, there’s still a ferociously heavy element present, and, while catchiness isn’t necessarily a word that you’d associate with deathcore, it’s abundant within ‘Cycles Of Tragedy’.
Canizaro‘s vocal delivery is full of hooks, yet delivered in a relatively spiteful manner before some melody is injected into the chorus. To compliment this melodic nature, a wonderful guitar solo from lead guitarist Lee McKinney towards the end of the track then links to the final chorus and heavy ethereal outro.
Unfortunately, it’s not all good news. ‘Under The Gun’ contains odd whooping electronica, which feels far removed from heavy music coupled with a standard structured chorus, while ‘One Without The Other’ incorporates retro video game sound effects alongside frenetic blast beats, which only serves to add to the confusion.
But, the balance throughout the record does appear to have found a happy resting place, and as such should be considered a decent addition to their back-catalogue. ‘Analogs In A Cell’ creates a hauntingly eerie tone to the overarching background of the song, with odd flurries of super-technical guitars which race all over the fretboard, and ‘Silence The Echo’, which is arguably the strongest track on the record, showcases excellent technicality with random guitar scrapes and pinch harmonics, another catchy vocal tone (especially during the chorus) and a decent guitar solo to round the track off.
Those fans who prefer the traditional deathcore formula may again be put off by the direction in which Born Of Osiris are seemingly heading, but in terms of expanding their soundscape and reach to other areas of the heavy music spectrum, they could’ve done a far worse job.
After getting into alternative music during the mid 90s with the rise of nu-metal and pop-punk, I’ve gradually spread my interests far and wide and have a real love for metalcore, prog metal and tech metal. Amongst other things, I am a husband, father of two amazing kids, heavy metal DJ, and video game/book/nerd enthusiast!