JUNE 18th 2012
Review by: Metal Mom

Well here I am reviewing a band I haven’t heard of before, so have no idea what to expect. So I did a little homework.

Do you know what OSI stands for…well let me tell you. The bands name is a reference to the “Office of Strategic Influence“, a short lived American government agency formed in 2001 to support the War on Terror through propaganda. The band consists of 2 main members, that of Jim Matheos (Fates Warning) and Kevin Moore (Chroma Key, ex Dream Theater). Now whats interesting about this is that they worked on this project at a long distance, so both writing and recording and then sending ideas back and forth. Wouldn’t have thought that an album could be created in this manner. I was wrong, it worked, and they did a fantastic job of it too. They also had a session drummer, Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree). All the instruments and programming were done by both Jim and Kevin, and the vocals/lyrics were done exclusively by Kevin.


Tracks -

1. Cold Call
2. Guards
3. Indian Curse
4. Enemy Prayer
5. Wind wont Howl
6. Big Chief II
7. For Nothing
8. Invisible Men

I am going to say that they are a progressive rock/metal band out of the USA. This is not a fast in your face type of rock/metal, but more an impressive laid back attitude. The guitar riffs at times are heavy, but still with a softer sound. The drums have a melodic and strong beat. The vocals, what I liked, was the softer, gentle voice. I found myself humming along to their songs, and enjoying each one. I think what I enjoyed the most was this was something out of the ordinary, a rare glimpse into a very different masterfully created sound. This is an album that you can put on anytime with any member of your family and it wouldn’t offend, but, make for a great night with family or friends. This album was well put together, a job well done considering the distance between them to complete. I look forward to more of OSI.