After a two-year wait, fans will be excited for Soul Sphere, the latest album from Born of Osiris (signed to Sumerian Records) released on October 23rd, 2015. I first heard of them with their album A Higher Place back in 2009. The new album Soul Sphere is a lot different from the music they used to make. Since then, their sound has changed quite a lot, adding cleaner vocals and more keyboards, almost as if they’re trying to branch out to a wider audience.
I’ve always enjoyed their music with Ronnie Canizaro as vocalist, but now that Joe Buras does clean vocals alongside Ronnie’s “unclean” screams, in my opinion it is a bit better. The additional vocals are what make this album more unique than their older ones, although I know some fans may think otherwise.
Soul Sphere kicks off to a great start with “The Other Half of Me” and it’s eerie intro, and “Throw Me In the Jungle” which is the first song where you can hear the clean vocals from Buras. I was honestly shocked that they had clean singing in this album, because I’m so used to them being a heavy band with breakdowns and vocals that some people find hard to understand. Friends have told me that some of the music from this album sounds like Winds of Plague, such as the song “Warlords,” and that Joe Buras’ vocals sound similar to Oli Sykes fromBring Me the Horizon, both comments that I slightly agree with.
The thing I’ve always liked about Born of Osiris is that their music is heavy but also has a lot of melodic elements, as demonstrated by the keyboards in “The Sleeping and the Dead.” The only thing with this album is that they expanded on this and changed their sound a bit too much with a couple of songs, like in the outro of “The Composer.” It went from heavy to something completely different, almost verging on club music. At first, I didn’t realize that it was played throughout the song, but it was. It just sounds insanely different using only the keyboards and synthesizer, without the vocals, drums, and guitars. Don’t get me wrong, I completely respect their music, and that they’re developing their sound, but this was a little bit too “out there” for me.
A better example of where the melodic elements worked in their favor would be in the song “The Louder the Sound, The More We All Believe.” Instead of straying away from the heavier music that everyone is familiar with, they added it in between everything else, so it blends in a lot better with the rest of their music.
Honestly I think they did a good job with this album. I love the fact that there are clean vocals now, even though I know a lot of people will disagree with me. They’ve definitely come a long way and changed drastically since they started out. There’s no doubt that they sound a lot different, but in reality, what band wants to remain stale and keep putting out the same kind of music throughout their career? I would not consider Born of Osiris to be generic, especially if they continue putting out albums like this and changing their style. They’re still the same, heavy band they used to be, but with a few more instrumental and vocal twists.
Written by Shannon Fong
*edited by Kate Erickson