Before I go to work I want to write a brief piece on the song “M∆CHINE” by Sumerian Record’s heavyweights, Born of Osiris.
First point I want to make is that this song is absolutely epic. The into is so heavy and powerful. It sounds like it belongs at the beginning of an episode of Spartacus, but then it loses me a bit. I feel like the synth is a little over the top in the chorus and actually reminds me of bands I don’t want to be thinking about when I’m listening to Born of Osiris, (i.e. The Browning, Abandon All Ships, Enter Shikari). I’ve never really been opposed to the synth in BOO’s music or their samples but this just doesn’t stick with me. Although, after listening to it over and over it grows on you and it certainly fits in the song.
Now, the vocals are devastating. Ronnie Canizaro is a monster behind the mic and vocally has continued to improve album to album since the band’s formation in 2003. The lyrics are deep and like most of BOO’s lyrics give the sense of a higher power, the work of entities, and really how small we are compared to the universe around us.
Instrumentally, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to complain about BOO’s talented musicians. Like I previously stated, my only issue was the synth in the chorus, but the guitars and incredible, the drums are incredible and the song is just as groovy as I would expect it to be. The band sticks to their roots and maintains their own sound, opposed to sounding like one of the hundreds of bands trying to pull off this vicious blend of technical metalcore and djent. It doesn’t work nearly as well for them as it does for Born of Osiris and labelmates, Veil of Maya, After The Burial, The Haarp Machine. Betraying The Martyrs, and Periphery.
Overall, I enjoy the song and I’m really looking forward to seeing them next week at Mayhem Festival at the Molson Amphitheater in Toronto, Ontario, and to hearing the rest of the album. Maybe they’ll play more new tunes at the show!