As someone who hasn’t heard the original “The New Reign” before this re-recorded EP was released, I’m treating this latest offering from Born Of Osiris as a completely new effort.
Originally recorded ten years ago when the band was still at school, The Eternal Reign does a great job of retaining the youthful exuberance of teenagers producing their first ‘album’ in spite of the passing years. There’s an intensity to the musicianship (particularly the soaring guitar melodies courtesy of Lee McKinney) and the songwriting that can really only be done by young musicians looking to impress- its oddly charming to here djent-tinged deathcore played like this in 2017, particularly when the band’s peers have moved into more progressive or melodic terrain. When these fun songs are combined with the crisp and clear production that the band now has at their disposal, the tracks are fully realised and really strengthened.
“Empires Erased” ‘s little-bit-of-everything approach produces the most engaging three and a half minutes on the record, as riffs, leads and breakdowns twist and turn in an exhilarating whirl. Likewise, the rhythmic workout on “Open Arms To Damnation” provides a choppy bounce that is perfect mosh pit fuel, whilst the blazing fretwork towards the end builds the song’s momentum to an exciting crescendo. Thankfully, the band hasn’t toned down the guttural brutality and extremity that tends to characterise any metal band’s early works. “Brace Legs” features crunching death metal tremolo picking that is punctuated with tight bursts of heavy breakdowns, before the song finishes with a laughably heavy pig squeal and chugging combo. To then go straight into the call to arms of “Bow Down”- which sounds absolutely monstrous with a revamped sound- shows how Born Of Osiris now how to go straight for the jugular and not let up one bit.
Although the addition of a previously unreleased track, the euphoric “Glorious Day”, bolsters this mini-album to 9 songs, each track barely breaks the two minute mark, and I definitely felt that I wanted more. However, the potency of this short but sweet formula merits repeat listens regardless- and is certainly a fun listen for fans who long for the simpler joys of the early djent bands.
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