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18 January, 2005

New OSI album!

Wahey!  I've just discovered that Office of Strategic Influence (OSI) will be producing a new album this year.  This has blown Porcupine Tree's 'Deadwing' out of the water as my most anticipated album of 2005.

OSI's eponymous debut album was my favourite album of 2003, by a long way.  It also helped me to discover another of my favourite artists, Kevin Moore (working as Chroma Key) and another of my all-time favourite albums, his 'Dead Air For Radios'.

OSI is Jim Matheos (Fates Warning), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Kevin Moore (Chroma Key, ex-Dream Theater) and Sean Malone (Gordian Knot). I suppose it's only fair to mention that my liking of OSI and successful discovery of Chroma Key was balanced by failed experiments with Dream Theater and Fates Warning albums - I won't be buying more by those bands!
That's an oblique way of saying OSI sounds like a much heavier, guitar-orientated version of Chroma Key (keyboard-led music with numerous atmospheric samples), and rather less like those big-name prog-metal bands.


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