Here's the good news, OSI's fourth effort, Fire Make Thunder is better than the previous lackluster Blood. While there's still some of that ambient atmospheric sound, there's a return to more progressive rock.
Many songs feel heftier, meatier, thanks to the inspired riffage from Jim Matheos. Kevin Moore's synths and sampling still provide atmosphere and buoyancy, but don't seem to be the pervasive element the were previously. When these elements work together as on Cold Call, Guards, Enemy Prayer, or Big Chief II, you have seem prime material, both intriguing and entertaining.
Other times and other songs simply don't impress as easily, notably the sleepy For Nothing or the lengthy and wearing Invisible Men. The latter song tries to get fired up two-thirds through, but mostly remains mostly melancholy and timid.
Regardless of my opinion of Fire Make Thunder, OSI remains true to the partnership of two talented musicians engaging their eclectic musical styles for experimentation and intrigue.
Fire Make Thunder finds OSI, Jim Matheos and Kevin Moore, engaging their eclectic musical styles for intrigue and experimentation, and making an album better than the previous one.
Mat Sinner is both an icon and legend in the German, and the larger European, hard rock and heavy metal scene. Cranking out music since 1982, Sinner is an industrious and prolific musician and producer whether through his namesake band, the heavy metal heroes Primal ... [ Read More ]