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Born of Osiris
August 11 @ 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm$20
Born of Osiris, with:
- Bad Omens
- Kingdom of Giants
@The Forge Sunday, August 11
Doors = 6:30
Show = 7:30
Price = $20
Born of Osiris
The Chicago-based progressive metal outfit Born of Osiris are well-known as one of the first deathcore acts from the 2000s to leave it behind in favor of a brutal yet alluring meld of technical death metal and metalcore, filled with flashy twin-guitar leads and near-psychedelic keyboard adventures that owe as much to Judas Priest and Iron Maiden as they do Helloween and Meshuggah. Though they began as a typical deathcore band with 2007’s The New Reign EP, by 2009’s Higher Place, Born of Osiris had all but abandoned that sound to focus on a more technically advanced, melodically astute, and brutally forceful sound that has since become a trademark with appeal to an ever-growing cadre of admirers. They have placed four albums in the upper half of the Top 200, including 2013’s Tomorrow We Die Alive, which peaked at 27.
Before assuming their name, they cycled through monikers such as Diminished, Your Heart Engraved, and Rosecrance. Drummer Cameron Losch, guitarists Lee McKinney and Matt Pantelis, vocalist Ronnie Canizaro, keyboardist Joe Buras, and bassist David Da Rocha (who left in 2018 and was replaced by Nick Rossi) met while in high school and experimented with various sounds and genres before developing an early version of their signature blend; after a demo and a live gig, they came to the attention of Sumerian Records, which signed the band. The New Reign EP appeared in 2007. Pantelis left in 2008 before the recording of 2009’s A Higher Place. That album sold well enough to land inside the Top 100. All Shall Perish guitarist Jason Richardson temporarily joined the band in 2009. He played on 2011’s The Discovery(an album that was cut using seven-string guitars) before being fired later in the year. Produced by the band, it didn’t place as high on the pop chart, but fared better than all previous outings on various indie and metal charts.
Pared down to a quintet, Born of Osiris released Tomorrow We Die Alive in August of 2013. In another sonic shift, they opted for a more orchestrated sound, one that involved more vocal layers and programmed orchestration by co-producer Nick Sampson. Buras’ keyboards were a central focus on the set, but the band’s attack remained as aggressive as ever. The album placed inside the Top 30 during its release week and inside the Top Ten on various other charts.
After aggressive touring, the band re-entered the studio. In the summer of 2015, Born of Osiris began leaking small bits and pieces of a forthcoming, somewhat conceptual album. Its 12 tracks were divided into three “levels”: The Binding, The Fight, and The Release, with four cuts in each. Titled Soul Sphere, it was released while Born of Osiris were in the middle of a lengthy tour (which ended up being cut shortly after guitarist McKinney broke his foot in several places). Soul Sphere peaked at number 67 on the Billboard 200. The band returned in 2017 with its second EP, The Eternal Reign, a re-recorded new vision of their debut produced by Nick Sampson. After a summer 2018 tour, Da Rocha left and was replaced by Rossi. BoO released the video and single “The Accursed” in November. It served as the opening track for The Simulation, a 25-minute mini-album issued in January. (Source)
Bad Omens exceed boundaries on their self-titled full-length debut for Sumerian Records. It’s something of a mission statement for the Los Angeles-based quintet—Noah Sebastian [vocals], Nicholas Ryan [guitar], Joakim “Jolly” Karlsson [guitar], Vincent Riquier [bass], and Nick Folio [drums].
“We tried to spread awareness about being open minded when it comes to heavy music,” exclaims Noah. “We wanted to go beyond the realm of heavy and incorporate everything from industrial to soundtrack-style moments.”
It’s a goal that Noah’s possessed since first writing for what would become Bad Omens in 2013. The Richmond, VA native logged time in a prominent local band, but he wanted to focus on his own artistic vision. He wrote and recorded a handful of solo songs without mentioning a word to anybody. When it came time to recruit other players, he linked up with old friend Nicholas. He added another buddy Vincent who introduced him to “Jolly”—all the way in Sweden. Nick joined last after submitting a cover online.
“The band started as me and two of my close friends and two other guys I’d never even met outside of Face Time or Skype,” he smiles. “This music just spoke to everyone, and we felt a bond.”
It also spoke to Sumerian Records who offered Bad Omens a deal in 2015 based off the strength of the demos and songwriting. The guys spent months rehearsing in Nick’s basement before hitting the studio with Will Putney [Upon A Burning Body, The Amity Affliction, Body Count] to record the album.
“We chose Will because he specializes in a more raw sound,” Noah goes on. “It’s not over-produced. It’s real.”
Early 2016 saw the group unveil the single “The Worst In Me.” With its jagged riffs, sweeping harmonies, and towering chorus, the track immediately set the internet ablaze, racking up over 860,000 views on YouTube in less than a month.
“For me personally, it’s about a very intense and unhealthy relationship I was in, but we wrote it in a format that’s universal to all bad habits,” he says. “More specifically, it’s something you can’t let go of even though it’s not good for you—whether it’s a relationship, a drug problem, or terrible situation. You’re addicted.”
On the other end of the spectrum, the record concludes with the sprawling epic “The Fountain.” Tempering an industrialized hum and sweeping soundscapes punctuated by flutes and booming war drums, Alternative Press debuted the cinematic music video.
“We watched The Fountain with Hugh Jackman while we were recording,” he goes on. “It’s a sci-fi thriller romance with an insane plot and 3 different universes. The romantic aspect resonated with me. It’s unique for us and metal at large, because we’re using a lot of atypical instruments.”
Over the past year, Bad Omens has amassed a diehard following, delivering live alongside everyone from Born of Osiris and After the Burial to Veil of Maya, Upon a Burning Body, and Erra. Now, they’re ready to break more ground.
“I want people to feel inspired the way I do when I listen to music, because I’m listening all day,” Noah leaves off. “I want to share that inspiration to do something different.” (Source)
A decibel-and soul-crushing deathcore unit based out of Southern California, Spite’s lethal blend of death metal, metalcore, and neo-nu-metal has drawn comparisons to contemporaries like Thy Art Is Murder, Acacia Strain, and Suicide Silence. Formed in the Bay Area, and featuring the talents of Darius Tehrani (vocals), Stephen Mallory (bass), Alex Tehrani (guitar), and Cody Fuentes (drums), the band issued an independent EP, Misery, and an eponymous full-length before inking a deal with Attila frontman Chris Fronzak’s Stay Sick Recordings. The band’s first LP for the label, Nothing Is Beautiful, was released in July, 2017. (Source)
Kingdom of Giants
Kingdom of Giants is a melodic metalcore sextet from Northern California. Born from the remains of another band in 2010, its membership consists of Julian Perez (keyboards), Max Bremer (guitars), Levi Norris (bass), Dana Willax (vocals), Red Martin (guitars), and Truman Berlin (drums). They issued their debut EP, Abominable, in January of 2011. They followed with their first proper full-length, Every Wave of Sound, which received unanimous acclaim from the underground metal press. It attracted so much attention, it provided the band with management and the opportunity to play in Europe. They signed with InVogue Records in early 2014. Their label debut, Ground Culture, was produced by Andreas Magnusson (Haste the Day, the Black Dahlia Murder, Fit for a King) and issued in the fall, followed by intensive touring as they headlined their own dates in the United States and Canada, as well as playing the festival stages of Europe. After relentless touring for a year-and-a-half, the band re-entered the studio. In August 2016, Willax announced a “new album” in a YouTube interview. In February of 2017, InVogue issued the video for pre-release single “Damaged Goods” and followed it with “Runaway” in March, and “Tunnel Vision and “Cash Out” in April. The full-length album, All the Hell You’ve Got to Spare, was issued in early May. Produced, engineered, and mixed by Nick Loiacono, the set featured 11 new tracks and included guest appearances by T Caveyfrom Erra, Daniel Gailey from Phinehas, and vocalist Caitlyn Mae from progressive rock band Fighting the Villain. (Source)
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