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4 stars What a great album from former Dream Theater keyboarder Kevin Moore ( Now Chroma Key), Jim Matheos from Fates Warning, Mike Portnoy from Dream Theater and Sean Malone from Cynic/ Gordian Knot.

The music is a mix of mostly Chroma Key and newer Fates Warning. If you like the guitar sound and riffs on Fates Warningīs Disconnected mixed with the more ambient mood of Chroma Key you just gotta love OSIīs debut album Office of Strategic Influence. Kevin Moore sings on most of the songs with his mellow and nice vocals. Some say his vocals are indifferent and leaves them cold, but I really like them and even though they can seem emotionless, I think they suit the music well. Steven Wilson from Porcupine Tree guests on the song ShutDOWN with his good vocals.

Needless to say that the musicians are outstanding. The production is very good. The songs are very well composed and very emotional even though there are some really heavy parts too. Songs like The New Math (What He Said) and OSI are pretty heavy songs but I think these two songs which are the first songs on the album are the most heavy songs here, so listen a little further if this puts you off.

The bonus disc is very good too. The first song is a cover of Pink Floydīs Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun which is great. The second song is New Mama which is a really emotional song where Kevin Moore sings some great lines. Itīs essentially a Chroma Key song in my ears, but itīs a great addition to this album. The last bonus track is The Thing That Never Was which is an instrumental 17 minute+ song which is a mix of the different themes from the regular CD. Itīs pretty good.

Itīs almost a masterpiece, but not quite. 4 stars will be my rating.

UMUR | 4/5 |


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