The Osiris Club
The Wine-Dark Sea
(2018)
Crank this to 8.6 of 11
Genre:
Progressive rock
Sounds Like:
A Perfect Circle, Roger Hodgson, Porcupine Tree
Thursday, March 01, 2018
We can’t put our finger on exactly why, but for whatever reason it has been quite difficult to find a solid progressive rock band these days. We either encounter over-dramatic vocalists, excessive fretwork, god awful lyrics, or just blatant Dream Theater clones. We were refreshed to have stumbled upon The Osiris Club hailing from London UK and their sophomore release entitled The Wine-Dark Sea. Apparently conceived as an instrumental band fusing horror movie soundtracks, the band eventually transformed into a full-blown prog rock band with depth and vision. They have certainly upped their game over the two full length releases. We found the album flow on their latest to be exceptional, filled with unique melodies and a steadfast vocal performance that does not tire.

ROTATION RECAP:
Vocal Performance
8.2 of 11

Weight of the Heavy
7.4 of 11

Lyrics and Song Structure
9.2 of 11

Overall Album Flow
9.3 of 11

Fretwork Prowess
8.1 of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics
8.9 of 11

Production Value
8.5 of 11

Standout Track(s)
The longest track and closer takes the cake. "A Winters Night on Sentinel Hill" blends psychedelia with a myriad of wonderful melodies and unique layers. Dark undertones bleed through a wild journey as we hear ELP and Pink Floyd influences throughout. Its an epic track almost paying homage to the tremendous bands that blessed us in the 1970s.

Alcohol Pairing
Wet your whistle with Anspach & Hobday, The Smoked Brown, a terrific blend at 6% ABV. Inspired by an age when London’s brewers dried their malts in flame-heated kilns, this beer has a subtle smokiness permeating the flavor and aroma. A fruity bitterness is underpinned by an oak dryness, creating an unusual beer full of intrigue and complexity.

Lasting Impression 
What sticks with us is the bands authenticity and consistency. They know who they are and stay within reasonable boundaries to deliver a very entertaining forty-four minutes. We did find ourselves ebbing and flowing between the 70s and 90s, yet finding a common thread throughout the melodies that kept us very engaged. We encourage you to give this one a gander and also check-out their debut entitled Blazing World which has a bit of a heavier edge to it particularly delivering a bit more fretwork prowess. - 3/2/2018

 

Tracklist:

1-Wormwood Grange (5:58)

2-Island of Stone (3:35)

3-The Hopeless Distance (4:19)

4-Mausoleum (4:08)

5-The Signal (2:56)

6-Ringing the Changes(4:39)

7-With the Giants (3:45)

8-Citadel of the Fly (5:24)

9-A Winters Night on Sentinel Hill (11:34)

Band members:
Fullard- Guitars, synths
Prestidge- Drums, synths
Oakes- Vocals
Cooper- Vocals
Reutt- Guitars
Tondeur- Live Keys
Mitchell- Live Bass

Follow The Osiris Club: Bandcamp / Facebook
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