Tuesday, August 24, 2010
On September 28, 2010 Metal Blade Records will be releasing the re-issue of super group OSI's self-titled 2003 release OFFICE OF STRATEGIC INFLUENCE. The album which was recorded in June 2002 and mixed in August 2002 at the Carriage House Studios in Stamford, Connecticut, will contain the following tracks and a Multimedia section:
OFFICE OF STRATEGIC INFLUENCE track listing:
1. The New Math (what he said)
3. When You're Ready
4. Horseshoes and B-52's
6. Hello, Helicopter!
7. ShutDOWN (feat. Steven Wilson)
8. Dirt from a Holy Place
9. Memory Daydreams Lapses
10. Standby (looks like rain)
*Limited Edition (CD above + extra CD with 3 more tracks and 3 videos)
1. Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun (08:49)
2. New Mama (02:22)
3. The Thing That Never Was (17:21)
*"Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" is a Pink Floyd cover performed by Kevin Moore and Mike Portnoy. "New Mama" is a Neil Young cover performed by Kevin Moore. "The Thing That Never Was" is the original "Looks Like Rain" demo performed by Jim Matheos and Mike Portnoy.
The Multimedia section is approximately 19 minutes long and includes a concept piece directed and edited by Kevin Moore for Horseshoes and B-52's as well as two separate documentary style clips shot at Carriage House Studios during the recording of the album.
OSI (Office of Strategic Influence) is an American progressive experimental super-group formed by Fates Warning guitarist Jim Matheos back in 2003 and features the talents of Kevin Moore (Chroma Key, Dream Theater). The band's name refers to the short-lived US government agency Office of Strategic Influence which was established shortly after 9/11 to manufacture and promote pro-US propaganda in domestic and foreign media. OSI inked a deal with Metal Blade Records back in May and is currently working on their fourth album and Metal Blade debut, which will be out in 2011. The band gained a strong underground following through the release of their 3 full-length records and an EP. Their 2009 album, Blood includes guests Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree) and Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth). Past participants include Mike Portnoy on the first two albums, Sean Malone and Steven Wilson on the debut, and Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning) on Free.
OSI's music can't easily be pigeonholed and is a completely different animal when compared to its founders' other projects. The music is a combination of dark rock chorus' with atmospheric, often industrial keys and is an eclectic mix of both Moore's and Matheos' influences.
Posted by Dan Goldin at 11:52 PM