I mean, I already own this record. But it’s always rad when out-of-print shit gets re-issued. On September 28, Metal Blade will re-release OSI’s self-titled 2003 LP. OSI — or Office of Strategic Influence — are a supergroup of sorts, featuring members of Fates Warning and Dream Theater, were progressive and experimental and awesome.
The record was recorded in 2002 at the Carriage House in Stamford, Connecticut. The re-issue will feature all 10 original tracks — including “Dirt From a Holy Place,” “The New Math (What He Said),” “Hello, Helicopter!,” and “Memory Daydreams Lapses” — plus an extra disc with three songs and a trio of videos.
The new tracks include “The Thing That Never Was,” which was actually the original demo of the song that would ultimately become “Looks Like Rain,” along with two covers: Pink Floyd’s “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun” and Neil Young’s “New Mama.” Metal Blade is previewing some of the new disc. I recommend this for fans of Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree, and even heavy prog. It’s insane and really forward-thinking stuff with soaring, sweeping guitars. Obviously not for everyone but sooooo real.
The band’s named after the short-lived government agency, sprung following 9/11 to spread pro-U.S.A. propaganda in the media both here and abroad.
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