Osyron - Harbinger (2013)
Osyron - Harbinger 2013 | 320kbps | 162 MB
Full-length debut under the name Osyron - it has a bunch of different
styles ranging from aggressive/heavy to very melodic/catchy to epic/folk
to thrash to power metal to prog.
It's also a concept album with a big story and lots of twists.
Even though Canada’s been producing its own metal for quite some time,
it doesn’t seem to come out with as many big names as the US or Europe
(though The Agonist, Kataklysm and Anvil are some of our finest). This,
to me is both baffling and saddening – as Canada, my home nation, has
many great up-and-coming acts, including Osyron of Calgary/Edmonton, AB.
They released their debut album, Harbinger, earlier this year, and it’s
excellent mixture of progressive metal, sludge metal, death metal,
metalcore and classic metal. For me, this makes it accessible yet highly
versatile and interesting. I loved their opening track, ‘Visions’ for
several reasons – the vocals were clean, strong and pure, the guitar and
drums commanding and the keyboard wasn’t corny or tacky, and had its
own presence. ‘Dominant Insurrection’ has a triumphant intro thanks to
the keyboard (I can’t get over how well it was used!), which morphs into
a more traditionally heavy song. The vocal part also has some
sprinklings of this same triumphant feeling too! ‘Becoming the Omen’ is a
great ballad-like song that doesn’t sound like your regular sappy
ballad. It’s still very metal.
According to Osyron, Harbinger is ‘a story of one man's battle with the
rapidly, and tragically, changing environment surrounding him.
Progressive, powerful, epic, and dominating, the album contains styles
ranging from crushing and heavy to catchy and melodic, and is guaranteed
to grasp and hold onto to any listener's ear.’
After listening to the album, I think they summed it up pretty damn well, if I say so myself.
What’s kind of interesting with Harbinger is that it’s been divided into
three ‘chapters’: ‘Visions’, ‘Dominant Insurrection’, and ‘Becoming the
Omen’ make up the first chapter, ‘Gallery of Fools’, ‘Lifting of the
Veil’, ‘Going Under’, and ‘Ruination’ making up the second and ‘Silent
Judgment’, ‘A Return’, ‘Facing Fate’ and ‘Prosperity’ making up the
third. I also love how the song titles (as well as the songs themselves)
progressively sound more optimistic too!
And apparently Harbinger is the first of a trilogy. Now I’m very excited to see what comes next. Very, very excited.
Now, the opening of ‘Lifting of the Veil’ sounds exactly like a power
metal song, but oddly enough, it doesn’t sound weird or out of place
with the rest of the album. Kudos to you guys on this one! And
‘Ruination’ has almost symphonic elements, especially with the
keyboards, while ‘Facing Fate’ has a little acoustic solo, as well as a
regular electric guitar solo reminiscent of power or classic metal. I’m
really digging the variety here! You don’t seem to get much of that
So, to sum it up, Harbinger is an excellent album, and a solid start to
these guy’s careers (though this isn’t their ‘first’ release, if you
will. Check out their ReverbNation account and they explain). You guys
should totally listen to this, give their Facebook page a like, and give
them your support. They deserve it. Disponible sólo a los usuarios