Label: Inside Out Music - IOMSECD 309,Inside Out Music - 0504060 • Format: 2x, CD Album, Reissue, Special Edition • Country: Europe • Genre: Rock • Style: Prog Rock
Guitarist Jim Matheos and keyboardist and vocalist Kevin Moore started work on the album incollaborating by email. Matheos would send Moore a song idea which Moore would edit and send back to Matheos. Matheos played bass guitar False Start - OSI - Blood the album, having hired guest musicians to perform bass duties on the first two OSI albums.
Critical reception of Blood was generally positive. The more atmospheric and ambient tracks were praised; the more metal -oriented tracks received mixed reactions. Moore's lyrics and Harrison's drumming, in particular, were met with acclaim. On September 4,keyboardist and vocalist Kevin Moore posted a news update to the official Chroma Key website.
In it, he stated that he had been working with guitarist Jim Matheos on a third OSI album "for several months now, slowly but surely. We never really know if we're going to do another OSI, we never agree on it. I don't remember ever agreeing to start a new one, really. But Jim will send me an idea or something and we just start talking about it. Blood was written and recorded Chena - Promises the same way as the first two OSI albums.
Matheos and Moore worked together on the album long-distance, mainly by emailing each other files. Matheos would send False Start - OSI - Blood song ideas, "from just a guitar riff to elaborate, almost completed songs," Moore said.
Moore considered the writing of Blood to be harder compared to previous OSI albums. Previously, Matheos would send Moore guitar parts to work with, allowing Moore to "work with editing them, pitching them, and fucking about them different ways, and then Przytul Mnie, Przytul Mnie - Various - Giga Attack 2 - Najlepsze Z Najlepszych drums and keyboards.
So much of that False Start - OSI - Blood his taking it in a different direction," Moore said. Matheos and Moore sent him the track they wanted him to work on, and he sent back a rough mix of his vocals.
It was a different approach than I would have taken, and that's what was refreshing about it. That's why we wanted to get somebody else to do some vocals on the album. Moore regarded Blood as "[distilling] the OSI vibe that we've been going for all along with this album". It's a musical conflict where we want different things to happen and have to work it musically.
If it was just one way or the other, like the singer-songwriter stuff, electronic music or progressive metalthere's a lot of people doing those things already. Moore stated that he found writing songs which combined progressive metal and electronic music easier than writing songs confined to one genre. Working with the two genres, they're different enough from each other — almost natural enemies — that it keeps it interesting," he said. There's always conflicts between the two writing elements that keeps it interesting.
When writing lyrics for previous releases, Moore would "start mumbling and I try to figure out what I'm saying and then try to make it make sense". I didn't want it to be like 'Oh, you get your own impression of the lyrics. Everybody has their own idea! And if you can write some words and lyrics that match that, sometimes it flows really well. Moore used Ableton Live to write music and record his vocals. The only keyboard he used was a Minimoog Voyager. The special edition of Blood came with a bonus disc featuring three extra tracks.
The second track is a cover of "Christian Brothers" by Elliott Smith. Writing for BlogcriticsMarty Dodge False Start - OSI - Blood the album as "jaw droppingly impressive",  considering it to "[have] the potential to be up there in top albums of the year". Reilly described Blood as "fully mastering the techno -informed brand of progressive metal so many others have pursued to no avail All lyrics are written by Kevin Mooreexcept where noted; all music is composed by Jim Matheos and Kevin Mooreexcept where noted.
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