After being drawn in by the seductive intro ‘Rebirth’, you are immediately slapped in the face by what could be the most refreshing transformation in metal history. Born of Osiris did away with the breakdowns and said “hello” to writing dynamic, progressive songwriting. There aren’t as many songs focused on the keyboards as The New Reign did, but instead incorporated more guitar melody.
I’m sure that scene kids worldwide are going to hate on this album left and right, aching to hear their precious breakdowns once more. A Higher Place has many characteristics that The New Reign had. Bone shaking blastbeats, progressive technicality, and melodies that will bring you to your knees. The one thing this album doesn’t have that The New Reign did, is a disappointing number of songs on the track list. A Higher Place pumps out a mouthwatering 13 tracks and only contains one filler (the intro), which is forgivable. If you are familiar with The New Reign, when you hear the intro you will notice that it sets the tone for what some might call “the new Born Of Osiris” with the way that it incorporates the outro melody from the final song on The New Reign but with the new twist of A Higher Place.
As for the appeal of the songs, there’s not much to say other than it barely gives you any time to rest. From beginning to end, you are pummeled with fast guitar riffing, relentless vocals, and more amazing drumming than you can shake a stick at. One song that I’m drawn the most to is ‘Starved’, which to me is the total package of metal.
There’s nothing much to say other than to give this a listen for yourself. More than worth the purchase. If you’re looking for an album to hardcore dance to in your bedroom at your mommy and daddy’s house, this ain’t it. If you’re looking for musical genius that will make you want to punch your Grandma in the teeth, pick it up.
Goodbye deathcore, hello real music.