Our top ten Born Of Osiris songs list looks at the work of a progressive metalcore band who were formed in Chicago Illinois in 2003. The band’s current line-up is drummer Cameron Losch, vocalist Ronnie Cannizaro, keyboardist Joe Buras, guitarist Lee McKinney and bassist Nick Rossi.
When they first formed they were under the name Diminished and with this moniker they released a five song demo entitled Your Heart Engraved These Messages. After this they changed their name to Your Heart Engraved and then released a twelve song demo titled Youm W ara Youm. In 2006, they changed their name to Rosecrance and released a self-titled ep. In 2009, they finally became Born Of Osiris and they got signed to Summerian Records.
Their debut album A Higher Place was released in 2009 which got to seventy-three on the Billboard 200. After embarking on several tours with bands such as Caliban and Hatebreed and enlisting former All Shall Parish guitarist Jason Richardson as a second guitarist, they released their second album The Discovery in 2011 which got to number eight-even on the Billboard. After firing Richardson, who went on to join Chelsea Grin, they released their third album Tomorrow We Die Alive in 2013. The next two years saw the band embark on some extensive touring, which included the Mayhem and Warped tours. Their fourth album Soul Sphere was released in 2015. In 2017, they re-recorded their 2007 demo The New Reign under the title The Eternal Reign. 2018 saw the release of their fifth album The Simulation. Their most recent album Angel or Alien was released in 2021.
Born Of Osiris are one of the best bands to eMerge from the deathcore scene who have progressed beyond the limits of that genre and become a brilliant modern day progressive metal band. Owing as much to Iron Maiden as they do to Meshuggah, their music is a perfect blend of metal and progressive rock. Here is a list of their ten best songs.
# 10 – Illusionist
Kicking off our top ten Born Of Osiris songs list is this track taken from their third album Tomorrow We Die Alive released in 2013. This song is very technically accomplished, particularly with the guitar work which oddly sounds like music from an eighties video game. The album received a mixed critical response.
# 9 – The Other Half Of Me
Next up is this track taken from the band’s fourth album Soul Sphere released in 2016. Here the band have toned down the heaviness and embraced more of the progressive and symphonic elements in their music. The album got to number sixty-seven on the US Billboard 200. It also received both positive and mixed reviews critically.
# 8 – Divergency
Here is another song from Tomorrow We Die Alive. As well as getting to number twenty-seven on the Billboard 200, the album also got to number eight on the independent charts, ten on the rock albums and number on the hard rock albums chart. This album was notable for making a lot more use of the synthesiser than the band’s previous albums.
# 7 – Love Story
This next song is of Born Of Osiris’ most recent album Angel or Alien released in 2021. The album was announced as the first of two albums that the band has written in 2021. The album has got to number forty-seven on the UK Independent Album Charts as well as the British Rock and Metal Album charts at number eighteen.
# 6 – Follow The Sign
Ending the first half of this list is a track from their second album The Discovery released in 2011. This is an experimental track that starts of very mellow before exploding into a heavy track that deals lyrically with spirituality and religion. As well as getting to eighty-seven on the Billboard 200, it got to seventeen on the independent charts, twenty-three on the Rock albums chart and six on the Hard Rock albums chart.
# 5 – Illuminate
Kicking off the second half of this list is another track taken from Soul Sphere that has become a fan favourite with the band. The band are definitely branching out with their influences here, with this track having an Egyptian feel to it. This is a great that shows a maturity to the band in terms of musical progression.
# 4 – Empires Erased
Next on the list is this track taken from the ep The Eternal Reign released in 2017. As stated in the introduction to this article, the ep is a re-recording of 2007’s The New Reign. It was done to celebrate the tenth year anniversary of that ep. Vocalist Ronnie Cannizaro’s vocals have notably improved on this recording.
# 3 – Under The Gun
At number three is track from the band’s fifth album The Simulation released in 2019. It was the first of two Born Of Osiris albums planned to be released in 2019, but ended up being the only one that actually was. Fans of the band like this song because of its emotional feel and it is one of their most listened to tracks on Spotify.
# 2 – The New Reign
Just off the top spot is the title track of band’s ep released in 2007. The entire ep was written by drummer Cameron Losch from the ages of fourteen to sixteen and produced by Michael Keene who is the guitarist of The Faceless. It has a very early sound that is typical of the deathcore scene at the time of its release.
# 1 – A Higher Place
At the top of this list is the title track of the band’s debut album released in 2009. Up until this point Cameron Losch had been the sole composer of the band’s music and lyrics and this was the first release from the band to have input from any of the other members. Although he did write most of the material from this album, there are a couple of other tracks that have lyrics written by other members.
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