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The fourth release from my favorite prog supergroup has been much-anticipated by many online communities for very good reasons.  The first OSI album generated a lot of interest mainly because it was touted as a “reunion” of Mike Portnoy and Kevin Moore, but by their second album, Free, it became apparent to prog fans that OSI is not your typical prog metal fare, and Mike and Kevin still don’t really get along all that well.  Portnoy and OSI had a mutual break-up after that, with Portnoy being replaced by the impeccable Gavin Harrison, and I am guessing that some of the early interest in the band died off after that.

But then an interesting thing happened.  OSI’s sound was so innovative and unique that it has really begun attracting a new kind of fan – many of whom were never Fates Warning or Dream Theater fans to begin with.  This is the organic sort of growth that a band like this really deserves, because it signals the change from a band that was known as a supergroup novelty, to a standalone band that will hopefully be known on its own merits for a long time. Read More

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