Release date: April 14th 2006
Label: InsideOutMusic
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Website: www.osiband.com
Progressive Metal

Rating: 30/100
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: March 30th 2006

Second album from Office of Strategic Influence, the band put together by Kevin Moore (Chroma Key, ex-Dream Theater) and Jim Matheos (Fates Warning) with 2 leading progressive metal personalities in Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) and Joey Vera (Fates Warning) appearing as guest musicians on this album, just like on their first one. And with such a prominent constellation one might expect big things...

But this album simply doesn't cut it! Much like Kevin Moore's Chroma Key albums, this is a boring pointless collection of uninspired atmospheric songs. Sure there are one or two cool ideas, but for most parts it just bores me... I'll give them one thing; this album is a lot more song orientated than their first one (which I still like a lot).

"Kicking" is a good song, even though I don't like Kevin Moore's vocals particular much - this song creates a nice atmosphere with its simple guitar structure and bass-lines. They are creating big soundscapes of ambient sounds, but for most parts, there really arenít much going on at all... "Simple Life" is the other highlight for me on this album, with its very strong middle part, cool guitars!

Sad, but true this album is dreadfully boring, and I can only strongly recommend that you listen careful before buying this album! Next please...