OIS- new album from Portnoy, Mattheos, Moore

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  1. Mike Broadman

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    Office of Strategic Influence is the name of the new project, by three master musicians:

    Mike Portnoy- drummer for Dream Theater as well as many other such collaboritive projects

    Kevin Moore- original keyboard player for Dream Theater. Left due to loss of interest in "prog metal."

    Jim Mattheos- guitarist for Fates Warning

    Though the project was initially planned as a prog-monster workout, Moore's sobering presence shifted the direction of the music.

    Unfortunately, I have not heard his work with Chroma Key, so I really don't know where he is at musically. However, this unexpected element makes me more interested in the results of this collaboration than had it been another progumental jamfest by musicians who, quite frankly, we've heard do it many times before.
     
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    edit the thread title from OIS to OSI please

    i can't wait for this album
     
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    Well, I'm looking forward to this.

    I don't know a thing about Chroma Key and the tone of their music but that's not going to stop me from buying OSI. I'm more interested in the Portnoy/Mattheos collaboration as I'm a fan of both DT and FW.
     
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    If it is an instrumental, then I'm there. I simply can't handle the vocals I've heard in most modern prog. Yes, that includes Dream Theater and Transatlantic. Please don't kill me.

    But even my favorite Dream Theater (Images and Words) grates on my nerves sometimes, except for the perfect instrumental bridges in Metropolis, Pt 1 and Learning to Live.
     
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    Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree handles vocals on one song.

    Moore's vocals aren't typical of prog-rock. Very low key. I think you can download free Chroma Key tracks at chromakey.com andor mp3.com. Both CK albums are very good, but have virtually nothing in common with Dream Theater.

    Be aware that there is a two-disc limited edition of OSI, which will have a cover of "Set the Controls For the Heart of the Sun." I'm so there.
     
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    I'll be very interested in your thoughts when it comes.

    In the meantime, looking for just such a prog instrumental album (since I was made to think about it), I just ordered Liquid Tension Experiment. Anyone have this?
     
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    LTE is the ultimate wank instrumental prog album. Great stuff from talented musicians.

    More instrumental prog stuff:
    Bozzio/Levin/Stevens (similar lines as LTE, but more flamenco guitar work)
    Ozric Tentacles (Progressive Psycedelic groove music)
    Djam Karet (sometimes dissodent, sometimes dreamy)
    Birdsongs Of The Mesozoic
    California Guitar Trio (Three Acoustic Guitarist with big sound)

    Jason
     
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    This is sounding like it will be quite interesting. I have never liked DT's music much since Kevin left. And with Steve Wilson doing some vocals, should be good stuff.
     
  13. Rob M.

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    Got my copy of the 2-disc set today. Simply an excellent album. Has a little something of everyone on the project, but reminds me most of a heavy Chroma Key. I'm surprised, in fact, at how heavy a few of the songs are.

    Eager to see everyone's thoughts. Anyone else have this yet?
     
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    Mail reception is delayed because of the blizzard we got, but hopefully it will be in my mailbox this week.

    Jeff, I would also add Gordian Knot to Jason Birzer's list.
     
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    Jason / Mike -

    Thanks much. Always happy to add to my list [​IMG]
     
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    So, any opinions on this CD?
     

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