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Nu-metal quartet Osyrus (who take their name from the Egyptian god of life and death) have an eclectic mix of influences from Fates Warning to Trapt seeping through the outfit’s self-titled endeavor. The 12-track disc boasts a friendly, big rock radio ready sound, as the crisp vocals and massive rhythm section are very prominently displayed on tracks like “Never Change”. The guitar work is stock nu-metal, reminiscent of Godsmack meets Crossbreed on tracks like “In My Corner” and “World Disorder” while the lyrical content and song titles lack the depth of much of the music underneath. If you’re looking for some meat and potatoes rock without a lot of heavy brain work a la Three Doors Down meets Taproot, Osyrus more than fits the bill.
- Mike SOS