Osmium Guillotine are a band from the United Kingdom that plays a traditional form of metal which also brings in elements from other musical genres and this is a review of their self titled 2014 album which was released by MGR Records.
Epic sounding keyboards start off the album giving the recording a medieval feeling and after the intro a melodic lead kicks in which also leads up to a heavier musical direction that is closer to 80's heavy metal along with some melodic vocals and some of the music goes back to the beginning days of power and speed metal.
All of the musical instruments have a very powerful sounding presence on this recording along with a great amount of vintage NWOBHM elements and after awhile back up gang vocals and the energy of punk rock is added into the bands musical sound and as the album progresses clean playing can be heard in certain sections of the recording.
Some of the later tracks sees the band adding in the darkness of doom, the aggression of thrash metal which are also utilized in the vocals as well and the catchy melodies of classic rock while you can also hear a small amount of folk music in the cleaner sections as well as a small amount of spoken word parts and the songs utilize a good amount of variety along with a mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with a few tracks that are very long and epic in length.
Osmium Guillotine creates a very interesting and old school approach to heavy metal with their musical sound which shows them combining the mid 70's and 80's sound together while also adding in folk, punk and classic rock to make their musical more original, the production sounds very old school yet professional at the same time while the lyrics cover war and fantasy themes.
In my opinion Osmium Guillotine are a very great sounding heavy metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "D-Day" "City of Chaos" "Hobgoblin" and "Subhuman". 8/5 out of 10.
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