OSI's new album, "Fire Make Thunder", sold 1,900 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 18 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
"Fire Make Thunder" marks the fourth undertaking for the collaborative duo of Jim Matheos (FATES WARNING, ARCH/MATHEOS) and Kevin Moore (CHROMA KEY, former DREAM THEATER keyboardist).
Formed in 2002 by Matheos and Moore, OSI is a long-distance partnership, both musicians typically writing and recording alone and sending song ideas back and forth for further elaboration.
Written and recorded throughout most of 2011, this latest release once again reflects the eclectic influences of both Matheos and Moore.
Returning as OSI's session drummer is Gavin Harrison of PORCUPINE TREE, this time co-writing one of the tracks with the band. All other instruments and programming were performed by both Matheos and Moore, while vocals and lyrics were handled exclusively by Moore.
All of the recording for "Fire Make Thunder", with the exception of drums, was done by Moore and Matheos at each musician's respective home studio with drums being recorded at Harrison's home in London. Final overdubs as well as some additional writing/arranging was completed in July 2011 in Jamaica, Iowa, where the band mixed alongside engineer Matt Sepanic at Sound Farm Studio & Recording Environment. Mastering was handled by renowned engineer Roger Siebel. The record was produced by both Moore and Matheos.
"Fire Make Thunder" track listing:
01. Cold Call
03. Indian Curse
04. Enemy Prayer
05. Wind Won't Howl
06. Big Chief II
07. For Nothing
08. Invisible Men
The track "Cold Call" can now be streamed using the audio player below. Also available is an audio medley of tracks from "Fire Make Thunder".
An 11-minute video clip featuring a chat between Chairman and CEO of Metal Blade Records, Brian Slagel, and OSI can be seen below.
"Cold Call" audio stream: