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Progressive, Death Metal


2004, Budapest

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Balázs Medve - Vocals
Bálint Bokodi - Vocals (Gloaming)
Zsolt Juhász - Guitar
Dániel Kabai - Guitar
György Nedoluha - Bass (Suffering (Hun), Vale of Tears)
Dániel Kovács - Drums (Gloaming)


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There is more than one artist known with this name: an American progressive metal band and an Israeli jazz singer.

1. O.S.I. is an American progressive metal band, formed by Fates Warning guitarist Jim Matheos in 2003. He named the band after a short-lived U.S. government agency named the Office of Strategic Influence, which is still in existence under a different name.
2. Osi is the stage name of Israeli-born jazz singer Osi Lewin.

1. O.S.I. is a progressive rock/metal supergroup, consisting of Jim Matheos (Fates Warning ) and Kevin Moore (Chroma Key) as the core duo. Albums have typically seen a host of guest musicians in support.

Matheos asked Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy to lend his talents to what was initially to be Matheos' solo project. The original style of the project can be heard on the special edition of the CD. The track The Thing That Never Was - a long progressive instrumental, was written by Matheos before any collaborators were involved. Steven Wilson (of Porcupine Tree) was asked to sing on the project, but he felt the style of the music that had been written to that point didn't appeal to him. However, late in the project Wilson contributed vocals for one track, shutDOWN.

Matheos subsequently recruited Kevin Moore (Chroma Key), who had played keyboards on various Fates Warning albums in the 1990s and early 2000s and was a founding member of the band Dream Theater before leaving in 1994. Moore edited and developed sections of that track, with further contributions by Matheos, into what became the 10 songs on the first CD.

Sean Malone was then recruited to fill the role of bassist and Chapman Stick player for the band. This left vocalist as the only open position to be filled. Daniel Gildenlow of Pain of Salvation was seriously considered for the job, but as Moore was tracking his own scratch vocals in developing the songs, it became obvious that the project should continue with Moore singing.

The bass parts on the second album, Free, are performed by Fates Warning bass player, Joey Vera.

Fates Warning often performs the songs shutDOWN and The New Math at their concerts with singer Ray Alder on vocals and Portnoy guesting on drums.

Respected UK-based internet label Burning Shed (a label also associated with Steven Wilson projects such as Porcupine Tree and No-Man) now host the official O.S.I. online shop.

O.S.I. have recently released their second album 'free', as well as an EP called 're:free', which contains remixes of 3 tracks, plus a video clip.

The new album "Blood" is due for release 27/April/2009. As in all previous releases, there will be two editions. The special edition will contain a second CD with 3 bonus tracks.

2. Osi is the stage name of Israeli-born jazz singer Osi Lewin (pronounced Oh-See). To date, she has only released one studio album, 'Whisper Not', in 2003. The album is a collection of multilingual songs.

Osi is best known to New York cabaret audiences for her riveting star-turn in the Dick Barclay production of PIAF, a tribute to the great French singer Edith Piaf. Osi also appeared for a year-long run at the Hampshire House (in the Plantation Room) where she honed her Brazilian repertoire. Both shows influenced this debut album, titled after the song by the great jazz composer Benny Golson. Osi’s bright voice illuminates the Weiss/Shearing standard, Lullaby of Birdland, and the Rodgers & Hammerstein ballad, Love Look Away, and melts us with the searing Piaf song, Rien De Rien.

Born in Israel, Osi was raised in Israel and for a short time in Los Angeles. She currently makes her home in New York City. Whisper Not was produced by Ray Passman and Emmanuel Mann for LML Music.

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