[News] Metal Blade Records reissue O.S.I. albums “Office of Strategic Influence’” and “Free” on vinyl and CD

On July 30, 2021 O.S.I. will release vinyl and CD re-issues of their classic albums “Office of Strategic Influence” (2003) and “Free” (2006), via Metal Blade Records – the first time both records will be available on vinyl! Free was mastered for vinyl by Alan Douches at West West Side, and 2021 marks the 15th anniversary of this seminal release.

Fates Warning guitarist Jim Matheos originally recruited Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy to work on a progressive metal album. When keyboardist and vocalist Kevin Moore (founder of Chroma Key and former Dream Theater member) joined the project, the musical direction of the first O.S.I album changed to become more focused on soundscapes and composition than musicianship. Sean Malone (of Cynic and Gordian Knot) and Steven Wilson (vocals on the track “Shutdown”) also performed on the debut album, while Joey Vera replaced Sean Malone on bass guitar on ‘Free’.

Pre-order your copies now at:
–USA: https://www.indiemerch.com/metalbladerecords/band/osi
–EU: https://eu.kingsroadmerch.com/metal-blade/artist/1176
–UK: https://eyesoremerch.com/band-tshirts/o/osi

Office of Strategic Influence and Free can be purchased in the following versions:

O.S.I.: Office of Strategic Influence 2LP (w/ bonus tracks) versions
– 180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
– blue marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 400 copies)
– red / black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
– gold w/ black dust vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– opaque white vinyl (US exclusive)
– gold vinyl (US exclusive)

O.S.I. Free 2LP (w/ bonus tracks) and 2CD (w/ bonus tracks + Re:Free EP) versions
– digipak-2CD
– 180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
– purple / red marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 400 copies)
– clear / green marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
– clear / black split vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– red marbled vinyl (US exclusive)
– pea green marbled vinyl (US exclusive)

Office of Strategic Influence 2LP track-listing
SIDE A
1. The New Math (what he said)
2. OSI
3. When You’re Ready
4. Horseshoes And B-52’s
5. Head
SIDE B
1. Hello, Helicopter!
2. shutDOWN
3. Dirt From A Holy Place
SIDE C
1. Memory Daydreams Lapses
2. Standby (looks like rain)
3. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun (Bonus Track)
4. New Mama (Bonus Track)
SIDE D
1. The Thing That Never Was (Bonus Track)

Free 2LP track-listing
SIDE A
1. Sure You Will
2. Free
3. Go
4. All Gone Now
SIDE B
1. Home Was Good
2. Bigger Wave
3. Kicking
4. Better
SIDE C
1. Simple Life
2. Once
3. Our Town
SIDE D (Bonus Tracks)
1. OSIdea 9
2. Set It On Fire
3. Communicant
4. When You’re Ready (demo)
5. Remain Calm
6. Old War

Free 2CD Tracklist:
DISC 1
1. Sure You Will
2. Free
3. Go
4. All Gone Now
5. Home Was Good
6. Bigger Wave
7. Kicking
8. Better
9. Simple Life
10. Once
11. Our Town
DISC 2
12. OSIdea 9
13. Set It On Fire
14. Communicant
15. When You’re Ready (demo)
16. Remain Calm
17. Old War
18. Go (Console Remix)
19. Kicking (Kevin Moore Remix)
20. Home Was Good (Kevin Moore Remix)

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