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Born of Osiris Release New-Old Song “Glorious Day” from Re-Recorded Debut EP

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Born of Osiris - The New ReignBorn of Osiris just announced that they’re releasing a “new” EP called The Eternal Reign. But the EP isn’t really new: it’s a newly recorded and reimagined version of their debut EP, The Reign, which came out in 2007.

Born of Osiris certainly aren’t the first band to embark on such an endeavor. Exodus re-recorded Bonded by Blood, Arch Enemy re-recorded some old tracks with then-new vocalist Angela Gossow, Vader re-recorded some songs for a greatest hits compilation so the recordings could reflect their current lineup, and Twisted Sister did the same so they could license out “We’re Not Gonna Take It” to TV despite not owning the original master recording of that track. Those are just a few examples.

But man, the whole concept is just weird. There are plenty of reasons why a band might do such a thing, including those above, and simply “we were young and didn’t know what we were doing back then, and we just want a better recording,” which is what Born of Osiris’s reasoning seems to be.

But isn’t there something to be said for the integrity of the original recording, warts and all? As the band themselves state in a quote about the re-release, it’s that original EP that landed them a deal with Sumerian and launched their careers. Clearly it was good enough then. And it should be good enough now for the same reason.

A few years ago Dream Theater remixed what is perhaps their most well-known track, “Pull Me Under“… and blech! That ridiculous, gigantic, gated snare in the original version may’ve been pretty silly and dated, but it was part of the damn track and that’s how we’d been hearing it for 20 years prior. It doesn’t need to be re-done.

Anyway, perhaps some bigger Born of Osiris fans than I can chime in with their thoughts on The Eternal Reign, and the EP which it reimagines, The Reign. The band is clearly pretty pumped about the idea. Along with the announcement, they released an actual new track — one that was written back in the day but never recorded or released — so at least there’s that.

Check out the new track below, along with a statement via Facebook from the band’s guitarist Lee McKinney:

“We are beyond excited to break the silence on what we’ve been up to this past year. 10 years ago we were seniors in high school in Chicago and spent our spring break recording a record that we had no idea would massively impact our lives. The New Reign was something we all believed in, and for that reason we were all anxious and curious to see how it would be taken.

“This past year we decided to re-record our debut. I know what you’re thinking…. “they took the album and sent it to someone else to re-mix / re-master and they are going to re-package and re-sell it.” Wrong! We went to the studio, re-recorded the entire thing, changed guitar riffs/drum parts/bass/vocals and even recorded a new song that I wish made it onto the original version 10 years ago. This song “Glorious Day” was made before some of the other songs that made the original recording.

“I must say, it’s crazy to still be in our 20’s and be on a 10 year anniversary. I’m so thankful for this… and I must thank the fans for supporting us every step of the way, as well as Sumerian Records for believing in us all of this time.

“So to go along with such a monumental occasion, we give you “The New Reign Tour” to go along with this release. We are going to play this record for you now that we as a band and production are better and tighter than ever. Join us, VOLUMES, and some more new friends on what should be one of the most meaningful Born of Osiris tours to date.”

— Lee McKinney

The Eternal Reign comes out on February 24th and can be pre-ordered here.

[via Lambgoat]

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