Osiris – Reflections [1989]

Country Bahrain         

Style Progressive AOR

Rating 85/100

Band Members Mohamed AlSadeqi – Guitars , Vocals , Bass Guitar, Nabil AlSadeqi – Drums , Percussion, Sabah AlSadeqi – Lead Vocals, Mohamed Shafii – Lead Vocals , Flutes , Keyboards., A.Razak Arian – Keyboards, Khalid AlMutawa – Bass Guitar, Sami AlJamea,Nader Sharif – Additional keyboards, Ali Khonji – bass on “Lost and found.

Tracks 01. Shades Of Grey, 02. Lost And Found, 03. The Circle, 04. In The Corner, 05. The Prisoner, 06. Fire And Ice, 07. Reflections

Profile OSIRIS is probably one of the only, if not the only Arabic Progressive rock band ! Another of their originalities, and not a small one: those musicians come from Bahrain, a small country of the Persian Gulf. The AL-SADEQI brothers and their friends issued two very good opuses during the Eighties, now reissued by Musea: an eponymous album in 1982 and “Myths And Legends” two years later. On both of them, they perform an elaborated and delicate Progressive rock based on melodies full of variations, of instrumental blends and of ethereal developments.

Those musicians like multiple combinations between numerous instruments (Guitar, two keyboards, flute, vibraphone & percussions). Despite their origins, their music doesn’t sound old and proves to be as strong, elaborated, virtuoso and inspired as that of equivalent Anglo-Saxon bands (CAMEL, CARAVAN, GENESIS, FINCH…) with an instrumentation worthy of the best. As a bonus, some welcome oriental influences can be heard in some parts. Only issued as a promotional tape in 1989, “Reflections” shows a luxurious and highly sophisticated fresco. “Beyond Control – Live” comes from a 1991 concert. The band refused to use overdubs to remain honest with their music and audience.

Those eight tracks blend extracts of their three albums with four previously unreleased compositions. This surprising music can easily be compared with the best, both in composition and in interpretation !

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