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Office of Strategic Influence

Formed: 2002
From: Long Island, NY, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Background

OSI is a project by Jim Matheos and Kevin Moore.

"Office of Strategic Influence" was released in 2003, followed by "Free" in 2006. "Blood" is set for release in April, 2009, and includes guests Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree) and Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth). "Blood" is totally their best album.

Past participants include Mike Portnoy on the first two albums, Sean Malone and Steven Wilson on the debut, and Joey Vera on "Free." OSI serves at the pleasure of InsideOut Music.

Latest Office of Strategic Influence News

Below is our complete Office of Strategic Influence news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

OSI Posts New Video Clip

OSI has completed work on a video for the song entitled "For Nothing," which comes from OSI's fourth album "Fire Make Thunder." The video was directed by Jimmy Ahlander and is being premiered online through Ultimate-Guitar.com. Check out the video here.

In its first week of release, "Fire Make Thunder" has charted on the Billboard New Artist Chart at #18. OSI also charted on the Top Hard Music Albums Chart at #46. International chart numbers include #43 on the Hard Music chart in Canada and #139 on the charts in Benelux.

Formed in 2002 by Jim Matheos (Fates Warning, Arch/Matheos) and Kevin Moore (Chroma Key, former Dream Theater keyboardist), 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.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1) Cold Call
2) Guards
3) Indian Curse
4) Enemy Prayer
5) Wind Won't Howl
6) Big Chief II
7) For Nothing
8) Invisible Men

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OSI Streaming New Track "Big Chief II"

"Fire Make Thunder" marks the fourth undertaking for the collaborative duo known as OSI. Formed in 2002 by Jim Matheos (Fates Warning, Arch/Matheos) and Kevin Moore (Chroma Key, former Dream Theater keyboardist), 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.

"Fire Make Thunder" is slated for a March 27th release via Metal Blade Records. Today Prog Archives is hosting an exclusive stream of another track from "Fire Make Thunder." Get a first listen to "Big Chief II" here.

Decibel Magazine's "Deciblog" also previously posted the song "Cold Call" at this location.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1) Cold Call
2) Guards
3) Indian Curse
4) Enemy Prayer
5) Wind Won't Howl
6) Big Chief II
7) For Nothing
8) Invisible Men

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OSI Streaming New Song "Cold Call"

"Fire Make Thunder" marks the fourth undertaking for the collaborative duo known as OSI. Formed in 2002 by Jim Matheos (Fates Warning, Arch/Matheos) and Kevin Moore (Chroma Key, former Dream Theater keyboardist), 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.

"Fire Make Thunder" is slated for a March 27th release via Metal Blade Records. Today Decibel Magazine's "Deciblog" is hosting an exclusive premiere of a track from "Fire Make Thunder." Get a first listen to the first track on the album "Cold Call" at this location. More...

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OSI Reveals "Fire Make Thunder" Details

"Fire Make Thunder" marks the fourth undertaking for the collaborative duo known as Office of Strategic Influence (OSI). Formed in 2002 by Jim Matheos (Fates Warning, Arch/Matheos) and Kevin Moore (Chroma Key, former Dream Theater keyboardist), 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.

The "Fire Make Thunder" album is slated for a March 27th release via Metal Blade Records. The track listing is as follows:

1) Cold Call
2) Guards
3) Indian Curse
4) Enemy Prayer
5) Wind Won't Howl
6) Big Chief II
7) For Nothing
8) Invisible Men More...

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Office Of Strategic Influence Signs To Metal Blade

Office Of Strategic Influence (OSI), the hard rock duo formed by Jim Matheos (Fates Warning) and Kevin Moore (Chroma Key, Dream Theater), has inked a deal with Metal Blade Records. Their 2009 album "Blood" included guests Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree) and Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth). Past participants include Mike Portnoy on the first two albums, Sean Malone and Steven Wilson on the debut album, and Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning) on "Free." OSI is currently working on their fourth album and Metal Blade debut for a late 2010 release.

Metal Blade founder and CEO Brian Slagel commented on the signing: "We are very excited to welcome OSI to the Metal Blade Family. I have been a big fan of the band and all of us here can't wait to work on the new album."

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Mike Portnoy Records Drums For New OSI Album

DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy entered the studio this past weekend to record the drums for the second OSI (OFFICE OF STRATEGIC INFLUENCE) album, tentatively due in early 2006 via InsideOut Music.

"Initially I wasn't going to partake in the album and had passed on the offer, but I guess the moral of the story is, 'Never say never,'" Portnoy said.

OSI's upcoming CD will once again feature FATES WARNING guitarist Jim Matheos and ex-DREAM THEATER keyboardist Kevin Moore. The group's debut album, which came out in 2003 via InsideOut, also included former CYNIC bassist Sean Malone.

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