How Born of Osiris Guitarist Lee McKinney Made 'The Simulation' a Rocking Reality

(Image credit: Sumerian Records)

Progressive metalcore band Born of Osiris celebrated their 10-year anniversary by completely re-recording their 2007 debut EP The New Reign as The Eternal Reign, and launching a tour to pay tribute to their fans who continued to embrace their earliest effort as their raison d’etre. Now the group is ready to stop living in the past — or at least cease existing in limbo.

Back in December 2017, guitarist, main songwriter and producer Lee McKinney completed Born of Osiris’ fifth full-length, The Simulation, and the band’s label, Sumerian, liked it so much it was left wanting more. Instead of scheduling the album for immediate release, the company asked McKinney if he would write one more song in the vein of the group’s 2013 single “MΔchine” from their third album, Tomorrow We Die Δlive. The song has performed better on streaming services and received more iTunes downloads than any of the band’s other songs, and the label decided a track like that would help would make The Simulation a sure thing.

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Jon Wiederhorn

Jon is an author, journalist, and podcaster who recently wrote and hosted the first 12-episode season of the acclaimed Backstaged: The Devil in Metal, an exclusive from Diversion Podcasts/iHeart. He is also the primary author of the popular Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal and the sole author of Raising Hell: Backstage Tales From the Lives of Metal Legends. In addition, he co-wrote I'm the Man: The Story of That Guy From Anthrax (with Scott Ian), Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen (with Al Jourgensen), and My Riot: Agnostic Front, Grit, Guts & Glory (with Roger Miret). Wiederhorn has worked on staff as an associate editor for Rolling Stone, Executive Editor of Guitar Magazine, and senior writer for MTV News. His work has also appeared in Spin, Entertainment Weekly,, Revolver, Inked, and other publications and websites.