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On disc: Vision Divine



Vision Divine - Claudia Ehrhardt - 7 stars
Send Me An Angel - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars
9 Degrees West Of The Moon - Claudia Ehrhardt - 9 stars
Destination Set To Nowhere - Lars Bj°rn - 8 stars


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Destination Set To Nowhere

Destination Set To Nowhere
(Armoury Records - 2012)


Destination Set To Nowhere is a story of a man and his journey to the open space, described in 11 songs that are present on the new album from Vision Divine. Olaf Thorsen is still the main composer of the music, and in Fabio Lione the band has a singer out of the ordinary. If a song needs a little extra strength Lione is more than able to provide it. As the title could indicate the concept of the music is filled with keyboards and effects to give it an atmosphere of space music, and the experienced guys from Vision Divine has made a bunch of good stuff here on their seventh album. The Dream Maker is speedy metal played with the gas pedal to the floor as the spaceship sets off. Mermaids From Their Moons is hard and elegant metal with some inspiration from Iron Maiden in the song. Vision Divine comes with keyboards to support the hard melodic foundation behind this creative work, as always Fabio Lione sings in a sublime way, but this song is where he lift it skywards in the most genuine way. The House Of The Angels also goes at full speed, but keeps a melodic base and has much feeling included in the songwriting. The Sin Is You gives the pop-rock aspect a shot and this is not misplaced on a power metal album at all, it goes great along with the harder songs. A good album from Vision Divine made with all the professionalism you get from the experience that comes from 6 albums in the last 12 years.


8 stars

Lars Bj°rn
 

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9 Degrees West Of The Moon

9 Degrees West Of The Moon
(Frontiers - 2009)


When Vision Divine started back in 1998 most thought that Vision Divine is a side-project of Labÿrinth Olaf Th÷rsen and Rhapsody's Fabio Lione. They released 2 albums and toured successfully. In 2003 Fabio Lione had to take his leave as Rhapsody's schedule was too tight for him to continue with Vision Divine. Line-up changes and more albums followed. In the band's 10th anniversary Fabio Lione joined Vision Divine for a show - and returned to the band! The new Vision Divine album is also the comeback of Fabio Lione.
With a lengthy intro part the Italians lead in the opening track Letter To My Child Never Born, but that's okay, coz the track is almost 9 minutes long. So it takes almost 2 minutes til singer Fabio Lione joins in, the song is an epic melodic metal tune which spontaneously reminds me of Helloween (Keeper's era)... The tune is a good opener, coz it can hook you up with it's refrain. The middle part is a slow, slightly symphonic part which enchants you with its emotional vocals. Then they speed up again and present a neo-classical guitar part with heavy riffs and a soaring keyboard melody. Usually its better to choose a short track to open up, but in this case the long track works. The keyboard of Alessio Lucatti leads you into Violet Loneliness, but right from the start he's accompanied by heavy, sharp riffs. The vocals - and partly the keyboard - give this one a melancholy touch... The symphonic part with violins gives you a little break, but they speed up again. The following Fading Shadow is very heavy, even if the keyboard takes off the edge a bit. Then a break and a slow passage featuring the vocals, before they push again. The vocal line sounds partly a bit like taken from a Conception tune, but I can't fathom it.... Somehow they follow this scheme... using heavy riff-based parts, slowing down when the vocals set in and then speed up again for an instrumental part. But I don't mind it, coz so the singer has more space to shine - a good example is Angels In Disguise. But then they surprise the listener with The Killing Speed Of Time which is ultra heavy and aggressive - for a band like Vision Divine - and even has a thrash part! But then there are slower passages with the highly melodic vocals of Fabio. Cool guitar solo, even if the vocal part afterwards is a bit too repetitive. But definitely a song I didn't expect from the Italians! Next in line is The Street Of Laudomia and this is more what you expect from them - fast melodic metal, but spiced up with some progressive elements. Quite heavy riffs kick off Out In Open Space, but it isn't a guitar-driven tune. They toy around with heavy riffs, symphonic keyboards, slow parts and a bombastic refrain. The title track starts slowly, reduced to keyboard and vocals and becomes a touching balladesque tune. Later in the song there are some spoken words combined with a kind of operatic singing, but then they explode! Towards the end the song becomes a heavy, but symphonic power tune - for awhile, then back to the opening theme. The last song Touch Of Evil is even heavier then anything on this album! Pure symphonic power metal with a heavy punch! An interesting version of the Judas Priest classic! Last, but not least they offer a demo version of Fading Shadow - which shows the song a little different. And I wonder, if the cover and the demo version are bonus tracks a limited edition or digipack, unfortunately I have no information about this. Sorry!
A very cool symphonic melodic metal album which offers different sounds and elements. Especially The Killing Speed Of Time surprised me. Good to have Fabio Lione back in the band - and well done!


9 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

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Send Me An Angel

Send Me An Angel
(Atrheia Rec. - 2002)


Two years ago the debut of Vision Divine was released and many saw them as a project because of Fabio Lione (singer of Rhapsody) and Olaf Th÷rsen (guitarist of Labÿrinth). But the new album proof that Vision Divine are a band and that they are no copycats of their main bands. Send Me An Angel lyrically deals with the Good and the Evil in all different variations life has. The title track is an epic number, but there are more progressive ones or simple metal tunes. It seems that Vision Divine is their playground to release stuff which doesn't fit to their main bands, but also the band already created their own sound. This album might bring them the attention in Europe (expect Italy) they already have in South America where they toured very successfully as well as in their home country.
They are on their way and in my opinion Vision Divine is more interesting band which I prefer in comparision with their main bands. Hopefully they will soon tour Europe and get the chance to introduce themselves to the metal heads live.


8 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 






Vision Divine

Vision Divine
(Atrheia Rec. - 2000)


Another progressive power metal band from Italy, but that doesn't mean that it's a bad thing! When you read the band members names you might think that it's a project, but this is a band! Even if 2 members are known from their "major" bands, singer Fabio Lione is in Rhapsody and guitarist Olaf Thörsen spend most of his time with Labÿrinth. The musical playground is delivered by Mat Stancioiu (drums), Andrea 'Tower' Torricini (bass) and Andrew McPauls (keyboard). This is not a mixture of Rhapsody and Labÿrinth, even if they presend melodic power metal with progressive elements. On their slf-titled debut the band present 11 tracks which shows their abilities and a variety due to the different influences. A sold piece of work. Album opener New Eden shows the way the band chose to follow. On Exodus the vocals sometimes remind me of old Helloween (Kiske-era). Okay, you can still hear their influences, but that's nothing wrong. If they go own I guess that they soon will develop their very own style. A good debut, even if personally I don't like their version of Europe's The Final Countdown. Perhaps it's because I listened to it a thousand times while it was in the charts in the mid-80's......
But it's a good choice for fans who like Rhapsody, Labÿrinth and other bands of this genre.


7 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

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