|Review: Vision Divine - Vision Divine|
Label: Atrheia Records
Year released: 1999
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: January 29, 2000
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4/5 (80%) (17 Votes)
Vision Divine originally started as a side-project of guitarist Olaf Thorsen (Labyrinth) and singer Fabio Lione (Rhapsody, ex-Labyrinth.) A recent interview with them reveals that as they worked on the album, this went from side-project to "real band" status, so we can probably expect another Vision Divine album in the future. They will also continue their work for Labyrinth and Rhapsody.
The album has a more power/speed metal sound than you will find in any Rhapsody material. They do borrow a little of the symphonic style, but it is not prominent. In fact the album is more like a speeded-up Labyrinth album, with Fabio Lione's great vocals to create a very good metal album. If you've heard Rhapsody's albums, you'll recognize his voice, but the style of vocals is a little more aggressive than when he signs for Rhapsody.
The album is a good blend of speedy, powerful songs and ballads. There are two tracks that I don't like much: the last one, Of Light And Darkness, which is way too melodic for my taste (but it's still a good song - do not listen to it if you're depressed), and the cover of Europe's The Final Countdown. Yes, the 1986 song that I've already heard a million times (plus taxes.) I wouldn't mind if they had changed it a little, but it sounds so much like the original that I wonder why they bothered to include it on the album. Except for those two, the rest of the album is a delight.
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