|Review: Sacred Heart - The Vision|
Label: Pure Underground
Year released: 2012
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: September 27, 2012
Reviewed by: MetalMike
I guess you could call The Vision a "split" between little-known, late 80s US Metal band Sacred Heart and the more Progressive Byron Nemeth Group. The link between the two is guitarist Byron Nemeth.
The Sacred Heart material dates from a 1989 3-song demo, also titled The Vision, and a couple of songs from early 90s samplers. The sound is very similar to fellow Americans Dokken. Singer Keith Van Tassel's voice is a lot like Don Dokken's and the guitars of Nemeth and Mark Herholz have a definite George Lynch sound. The melodies and riffs are pure U.S. Metal and while there's nothing you haven't heard, if bands like Dokken or Fifth Angel float your boat, you'll appreciate Sacred Heart.
The Byron Nemeth Group songs (tracks 6-10) are much more Progressive in sound, heavy on the keyboards and sounding like lost demos from mid-80s Rush, circa Power Windows or Time Stand Still. There's a bit of Living Color funk and even some violins in the mix. Since The Byron Nemeth Group has opted for a Rush-at-their-pop-peak sound, their contribution to The Vision is very slick and somewhat pretentious.
The band is suitably talented and all the songs are played well, but I favor the late 80s simple cheesiness of the Sacred Heart half of The Vision. However, if the synthesizer/Washburn bass period of Rush's career is something you like, The Byron Nemeth Group half will appeal to you, as well.
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