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Review: Vanishing Point - Dead Elysium
Vanishing Point
Dead Elysium

Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2020
Duration: 59:35
Tracks: 10
Genre: Power Metal


Review online: September 1, 2020
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 4/5 (80%) (6 Votes)

I didn't hate the last Vanishing Point album I reviewed (2014's Distant Is the Sun) but I wasn't overly impressed with it either. 2020's Dead Elysium is a different story. This band still plays grandiose and melodic power metal in the vein of Masterplan, Black Majesty, Symphony X and the like, which gives you a clear idea of what the music on this album sounds like, but the songwriting is much improved. The title track booms from the speakers with a thundering bottom end and nasty riff before giving way to more melodic cuts like "Salvus" which convey a greater depth of emotion via more introspective vocal lines. The band rocks back and forth between these styles effortlessly and the album's nearly one-hour duration seems somehow shorter. Vanishing Point haven't strayed from the "melodic metal" formula followed by a thousand other bands, but they have written an album that reminds you of what that formula sounds like when it is done properly.

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