Visions Of Atlantis - Trinity review
|Band:||Visions Of Atlantis|
|Release date:||April 2007|
01. At The Back Of Beyond
02. The Secret
03. Passing Dead End
04. The Poem
05. Nothing Left
06. My Darkside Home
07. Wing-Shaped Heart
08. Return To You
09. Through My Eyes
10. Flow This Desert
11. Seven Seas
Visions of Atlantis hail from Austria and during 2007 they managed to reach their third full-length release. The name of it is "Trinity" and it moves in melodic/symphonic power metal soundscapes in the vein of Nightwish and other bands that move in similar sound pathways, so there's nothing new about the music, it won't change the scene or something.
I had never listened to this band before, but i had read reviews concerning the previous album and they were not the most possitive ones, in fact, they were not positive at all, so when i held the promo in my hands i was expecting something bad, really bad that would bore my life. Well, i finally managed to put the album in the cd player and gave it a few spins and yes, it was nothing original, but it wasn't something that bad, in fact, "Trinity" is a pleasant album, it flows well and it holds moments of inspiration and emotion, although being nothing original. I suppose the fans of this genre won't have such big problems while listening to them, after all they offer everything an adorer of this very scene wants to listen to, so i will judge them this way and not as a simple clone that won't offer something new, in the end, originality is not only Visions of Atlantis' problem, too many bands suffer from this nowadays, and it makes sense, almost everything has been played.
"Trinity" breathes melody from the beginning to the end, a melody that overruns the listener through the lyrical soundscapes that float in the air. Symphonic keyboard passages make their appearance here and there, escalating the emotional charge of the songs or creating atmosphere, whereas piano passages lend a more fragile sense to the compositions. The bass lines are bit in the front of the production lending strength to the compositions whereas the drumming paces in any rhythm desired and completes successfully the role of the rhythm section which paves the way for the guitar riffing to enter. Melodic heavy riffing adorns the compositions with some more soloing leads and solos that make the whole guitar work more affected, good guitar ideas for the genre, everything needed is here. The two vocalist pace beautifully together evoking a strong duet, the male vocals are melodic, with a "harsher" edge at times, whereas the female ones are either melodic singing or more operatic ones, which are quite reminiscent to Tarja, although well-expressed.
Many people seem to not enjoy this band that much, i, personally, found them at least interesting and "Trinity" is a good album to spin from time to time and cherish some interesting melodic/symphonic power metal. Some songs that caught my attention have to be the beautiful ballad "The Poem", the emotional "Through My Eyes" and the bittersweet "My Dark Side Home" and "Wing-shaped Heart". I suppose that fans of this very genre should check this album, i remind you that i haven't listened to their previous releases, but this one's a pretty interesting one.
||Written on 06.07.2007 by "It is myself I have never met, whose face is pasted on the underside of my mind."|
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