- Guitars, Bass, Vocals
THE VISION BLEAK: "The Wolves go hunt their Prey" the vision bleak
For those who know, for those who are,
for those who go hunt their prey.
Wolves go hunt their Prey" is one of the most impressive results of
musical evolution. . Do you remember this band at the time of those sorrowful, a bit catatonic songs like The sleepy Song
and To the silent Waters (Promo anno domini 2002)? I was a
“fan” of the track To the silent Waters…and still I am,
cause it was a good expression of Gothic. But passing through "The
Deathship has a new Captain" and "Carpathia – A dramatic Poem",
The Vision Bleak has become so atmospheric and strong that you hardly
swim in silent waters once more, ...on the contrary.
Indeed this third
full length, recently released again through Prophecy Productions, is,
till now, really the strongest opus of the Franconian duo and will
capture the attention of the extreme listeners who like
anyway evocative emphasis.
Practically divided in 3 parts, this album
openly mixes, epic/occult/horror themes with drops of Death
metal, orchestral grandeur and their
typical touch of Gothic.
title comes from the lyrics of the song Carpathia (second full length -
As when darkness fell in the deep pine woods
let’s begin from the
instrumental opener: Amala & Kamala (two young Indian
children abducted by a she-wolf, and discovered in 1920) which is
the prelude (both musical and conceptual ) to the second track She-Wolf
. The almost 2 minutes- long march grows in energy and gravity like the
introduction to a movie, proposing the refrain-
line of the second track. This opener is adventurous,yes,
nostalgic and dark but adventurous at the same time: the right warm up
for She-Wolf where Death/Thrash rhythms explode
in an imposant mid/uptempo that commands the atmospheric melancholy. The
track hits the brain directly, involving passages rooted to
the 80’s as well
as up-to-date techniques. She-Wolf is rich yet immediately
understandable, its refrain opens up a window
for a dark sense of ambush, besides it offers also backing
vocals and good passages of lead, as well
as persisting riffs. But the great appearance comes next and is
called Demon of the Mire.
The base line recalls the cadenced pace of old Metallica which flows
into visions of Death and Gothic aura. Opened and closed by an
aggressive Death/thrash riff
where guitars can express their elasticity supported by an enough
violent drumming, this song is well conceived and surely one of the best
in the album. Here the perfect fusion
between gothic vocals, atmosphere and extreme metal can triumph as
possible, plausible , appealing, going beyond the gothic metal. Here we
are indeed in a Death/ Thrash that
looks at the Gothic and not viceversa.
Pharaoh trilogy (very likely inspired from tales by H.P. Lovecraft)
opens up with the mainly instrumental Introduction an unmistakable epic
timbre of sitars, gongs and all atmospheric sounds normally related to
the historical perceiving of the old Egyptian mysteries (i would like to
listen to some diehard fan of Nile here), enforced by a varied chorus.
But the rest is in perfect synchrony with the rest of the album,
nonetheless remaining a chapter of its own. Part I: The shining
Trapezohedron is a rocking, deathed gothic that impacts
wonderfully. Part II: The vault of Nephren-Ka delivers compelling
aggressive guitars that are the pillars for a vault full of menace and
atmosphere. A central slow down with choruses and arpeggiated acoustic
tones pave the way for the
orchestral propulsion and the return of the riffs.
Out from the trilogy, The Eldrich Beguilement is practically a melodic death with deep vocals in clear where bass and cymbals and groove guitars present a noticeable ability. The following Evil is of Old Date, which maybe declaims the philosophy of the album, is a track based on a great and diversified ability of the instruments nonetheless too rock /classic metal oriented although very morphed by the dark possession. Honestly is the one track I don’t like at all. By our Brotherhood with Seth is a kind of dark anthemic song (with some folk proceeding in the rhythm- and not instrumentally!) , which should end the CD in glory and actually, from the instrumental point of view, again we find the valuable techniques, but, unfortunately, the compositive side is far from being brilliant, just reaching normality and or even banality. I don’t agree that this song can become the new “flag” of the band, at least, not surely for me. The Demon of the Mire and The Eldrtich Beguilement, for example, are another class: those should become, in my opinion, the new signature of the band.
in all, The Vision Bleak has impressed me considerably during the
7 tracks that have satisfied my thirst of Death and Darkness. When I
write, The vision Bleak has entered the German Media Control charts on
the wave of a very fast success. It couldn’t be otherwise, cause this
album is agreeably robust for Thrashers, Deathers and, finally,
for Gothic people too. The
themes treated, from the nocturnal lupine ferity (able to change
radically the human features) to Lovecraft's unspeakable cults,
underline that sense of secret awareness. A cognitive
process for those who know, for those who are, for those who
go hunt their prey, before the prey hunts them.
di giacomo 16.09.2007
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