Thorsen + Michele Luppi: great melodies meet power and ability
Powerful, Majestic! 3 adjectives to describe this new VD work from which
even Timo Tolkki (new producer) has much to learn, considering the latest
not great Stratovarius's works. Just last year Vision Divine came
out with "Stream of Consciousness" (the first album with Michele Luppi as
vocalist) , but in this release many things are changed!!! One is
truth...This is a period of great creativity and change for them.
The presence of Michele Luppi gives to the music another feeling and it
seems to change the essence of the songs: His beautiful voice gives
a magic pathos to the tracks; This new album is the begin of new era for
this Italian band!!! There is always the great creativity of Olaf Thorsen,
but there's also Michele's awesome touch...all it's in!!!!
in which the melody meets the powerful and very skillful ability of these
musicians , who always show their technicality, without forgetting
to deliver great melodies with a very special taste.
All songs will leave a mark and, like I said before, this album seems the
perfect mix of two styles: Classic Metal and Melodic Hard Rock! It's
like to say Olaf Thorsen + Michele Luppi even if I underline that VD
are a true band in which every member makes a personal and great
work!!! But Let's examine all the songs:
The title track ("The perfect
Machine") is a powerful classic metal track with a great melody
perfectly sung by Michele with a great timbre. Its refrain is very
introspective , while there is nothing to say about the structure that
puts in evidence very good keyboard parts perfectly mixed to solo
The second song "1st Day of a Neverending
Day" is a
classic metal song full of keyboards and characterized by a very
good refrain. Michele is able to sing with his typical unmistakable
passion. Itís easy to understand how the band don't use only speed
times but prefer to shape articulated structures in order to create
great pathos by not only refrains.
still between classic metal and melodic hard rock
song:" The Ancestor Blood" in which the good work by chorus
makes it very melodic. Michele is able to give an important mark to
this album in every song, so here too, and the band
can create the right
rhythmic structure to put in evidence its capability, never forgetting
both power and solos ...typical characteristics of this band.
"Land of Fear" is absolutely hard rock style,
reminds me of
classic hard-rock...beautiful melody and great passion!!!! Of course most of
you will think that there's less power metal in this release but I think
that this album is the new VD era!!!! A very personal sound that
takes inspiration from Power metal but finds the magic touch by Michele Luppi
, a singer that is able to sing Power metal through his personal
approach to all songs and also the great work made by rhythmic session.
"God is dead" is pure Power-Progressive
metal!!!!! What a remarkable song!!!!Perfectly mixed with a good keyboard work and supported by a
power-metal riff; Excellent chorus and great atmosphere. Vision Divine
are able to create the song by the structure; The rhythmic session seems
to create the form , then the melody is the essence, with the add
of virtuosities in every song.
"Rising Sun" is another pure
song; deep and full of energy in which all instruments create a pleasant
It's now the moment of the slow song: "Here in 6048" ...a ballad
...a great ballad in which Michele shows how to sing a slow song!!!! And
the melody is ready to remain in your head for long time!!!! The song is
characterized by a melancholic atmosphere and of course I can't but
notice the great arrangement in which the piano creates that typical mood
that reminds me of those unforgettable power-metal ballad
typical of many bands.
"The River" is the less original song of this album. An
already known riff supported by a foreseen refrain. Good solos and good
rhythmic, but the song is (in my opinion) not so good.
But, for me, the best song is just the last of this album "Now that
you've gone" ; a dark atmosphere that goes to hard-rock and to
Power-metal. This is the example of what Vision Divine are nowadays. The
very good production makes this album a great masterpiece, and if you think
that it just comes out after just one year from the previous one ...
a shadow of doubt this band has realized a brilliant work for all
those who like Melodic Metal.
This is the the new beginning of this band....Olaf Thorsen and Co. are