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Vision Divine - 2005 The Perfect Machine



VISION DIVINE - THE PERFECT MACHINE (2005, SCARLET RECORDS)
Michele Luppi - vocals
Olaf Thorsen - guitars
Federico Puleri - guitars
Andrea 'Tower' Torricini - bass
Oleg Smirnoff - keyboards


Background
Without a doubt I would say that Vision Divine are currently the best prog metal band coming out of Italy. Having all their previous albums, it was always going to be hard to see them better 2004's 'Stream Of Consciousness'. But this knocks very hard on the door of progress. Certainly they will not have lost any fans, but would've added considerably more. Reading through the bios of each member, it is clear that each one of them is technically proficient in their choice of instrument, and it is this technical attitude and approach to their music which gives them a bit of a headstart over their contemporaries. Thorsen in particular is classically trained as is Smirnoff, while vocal supremo Michele Luppi reverts back to prog metal after doing the AOR thing with his wonderful 'Strive' album earlier this year. 'The Perfect Machine' is the concept story of an Italian biologist Arnaldo Mattei, who has discovered the secret to the mapping of human DNA and molecular regeneration, and all the consequences that it brings. Mainly the end of war, disease, even death. But it is also the commencement of an empty existence for many, there are no challenges anymore. Life is a prison sentence.. so to speak. You'll hear the message and read the lyrics, plus the song titles. Bringing this theme into the construct of a prog metal environment will have your head spinning.

The Songs
The title track starts out with a newsreader voiceover, declaring the perfect machine for the new generation. The stirring subject is given a blast of anti-matter, with earth shattering drums, mind-bending guitars and soaring vocals. Things will never be the same again, says the lyrics of '1st Day Of A Never Ending Day', and if eternal life is the holy grail, then let me get off the train right now! Things really get going on 'God Is Dead', where the story goes that God shuns humanity for deciding on physical immortality rather than spiritual ascendancy. The ultimate snub if you ask me. He asks the angels to shut the gates to heaven, as no one would be passing through them anymore. By the end of the album, it's taken us into the future some 4000 years, whereby Mankind has learned his fatal mistake, but by then it is too late. No ambition, no challenges, no yearning to love or reproduce as 'we all live forever'. The only entity who can intervene is God himself. But does he? A fascinating tale. I reckon it would make a good movie!

In Summary
Musically, everything is as tight as a ducks arse, the production from Timo Tolkki (Stratovarius) gives the whole thing a professional sheen. A bit of a heavy-duty listen is required, and you really need the lyric sheet to accompany your aural experience. Get it from: http://www.visiondivine.com/site/discography/tpm.htm.
If 2004's 'Stream Of Consciousness' got your attention and some proceeds from your trusty Visa Card, then 'The Perfect Machine' is going to make a perfect companion.

URL: www.visiondivine.com
Album Time: 52.12

Track Listing:
01 The Perfect Machine
02 1st Day Of A Never-Ending Day
03 The Ancestor's Blood
04 Land Of Fear
05 God Is Dead
06 Rising Sun
07 Here In 6048
08 The River
09 Now That You've Gone

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#1 | englandashes on January 01 1970 01:00:00
This is a quality release, just as with all Michele sings on, I feel his vocals also sound like Tracey White from Shotgun Symphony?, anybody else notice this, or is it just me!,
#2 | gdazegod on July 18 2006 21:19:55
Good call EA. Yes he does sound like Tracey White a bit..

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