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Vision Divine - 2004 Stream Of Consciousness


VISION DIVINE - STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS (2004, METAL BLADE)
Michele Luppi - vocals
Olaf Thorsen - guitars
Oleg P. N. Smirnoff - keyboards
Andrea 'Tower' Torricini - bass
Matteo Amoroso - drums


Background
If you are familiar with Italian metal band Labyrinth then you'll be aware of guitarist Olaf Thorsen. Vision Divine began in 1998, originally as a solo project for Olaf. Eventually he left Labyrinth to concentrate solely on Vision Divine, who have now released 3 albums. The first two albums included the vocals of Rhapsody singer Fabio Lione. After the second album Fabio left to concentrate on Rhapsody and the search began for a suitable replacement. That search led to Michele Luppi, an extraordinary vocalist who does much more than just fill Fabio's shoes. He is a truly magnificent find, an Italian singer who doesn't fall into the accent trap that befalls many Italian vocalists. Now that we've established Michele's credentials perhaps we should check out the quality of the music he is fronting. Well, Olaf and crew have given Michele a very strong set of songs to display his considerable talent. On 'Stream Of Consciousness' the sound is stripped back from the previous albums, particularly in regards to speed. It seems that the songs have been crafted around Luppi's vocal skills with more crunch, very prominent guitar melodies and less velocity. These factors combine to create a very impressive album.

The Songs
A number of the tracks are quite outstanding, particularly the choruses of 'Colours Of My World', 'Versions Of The Same', 'We Are, We Are Not' and 'Through The Eyes Of God'. All of these tracks are dominated by catchy guitar melodies and an emphasis on the crystal clear vocals of Michele. Each song develops nicely with subtle tempo changes to help emphasise the choruses. Olaf's guitar work is less flashy, extremely melodic, fluent and highly memorable.

In Summary
For older Vision Divine fans 'Stream Of Consciousness' may be a little slower and less extravagant than what they might be expecting, but that shouldn't stop them or anyone else from having a listen to a surprising and thoroughly rewarding album.

Produced By: Olaf Thorsen and Oleg Smirnoff
URL: www.visiondivine.com

Track Listing:
Chapter I: Stream of Unconsciousness
Chapter II: Secret of Life
Chapter III: Colours Of My World
Chapter IV: In The Light
Chapter V: The Fallen Feather
Chapter VI: La Vita Fugge
Chapter VII: Versions Of The Same
Chapter VIII: Through The Eyes Of God
Chapter IX: Shades
Chapter X: We Are, We Are Not
Chapter XI: Fool's Garden
Chapter XII: The Fall Of Reason
Chapter XIII: Out Of The Maze
Chapter XIV: Identities

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