Year : 2009 (Japan Edition 2015)
Style : Melodic Progressive Power Metal
Country : Italy
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans
Size : 155 mb
Vision Divine is a progressive power metal band formed in Italy in 1998.Originally a solo project from Olaf Thörsen (born Carlo Andrea Magnani). Soon, Fabio Lione rejoined him after the first Labyrinth period ("No Limits"), and then what was supposed to be a solo project quickly turns into a band, taking its new name from Labyrinth's previous name ("Vision") and from the title that was supposed to be given to Olaf's first solo album ("Divine"). Completing the line up Mat Stancioiu (drums), Andrew McPauls (keyboards) and Andrea "Tower" Torricini (bass).In its first three years the band released two albums, and started touring (South American Tour in December 2000), where for the first time an Italian heavy metal band got the chance to play (and sold-out) in countries like Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Panama and Mexico.In 2001, the band started writing and recording the new album, titled "Send Me An Angel", that was released in January 2002. At the end of the same year, Olaf decided to leave Labyrinth, to focus just on Vision and also deciding to stop any rumours from some magazine, pretending to consider Vision as nothing but a "side project". For the same reason Andrew and Mat split from the band and were replaced by Oleg Smirnoff at keyboards (ex Eldritch) and Matteo Amoroso at drums (ex Athena). In 2003 the band started the songwriting for the third album, when Fabio started having some problem regarding the co-existence of his career and Vision Divine related duties. After a few months, they mutually agreed to split. They then proceeded to add new singer Michele Luppi, a vocalist with a previous experience in live performances. With this new line-up they completed the final songs for the album that was to be titled "Stream of Consciousness". The album was released in April 2004.With a brand new line-up and with renewed ambitions the band canceled any previous deal, deciding to join Scarlet Records for the Italian territory, King Records for the Japanese territory and Metal Blade for the rest of the world. In 2005, the band released their latest album titled "The Perfect Machine", which was recorded at Goldenworks Mixing Suite studio and produced by Stratovarius' leader Timo Tolkki.In 2006, Andrea "Tower" Torricini left the band for not being able to guarantee full-time dedication to the band, and Cristiano Bertocchi replaced him. By September, "The Perfect Machine", according to their website "was immediately described as one of the best Italian metal releases ever, becoming one of Scarlet's all time best-sellers". A new digipack was released containing four bonus tracks. Also, Riccardo "Ricky" Quaggliatto left the band due to personal problems, replaced by new drummer Alessandro Bissa.In 2007 Vision Divine recorded their album, "The 25th Hour", along with Timo Tolkki and Alessandro Bissa in New Sin Studios. It was released on June 29, 2007.In April 2008 Vision Divine announced Michele Luppi is no longer singing with Vision Divine, and in May 2008 Olaf Thörsen announced that Fabio Lione rejoined the band as a full-time vocalist.Vision Divine released their sixth album, "9 Degrees West of the Moon",on January 23, 2009, the first with Lione on vocals after Michele Luppi's departure.In 2012 Vision Divine signed with EarMusic/Edel Group Records and released their seventh studio album entitled "Destination Set to Nowhere" on September 14, 2012.
When Olaf Thorsen started VISION DIVINE as a solo project, did he ever imagine how far this project would travel? Then being the guitarist for Italian Progressive Power Metal act LABYRINTH (still is, not to be misunderstood) did he thought, I wonder, how equal (in sales and recognition) this brainchild would prove to be? VISION DIVINE is soon to let their new album loose; 9 Degrees West Of The Moon copies will feature the Frontiers Records logo in the back cover and that's interesting news.None other than Timo Tolkki (STRATOVARIUS, REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE) handles the production of this new VISION DIVINE album;the third in a row. This is something that should not cross your mind when listening to the album prior to recalling this name, but if aware enough things/factors shall let you match the pieces. Truth is the sound is crystal clear and the music is revealed in pure honesty and candour. A music leaning in a more melodic Power Metal direction with lots of melodies and the most polished vocals ('polished' is a word referring to Timo Kotipelto's singing in the STRATOVARIUS discography) ever heard by Fabio Lione (RHAPSODY OF FIRE, ATHENA and the vocalist of LABYRINTH in their Piece Of Time and No Limits early releases) while another representative portrait should refer to a more uncomplicated version of DREAM THEATER's James LaBrie. In any way, he does sound crystal clear, his throat remains in top form, he lives and breathes the words he sings, he's operatic when needed and does seem to step on simple Rock singing patterns in more mild parts.The good thing with VISION DIVINE (and LABYRINTH, in my humble opinion) is that their music seems to be in the intelligent Power/Prog Metal vein but is 100% differentiated from the usual 'teutonic' Metal patterns. The same tradition is apparent here…and not only. Olaf is a very smart and passionate composer - whoever's familiar with his works all these years can verify so. In 9 Degrees West Of The Moon he does mix heaviness, progression and dominance all in one, gladly comfortable now that Fabio's again in the VISION DIVINE camp. The album is watertight, with an undefined integrity yet (and due to, of course) an unlimited variety; it can start from being Italian Power Metal, then go melodic Scandianavian Heavy Metal, then to unveil a more Progressive face, then again to rest in mild heavy Rock places. As if the well of resources is in Olaf's mind, the album features all things needed to evolve to the next - and bigger/greater - level in the VISION DIVINE history. Even if you're a grand fan of e.g. the Mediterranean side of Metal or not, truth is the quality of 9 Degrees West Of The Moon sticks to your guts in a set of nine-plus-one songs that will surely make you keep the CD spinning non-stop.Recalculating: nine excellent VISION DIVINE creations (with kick-ass keyboards arrangements, not to forget!) plus a winning rendition on JUDAS PRIEST's Touch Of Evil sums it up to…one of the best VISION DIVINE and Italian Heavy/Power/Prog Metal releases of the last two decades (do not touch the 80s please, xaxa!). The band has gone slightly more 'mainstream' or 'melodic' (remember the Timo Tolkki reference?) and with a proper promotion/distribution (a familiar weapon in Frontiers' hands) 9 Degrees West Of The Moon shall bring even more people into their fan base. A really fine release this one is.
Olaf Thörsen Guitars (1998-present) - See also: Labÿrinth, ex-Symmetry
Fabio Lione Vocals (1998-2003, 2008-present) - See also: Angra, Rhapsody of Fire, ex-Symmetry, ex-Hollow Haze, ex-Labÿrinth, ex-Kamelot (live), ex-Athena, ex-J. Storm
Cristiano Bertocchi - Bass
Federico Puleri Guitars (2002-present) - See also: Exence, ex-Essence, ex-Seven Gates
Alessandro "Bix" Bissa Drums (2006-present) - See also: A Perfect Day, Labÿrinth, Scream, Sound Storm, ex-Silent Victory, ex-Athlantis, ex-Mastercastle, ex-Bad Faith
Alessio Lucatti Keyboards (2006-present) - See also: Deathless Legacy, Etherna, ex-White Skull
01. Letter to My Child Never Born
02. Violet Loneliness
03. Fading Shadow
04. Angels in Disguise
05. The Killing Speed of Time
06. The Streets of Laudomia
08. Out in Open Space
09. 9 Degrees West of the Moon
10. A Touch of Evil (Judas Priest Cover)
11. Fly (Demo Version) (Japan Bonus Track)
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