Symphonic Metal legends Visons of Atlantis dive into the murky depths of their fifth studio album and deliver us Ethera, another epic journey into the legend of Atlantis by a band that has had to come through some hardships in recent years. Will it show on the album?
Naturally we here at the flag have a soft spot for tails of aquatic adventure and mystery, we ourselves have plotted a course on a quest to find the fabled lost city but rarely ever get further than the local tavern. Visions of Atlantis, on the other hand, would appear to have a time share as this studio outing represents their fifth mooring off the port of Atlantis and brings us yet more of the symphonic fantasy metal, wrapped around singer Maxi Nil’s awesome vocals, that we have grown accustomed to since the bands formation in 2000.
Still reeling from the untimely death of angel-voiced original singer Nicole Bogner, the band could be forgiven for being off target with this offering but instead they come back stronger and more focused. Each track is as good as the last, with previous offering being an album built around three or four very good tracks, here there is consistency in the delivery, Nil’s voice is perfect and the harmonies are right on key with no one being too over powering as is the case with these kinds of bands so often.
It can be difficult for a band who has to compete with such raw talent as Lacuna Coil or Nightwish but also deliver concept fantasy albums and be taken seriously, but they achieve their goal by not taking the fantasy element of their tracks too far, like Alestorm for example, and only using the Atlantis reference as a guide rather than the whole setting. Although the sound isn’t as dynamic as the afore mentioned fellow bands the content is high quality and each track has it’s own story to tell while the album overall manages to deliver a subtle shift between the heavier metal and the more melodic range without sounding like a mis-match.
Overall the album is a triumph for a band with some real talent who deserve more recognition for their talents, if you want to hear more of the story of Atlantis then don your swimming cap and take a few strokes over to the bands Website or catch up with them on FaceBook.
Here’s a video showcasing some samples from the album. Enjoy.[youtube]http://youtu.be/Um7Shrp3mC4[/youtube]