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Interview with Mario Plank and Maxi Nil [Visions of Atlantis]

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , , on 13th May 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Nico gets a chance to sit down with Maxi Nil and Mario Plank, vocalists for Austrian symphonic metal titans, Visions of Atlantis for a short about the band’s new album, the Dames of Darkness Festival and more.

Visions of Atlantis online:

https://www.facebook.com/visionsofatlantisofficial
http://www.myspace.com/visionsofatlantisofficial
http://www.youtube.com/VoASymphonicmetal

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Visions of Atlantis – Ethera

Posted in CD, Featured, Metal with tags , , , , , on 8th March 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Visions of Atlantis
Ethera
Symphonic Metal
Released 22nd March
Released via Napalm Records

I’ve been following Visions of Atlantis on and off for five or so years now, so when Ethera landed in my office, my interested was immediately piqued though I will admit, I’m not familiar with the vocal stylings of the current VOA vocalist, Maxi Nil.

The album kicks off with a powerful start through the first two tracks, demonstrating the band’s domineering symphonic-tinted sounds though the third track, Avatara, calls up more of a synth-orientated sonancy that plays along well enough with the vocals and guitar sections. Vicious Circle is one of the more emotive pieces on the album, featuring a heavy use of emotional piano medleys before the driving use of riffs domineer select parts of the song. The pianos and the soulful use of vocals are what help the track stand out prominently, above the other tracks on the album – both before and after.

Some of the tracks throughout the album display a truly dramatic and theatrical sound, conjuring up an electrifying atmosphere. Burden of Divinity is definitely one of the songs that achieves that, with its melodic guitar work and poignant keyboard passages. The vocals are on top form throughout the song as well, helping contribute to its status as one of the memorable parts of the album. One of my other favourite songs on the album would have to be the expressive and esoteric track Cave Behind The Waterfall due to the soothing acoustic introduction and gentle sailing of the vocals.

There are a few tracks on the album that are bland in comparison to the rest of the album but the sound that Visions of Atlantis are pursing with this album appears to be working just fine for them and is a reconstruction of the band’s sound but enjoyable none the less.

4/5

Nico Davidson