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Visions Of Atlantis - Delta review

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Band: Visions Of Atlantis
Album: Delta
Style: Symphonic metal
Release date: February 2011

01. Black River Delta
02. Memento
03. New Dawn
04. Where Daylight Fails
05. Conquest Of Others
06. Twist Of Fate
07. Elegy Of Existence
08. Reflection
09. Sonar
10. Gravitate Towards Fatality

Visions Of Atlantis return to us with their new album Delta. And, like many other bands have done, they have a new female vocalist - her name is Maxi. I'll begin by saying this: Maxi is the best vocalist VoA has ever had. Maxi knocks the past two Tarja Turunen wannabes out of the park - she is not some lame and typical opera singer. When "New Dawn" was released in January I couldn't have been happier. I really hope she stays as VoA's female vox for a long time. Now, onto the actual music.

While I'm very pleased with the new singer, the rest of the album isn't my favorite. Sure, there are very good songs, "Memento" and "Twist of Fate" in particular (the last 2:15 of "Memento" is possibly the most gorgeous and epic music I've ever heard). These songs are classic Visions Of Atlantis and are very nice. "New Dawn" is also a very enjoyable rock song, despite it being 2:58. What I don't understand with this one is why the song order is: Verse/Chorus/Verse/Chorus/Bridge. And that's it - I feel like there should be another chorus part to properly finish the song. My only guess is that they did it so it would be very "radio-friendly". But that's what radio edits are for. Anyway, a few tracks I couldn't get into were "Conquest of Others" and "Reflection". These two just kind of bored me. The rest of the album is pretty good, not stellar, but good enough to suffice your craving for VoA.

Is this my favorite VoA album? No. Nothing can beat Trinity for me. That really is an epic and gorgeous album despite the Tarja wannabe singer.

*Note: if you're looking to sample Visions Of Atlantis first, try "At the Back of Beyond", "My Dark Side Home" and "Seven Seas" from the album Trinity.

Rating breakdown
Performance: 8
Songwriting: 7
Originality: 4
Production: 8

Written by burnmeupinside | 17.06.2011

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Comments: 1   Visited by: 41 users
18.06.2011 - 13:25
Rating: 8
Totally agree, except for Melissa being Tarja wannabe. Melissa is amazing singer IMO and her vocals fit Trinity perfectly. But the point that Delta has a lack of completion is absolutely true. I am afraid that Wolfgang's departure will have an effect for VOA always, cause his input in Trinity was unquestionable.
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