Visions of the Night
Envisioning the New Age
2002, Independent Release
Visions of the Night, "Envisioning the New Age"
Nocturnal Hate Metal from Canada anyone? I don't know what that's supposed to mean either so I'll try to simplify it a bit. This really sounds a lot more like industrial death/black. That didn't help much did it? OK how about this; it reminds me a lot of a less polished Thorns, with the production not being nearly as clean. These guys do several things I like. The first is they know how to use keyboards to create atmosphere instead of soaking a song in them and ruining it. The guitars while not overly intricate do a nice job of keeping the song moving along. The bass is a little hard to find in the mix, since this is a pretty raw production. Wovlesblood's vocals are of the high low variety, though he does neither to an extreme. The only real problem I have with this album is that they use a drum machine. It fits the music well I admit, I just hate the bloody things for every band but Godflesh. They even manage to make the machine more interesting than most in the song Murder of the Self when they throw in some oddly timed blastbeats. These guys even trumped Godflesh in one other way; they made an interesting remix. It is actually another version of the song Postalled, not just the chorus repeated to random noises meant to bore the listener to submission. It is hard to say why they sound strange, but they do. It works great though. The drum machine sounds a lot like the drum sound of Usurper's Twilight Dominion. The really odd thing is that when I think of industrial I think of a very ordered almost fascist kind of music, and this is rather chaotic. I have no idea how they've done what they have here, but damned if it doesn't kick some ass. Get these guys a drummer and a better production and we will have something to fear from the north.