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Vanishing Point – Dead Elysium

Vanishing Point
Dead Elysium
by Eric Poulin at 16 September 2020, 12:16 PM

VANISHING POINT is a Melodic Progressive Metal band from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. This is their first album since 2014’s ‘’Distant is the Sun’’ and 6th full-length album in 25 years of existence. A lot of people discovered this band on early 2000’s compilation CDs from Metal Magazines like Metal Hammer, Brave Words and Bloody Knuckles amongst countless others. Furthermore, this is the first album to feature new drummer Damien Hall.

The album starts off with a nice keyboard intro, but it turns into some chugging guitars similar to FEAR FACTORY. It is fine at the beginning, but throughout the opener, it really gets on your nerves. Thankfully, it is not something they overuse on the rest of the album. The song is a straightforward Progressive Metal song with a tinge of Hard Rock in Silvio Massaro’s voice. It’s like the music does not fit with the vocalist. He sounds straight out the 80’s like maybe WHITESNAKE or something along those lines. The discrepancy is more and more apparent when you go through the album.

The last three songs are probably the most upbeat songs off this opus. They embrace the Power Metal elements and it becomes more accessible to the listener out there. ‘’The Ocean’’ is obviously the crowd-pleaser of the album, it is highly catchy and resembles the essence of the genre. It is the most passionate song of the album, but it was pretty late to catch my attention, nonetheless. It sounded a lot like early HELLOWEEN and if there is 1 song I would suggest to the fans out there, it would definitely be this one.

VANISHING POINT is a highly accessible Progressive Metal band, it is not the most overly technical band out there, they keep it rather simple and drift across influences like NEVERMORE and especially EVERGREY. The latter is definitely a huge influence on them, the structure of some of the songs is eerily similar to them. It is not a bad thing yet the singer lacks the emotion of Tom Englund that’s for sure. Like I said beforehand, the music does not fit with the style of vocalist. It is something that is apparent from the first notes. The fair use of his voice is not done to its full potential and they try to carve a sound out of the reach of the limitations of Silvio Massaro.

The production is quite faithful to the genre but at times I felt the guitars were way too loud compared to the rest of the band and the mix between the vocals and the music was subpar at best. It may be one of the reasons when I could not get my hooks in the album itself. It felt detached at times from the onset. The album is really too long and clearly would have beneficiated from about 15 minutes less in my humble opinion, still would have not helped the overall quality of the opus though.

It is unfortunately a largely forgettable album. There is something that prevents being hooked in, I cannot put my finger on it, but it lacks the passion and drive associated with a number of other bands of this genre. The songs are quite interchangeable and sometimes you do not even know where you are in the list of songs. It does possess a certain number of great hooks, and Silvio Massaro is a great vocalist, but the songs are not all that memorable. It is not something you would have a tendency to listen to again, it’s fine for what it is but you can’t put it back on the shelf and move along to another band per se.

Songwriting: 7
Musicianship: 7
Memorability: 6
Production: 7

3 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Dead Elysium
2. Count Your Days
3. To the Wolves
4. Salvus
5. The Fall
6. Free
7. Recreate the Impossible
8. Shadow World
9. The Healing
10. The Ocean
Lineup:
Chris Porcianko –Guitars
Gaston Chin – Bass
Damien Hall – Drums
Silvio Massaro – Vocals
James Maier - Guitars
Record Label: AFM Records
     


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