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Visions of Dystopia – A Nightmare on Dystopian Street

Visions of Dystopia
A Nightmare on Dystopian Street
by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 27 April 2021, 11:32 AM

Multi-instrumentalists and musicians from the metal scene, the duo of VISIONS OF DYSTOPIA wishes to develop a music combining technical metal with horror cinematographic atmospheres. The music and sound design of each track of this first opus have been designed to immerse the listener in the anguishing universe of the biggest horror movie villains. The album contains eight tracks.

“Shapeless Dreams” leads off the album. Horror themes emerge from the opening keyboard notes and the background ambiance. From there, a heavy, pounding sound rises, complete with the laughs of a mad man. Lead guitars take much of the melody going forward. The massive weight of the song bears down on you. “Kill the Fear” begins with a heavy, carnal wickedness where again the lead guitars dominate much of the sound. The vocals are very sparse. The Progressive elements are also noteworthy. The meter changes on the stop of a dime.

“From the Depths of Hell” opens with slow, clean guitars, but you know something is lurking out there, ready to strike. Spoken word comes in, and then the lead guitars take over. It retreats again, giving you a sense of how a low and slow song can still have the same harrowing effect. “The Call” is a short three-minutes of angry rhythms and commanding guitar work. There is some sort of exchange over the phone with a threatening male voice asking “why haven’t you checked the children?” “The Devil Inside” is an even shorter song, focusing on someone with an impaired mental state. The exchange centers around a child who “thinks she is the devil himself.” Brutal, pulverizing guitars close out the song.

“Be Afraid” is another shorter song, with pulsing guitars and drums in the opening. All comes together like a well-oiled machine, then it takes a brief pause, then sprints towards the finish line with a dexterous guitar solo along the way. “Till the End” starts with little girl saying “Hi, I’m your friend till the end, remember?” Heavy, ominous guitars, complete with vocal chants follow. Nursery bells ring out, reminding you of the lost innocence of children. “Suffering Games” closes the album. It’s aggressive, thick and chunky. “Let the games begin” the evil male voice repeats. Although only five minutes long, it seems to last forever, echoing madness inside your head over and over.

The album is very dense, meaning that a whole lot of sound is jam packed into the various passages. The musicians, whomever they are, are very talented. I get a bit of THE LION’s DAUGHTER influence here perhaps? I really haven’t encountered much in the way of this style of music in all of my writing years, but it’s an impressive feat of heavy, chugging instruments, and vocal utterances that are meant to frighten you right out of your clothes. The subject matter is also very interesting, and something different than what you might be used to hearing.

Songwriting: 8
Musicianship: 9
Memorability: 8
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

1. Shapeless Dreams
2. Kill the Fear
3. From the Depths of Hell
4. The Call
5. The Devil Inside
6. Be Afraid
7. Till the End
8. Suffering Games
Record Label: Independent


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Edited 09 February 2023

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