“The Perfect Machine” is the fourth full-lengther for Italian Power Metallers turned Progressive Rockers, VISION DIVINE. The band, lead by former LABYRINTH guitarist Olaf Thorsen, has crafted a decent Progressive Metal/Rock concept album with a unique storyline.
The story goes something like this: A scientist breaks the human DNA code and is therefore able to heal all diseases and ailments, including aging. With humans now able to live indefinitely, God has been tossed by the wayside and mankind has stopped reproducing. After countless years humanity begins to crumble and the same scientist that started all of this turns to God to save humankind.
“The Perfect Machine” flows very well as a whole, but the individual songs aren’t all that memorable on their own. Only a couple of songs really stuck out, those being “First Day Of A Never-Ending Day” and “Here In 6048”. This is forgivable, as concept albums are obviously supposed to be taken as a whole, but after several listens I found myself enjoying the album while listening, but not remembering much of any of it afterwards. How big of a problem this is depends entirely on the listener. I know that VISION DIVINE is very capable of writing memorable songs, though, as the band’s previous album was full of them.
The album also stays on the (much) lighter side of metal, never becoming all that aggressive. The lack of heaviness is made up for by great musicianship, which is certainly expected in the genre.
VISION DIVINE’s “The Perfect Machine” is a respectable album in the Progressive Metal/Rock field, but doesn’t reach the quality of the band’s previous release, “Stream Of Consciousness”. However, fans of that previous album, as well as fans of TIME MACHINE, VANDEN PLAS and other bands of that ilk, should still find something to like here. (Online May 30, 2006)