I had a little beef with the previous album “Cast Away”, actually two beefs, so to say. For one the production, which gave the guitars far too little room and then also the song material, which was nice, but suffered from the production and also the fact that Mario’s voice was not powerful enough, so now “Trinity” has come in and there’ve been a few changes, do they inspire hope?
Well, the biggest change probably was the departure of singer Nicole Bogner, who has been replaced by former AESMA DAEVA fronter Melissa Ferlaak, which is in a similar field vocally, so not a big step forward there, but thankfully the band addressed the rest of the problems as well, Mario’s voice sounds fuller and more powerful than before, the production is far more balanced and overall the songwriting has taken a step up from two years ago.
It might be just me, but it seems as if the Austrians took the bombast level a little higher, too, which fits very well with their full music, plus the interplay between Melissa and Mario sounds a lot more harmonic and dynamic than before. Surely the songs are still very catchy, as mostly is the case with this style, but that does not detract from the musical substance they have, be it in heavier guitars, variable tempos or a generally epic feel.
Be it “At The Back Of Beyond” at the beginning with its nice heaviness and bombast, the excellent ballad “The Poem”, which coincidentally is borne by Mario with Melissa only acting in the background and the choir, “Flow This Desert” and its light oriental influence and the epic closer “Seven Seas” all are excellent examples for what VISIONS OF ATLANTIS anno 2007 are capable of and this album definitely puts them firmly on the map of Symphonic Metal, far more than in the past.
Not all that glitters is gold still, but if you’re a fan of this style, then “Trinity” should definitely be on your check out list!
(Online July 26, 2007)