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Re-Vision - Longevity (7,5/10) - Germany - 2001

Genre: Gothic Metal
Label: B.Mind
Playing time: 67:28
Band homepage: Re-Vision

Tracklist:

  1. Longevity
  2. Downfall
  3. Veil Off
  4. Thorns
  5. Larvae
  6. Charlene
  7. Storm
  8. Moonflash
  9. Blood Of The Sun
  10. Embraced
Re-Vision - Longevity
That an exact categorisation of RE-VISION's style had been rather difficult in the past is no secret. Very variable, between Power Metal, Gothic and a little Prog had been what could be found on their last album "Whore Venus". In the mean time they've refined their style and it is going a lot more into the Gothic Metal-direction! But also not the usual stuff, because RE-VISION still have edges and tips and a true chameleon on the mic.

The new album is quite heavy, thanks to a fat, powerful production, and very atmospheric, but not really accessible from the first time on. Some songs need a few rotations before truly unfolding their appeal. On "Larvae" even legend Paul Di'Anno (IRON MAIDEN/KILLERS/BATTLEZONE) lent his voice for a few passages of a duet with singer Frank Wenner. The former SECRET DISCOVERY-fronter Kai Hoffmann also can be heard on the slightly orientalic "Blood Of The Sun".

Unfortunately I don't like all songs, like the very HIM-like "Downfall" and the bit bulky opener and title-track. Still a really good album, which grows with each repeated listen! That an exact categorisation of RE-VISION's style had been rather difficult in the past is no secret. Very variable, between Power Metal, Gothic and a little Prog had been what could be found on their last album "Whore Venus". In the mean time they've refined their style and it is going a lot more into the Gothic Metal-direction! But also not the usual stuff, because RE-VISION still have edges and tips and a true chameleon on the mic.

The new album is quite heavy, thanks to a fat, powerful production, and very atmospheric, but not really accessible from the first time on. Some songs need a few rotations before truly unfolding their appeal. On "Larvae" even legend Paul Di'Anno (IRON MAIDEN/KILLERS/BATTLEZONE) lent his voice for a few passages of a duet with singer Frank Wenner. The former SECRET DISCOVERY-fronter Kai Hoffmann also can be heard on the slightly orientalic "Blood Of The Sun".

Unfortunately I don't like all songs, like the very HIM-like "Downfall" and the bit bulky opener and title-track. Still a really good album, which grows with each repeated listen!

Ralf Henn



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