The names of Fabio Lione and Olaf Thörsen should strike some memory in most of you out there and names like RHAPSODY and LABYRINTH should already wander through your brains.
Together with other LABYRINTH-members, the two have united under the moniker of VISION DIVINE and recorded their self-titled debut, that just leaves one question open: Why?
If you disregard killer-bands like the main-bands of the two mainmen, then you can come to only one conclusion about the Italian Power Metal-scene: around 80% of all releases sound the same. What had been something special in the beginning now has grown to proportions that are barely comprehensible anymore.
Therefore the question is legitimate, if bands like VISION DIVINE have their raison d'etre. Well, if you were not able to hear one of the genre's best voices and did not know that one of the founders of the Italo-wave was swinging the axe, you would have to negate the question, but these two musicians raise VISION DIVINE out of the uniformity.
Fast Italo-Power Metal like "On The Wings Of The Storm" or "New Eden", mid-paced tracks like "Vision Divine", emotional ballads ("Of Light And Darkness") or furious instrumental pieces ("Forgotten Worlds") are delighting the listener's ear. But there still is one biiiig let-down: the cover-version of EUROPE's "The Final Countdown". Apart from some very few passages, the song is just played, very close to the original, thus leading the expression "version" ad absurdum.
But despite the relative quality of this album, I would rather like to hear new stuff of RHAPSODY or LABYRINTH...