Something has really added a brick here! VISION DIVINE, wasn’t it the new band of Olaf Thörsen (Ex-LABYRINTH), which he founded in 1998. At the beginning they absolutely sounded like LABYRINTH and also a certain Fabio Lione (RHAPSODY/ATHENA) sang at the debut. Anyway VISION DEVINE then got ahead of LABYRINTH on the fast lane, which was demonstrated by 150,000 sold albums and a successful South America tour in 2000.
“The Perfect Machine“ has become a concept album and is about a scientist, who discloses the secret of eternal youth. It doesn't contain cell renewal, so no children have to be procreated anymore and the humans don't have to face death anymore but every pleasure of life, sex, feelings and what else belongs to a human being isn’t needed to survive anymore. Although the humans are in a godlike situation they are fed up with the boring vegetating, the scientist wishes back the “old order“. So it happens that he begs the God he's perceived as dispensable to turn back the wheel of time to the status of the beginning.
Musically there's a sparking bonding of THRESHOLD, DREAM THEATER and BALANCE OF POWER to listen to. Damn well produced, the performance rules and the songs also are arranged in a gripping way, although you have to put up with some spins. But sometimes I think all the snatchy staccato rhythms are quite tedious, which DREAM THEATER have exhausted ad nauseam and umpteen clones have nearly ridden to death ... The same applies for the out of hand getting keyboard duels, it's not really amazing anymore but that's the style. On the positive side I'd like to name the catchy choruses and hooks which definitely enhanced the disc and single it out of the tangled mass of similar releases! (Online January 21, 2006)