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Album Review

Lifted by years of effort and a new distribution deal with Epic Records, Trustkill Records' Eighteen Visions broke onto the charts with 2004's Obsession, which set up the band's next release as a potential breakthrough. When a recording artist with a number of albums decides to name a new disc after itself, that's often a signal of an attempt at reinvention or introduction to a new audience, and such seems to be the case with Eighteen Visions. The album is not a break with the past, but it does mark a more complete realization of the band's goal of maintaining a distinct heavy metal/hardcore identity while suggesting it can master other styles as well. The most distinct example of this versatility comes six tracks in with "Broken Hearted," a song on which Eighteen Visions abruptly switches gears and produces a melodic, midtempo arena rock performance. Lead singer James Hart calms down from his usual harsh howl to a conventional rock vocal style, and the band turns in a surprisingly accessible track, complete with a big, hooky chorus. The first time listening to the album, "Broken Hearted" comes as a surprise, but upon repeated listenings it's possible to hear more sophisticated parts in other songs — unusually strong vocal choruses, keyboard riffs, unusual tempo shifts. Eighteen Visions can play contemporary metal with the best of them, turning out songs filled with pile-driving drum parts, thundering guitars, and Hart's obscenity laced, rage-filled screaming. But, unlike their many competitors, they are more than that, and they vary the formula just enough to emerge from the pack.

Customer Reviews

Great...but not the best

I love Eighteen Visions; I have for almost 5 years now. This new album is a new chapter for them. It sounds amazing. It was very well done, shows growth, and passion. 18v isn’t going to just do what others tell them. They are themselves and I think it’s great. I love Vanity though and this is nothing like what they used to be. I am glad they are artists and they are evolving but I do miss the old stuff. None the less this is one hell of a rock album, better then obsession by far in my opinion. I can’t wait to see them in concert! If you’re looking for an album that hits hard, pushes the envelope, and shows a true artist then this is the album for you!!!

Great band, great album

Dude, this album is awesome, 18V is awesome. i went to an avenged sevenfold/coheed and cambria concert, and they were the opening band, and i totally fell in love with them. my favorite song is Truth or Consequence, followed by Tonightless and Victim; and if you're looking for their old stuff, id go I Let Go, Tower of Snakes, and Waiting For The Heavens. id say that its better than obsession, but not by a lot.

James Has Hart

I think this album is one of the best I've heard in a long time. I have known about 18 Visions for a while, but I only own this album and Obsession. Though the first four songs on this album sound similar to Obsession and I Let Go, I still think all of the songs are brilliant. Our Darkest Days, Victim, and Broken Hearted are my favorite songs so far. Oh yeah, if you want to hear a great rendition of Paradise City by 18V, you can buy it on iTunes.

Biography

Formed: 1996 in Orange County, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Eighteen Visions' complex, often off-time, blasting metallic hardcore transforms bits of thrash, stomp, and acidic blackness into cohesive, pummeling compositions that occasionally break down and groove. All of their songs contain singalong-worthy bellowing from charismatic singer James Hart, who performed live with tongue-in-cheek pomposity worthy of huge stadiums. The band's flashy image, presence, and flair...
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