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Formed in August 2000, Visions Of Atlantis are an Austrian symphonic power metal band who use the legend of Atlantis for inspiration for their majestic music. Trinity is the band’s third full-length release and was mastered at the famous Finnvox studios where Nightwish, Children Of Bodom and Sentenced have also worked. The album art was created by Anthony Clarksson who has designed art for Blind Guardian. All in all, this sounds rather promising for a power metal band.
Trinity can best be described as a hybrid of Nightwish, Edenbridge and Evanescence. Although the album has a majestic feel, and indeed the opening track ‘At The Back Of Beyond’ begins with a lovely characteristic symphonic introduction, Trinity fails to achieve anything original or fresh, but works solely to pay homage to its influences. Often, the male and female duets that appear on tracks like ‘’My Dark Side Home’ and ‘Wing-Shaped Heart’ are done in the exact same style as Evanescence.
It does not help that male vocalist Mario Plank sounds very similar to the male vocalist in Evanescence. The band would be far more beneficial if these male vocals were omitted completely as they fail to help the music and just divert attention away from the better parts of the music. The female vocalist, Melissa Ferlaak who used to be in operatic metal band Aesma Daeva, is new to the lineup and her operatic voice, although they resembles Tarja Turunen from Nightwish, is excellent and corroborates the music efficiently. They are at their best on the touching track ‘Return To You’.
The guitars do a fair job but they really shine on ‘Through My Eyes’, resonating a typical Finnish power metal sound. This is definitely a breath of fresh air on this album. The keyboards are proficient at creating wonderful soundscapes that coerces the listener to think of the magical world of Atlantis as well as giving the music better cohesion overall.
This album is a listenable album but I feel the band have wasted their talent, which they certainly do have. Rather than acting like a tribute band they should act upon this talent and do something imaginative and new. There is no way this band would be able to put out something better than Nightwish or Edenbridge by simply copying their style.
Originally written for www.rockbeast.co.uk