The Vision Bleak "The Wolves Go Hunt Their Prey"

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The Vision Bleak "The Wolves Go Hunt Their Prey"
  • Album: The Wolves Go Hunt Their Prey
  • Year: 2007
  • Label: PROPHECY
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  • Germany

Ulf Theodor Schwadorf and Allen B. Konstanz are now presenting a new album, probably conceptual, desired to be mightier and more dynamic than the previous one, released two years ago, "Carpathia - A Dramatic Poem". Obviously, such a sound purely electrifies when performed live, especially that the guitars are explosive and the keyboard abounds in atmospheric passages, everything being framed in a well conceived and at all weary rhythm! I found it hard to categorize this very music, not that it would be necessarily original, but solely due to the fact it matches no criteria. It is a sort of Gothic Atmospheric Metal, with plenty of bombastic orchestral sequences and also filled with all kinds of acoustic guitars, now and then even Death Metal elements are to be spotted! It is like a singing story as the two musicians are transiting us within the entire Metal realm and not solely. The voices are great, normal, mighty, even hymned, saturated in expressivity!

I can also spot some Power elements, disturbing my listening, but I guess they are meant to energize the sound and prevent it from becoming common. Even though the tracks do not resemble to one another, as structure, there are numerous associations and common sequences, including the vocal approach. The last track is the most inspired one from my point of view, very rhythmic and representative for the current THE VISION BLEAK sound, especially as somewhere on the background, I uncover scents of the first two EMPYRIUM albums, which I used to love. It seems Markus returns in a certain way to the origins throughout this very album, and it can solely bring me joy by doing so. In conclusion, we have a very stylish album, with a crystal clear sound (as expected) trying to make its way between the two valuable atmospheric Metal. To me at least it does not seem remarkable or inspired, but rather a trendy one destined to please the public during the concerts... am I wrong? Honestly, I expected so much more from my old friend! Anyway, after listening to this album, I have unshelved for an hour time the superb "Songs of Moors and Misty Fields", for an EMPYRIUM remember! And it worth... once again!