18 July 2011
by Tomas Doyle
Since The Dillinger Escape Plan brought technical metal to the masses in the early part of the last decade, the UK has boasted a thriving (often almost overloaded) scene of bands keen to show off their lightening quick fretwork and dense structural intricacies. Visions are the latest group of youngsters throwing their two penneth into this particular ring, with their ten-track debut album released on Basick records, a label which has in recent times established itself as the premier stable of UK tech metal.
If you were one of those who threw their toys out of the pram at the “diluted” sound of Architects’ latest record then it would be very much in your interest to check Home out. Daniel Bareford’s mid-range roar bares more than a passing resemblance to Sam Carter’s, whilst instrumentally this is certainly comparable to the Brightonian quintet’s first two efforts – Nightmares and Ruin. That said, the ferocity and all out aggression which have made Architects the popular force they are today is somewhat lacking on Home. It is without doubt beautifully played but there are times throughout the album where it all feels a little sterile and mid-paced; you want it to rip your fucking face off, not just show you its clever riffs for forty five minutes.
Watch the video to ‘Desinent’ by Visions:
Dear god, the riffs are clever though. For a band still in their early twenties there is musicianship on display here which is truly impressive (even in a genre where technical ability is so highly prized) and even if it lacks rise and fall beyond the most obvious LOUD/quiet juxtapositions there are times where Visions sound absolutely sky scraping. Joe Large’s drums provide an insistent spine around which time signature shifts lock in and arpeggiated flourishes spiral wildly and it is easy to get lost in the maze of glorious riffing and nicely executed (if predictable) atmospheric parts.
There is no doubt whatsoever that this is a band are capable of producing something outstanding and with Home they have demonstrated that they can put together an album of technical excellence which belies their years. What they need to do now, to create something really special, is forget about those technicalities a little, throw caution to the wind and go balls to the wall. As it is, this is still a very promising debut indeed.
Sounds like: The Arusha Accord, Architects
Top tracks: Autophobia, Attentive: Continuum
Visions – Home tracklisting
Into The Sun
Delete The Sky