VISIONS OF ATLANTIS — Maria Magdalena (review)

VISIONS OF ATLANTIS — Maria Magdalena album cover EP · 2011 · Symphonic Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
3/5 ·
Time Signature
Beyond horizon...

Genre: symphonic metal

"Maria Magdalena? Ain't that a pop song?". Why yes, it is, it is a pop song from the 80s by the German singer, Sandra, and, yes, it is that exact song that this Visions of Atlantis EP is named after. And, as you have guessed, the reason is that there is a cover version of the song on the EP. Needless to say, it has been seriously metallized and now has crunchy guitars, heavy riffage and powerful drums as well as Vision of Atlantis' trademark symphonic effects. Actually, Visions of Atlantis prove that 'Maria Magdalena' sounds just as good as a 2011 symphonic metal song as it does as a 1985 pop song. One of the strengths of the pop song, which Visions of Atlantis have thankfully retained is its memorable and very catchy chorus.

The other tracks are original Vision of Atlantis compositions. The style is basically midtempo modern power metal with symphonic effects. The focus is, however, on the guitar riffage and the vocal melodies, and the symphonic effects are kept in the background, which also keeps the cheese-o-meter comfortably out of the red. 'Melancholia' and 'Change of Tides' are quite solid and catchy symphonic power metal tracks, and especially the former has some very strong vocal hooklines, and, while the tracks are not really groundbreaking or out of the ordinary, I think they are quite good. The same goes for 'Distant Shores', while 'Last Shut of your Eyes' and 'Beyond Horizon' are epic ballads which, I must admit, do not really rock my world. I mean, they are well written with lots of melody, and I am sure that fans of epic metal ballads will absolutely love them... they just do not appeal that much to me.

As has almost become a typical feature of symphonic power metal, the vocal duties are shared by a male vocalist and a female vocalist, and this combination works quite well, although I am not a fan of it per se, and - while the vocalists are incredibly skilled - I think that they lack the power to match the heaviness of the crunchy guitar riffs.

The main attraction of this release is, for my money, the cover version of 'Maria Magdalena' as well as the very strong and catchy 'Melancholia'. The remaining tracks will probably appeal mostly to people who are already fans of the band.

(review originally posted at seaoftranquility.org)
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more than 2 years ago
Pay your respects here: http://www.facebook.com/inmemoriamnicolebogner
Doomster wrote:
more than 2 years ago
R.I.P.
more than 2 years ago
I agree. F*** nature!
UMUR wrote:
more than 2 years ago
Yeah nature is sometimes beyond cruel :-(
more than 2 years ago
Apparently she'd been ill for some time. Tragic in any case. My condolences to her friends and family. And 27... that's just too young. It ain't fair.
more than 2 years ago
doesnt say what she died of. she was only 27 tho
more than 2 years ago
That's tragic.... what was the cause?
more than 2 years ago
their old lead singer died a few days ago
more than 2 years ago
their old lead singer died a few days ago
more than 2 years ago
I'd love to hear a metal version of "Boys Boys Boys" - perhaps a crossover thrash one.
UMUR wrote:
more than 2 years ago
Sandra was that her with the big....oh no that was Sabrina ;-)

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