When it was announced that Michele Luppi was leaving Vision Divine, it wasn't something I wanted to hear. Then it was revealed that his replacement would be former Vision Divine singer and Rhapsody Of Fire vocalist Fabio Lione, well I for one was skeptical. Fabio sounds great in the context of ROP's epic music with his powerful soaring vocals, but for me Michele Luppi's vocals were a great supplement for Vision Divine's style, and a big factor in why I enjoyed the releases he was involved with so much. I suppose with the future of Rhapsody Of Fire on hold due to legal issues, Fabio Lione may stay in VD's line-up, for how long who knows? On this release he has adapted well to Vision Divine's music, dispelling any doubts I had.
So the band has moved on and 9 Degrees West Of The Moon, album number six, is the result, While guitarist and founder Olaf Thorsen's former band Labyrinth release quite different albums, Vison Divine continue down a similar path to past CDs, so fans will know they can expect more fine power/progressive metal, with a multitude of guitars and keyboards in their music.
The last album The 25th Hour, didn't hook me quite as much as prior CDs, but I must say with 9 Degrees West Of The Moon the band are in fine form and sound invigorated. Commencing with "Letter to My Child Never Born" the longest track on 9 Degrees West Of The Moon and one of the best. Vison Divine's talented line-up continue to impress with commanding performances, the thrashing heavy track "The Killing Speed Of Time" shows how diverse they can be.
There's something very special about so many Italian metal bands, and Vision Divine are certainly one of the best. If you enjoyed their other albums then purchasing this is a no brainer.
1.Letter to My Child Never Born
4.Angels in Disguise
5.The Killing Speed of Time
6.The Streets of Laudomia
8.Out in Open Space
9.9 Degrees West of the Moon
10.A Touch of Evil
11.Fading Shadow (demo version)