With a history of playing hard-rock covers dating back to 1991, a slew of lineup changes and an unfortunately named singer simply known as Andro from the Metallica tribute band Metal Ashes, the Italian progressive-metal quintet Revoltons has finally gotten around to releasing its debut album. Night Visions follows in the musical footsteps of Queensryche, Dream Theater and Symphony X but is filled with Italian metal tradition.
Some tracks are more power-metal than others (namely "Hands of Magellano" and the rambling "The Old Walls"), while others are instrumentals ("Eternal Pain," "Before the Dawn") that segue into monster tracks like "Cell of Death" and "Reality Met Childhood," on which Andro actually engages in some death-metal growls. And "Time For Worlds Inside" is an all-out prog-metal scorcher. Disappointingly, the ballad "Malcom's Drama" is hampered by the singer's thick accent, even more audible when he slows down his vocals, and Andro's voice sounds a little off-key on "The Autumn Believer."
Gratned, part of the album's disjointed feel might come from the fact that the members of Revoltons recorded the music for Night Visions before they found a vocalist. That explains why the music sounds so stellar and why Andro sounds slightly out of place — even rushed — at times. As a fully functioning unit, though, Revoltons could be dangerous, injecting intelligence and variety into an overcrowded European metal scene. This is one to watch …
1) Eternal Pain (1:15)
2) Cell of Death (5:41)
3) Hands of Magellano (5:40)
4) Before the Dawn (2:21)
5) Reality Met Childhood (5:43)
6) The Old Walls (5:49)
7) Malcom's Drama (7:52)
8) Time For Worlds Inside (4:53)
9) The Autumn Believer (5:21)
10: The Court's Fool (6:21)
Total Time: 50:59