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Vision Divine: When All The Heroes Are Dead

Italian power/prog metallers Vision Divine have been plying their trade since their formation in 1997. For over twenty years they have been releasing quality albums including their eighth release titled When All The Heroes Are Dead.

The band’s previous offering, Destination Set To Nowhere, was released in 2012, so this has been quite the wait for the band’s fans. Veteran vocalist Fabio Lione provided his many talents on that album but he has since left the band to focus his attention with the Brazilian metal band Angra. Enter Derdian vocalist Ivan Giannini. I quite like Derdian so I was looking forward to hearing Ivan in his new digs.

All I can say is if you like your metal done up in the prog/power style, you should really dig When All The Heroes Are Dead. The disc begins with the short orchestral, choir soaked “Insurgent”, a very dramatic opener. Very tasty keyboard work in this one and the choirs are awesome. Then it’s on to the blistering ”The 26th Machine” with its soaring vocal melodies and frenetic lead guitar. The chorus is a real earworm as Giannini sings with great intensity. His vocals are a high point throughout the disc. The slower section offers a nice transition from the fast paced beginning. The guitar and keyboards are another highlight. More orchestral elements and choirs can be heard on the excellent “3 Men Walk On The Moon” with the neoclassical guitar solo particularly impressive. Really, the only issue here has nothing to do with the music. Being a homage to the Apollo 11 mission that landed on the moon on July 20, 1969, the song’s title suggests all three astronauts stepped foot on the lunar surface but of course that honour is bestowed to Aldrin and Armstrong as Collins remained in orbit in the Command Module. No biggie though and because it’s such a great track I can forgive the band for this slight oversite. More catchy melodies abound in the powerful “Fall From Grace” and in the slower “Were I God” the orchestrations and choirs are used to great effect and the guitar and keyboard solos are very tight. Very tasty indeed. The guitar work in the title track is quite jaw dropping as the band change pace with ease, showcasing the veteran talent they are.

When All The Heroes Are Dead is an excellent prog/power metal album that I think fans of rock music in general will really appreciate. Highly recommended.

Track Listing:
1. Insurgent
2. The 26th Machine
3. 3 Men Walk On The Moon
4. Fall From Grace
5. Were I God
6. Now That All The Heroes Are Dead
7. While The Sun Is Turning Black
8. The King Of The Sky
9. On The Ides Of March
10. 300
11. The Nihil Propaganda
12. Angel Of Revenge (Bonus Track)

Added: August 21st 2020
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Band's Official Site
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Language: english

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