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Fatal Vision: Once

On paper this album sounds like a winner, but in reality it is far from it.

Attempting to replicate the sounds of 80s bands like Europe, Asia and Survivor, this album doesn’t seem to have a clear intent behind it.

The instrumentation on the record is decent enough. You have a majority of the tracks with a lot of synthesizers up top in the mix and the synths blend well with the rest of the instrument tracks especially the guitar.

I do feel the bass could be brought up in the mix as well as the drums.

It doesn’t really have a full sound when the songs are being led sonically by guitar and synth.

The main issue with this album for me are the vocals. I do not like to be overly critical but in this case I feel it is warranted.

The vocals here simply do not fit the rest of the sound of the group. The vocals are being sung in too low of a register and it sounds like the vocals are being nearly spoken rather than being sung, at times. There are some strong moments vocally on this record. I feel the strongest track being “Haven’t We Been Here Before?” It has a strong vocal performance and great vocal melodies.

I also feel this album has no flow to it. An album should flow song into song keeping the listener intrigued. Here the tracks are not arranged in a way that keeps you engaged, it starts to sound similar after a few songs in.
All in all this is not a terrible album, it is simply an album that needs clear direction, creatively and musically.

Track Listing
1. In The Beginning / Heartbreaker
2. Burning For You
3. Open Your Eyes
4. Into The Twilight
5. Little Rebel
6. Against The Wall
7. Do You Remember Me?
8. Wings Of The Night
9. Haven't We Been Here Before?
10. Time Keeps Slipping Away
11. Once

Added: July 3rd 2022
Reviewer: Ben Collins
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