ALBUM REVIEW: Visions Of Atlantis – Wanderers

“Not all wanderers are lost” is the message from Wanderers, the upcoming album from Symphonic Metal Adventurers VISIONS OF ATLANTIS. This album takes you on a journey of self-discovery whilst experiencing profound lyrics, stunning vocals and excellent music arrangements. Are you ready to board this reflective voyage? You can at the end of the week when they release Wanderers.

If you’re a fan of NIGHTWISH, you may notice the similarities between Wanderers opening track Release My Symphony and The Poet And The Pendulum. Particularly in terms of the piano introduction and the tranquil build up before being treated to a majestic sweeping track. From this point on, you know the voyage has begun and you prepare yourself to experience the exciting adventure.

The rest of the album contains a fantastic variety of tracks that will go down a treat with long-time fans of the band and new listeners. VISIONS OF ATLANTIS keep the adventure exciting with some sweeping and majestic tracks such as A Life To Our Own, The Siren & The Sailor and The Silent Scream. These appear to be the tracks that will encourage you to overcome obstacles and carry on stronger than ever before.

The band always hit the nail on the head when it comes to ballads; on Wanderers there are three stunning ones. One of the things a ballad does it to help you reflect; that’s exactly what Nothing Lasts Forever, Into The Light and the title track do. These tranquil tracks provide the perfect ambience to help listeners reflect on what’s going on in their lives and to help them realise some truths they may not have realised previously.

One of the highlights on the album is the vocal work. The vocal duets between Clémentine Delauney and Michele Guaitoli are outstanding. This is the first album with new vocalist Michele taking over from Siegfried Samer and it’s more than safe to say that his vocals fit well with the bands majestic music.This album also shows Clémentine’s versatile vocal range. In the ballads such as Into The Light, she gives her vocals fragility using her chest voice technique. In the sweeping tracks that require more, for instance To The Universe, you can hear her hit those high notes very well.

Another highlight of the album is the lyrical content. Given the theme of Wanderers, the lyrics are profound and will stick with you for a long time. Throughout the album you hear lines that will resonate with you, maybe some more than others.

For me personally it was the chorus of Nothing Lasts Forever. It is about cherishing moments whilst they still last and most of us can relate to this. Another came from the title track about learning and growing. Whether you are experiencing adventure with a majestic track or seeking tranquillity with one of the ballads, you can guarantee one thing: the lyrics will mean something to you.

When you press play on Wanderers, you will soon realise that it is an album that requires you soak in every note of the music and every word of the lyrics. It’s clear from this release that VISIONS OF ATALANTIS are future icons in Symphonic Metal.

Rating: 9/10

Words: Lotty Whittingham

Wanderers will set sail on 30th August 2019 via Napalm Records.


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