(7/10) The segment of bombastic female fronted metal bands gets tighter and tighter. What started decades ago with The Gathering, Within Temptation and Nightwish inspired many other groups and one of them is Visions Of Atlantis from Austria.
Founded in 2000, the band has released so far five albums, followed by the newest EP called "Old Routes - New Waters". In one or another way the title stands almost for nomen et omen. In the end it's the 'old' Visions Of Atlantis sound, performed by the 'new' line-up (the band went through a total renewal in 2013 with only drummer Thomas Caser as being the constant factor). The new EP comes with five tracks, all of the them symphonic tunes, dominated by a dense sound in combination with Delauney's vocals. What I also must say is that the new release sounds more professional and also a bit more commercial than the earlier records.
Visions Of Atlantis isn't afraid of integrating keyboards, something that comes back in "Lost". This number is one of the most catchy ones the band did up till now and it is full with well-done hooks. The melody line works for a bigger audience and the song can help the guys from Styria to gain new fans.
That Visions Of Atlantis also has a sense for romance shines through with songs like "Winternight", a soulful ballad this kind of music is screaming for. It could have been Within Temptation delivering the blueprint for this track.
All in all I must say that "Old Routes - New Waters" is a good album that comes with well-crafted songs, a proper production and two singers (Delauney and Siegfried Samer) whose voices go together very well. The only thing that is my point of critic is the fact, that there are many other bands out there doing the same thing and Visions Of Atlantis doesn't belong to the group of initiaters. They belong to the second wave, even though it's a good one.
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Label: Napalm Records
Genre: Symphonic Metal
Release Date EU: April 29th, 2016