Band: VISIONS OF DYSTOPIA
Title: A Nightmare on Dystopian Street
Label: M & O Music
Style: Cinematic Progressive Metal
This is something new, at least on my alley, a duo from France playing somehow instrumental Progressive Metal with a serious cinematic touch. "Somehow instrumental" because there are no actual vocal parts, but instead they are replaced by a ton of movie samples and effects that work quite well in this context. Horror movies, that's the theme of the album, and obviously the samples are from horror movies, but the best thing about this album is the two Frenchmen really know how to handle their instruments and create some fabulous Progressive Metal tunes that could rival with the best of the genre, without fear of stepping into the Extreme Metal part at times, but only briefly I'd say, so it's a "safe" album for all sort of listeners, it's mostly melodic and totally technical, with symphonic passages, atmospheric and enchanting here and there, the album has them all, it stretches and balances between all corners of the genre and the result is convincing, a material that could easily be used as soundtrack for a big-budget movie. Impressive blend between Metal and movie soundtracks, don't hesitate giving it a try!
Reviewed by Adrian