Eigh­teen Vi­sions

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Met­al­core strays end an 11-year hia­tus

When the ini­tial com­mer­cial met­al­core boom hap­pened in the early-to-mid-00s,

Eigh­teen Vi­sions, and their switch to eye­lin­er­heavy goth chic and hard rock riffs, were seen by many as the poster chil­dren for ev­ery­thing that had gone wrong with hard­core’s in­va­sion of the main­stream.So it says a lot about what’s hap­pened in the in­ter­ven­ing decade that their first al­bum in 11 years sounds way more jagged and ex­treme than 18V did when they split in the first place. Opener Cru­ci­fied is only two min­utes long, but sets the tone for what’s to come by rid­ing along on a gar­gan­tuan metal­lic riff and James Hart’s throat-shred­ding vo­cals. The con­sis­tency con­tin­ues for the next few num­bers. Un­for­tu­nately, al­though the band are keener to re­visit their Trustkill Records days than they were when we last heard from them, there’s still a ten­dency to lean on some of the more knuck­le­headed ra­dio rock clichés of their lat­ter days. Pic­ture Per­fect is the worst of­fender, com­ing off like Mar­i­lyn Manson sleep­walk­ing through a Buckcherry b-side and fea­tur­ing some se­ri­ously cringey lyrics. When Eigh­teen Vi­sions try to sound like Vi­sion Of Dis­or­der they’re very good. When they try to sound like Vel­vet Re­volver… not so much.

Eigh­teen Vi­sions: mi­nus the makeup

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