AUDIOVISION - The Calling
Written by Juha www.melodic.net Sweden
Style: Hard rock
Reviewed by: Juha
Link to this album: http://www.melodic.net/reviewsOne.asp?revnr=2952
Audiovision is a new brilliant melodic hardrock/metal act from Sweden including former Narnia singer Christian Rivel and Lion Share´s axeman Lars Chriss who has also produced this album. The sound is heavy and the production is powerful and top-notch. Rest of the band is Mikael Höglund(bass ex- Great King Rat, Thunder), Thomas Broman(drums ex- Great King Rat, Glenn Hughes) and Andreas Lindahl(keyboards) so you can see that this is a high quality line-up. The guestlist is even stronger with names like Mats Leven, Thomas Vikström, Mattias "IA" Eklundh, Mic Michaeli, Bruce Kulick, Janne Stark and Tony Franklin to name the biggest once.
Tommy Denander is another guest and he has co-written couple of songs on the album and contributed with his brilliant guitarwork. This is a album that will please fans of Edguy, Masterplan and through in some traces of Lion Share and you will one helluva time with this album. This is a heavy album but they have manage to come up with awesome melodies and everytime you listen to it you find new parts on the album that sounds brilliant. This is a album that will even grow after couple of spins.
They have come up with a strong cover version of Sweet´s Love Is Like Oxygen were Christian shares the lead vocals with Jeff Scott Soto, superb stuff.
More highlights is the fantastic up-tempo rocker Read Between The Lines that turns up the heat in the chorus that is filled with rifffantastic guitars with a awesome guitarsolo and powerful background vocals. Fasten you seatbelts when you listen to Evil Or Divine because this one rocks hard as hell with a strong catchy chorus. The right in your face smasher Face To Face will make you play some airguitars and while you do that you cant avoid to listen to the wonderful solo from Mr. Kulick.
Powermetal freaks will love the Masterplan sound-a-like Show Me The Way with a strong catchy chorus with sing-a-long feel over it, great stuff.
This was a big surprise from Audivision that has come up with a strong hardrock/metal album in the highest level. You have to check out this if your into heavy melodic hardrock done with quality.