Based out of the burgeoning Los Angeles music scene, Visions Of Rome unleash a hard hitting brand of metal and hardcore with experimental overtones, resulting in an overpowering listening experience. Definitely a young band on the rise, there is plenty of ambition and enthusiasm to be discovered within Our Travels, the debut EP from Visions Of Rome.
Opening with a short burst of cosmic energy entitled In Bermuda (Intro), the sonic intensity goes into maximum overdrive immediately, and remains throughout the entire sonic adventure. The Atlas explodes onto your eardrums next, massively heavy with ferocious screams and tight instrumentals grabbing the listener by the throat. The Modern Discovery continues the metallic assault to the senses, mighty and aggressive in scope. Acknowledgement is soaring and pulsating, featuring a remarkable performance from the rhythm section, imaginative keyboard work, searing guitars, and wondrously effective screamed vocals.
The last two songs are the EP demonstrates a band more than willing to go beyond genre expectations. Continents starts off with a spacey keyboard interlude, followed by strikingly ominous guitar work transcending the track into the stratosphere. And then the grand finale arrives with the stunning title cut Our Travels, clocking in at over five minutes in length. The conclusion features super hypnotic keyboard work that weaves a magical spell throughout the already combustible metallic soundscapes.
The resourceful Visions Of Rome lineup consists of Auburn Breschini on vocals, Grant Horn on drums and clean vocals, Nikky Axrot on keyboards and programming, Anthony Mendoza on guitar, Matthew Urie on guitar and clean vocals, and Nick Mendoza on bass. A first effort that should gain the band a good deal of attention, Our Travels by Visions Of Rome represents a compelling prologue for a band who could take it all the way to indie record label in no time at all. Fans of notable acts such as Confide, In Dying Arms, and Design The Skyline should really appreciate the commencement of what is sure to be an exciting musical journey for the raging entity known as Visions Of Rome. The EP was produced with a skillful precision by Damien Piano (guitarist for Beyond The Empyreal).
(Review by Kenneth Morton)
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