I used to hate these guys but to my shock and apall I heard Victim on the radio and was hooked. I know many of you complain about them changing their style (which usually ruins a band) but in this case it’s just soooo much better. While the whole cd doesn’t quite live up to the stigma of Victim it is much better than their previous attempts..WHICH COULD EXPLAIN WHY FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER THEY’RE ON THE TOP TEN BILLBOARD ROCK CHARTS…so for all you saying it’s not as good..you must be mistaken or it certainly wouldn’t be there In Short, this is a big step forward for a band that until now was quite insignificant.
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Seeing Eighteen Visions for the first time 4 years ago during their Vanity era, it’s amazing that a band would risk it all by transcending from metalcore to straight up hard rock… For 18V, it worked very well. Hardcore fans will be disappointed. It could very well be my diverse taste in music, but I’m completely addicted to this album. I’ve listened to this entire CD over and over again.
18V incorporated their 80’s hard rock influence and I LOVE it to death! Several tracks are reminiscent of Def Leppard, Skid Row, and Guns N’ Roses… Very guitar, vocal, and melody driven. James Hart utilizes his voice to his advantage by singing a lot more and did an awesome job. The music itself is amazing, with different layers of guitar work, tight drums and basslines, and huge, catchy hooks. The overall production is awesome and seemed well thought-out.
Sell outs? Not at all. Growing and evolving? Definitely. I highly respect musicians who will take risks and create music THEY love. This album is amazing!
As someone who’s never heard of Eighteen Visions before the release of this album, I’ve found myself enjoying their self-titled effort quite a lot. I don’t have their “screamer” albums as a frame of reference, I can’t rate this based on how much they “sold out”, just on how much I enjoy the music on this disk. Eighteen Visions really seems to have embraced the rock music of the 80s when they made this album, and in my opinion, it’s to the album’s benefit. Songs like “Pretty Suicide” and “The Sweetest Memory” strike a nice balance between modern and retro sounds, and while they won’t appeal to people looking for heavier, more hardcore sounds, they’re great songs in their own right. As good as those are, however, I find myself gravitating towards “Victim” and “Coma”, which rock out a little bit more in comparison. Almost every song on this album is quite listenable, and I’ve listened to it multiple times without getting tired of it.
Still, it’s probably best for new fans, like me, who haven’t heard of 18V until recently. While it won’t please fans of their hardcore style, it’s a worthy purchase for anyone looking for a straight-up rock album.
I went to HMV just to see what they had for music, and when i listened to Eighteen Visions on one of those 3-disc music listeners. Let me tell you i was hooked for good. I kept listening to this cd for hours after i bought it and i’m still hooked on it. As well as i don’t usually buy one singer or bands cd’s, i usually buy a mix cd like much music 2001. So for hard music lovers and people who don’t like buying one certain band go out to your local music store and buy EIGHTEEN VISIONS, not sure if this will be helpfull but out of the twelve songs i like eleven of them and my favorite song is broken hearted, just for you hard rockers this is a slow song warning.
( yes it’s a slow rock song NOT a heavy song like song number two victim.)
The new self titled effort from 18V is exactly that, new. In No way shape or form is any of the band that recorded ‘Until the Ink Runs out’ represented on this, as the band has decided gone more in a rock direction. While they have attempted this on ‘Vanity’ with “I don’t Mind” and went more Boldly with ‘Obsession’, I feel here they have definetly accomplished what they set out to make, a great rock and roll record. Lots of solid songs more dedicated than on ‘Obsession’, which in comparison seemed like more of a failed attempt to achieve this. There really isn’t a bad song on this cd. And it’s very well produced, sounds very sonically tight.
However, if you’ve stuck with the band this long, you may be extremely dissapointed with this release, after all there is basically no hardcore elements on this, and the metal isn’t really meant to heavy at all. But as a fan that has watched the band progress, you really can’t be too suprised that they’ve gone in this direction. With each release this band has changed, and you as a fan have to ask yourself if you can put aside the fact that they made some death-metalled-grind-hardcore, you’ll find that this really is one of the best rock records out this year, better than the Lost Prophets cd, and more in league with Velvet Revolver and such. I give it a 4.