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!