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The Calling - Audiovision

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Artist: Audiovision / Audio CD released 2005-07-18 at Aor Heaven

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      01.02.2008 11:22
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      Audiovision's first album (2005).

      Audiovision's debut album is a polished, high budget waste of time, unless you're particularly a fan of medium speed, melodic hard rock and need to hear everything in the genre. This isn't so much a lousy album as one without any significantly interesting features of its own, based entirely in a dated and rather bland sound that only becomes more tedious as the album goes on, culminating in the inevitable slow song 'Love is Like Oxygen' which boasts some really quite embarrassing lyrics. It's the lyrical side of things that outs me off this band most of all, as Audiovision is the type of Christian band that opts to shove its messages down the listener's throat rather than incorporate them with the subtlety of metaphor, and the frequent references to inner light, souls and angels are too distractingly prominent in Christian Rivel's melodic singing.

      This crosses over into power metal territory, but not to any extent that's going to impress or satisfy metal fans, due to its over-repetitive nature, overly slowed tempo and lack of any real instrumental prowess. Songs such as 'The King is Alive' feature guitar and keyboard solos, but these are rather basic and it's easy to forget the album is playing at all if your mind is elsewhere. The only songs I really didn't enjoy were 'Evil or Divine' and the aforementioned 'Love is Like Oxygen,' both for featuring some horrible vocal stylings reminiscent of 1980s glam metal, but fortunately the final instrumental 'Colors' is a more skilled take on the slow style without the distracting vocals, and the majority of the album is inoffensive, if lacking in ideas. Divine inspiration didn't create this one.

      1. The Calling
      2. The King is Alive
      3. Evil or Divine
      4. The Rock of My Soul
      5. Read Between the Lines
      6. Face to Face
      7. Show Me the Way
      8. Love is Like Oxygen
      9. Hold Me
      10. Colors

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  • Product Details

    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Calling
    2 King Is Alive
    3 Evil Or Divine
    4 Rock Of My Soul
    5 Read Between The Lines
    6 Face To Face
    7 Show Me The Way
    8 Love Is Like Oxygen
    9 Hold Me
    10 Colours