The Vision Bleak - _The Deathship Has a New Captain_
(Prophecy Productions, 2004)
by: Pedro Azevedo (
"Supreme horror death rock" from Schwadorf -- the mastermind behind
Empyrium (which has unfortunately been laid to rest) and Sun of the
Sleepless -- and his associate Konstanz, _The Deathship Has a New
Captain_ is an album meant to honour authors such as Max Schreck, John
Carpenter, Friedrich Murnau and George Romero, among others. The songs
tend to remind me of a more gothic version of Dead Silent Slumber, a
project I hadn't even thought about in ages before listening to this.
The Vision Bleak is quite different though, with more of a rock vibe
and gothic vocals -- even a Type O Negative influence -- as well as
operatic elements. Their sound is based upon some pretty hard-hitting
guitar chords, with keyboard orchestration to complement them and pave
the way for the theatrical vocals. The arrangements are very well
done, but the horror here isn't meant to be presented in a truly dark
kind of way: most of the choruses and overall sound are relatively
light-hearted, not exactly going into Necrophagia territory sound-wise.
Indeed, for a horror-based album, _The Deathship Has a New Captain_ is
rather bouncy and merry for my taste, much as its sound and
performance cannot be faulted. To further dampen my enjoyment of the
album, the songwriting is much too chorus-based for my liking, and the
male vocals also fail to convince me. Ultimately, the album is very
well done and will be a fun disc for those who enjoy a bit of gothic
rock and like their horror light; darker souls need to look elsewhere.
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