Fans of Eighteen Visions' earlier work would no doubt have been horrified with the release of 2004's 'Obsession' - it was a brave and slightly unnerving new direction which didn't see the band build on the heaviness of their previous album 'Vanity'. It was a curious beast, jam packed with familiar chuggy breakdowns but with a thick vein of Velvet Revolver-esque melody running right through the centre. Bits of it worked, bits of it didn't.
I was interested to see where the band would go with their new record - self-titling an album usually means a band believes they have defined their sound, and it appears that Eighteen Visions believe that the melodic path was the correct one to travel. Luckily, in the two years away, they appear to have learnt a lot. The screaming is all but gone but for some reason the choruses work - the record is filled with stadium rock anthems that resonate perfectly and gives the band a new lease of life.
'Eighteen Visions' is an album comprised of dirty sounding, low-end rock and massive, lighter-flickering ballads, and is well worth a listen - even if you preferred their older incarnation.