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Possibly THE best album ever recorded. 'Nuff said.,
This review is from: Imprint (Audio CD)
19 days. That's what it took New York band Vision of Disorder to record this album, and what an album it is. "Imprint" is a true metal, East-coast style. Okay, so there are hardcore leanings, but this is most definitely a metal album, of the top flight at that.
How such a masterpiece could be produced in such a short time is unbelievable. Musically, it has everything going for it: crushing guitar riffs, both complex and brutal (courtesy of Mike K and Matt Baumbach); first-rate bass work (Mike F) and absolutely incredible drumming (Brendan Cohen). Laid on top of these are the truly special vocals of Tim Williams: this performance has yet to be bettered by any other singer. He flows from head-shattering screams to haunting melodies seamlessly, furiously delivering lines of pure lyrical gold. The lyrical inspiration for the entire album came from an incident invovling thugs that left Williams face scarred (hence the title "Imprint"). As such Williams creative focus was on urban life, and the bitter truths of struggle and strife. However, there are often hopeful qualities buried in there. For example:
"It's time to re-ignite the flame,
No time to recognise the pain,
One chance to rise above the rest,
Now you know what I mean."
The quality of the musicianship, lyricism and production cannot be understated. Special mention must go to producer D. Sardy, whose work gives the album a very raw feel that really helps convey the aggression and power of the songs (this is especially true as the overly clean production of the bands debut album lessened its impact). The guitar sound in particular is perfect, all crunch and no sludge, and as such the excellent guitar work is done justice.
All these elements combine successfully on every song to create 45 minutes of the highest quality music. From the full-on aggression of the title-track to the brooding melody of "Colorblind", this album encapsulates all that Vision of Disorder were about: totally original, aggressive, honest music that often drew on negative experiences to create something positive. How such a superb album that represented an island of originality in a sea of mediocre plagiarists went relatively unnoticed is beyond comprehension. Don't walk among the ignorant: buy this album and recognise the quality on show here.