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The Vision Bleak has two albums on our top 100 albums of 2016 and a album on the top 100 Gothic Metal/ Dark Metal/Horror Metal albums of all-time. But the reason I wrote this article is that most record collectors will, say things like I only buy full length albums, and never a best of CD, a live album, a compilation or a box set. Some of my favorite albums of all-time are compilations, live albums, and now a “Best of” album. I usually avoid best of albums like the plague, because just like the Rock ‘n Roll hall of fame. Something is missing and something just don’t belong here, but as a The Vision Bleak fan since day 1, the debut album for me. This was always one of my favorite all-time bands. This album has a perfect flow, and is a fun listen to as a stand alone listening experience. I was going to pass on it, put since I am a real hardcore fan a true fan of The Vision Bleak. This was a instant purchase, and this has been in my review stack since it was unleashed on Planet Metal on June 3rd, 2016. It was released the same day. I go to the record stores 123 times a year or more, but I specially went to the record store The Vision Bleak “The Unknown”.

 

But when I breakout my favorite top 30 albums  every Friday to Saturday. I celebration of the greatest bands/artist/albums of all-time. The Vision Bleak has one album in my favorite top 3o albums of all-time, but through the week, I will give this multiple spins on my CD player. Below are the liner notes in the TIMELINES CD

 

I rewrote them here for posterity.

Introducing The Vision Bleak is not an easy task, since our music has always been a unique blend of our inspirations, which are manifold and diverse, both musically and lyrically. Personally I never understood when people said The Vision Bleak always sounds the same. Seriously? From the somber goth rock of “The Lone Night Rider” to the atmospheric Swedish death metal crunch that is “Descend Into Maelstorm” from the midtempo  pounding dark rock of “Into The Unknown’ to the fast paced, melodic inferno of “From Wolf to Peacock”  …its quite diverse, isn’t it? Lyrically, we have playing our own game ever since anyway, being inspired bt yhe poetry of E.A. Poe, Lord Byron”, to name a few.

So what makes The Vision Bleak so unique lies within our sound and lyrics. The former is not artificially, put together in a studio–it is the sound of the two of us playing our instruments, putting our enthusiasm for what we create into a performance that is strong and vibrant. At the same time, we take great lengths to write our lyrics straight from the heart even though they are full of metaphors and often psychologically tinged gothc horror images, Read between the lines.

I always remember that one maniac waiting at our tour bus when we played our very first show in London. As we stepped out , he eagerly ran towards us saying:

“Welcome to f@cking England, You guys sound like a mixture of f@cking Carcass and the fucking Sisters of Mercy” And yes, that is how unique we are. We are very proud of that and warmly welcome you to our little cemetery  

On behalf of the The Vision Bleak,

March 2016

 

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The Vision Bleak • The Deathship Has a New Captain •   February 23rd, 2004

TOP 100 GOTHIC METIC METAL ALBUM OF 2004

The Vision Bleak • Carpathia * A Dramatic Poem •  August 29th, 2005

TOP 100 GOTHIC METAL ALBUM OF 2005

TOP 100 GOTHIC METAL ALBUM OF ALL-TIME

KICK•ASS•METAL HALL OF FAME ALBUM

The Vision Bleak • The Wolves Go Hunt Their Prey •   August 31st, 2007

TOP 100 GOTHIC METAL ALBUM OF 2007

TOP 10 ABLUMS OF 2007

TOP 10 GOTHIC METAL ALBUMS OF THE 21ST CENTURY

TOP 10 GOTHIC METAL ALBUMS OF ALL-TIME

TOP 25 GOTHIC METAL ALBUMS OF ALL-TIME

KICK• ASS• METAL HEAVY METAL HALL OF FAME ALBUM

 The Vision Bleak  • Set Sail To Mystery   • April 5th, 2010

TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2010

TOP 100 GOTHIC METAL ALBUMS OF 2016

TOP 100 GOTHIC METAL ALBUMS OF ALL-TIME

KICK*ASS*METAL HEAVY METAL ALBUM OF ALL-TIME

 The Vision Bleak  • Witch Hour September •  27th, 2013

TOP 100 GOTHIC METAL ALBUMS OF 2013

TOP 100 GOTHIC METAL ALBUMS OF ALL-TIME

KICK•ASS•METAL HEAVY METAL HALL OF FAME ALBUM

 The Vision Bleak • The Unknown • June 3rd, 2016

TOP 100 GOTHIC METAL ALBUMS OF 2016

KICK*ASS*METAL HEAVY METAL HALL OF FAME ALBUM

 The Vision Bleak • Timeline • 3rd, 2016

KICK•  ASS• METAL HEAVY METAL HALL OF FAME ALBUM

 

Biography

You cannot move away from your roots” Schwadorf says in the last Empyrium “Weiland” interview a laconic view on THE VISION BLEAK. The largest Horror theatre. Curtains up for Schwadorf and Konstanz, 2 circus entertainers emerge to catch the souls of the audience and to extend the fear and shock. Six-foot high towering guitars, a sawing melotron and voices from the grave honour the mind of horror as well as its representatives – first and foremost Max Schreck, John Carpenter, Friedrich Murnau or George Romero. Are ya ready to meet the reaper?
The second album “Carpathia” is an incomparable and sinister musical drama. Not without good reason have Konstanz and Schwadorf brought up the whole musical spectrum of their artistic careers so far. Even though the Shadow Philharmonics – who already provided the majestic textures on “The Deathship Has A New Captain“ – have been increased, it is Death Metal that rises erratically above all: forceful, black riffs, heavyweight drums, full and many-facetted vocals … Each track is vibrantly brimming with sheer intensity and energy.

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Inspirataions

H.P. Lovecraft, F. Murnau, Max Schreck, Edgar Allan Poe, John Carpenter…

 

 

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