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Eighteen Visions

Eighteen Visions: Eighteen VisionsEighteen Visions (2006)
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Throughout the years, Eighteen Visions have progressed from one of the original metalcore bands to a radio-friendly rock band. While their cleaner side started to shine through on 2002's Vanity and 2004's Obession, their self-titled release nearly abandons their metalcore roots and trades it in for .
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Throughout the years, Eighteen Visions have progressed from one of the original metalcore bands to a radio-friendly rock band. While their cleaner side started to shine through on 2002's Vanity and 2004's Obession, their self-titled release nearly abandons their metalcore roots and trades it in for a straight rock sound. On Obsession, it worked at times, but didn't exactly blow the listener away. So the question with their latest release is, will they finally be able to capture their sound and produce an album that is better than the mediocrity they've put out in the past? While Eighteen Visions is an improvement, it is in no way the album that they're intending it to be.

"Our Darkest Days" is the opener and easily proves as a fine example of what to expect here: radio-friendly rock music that steals more from what you would hear on the classic rock channel than anything modern. "Victim" feels slightly misplaced as it follows with a rather traditional Eighteen Visions sound, but it's surprisngly catchy and proves that they can still write a few good 'core' songs here and there. "Truth or Consequence" may be one of the most disappointing tracks for Eighteen Visions fans, as the chorus feels like a carbon copy of "Vanity." Not only does the chorus sound extremly similar, but one of the lines is "when I was holding you, I thought I'd die," which is basically just a re-working of the line, "when you were holding my hand, I didn't think I die" from "Vanity."

The next few songs come and go, and then on "Broken Hearted," one of the worst aspects of the entire album shows up again. Throughout the album there are numerous times when they throw in some 'sing-along' vocals that are rather high-pitched and after hearing them once, literally want to make you throw up. At least they aren't as bad as the ridicioulous drum opening of "Pretty Suicide" or its horrible industrial rock vibe. And even "Coma" has an opening riff that somehow manages to rip off Three Days Grace. As if some of these songs weren't bad enough, on several of the good songs, vocalist James Hart manages to misuse his voice and completely ruin the song. The guy can impersonate Scott Weiland effortlessly and he does have a rather good singing voice, but he switches back and forth and never seems to balance it out and get it right. However, on the album closing "Tonightless," Hart does get it together and Eighteen Visions managed to craft one of their best songs of all time.

Eighteen Visions stated that they were going for the all out, 'big' rock sound on this album. While the band is musically adept and have a fine vocalist, they can't make it all come together. Since this is their first release with two guitarists, they still might have another chance to turn it around with time, but for now, Eighteen Visions is a slightly enjoyable, but completely disposable rock album that provides few summer thrills.

 

 
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Snakes (October 4, 2006)

score is for the lead singer looking like Coby Dick from Paparoach

slymer (August 22, 2006)

I'm gonna go see these guys about a haircut after work today.

Anonymous (August 21, 2006)

dude, the acacia strain record is TERRIBLE. But at least it wants to be good. 18V don't want to be good at all.

they want to be on The OC

Anonymous (August 21, 2006)

Too many stars. This band is incredibly awful. So is Bleeding Through. So is anyone who likes either.

boba_fett (August 21, 2006)

waaaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiiiit a minute... you're saying these guys used to be metalcore?

this is a complete 180 degrees from that. i cant even here a hint of it on those songs on their myspace. incredible.

SlowStupidHungry (August 21, 2006)

Yeah, he went there.

Like Degrassi.

Anonymous (August 21, 2006)

this sucks
epic sucks
trustkill sucks

Anonymous (August 21, 2006)

they have definitely regressed over the years.....them and buckcherry now sound damn near identical, which really is not a plus, because new buckcherry is pretty much pure garbage to me....I liked Obsession, which is hard to say, it had a few good songs, and i feel the same about this one, but this one feels as though it was rushed, or else they are just out of original songs/ideas......either way, if you saw them at warped, they play good live, but if you don't like the music, don't bother.....

Anonymous (August 21, 2006)

'Yeah I went there. '

score is for an appropriately placed yeah i went there.

wyzo

Anonymous (August 21, 2006)

i think conan obrian should start a 'in the year 2000' spin off called '...on the internet....'.

The jokes write themselves.

wyzo

GreenVandal (August 21, 2006)

You guys are arguing about the concept of musical preference...on the internet. Soak that in. Still feel so smart?

Anonymous (August 20, 2006)

"Why is it funny?"

because they're often villified for putting style over substance? It seems like an appropriate occupation.

moneenerd (August 20, 2006)

VANITY was the last decent record.

that GNR cover was embarassing.

crazytoledo (August 20, 2006)

yahoo metalcore, screamo and emo may be the worst music ever made..generic rip off that cant even touch the originals...and trustkill stands for everything that is wrong with music at the moment

Horray for you, especially since this album is neither metalcore, screamo, or emo. And that the main label putting this out is Epic.

Anonymous (August 20, 2006)

yahoo metalcore, screamo and emo may be the worst music ever made..generic rip off that cant even touch the originals...and trustkill stands for everything that is wrong with music at the moment

Anonymous (August 20, 2006)

Why is it funny?

Anonymous (August 20, 2006)

Okay. That's still kind of funny.

crazytoledo (August 20, 2006)

Only their vocalist went to school and became a hairdresser.

Anonymous (August 20, 2006)

it's pretty funny that these guys went to hairdresser school.

Anonymous (August 19, 2006)

I think its pertty halarious that people even give a shit about the album cover. To do that they are assuming this band has fallen from grace which is clearly not the case. They are a terrible representation of anything called music. Plus metalcore these days is all fashion kids who don't have a clue about anything but rehashed generic music re done since the monstrousity called posion the well infected the world. Yeah I went there.

Fuck both those bands and Listen to strife or integirity.

Anonymous (August 19, 2006)

1. did anyone in the band look at this album cover, or was their art direction '18' 'you mean like the nu-' 'yeah, yeah, picture it....18'.

2. why does every band have a song with the phrase 'darkest days' on their albums? 18 visions, good riddance, and ignite, get new song titles. At least the latter 2 bands put out good records.

wyzo

crazytoledo (August 19, 2006)

So I have every right to get pissed off at someone hating on my taste of music because it was entirely uncalled for.

Your saying that you should actually be able to get pissed because one person you don't know from a web site you visit hates your music taste?

If you actually get mad over stuff this trivial then that's your problem.

tenwestchaser (August 19, 2006)

"You lose your point because literally anyone can make this statement. Hell, I can even make that statement. He's basing the hatred of your music on what he knows, so at least let it be known that you like better music or don't bitch/get pissed when people hate on your taste of music."

No, my point isn't lost. "Anyone can make this statement"? How is my point lost because of that? Anybody could have made the smart ass comment that was tossed my way, also. And I don't need to let it be known that I like better music because I don't feel the need to prove myself when an ignorant comment is made about me for absolutely no reason. I simply stated my opinion about the new Eighteen Visions, and shit talking comments about my personal tastes aren't warrented. So I have every right to get pissed off at someone hating on my taste of music because it was entirely uncalled for. Have an intelligent conversation with me if you don't agree with something I say and I won't get pissed off. It's just funny how it's turned into me being the asshole, when "william" was the one to start shit talking for no reason.

Anonymous (August 19, 2006)

I listened to the single from this album, and woke up with a sore ass in a ditch in New Jersey. Weird.

nocigar (August 19, 2006)

this shit SUCKS

nocigar (August 19, 2006)

this shit SUCKS

givemeamuseumandillfillit (August 18, 2006)

I still like earliest eighteen visions and thought their ridiculous, tounge-in-cheek "fashion-model"-look just made it funnier, but anything they've done in the 00's has been complete and utter shit.

GreenVandal (August 18, 2006)

Why do people pay attention to assholes like this?

crazytoledo (August 18, 2006)

...and you are totally familiar with my taste of music based on my BYD review, Eighteen Visions comments, and Acacia Strain comment? Thats pretty sad considering I'd be willing to bet that I love alot of bands that you are into. My taste is pretty eclectic. Just because (it appears) you aren't into any "metalcore" doesn't mean I have a bad taste in music.

You lose your point because literally anyone can make this statement. Hell, I can even make that statement. He's basing the hatred of your music on what he knows, so at least let it be known that you like better music or don't bitch/get pissed when people hate on your taste of music.

crazytoledo (August 18, 2006)

metalcore has been around since the early 90's, and to a lesser extent, the late 80's.

I was referring to the sing/scream, fashion-filled metalcore, not the actual metalcore, like Converge and Shai Hulud.

tenwestchaser (August 18, 2006)

"You don't seem to realize this, but you still have a horrible taste in music."

...and you are totally familiar with my taste of music based on my BYD review, Eighteen Visions comments, and Acacia Strain comment? Thats pretty sad considering I'd be willing to bet that I love alot of bands that you are into. My taste is pretty eclectic. Just because (it appears) you aren't into any "metalcore" doesn't mean I have a bad taste in music.

Anonymous (August 18, 2006)

The 18 Visions cover looks like something that Prince would create.

Anonymous (August 18, 2006)

"Eighteen Visions is dead to me. Give me "Until The Ink Runs Out" please. Fucking sell outs for sure. I'll just stick with the new Acacia Strain. I think that is a strong contender for my album of the year."

You don't seem to realize this, but you still have a horrible taste in music.

Oh, the irony of it all.

Anonymous (August 18, 2006)

whoever came up with that new 18V logo should be publicly flogged.

first of all, it looks awkward as fuck. second, this is eighteen fucking visions, not fucking queensryche.

sigh. let the kids have their fun.....*puts on Best Of*

Anonymous (August 18, 2006)

Their last good release was the 7" on Trustkill.

SlowStupidHungry (August 18, 2006)

"Eighteen Visions is dead to me. Give me "Until The Ink Runs Out" please. Fucking sell outs for sure. I'll just stick with the new Acacia Strain. I think that is a strong contender for my album of the year."

You don't seem to realize this, but you still have a horrible taste in music.

sickboi (August 18, 2006)

That cover art is atrocious.

tenwestchaser (August 18, 2006)

Eighteen Visions is dead to me. Give me "Until The Ink Runs Out" please. Fucking sell outs for sure. I'll just stick with the new Acacia Strain. I think that is a strong contender for my album of the year.

sirens (August 18, 2006)

thats what you get for touring with A7X.

Anonymous (August 18, 2006)

i love reading toledo.

- blade runner

Anonymous (August 18, 2006)

The review is pretty dead on though. You really don't want to like this album, but its such an ode to cheesy 80s hair bands that you can't help but slightly enjoy it. Fitting for a day when SoaP is released. lol

Anonymous (August 18, 2006)

I always thought this band were metalcore, and now I find out they sound like Motley Crue. Weird.

coldwaffles (August 18, 2006)

2006: Year of "Darkest Days"

john_stone (August 18, 2006)

about as relevant as Winger.

HeresLookinAtYou (August 18, 2006)

18 visions sucks so bad

Anonymous (August 18, 2006)

Muthafuckin Shit On My Muthafuckin Sangwich

Anonymous (August 18, 2006)

Hey, it's better than most of his reviews, albeit it still sucks.

~ hf

Anonymous (August 18, 2006)

"Throughout the years, Eighteen Visions have progressed from one of the original metalcore bands "

Not even a full sentence in and this review is already ignorant trash. I could tell CrazyToledo wrote it from that alone. Dear CT, metalcore has been around since the early 90's, and to a lesser extent, the late 80's.

-WilliamMarinovic

danperrone (August 18, 2006)

yo, someone's gotta post my review of ef...that shit needs to be seen and heard by the world!!

BrendanKelly (August 18, 2006)

your reviews blow son.

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