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Eighteen Visions
Eighteen Visions


2.5
average

Review

by ToWhatEnd USER (100 Reviews)
August 13th, 2006 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


It is quite funny what can strike your ear at a certain time of day and how for some reason you can hear a band’s name for so long without hearing an actual song by them. Yes Eighteen Visions is a name I have heard tossed around by plenty, yet for so long their sound was a mystery for me. Well one night I heard the single off of their new self titled album. Nothing struck me as amazing, far from it, but for some particular reason the chorus stayed in my head. I figured checking the album out in its entirety would not be a horrible idea which, in fact maintained its truth. Now I am no Eighteen Visions expert by any means, but from what the chatter I have overheard it seems as though the band has changed up their sound quite a bit over the years. All of that aside, their current sound often resembles something that you will hear on the radio at around 11 at clock at night and forget about by the time you are asleep.

This is far from the worst album I have heard in my life; painfully average sounds about right, hence the comparison to the late night radio airwaves. Things sound far too safe throughout the record as tracks seems to sound quite similar without a whole lot of variety to them. There are some softer elements present which add a nice touch yet it seems the band sticks strictly to three formulas; soft, heavy, or a mix. While it is quite possible to do this and achieve variety, Eighteen Visions does not. It seems that any given song is either A, B, or C, similar to an annoying calculus formula. Before things get too carried away, comparisons to a calculus formula would be far too advanced for the album, so let’s just call it algebra for now. Things are way too risk-free throughout, as it seems the band wants so badly to be accepted by the mainstream. Truth be told listeners will be appalled in some situations when they discover there are five members present of the band. Two guitars are heard on about half of the album, as chords are used regularly. When riffs come out they are usually fairly average in sound, not quite bland but far from incredible. The melodic lines in the softer tunes often come off more effective than the riffs. Breakdowns however seem extremely forced in many cases, similar to a constipated man disposing his waste devoid of his daily exlax. A pleasing aspect found in the guitar work save from the brief melodic work would be the pinch harmonics, which have quite the tasteful placement the few times they are revealed. Drums are far from blazing fast, but still switch up patterns every now and than. Bass is extremely difficult to hear in the mix, especially with the overall production sound. The treble and bass levels are quite low production wise, as things are moderately smooth. Vocal wise the album is quite easy to digest, despite the basic range. The bottom line is that despite the little pet peeves and complaints, the overall sound is listenable at least.

While the album is listenable and easy on the ears, it is almost a bit too effortless to digest. The result of this is a strong lacking of memorable moments. A general sense of repetitiveness also contributes to this as things do begin to blend together as the record goes on. Quite the weird effect is in play, as rarely does the record make the listener pull their hair out in frustration. There is no extremely big aspect which makes this record a tripe. At the same time there is not real reason to jump for joy, as things are merely average. In general the sound of the record is a bit of a darker tone. Fear not, as it is not an attempt at a faux-goth project, the band’s clothing of choice and the music they create are two completely different things. There are some pop punk elements as well as hardcore and punk traits present but for the most part none overpower one another. The softer guitar parts hint at an alternative influence, which in turn add to the most successful sounds of the album. Plenty of times the clean guitar melodies are much more pleasing than the heavier progressions, as the melodic tunes sound well put together and work very well over the rhythm; seemingly dual guitarist awareness increases as the distortion level decreases. While the instrumentals are improved in that case, the singing is a better fit when the band is playing at a slightly heavier level. Regardless of the situation, songs are at very least listenable as the only real negative trait is the generally cautious and conservative nature to them. Clearly the band is not interested in taking any big risks, as this is evident throughout the album’s entirety and its aim for mainstream acceptance.

In our modern day world, there is never a shortage of music. We all know this is the case, as listeners have a lot to choose from. With all of that out there why settle for only average? If that is what you have in mind look no further than Eighteen Visions and their self titled recorded. This is nothing more than standard radio friendly alternative rock with a few surprises here and there. Things are listenable, but it can seem quite atypical to remember a specific moment let alone an entire song off of the album. The mass repetition makes things become a tad tedious towards the closure of the record and by that point one will have realized the album is not progressing in any diverse direction. It seems as though there is indeed a point in which an album is a bit too easy to digest and to take in. While things are solid, boldly convincing aspects are difficult to come across and the generally simplistic and safe nature of the record makes it as listenable as it is forgettable.

Recommended Tracks:
-Victim
-Broken Hearted
-Last Night

Final Rating: 2.5/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Thor
August 13th 2006


10351 Comments


I can't stand this band, but great review.

Cravinov13
August 13th 2006


3854 Comments


This doesn't sound intrigueing.

metallicaman8
August 13th 2006


4677 Comments


nice review.

jrowa001
August 13th 2006


8752 Comments


very dissapointing album cuz Vanity and Obsession were decent albums

Storm In A Teacup
August 13th 2006


45021 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like this album. I don't like the people in the band, nor the image they have recently been trying to portray, but the music makes for an easy listen.

HorrorPunk
August 13th 2006


39 Comments


I've heard some of their older stuff and i didn't like it. I've heard one song off this album and i didn't like it. This Message Edited On 08.13.06

ToWhatEnd
August 13th 2006


3173 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thanks for the feedback everyone. I'm still figuring out what review I'm going to do tomorrow since its my birthday. Gotta do a review on el b-day especially since I'll be 18.

Storm In A Teacup
August 13th 2006


45021 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

How about you spend it with friends intstead? :-

ToWhatEnd
August 14th 2006


3173 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Well here ya go, tonight (the 13th) I had a surprise party my girlfriend put together so I spent tonight with all of my friends. Tomorrow I'm spending more time with the GF and than at night I'm going to my usual a youth group. So I'll be able to do both since a review will take up less than an hour of my day.

Syncratic
October 1st 2006


756 Comments


I just heard 'Victim' tonight on Headbanger's Ball and needless to say if you're recommending it as a good track, I'm never going to listen to this album. That is without a doubt the worst song I've heard all year.

ToWhatEnd
October 2nd 2006


3173 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

without a doubt the worst song I've heard all year.




Yikes, that is saying a lot if you are listening to Headbanger's Ball and that is the worst song you have heard.

uge
October 6th 2006


22 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

anyway... worst album by 18v by far in my opinion. aside from the fact that they've completly sold out this album is, for a lack of a better word: poppy.

loseit13
December 7th 2009


226 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I liked this better than there old stuff but I guess I heard this before I heard there other stuff

asaf
April 5th 2010


965 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hard to believe that the first time you heard of these guys was with the s/t... must've been a btbam on rockband moment for the 10 year olds...

buffalo666
February 9th 2017


22 Comments


This band is getting back togetheeeeeeeeer.

NorwichScene
April 20th 2017


3280 Comments


New album XVIII out 2 June!!

Rolling Girl
April 20th 2017


2018 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Already added the song to the news

bloc
December 21st 2019


69291 Comments


Our Darkest Days is so good still

TheSpirit
Emeritus
June 21st 2021


30304 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this record gets an overly bad rep



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