Review of 'Wanderers' by Visions of Atlantis

Review by Ryan Murray | Feb. 10, 2020

If you’re looking for a great symphonic/power metal band, look no further!  From the vocals, harmonies, and instrumentation, this band is a breath of fresh air in the symphonic/power metal genre!  They remind me of bands such as Nightwish, Symphony X and others!  Clémentine Delauney and Michele Guaitoli really sound amazing together!  Their vocals really compliment each other and really blend well!  The guitar solos are really great as well!

I found out about Visions of Atlantis last July on Facebook.  I don’t always check out the bands I see on Facebook, but I decided to give this band a chance.  I was immediately glad I did, and couldn’t stop listening to them.  

Below is my track by track review of their newest album called “Wanderers”.

Release My Symphony

This opening track has a :36 second ethereal sounding intro, which gives off a great vibe for the start of the album.  Hold on to your seats though because at :37, a crescendo comes in which kicks into the main riff which is a combination of drums, heavy guitar riffs and symphonic sounds.  This riff for me is the hook, and it lives up to its name.  It’s really catchy and pulls you in wanting more!

Clémentine starts off light and airy, but don’t let that fool you!  Michele comes in next, and then they share a beautiful harmony together.  The chorus is really catchy!  

“Release my symphony 
Of innocence and poetry
Reveal the remedy
In melodies and words
Escape the tragedies
These rhapsodies unheard
Ode to the souls
That yearn to unfold”

Both of these voices, while they seem drawn back, are powerful even when singing a softer portion of these songs.  

This song, for me, is about releasing who we are to the world, and not letting anyone hold us back.  There are those that want to try to hold us down, but we need to release that and not let it hold us back.  

“Battles I Lead
Cherish the strength that I fight with
Tears I have shed
But I hope for bright tomorrows will swipe away the sorrows.”

We all have an inner strength that we draw from different things.  This inner strength can help us to look past our sorrows and to learn and grow from them.  

Heroes of the Dawn

The intro to this track has a light Celtic feel to it, but the guitars kick in :12 seconds in and really kick this song up a notch.  Michele opens up this song vocally starting off the first verse and Clémentine follows not too far behind.  This song is also really catchy with catchy melodies, vocal harmonies and riffs.  This song kinda reminds me of Nightwish’s “I Want my Tears Back”.  

Nothing Lasts Forever

This track takes it down a few notches with an amazing power ballad.  As I had noted earlier, even when the vocals are pulled back, there is a true strength to them.  That rings true all throughout this song.  This is one of my favorite tracks on the album! To me, there is so much raw emotion in this song, and the listener can feel that. 

This song starts off with just a keyboard and Clémentine.  Vocals are pulled back, but still powerful.  And the backing strings bring this song to a whole different level.

When the chorus hits, so do the drums ever so lightly.  And Michele joins in with harmony.  

For the second verse, the band is now all in and Michele takes the verse this time.  

I absolutely love the guitar solo just before the final chorus/outro as well! 

This song for me is about how precious life is and how limited our time is.  The title is straight forward and really speaks to the theme that nothing lasts forever.  It speaks to how if we don’t spend our time wisely, we’ll grow old without accomplishing anything of significance.  Looking back on our old selves, would we regret what wasn’t done or what wasn’t said?

“The beard of the old man, all soaked with his tears
Each single one falling for one of his years
Of running the races in quest of a place still unknown
It’s called home”

This part really hit me.  Life is so fleeting and happens so quickly.  In the blink of an eye it could all end.  

“Nothing lasts forever
It all will be gone
Could you still remember 
When your life began?
Cherish the moment
Without a regret
Nothing lasts forever
It’s never too late.”

While we can’t change the past, it’s never too late to change the here and now.  Make your time here count.

A Journey to Remember

Here we go again, hang on!  This track kicks up the tempo again for another catchy, upbeat song.  The strings and guitars really make this one a great symphonic metal track!  The hook really does pull you in to want to hear more and more of this track.  I’ve played it on repeat several times!

Clémentine and Michele harmonize a lot in this one.  

For me, this song is about the fear that we all have about being successful and the journey that leads to that success.  A journey to success is never without difficulties and are usually filled with those who want to knock us down. 

“The message is clear
The trap is to fear
They’d damage what I hold dear.”

Those who want to knock us down try to use fear to tear us down and to unravel us.

“Set sails
This is the day
Stars align to show you the way
A journey to remember
A quest to find your treasure land
Buried in the sand
The key to your own chains.”

When we decide to not let fear trap us and we separate ourselves from those who try to knock us down, this is when we can break free from those chains of fear. 

A Life of Our Own

Release the Kraken!  This song has a really catchy beat to it.  This power metal song kinda gives me an Iced Earth vibe.  This time around, we hear Clémentine using a bit more of an operatic style voice.  It’s not over bearing and sounds really nice.  It blends really well with Michele’s vocals.

This song, for me, talks about difficulties that we face in life and facing our inner demons of fear.  It talks about a true heart being the only lighthouse to those fears.  

“Here it’s presence I feel as I tumble and reel
The fear I will have to resist
This danger awaiting, the storm unabating
I can’t ignore it exists
Sailing far away from common paths
The truth as the cause to espouse
We will face our demons, the worst of their wraths 
A true heart, the only lighthouse.”

For me, this talks about the presence of fear in our lives and how we have to resist it.  Ignoring our fears and hoping they will just disappear doesn’t do anything but set us up for failure.  We need to face our fears head on and face our demons.  

To the Universe

I really like the riffs and melody on this track!  This song really leaves me with a Symphony X vibe.  The vocals yet again really shine and show how well Clémentine and Michele compliment each other.  

This song, for me, is about taking a deep dive into ourselves and seeking out who we are supposed to be.  

“This one time, the universe will see
Deep inside, who I am meant to be
It will reveal the stars and the path I have to take
And all of what I will forsake.”

Sometimes we get lost and lose our path.  We feel beaten down by difficulties in life and we let those who kick us down hold us back from pressing on.

“If we find who we are meant to be
If we take the path no one can see
We would banish the forces 
That nail us to the ground
We should give it a chance
The world’s in our hands”

When we let those around us hold us back, we allow them to hold us to the ground and we feel stuck.  We can stop them from holding us down by taking the higher ground and discovering who we are meant to be outside of their toxicity.  We can move on and overcome.

Into the Light

This track brings it back down a few notches with an absolutely beautiful, mostly keyboard/strings ballad.  This song sees only Clémentine on vocals, and she sounds very enchanting!  The keyboard and strings really compliment each other very well.  The band joins in at 2:55 with a nice guitar solo!  The song ends with the band dropping out and an outro with just keyboard/strings with Clémentine softly finishing this beautiful song out.  

This song, for me, is about the loss of someone very close to us.  We would do anything to get just one more day with a loved one that we’ve lost.  It also seems to be about how this person, while no longer physically here, residing in our hearts and memories forever.  

“I’ll steal from time
Just one more day
Into the light of your heart
I’ll pray the stars
For you to stay
Forevermore.”

What would we say to someone if we knew today was the last day we’d ever see them?  What would we give to spend one more day with them after they are gone?  We need to live every day as if it’s our last with the ones we love.  

The Silent Scream

Now here’s an epic sounding track!  The hook honestly reminds me of the first heavy part in Nightwish’s “Poet and the Pendulum”!  It has the same epic vibe, and makes you want to move!  Melodically and musically this is one of my favorites and it has been on repeat on several occasions!

This song, for me, is about how we as mankind are abusing the earth.

“Wasteland we will leave behind
Forests to cultures. It’s fading away
Truth must be shown to the blind
As the world’s fate and ours are entwined”

We leave behind wastelands, we litter in mass quantities and destroy a lot of things, but we care less and less about forests/nature.  The words suggest that many need to awaken to the truth, as our fates are “entwined” with the world’s fate.  

“Change, now the time has come
Losing the light, losing the fight
Falling apart, it’s coming undone
Earth, it’s silent scream I’ve heard
There is a way that we can take
To repay all the hurt”

The song seem to urge us that it’s not too late to change.  The earth is “silently screaming” out.  We can take steps to “repay all the hurt.”

The Siren & the Sailor

In this song we hear Clèmentine with a slightly more operatic vocal again.  This one has also got some time signature changes, which really add to the feel/complexity of the song.  

This song, to me, seems to be about self greed and what it does to us when we let it continuously tempt us.

“Tempted by the charms
The beauty, the game
Your greed is the call
That leads you to shame
They guide you to the dark
These very steps that you take
Away from your heart.”

Greed leads to so many negative things.  It can guide us into the darkest places and warp our sense of what is truly important.

“Fallen in disgrace there’s no one to blame
Come down save me
Wisdom is the key to your redemption
Come down save me
Too bad, it will never be the same.”

We tend to want to blame others for our own greed and the problems that it causes.  With wisdom, however, we can grow beyond that.  Once we take responsibility for our own greed, we can grow and learn from it.  

Wanderers

The title track for this album.  Let’s bring it down a few notches to another beautiful ballad with keyboard/strings.  This one also only has Clémentine on vocals, and again she sounds enchanting!  The vocals, keyboard and strings blend very well together and are powerful!  

This song, for me, is about the constant search to fill a void in our lives, and constantly wandering around trying to fill that void anywhere and everywhere with anything and everything.

“Despite all the loving arms
And all the friendly smiles
We still find a giant void
Tarnishing our minds.”

No matter how many friendly people we surround ourselves with, we still wander around trying to fill a void in our lives.  For some, the fill for that void is found in a romantic relationship.  For others it’s religion.  For me as a Christian, I have found the fill to that void in my relationship with God.  

At the End of the World

It’s time to kick it up a few notches again!  This song starts off kinda heavy, but backs off a bit for the verse. Michele starts this one off, but Clémentine isn’t too far behind.  They then meet in yet another display of beautiful and well balanced harmonies.  The chorus for me personally is the hook.  It’s a really catchy melody, and lyrically speaks to me as well.  

“We will make our life
Like the pirates we once were
Paradise we will find
Right at the end of the world
We will start in this place, we will end on the Sea
There is nowhere we’d rather be
Than away, far away
You and me.”

To me, this is about making and finding true happiness with the love of our lives.  It doesn’t matter where we start off in a relationship, we can always bring it to new heights. We can always grow closer, and we can always build a relationship stronger and stronger as long as we do it as a team with our loved one.  There is no where I’d rather be in the world than being with my wife, no matter where that leads us.  

Bring the Storm

This song has a :06 second distorted bass intro, and it’s really cool!  Then the band and synth kick in!  The main riff has a pulse pounding feel to it, and really draws me back to  it to want to hear it more!  This one is another favorite for me.  The melodies really hook me in and I find myself listening to this one a lot as well. 

This song, for me, is about two worlds colliding in a relationship without mutual trust.  When trust isn’t mutual in a relationship, it makes things extremely difficult.  You can’t have a relationship without mutual trust in each other.

“True love is all I want to know
True lies is all I got to live
I sense what you don’t want to show
I’m losing faith in you when you tend to deceive.”

When you’re lied to in a relationship, it’s beyond hurtful.  When it becomes consistent lies that just get bigger and bigger, it starts to decay a relationship.  True lies become the norm, and it breaks you down.  When our significant other lies and deceives all the time, it becomes very obvious and visible and we start to lose faith in them. 

“Two worlds collide and with reason aside
We cannot explain. Damage done.
As you take from me all I give to you
And it seems it’s never enough
Anger divides and we’re crossing the line
We cannot escape. Bring the storm
As you lie to me, as I lie to you
As we lie to everyone else
But it feels like peace is never far away.”

When one constantly gives, gives and gives and the other only constantly takes and takes, it’s extremely draining.  It begins to feel like we can never give enough since the relationship isn’t an equal give and take.  As the lies and deceit continue, anger comes to the forefront and we begin to cross a line.  Before we know it, we’re both lying to each other, as well as to others around us who are concerned about the issues as well.  

In & Out of Love

The final track.  There are two things that really hook me with this one.  First, I love the border line dance groove which starts out subtly at 1:00 and grows from there.  Also, I really love the strings towards the end as well! They start out subtle, but really jump to the forefront at 2:23. 

Overall, I would give this album a 4.8 out of 5.0!  This group has a lot to offer the symphonic/power metal genre and I really look forward to seeing where they go from here!  If you haven’t heard this album yet, or anything from VoA at all, I highly recommend them!

On a more exciting note!  VoA will also be in the USA VERY soon!  They will be with DragonForce, but then they will be doing a small headlining tour!  I’m from NY and one of the headlining shows is less than an hour from me at Dingbatz in Clifton, NJ on Sunday March 22nd, 2020! I’m very excited they will be here and hope to see many US sailors come out as well!  I already have my tickets!

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