Released: 2007, Massacre Records
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
Robert Lowe is an awesome singer as we all know that by now, don´t we? His main work as the vocalists of both Solitude Aeturnus and Candlemass can surely be credited with some superlatives full of certain cliches - and basically we all subscribe to his awesomeness for that special gift he has got as a great singer of heavy metal. Well, don´t we?
Concept of God is actually a side-project of 3 current Solitude Aeturnus members and one ex-member of the band (John Covington on drums). Musically - as much as I wanted to hear something completely different, this unfortunately isn´t that far removed from either the Solitude Aeturnus or Candlemass stuff. There are a lot of certain elements on VISIONS that people can also find from both S.A.´s as well as Candlemass´ stuff. In fact, if I was mean enough, I would say this record contains 'leftover' (a rude word, but sometimes it hits the nail deep and meaningfully enough into the coffin) songs of both S.A.´s and Candlemass´ recording sessions. But I won´t say that; I´m not that mean - hell no! ;oP
Traditional doom metal done with in a mild 70´s spirit is the name of the game on VISIONS. The songs are somewhat okay-ish and just ´nice to listen to´, but they don´t offer any extraordinary or that mind-sticking moments at all the same way as the latest efforts from both Candlemass and S.A. did. So, it´s just natural that one starts questioning what´s the actual purpose of releasing an album full of only half-decent material, because we know what these guys are capable of, don´t we? I simply don´t get it, sorry. Without mangling this recording too deep down into the pit (where it might belong to), I have to say I really like a song called "Soul Embrace" with its slight Sabbath-ish ála BORN AGAIN album type of eerie and hypnotic feeling in it. Also, a wide grin of satisfaction creeps over my face from somewhere every time when I hear "Hearing Voices", which has a strong reminiscence of what makes Candlemass such a unique doom act in the world of heavy metal in general. But the problem however is, it sounds too much like Candlemass, so...
Concept of God´s own cover song from Rainbow´s "Man on the Silver Mountain" is a good tribute to Mr. Blackmore´s group, but unfortunately I don´t believe people will get too excited to hear the song, when this team´s purpose to record the album under Concept of God´s moniker remains to be a sort of mystery. Probably Concept of God is totally pointless or not, but I can hardly believe people will remember this album any more after 5 or so years. VISIONS is a good album, but not good enough for cherishing after some decades have passed by.