Released: 2001, Limb Music Products / SPV
I don’t know why I’ve got this hangup with cover stickers, but I’m gonna obsess yet again. The second Vanishing Point album, “Tangled In Dream” caught my eye at the record store because the sticker on the front describes them as “Melodic Progressive Metal” and praises their “transparent arrangements”. As a self-professed sucker for prog metal there was no doubt I was gonna buy this CD, but I had to scratch my head a little. I mean, what the hell is a “transparent arrangement” and how is that a compliment? On to the review though ...
Vanishing Point hail from Australia and serve up a melodic, sometimes progressive style with a very polished sound and a knack for catchy choruses. Vocalist Silvio Massaro has a good voice that falls somewhere in the middle-ranges. He can and does dip down to the lower registers respectably but rarely reaches for the upper registers. The musicians backing Massaro are accomplished, yet none of them really stand out as the sound is very layered and therefore not conducive to soloing. Perhaps the closest comparison for VP in overall feel and sound is to the vastly underappreciated Enchant, though clearly VP has a lot of work to do to achieve equality with that band. The feel of recent Journey comes to mind as well.
As is true of many bands that carry the “prog” moniker these days, VP straddle the line between hard rock and metal. If you don’t mind metal’s lighter side every once in awhile then you just may dig VP. Highlights of the album include the opening track Surreal and the melodic, acoustic-driven The Real You, a song which easily blows away any AOR mid-tempo tune currently being overplayed on radio and VH1. A surprise Pink Floyd cover lurks at the end very end of the final track ... a little something off the Momentary Lapse of Reason album.
Official website: http://www.vanishing-point.com.au