Vanish - 'The Insanity Abstract' Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     March 27, 2018    
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A few overblown moments along the way, but you know what, they feel quite uplifting.

Listeners beware and gird your loins with advance notice from the Vanish press release – the warning/threat of having your balls grabbed and your ass majorly kicked. Suitably on guard, you can settle down to take in Vanish's 'The Insanity Abstract' without fear of assault. Your ears on the other hand might suffer at the hands of an album that is described as the "epitome of everything that is considered Metal". However, with the album containing elements of Thrash, Prog and plenty of hardcore riffs and grooves, 'The Insanity Abstract' actually offers all things to all men.

Not quite so hot on the heels of 2014's 'Come To Wither', this second album from a band who have paid their dues on the live circuit shows the value of the hours spent on the road. They've evolved into an outfit, to slightly paraphrase Jimmy Page, who are tight but not quite so loose.

A big and bold production adds to the drama and impact of Bastian Rose's theatrical vocal performance (he also multi-tasks on keys) and the two-guitar presence makes sure that there's no shortage of choices for an alternative to the sonic palette. A scene setting title track/introductory atmosphere builder (pick out the "you don't belong here" watchword amidst the slow build...) sets up the tension for first single 'The Pale King' and the chance to let off some steam – classic planning for opening an album/gig.

Further down the line, there's a diversion into power balladeering on a grand scale with 'Lilith Cries' – a feel of the spirit of Ronnie James Dio ghosting in occasionally – and a suitably controlled guitar solo passage. 'We Become What We Are' might push the patience of those who prefer their Metal hard and powerful; a flowing piano and a bubbling Euro synth thankfully evolving into a more typically dramatic Vanish arrangement with possibly "the" guitar solo of the album.

The guitars also get the chance to show their chops in the pacey drive of 'That Way Madness Lies' when there's suddenly a hint of some of Blaze Bayley's vocal work in his brief tenure with Iron Maiden; it maybe prophetic because in the lyrics of the following 'Somewhere Along The Line', it foretells that "we will make mistakes..."

A few overblown moments along the way, but you know what, they feel quite uplifting.

Mike Ainscoe

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