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Album Review: Vanishing Point - Distant Is The Sun

Posted on February 27, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Vanishing Point – Distant Is The Sun

Written by Dave Smiles


Seven years on from the release of The Fourth Season, Vanishing Point return energised and armed with some great new songs that make up Distant is the Sun, their first album with guitarist James Maier who has replaced co-founding member Tommy Vucur.

This Symphony metal band from Melbourne, Australia could easily stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the well-known bands in the genre such as Dream Theater, Shadow Gallery, Fates Warning, Kamelot, and Epica. They certainly have the talent, all they need is a more exposure and some support from metal fans.

The list of bands they have supported in Australia is nothing short of impressive. - Yngwie Malmsteen, Edguy, Black Label Society, Gamma Ray, Iron Maiden, Helloween, Joe Satriani, Dragonforce and Nightwish. They’ve also toured with Sonata Artica and Gamma Ray throughout Europe, and have played Wacken Open Air festival

Initially forming in the early 90s as Eye, guitarist Tommy Vucur, drummer Jack Lukc and bassist Joe Del Mastro were soon joined by vocalist Silvio Massaro and keyboardist Pep Sammartino and renamed themselves Vanishing Point in 1995. They were soon joined by Andrew Whitehead on guitar. Their first album, In Thought, was released in Europe in 1997. A year later it was issued in Australia. I always find it sad when our home grown bands have to go overseas to create their albums. I wish there were more people willing to support local talent.

As of 2014 vocalist Silvio Massaro is the last man standing from the original line up. Drummer Jack Lukic left in 2006 due to family commitments. Guitarist Chris Porcianko is the next long term member, having replaced Andrew Whitehead in 1998. The keyboard and bass positions have been a revolving door of talented musicians.

The album intro Beyond Redemption quickly serges into King of Empty Promises. The musicianship, song craft and playing is quickly infectious and bound to get your fist pumping. The album’s title track follows, and this could seriously be a contender for riff of the year.

When Truth Lies is heavily melodic and symphonic composed with all instruments brought together, unifying their individual importance towards the overall sound. The keyboard on this track brings to mind Awake era Dream Theater.

Let The River Run shows a maturity in the musicians in that they know what songs need breathing space, sometimes letting a note ring or taking time with the vocals can be more dramatic than a full onslaught. This track has a great solo and melodic keyboard lines.

There is a great balance between light and shade on this album, and within the songs themselves. This is one for all metal fans to check out. Vanishing Point have a fan base that expands across the globe. They’re a band us Melbournians can be proud of. Let’s spread the word and increase their fan base.


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