Vanishing Point
The Fourth Season
Style: Progressive Power Metal
Release date: August 24th 2007

Music is just like wine, it's all a matter of taste and mood. With experience comes knowledge and you slowly learn what you like and when to serve what. Some wines works fine with cheese, some almost demands a fine dinner and some you can drink by the gallon and wake with a big headache the next morning.

Each and every time you open a bottle of wine, you have some kind of expectation and to some degree known what to expect, the same can pretty much be said about music. So if you have your mind set on something like an Amon-Ra, which is a fine Shiraz from Barossa Valley and you find yourself with a boring bottle of wine, then your expectations haven't been met.

I pretty much knew what to expect with this album, and Vanishing Point doesn't let me down. Solid songs, good musicianship, a good production and a great artwork are just some the ingredients that makes this album worth listening to. They stay faithful to their style, mixing power metal with small journeys into progressive metal territory. This album delivers everything expected and nothing more - Vanishing Point never leaves the path chosen and the occasionally surprise never arise. This is good, but also too safe - I wish they would take a chance every now and then...

If this was a bottle of wine I'd serve it in good company while watching an interesting soccer match on the TV, I would never serve it at a fine dinner party. Good, but nothing to keep for a special occasion.

They do make fine wines in Australia, but they do also make a lot of consumers wine - Vanishing Point sadly has more in common with a Hardy Nottage Hill than a fine Shiraz from Barossa Valley.

Label: Dockyard 1
Distribution: VME (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: July 27th 2007