Rating: 90/100

Reviewed by: Peter Laursen, August '05
Label: Rivel Records
Style: Melodic Metal

The Calling

I bought this album by accident… I will spare you the details, but yes… I bought it by accident, but I’m glad I did, because it’s a stunning CD, at least in my opinion.

Audivision is the new solo project & album from the Narnia front man Christian Rivel. AUDIOVISION: “The Calling”, is filled with great Heavy Metal with strong melodies and lots of harmony vocals. Absolutely killer guitar work, great vocals and absolutely stellar song writing. We are treated with 10 great songs of a very high class.

“The Calling” features some of the best musicians in melodic hard rock and heavy metal right now. Bruce Kulick (Grand Funk Railroad & Ex. Kiss), Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman & Ex. Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force), Tony Franklin (Whitesnake, Blue Murder, Firm), Mats Levén (Krux, At Vance & Ex. Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force), Mic Michaeli ( Europe ), Michael Höglund (Punchline, Ex Thunder & Great King Rat), Thomas Broman (Hughes & Turner,Glenn Hughes Band & ex Electric Boys), Thomas Vikström (Stormwind, Brazen Abbot, Ex. Candlemass & Talisman), Lars Chriss (Lion's Share), Mattias "IA" Eklundh (Freak Kitchen), Janne Stark (Locomotive Breath), Tommy Denander (Radioactive), Carl Johan Grimmark (Narnia), Andreas Lindahl (Platitude), Jörgen Schelander (Mercury Fang), Michael Andersson (Cloudscape) and Sampo Axelsson (Lion's Share & Ex Glenn Hughes).

Yes, 10 great Melodic Metal songs with a great production are what you get here on “The Calling". We even get a cover of The Sweet’s “Love is Like Oxygen” and I like the way they have made this song “more metal”. This albums kick off with the title-track “The Calling” with its chugging riff and a chorus that will stick in your head forever. “The King is Alive” is up next. And again a great track with a very memorable chorus. Track 3 is “Evil or divine”, and it could very well be the best track here on “The Calling”. Great music, great chorus… you can bang your head to it, you can trip to it, and you can just sit there with your eyes tightly shut and free wheel along to it.

Next is… - NO, ENOUGH SAID!!! Buy this album and listen for yourself.

Recommended tracks: “The Calling”, “The King is alive”, “Evil or divine”, “Face to Face” and “Show Me the Way”.