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Vision of Disorder

Vision of Disorder

1996

Blastbeats and blood-curdling screams…if you like those two things, then this is the album for you.  VOD deliver a slamdance-tastic version of NYC hardcore that will get any pit stirred up to a frenzy in no time.  There are some undeniably badass breakdowns to many of these songs, but sometimes Tim Williams's screams are a little too over the top, and his singing voice comes off as a little too thin at times..  But there's no denying the raw power and emotion in these songs.  This is authentic, intense NYC hardcore at it's finest, and captures a very young VOD delivering some fiery and impassioned hardcore that will destroy 99% of the so-called Nu-Metal that was to become popular later in the decade.

8.0

Imprint

Vision of Disorder

1998

If I told you this album was heavier than their self-titled debut, you might think "oh, ok…it's probably not going to be as good then…too heavy."  Well, you'd be wrong, because while it is true that their 1st album was quite explosive, this album bests it by actually being heavier, and being better at the same time.  This is even more surprising considering they kind of abandon some of the rhythm-heavy stomp of their debut in favor of all-out blunt force aggression.  They speed things up and everything sounds more chaotic and somewhat sloppier as a result, but that only accentuates the hardcore/punk tendencies of the band's sound.  This album is positively vicious from start to finish, and rarely let's up in intensity.  There are some occassional alternative flavors that creep up now and then, which adds to the overall dymanic of the album, but ultimately this album is just pure, unbridaled, pummelling aggression, but it's done with subtle style.  It's got that late 90s swagger to it, vaguely reminiscent of the Deftones, but it is firmly routed in the NYC hardcore scene.  In a nutshell it will rip your fucking face off but somehow there's some smidget of beauty amidst all the unrelenting brutality.

8.1

For The Bleeders

Vision of Disorder

1999

Probably not most VOD fans' pick for their best album, likely because this is their most under-the-radar release, but, practically every song on here is incredibly badass.  It's most similar to Imprint, but the jams are more focused and infectious, capturing the build-up/release factor that characterized their debut, but without sounding too over the top.  This album has more groove/grind, more subtle alternative flavors, and the jams are overall slightly better than most anything from their self-titled or Imprint.  Quite a claim, yes, but listen for yourself and tell me I'm wrong.  For The Bleeders won't blow you away necessarily, it's strictly of their particular style, but overall the attack found here are the most satisfying and impressive for yours truly.

8.1

From Bliss to Devestation

Vision of Disorder

2001

This is a significant departure from anything VOD had done before, so much so that you'd be hard pressed to recognize this band as VOD if not for Tim William's signature blood-curdling screams.  In a nutshell, VOD slow things down to crushingly heavy levels at times, focusing on the groove and more traditional alternative-rock song structures, and results are actually pretty damn good.  It's still heavy as F at times (particularly bass heavy), but the songs are just a lot slower and melodic.  It's easily better than 99% of the so called Nu-Metal that was popular at the time, probably because this album, while somewhat accessible, doesn't sound as trite as everything else in the genre did at the time.  It's actually a real album from a real band, with some actual chops and cred.  So while it's certainly understandable that fans of the band's prior work didn't like this album, it's practically impossible to deny that it isn't a good, crushingly heavy alternative-metal record.

8.2

The Cursed Remain Cursed

Vision of Disorder

2012

VOD's 1st album in over a decade finds the band attempting to return to their heavier, hardcore flavored roots.  The problem is The Cursed Remain Cursed sounds way too much like all the mediocore metalcore bands they helped create in their wake than the uncompromising brand of brutality they flexed in their prime back in the mid/late 90s.  TCRC has drawn comparisons to Imprint, and while it does share that album's unrelenting pummelling nature, it lacks the swagger and subtle variety they sported back in 1998.  Their attack is simply to straight-forward on TCRC, lacking the explosive moments of their debut from 1996, and the rhythm and style of Imprint and For the Bleeders.  The songs and method of attack just simply isn't as good here, and when they try to incorporate melody, it too often sounds contrived (something I never thought I would say about a VOD record).  There's really nothing in common here with the criminally underrated From Bliss to Devestation, but they are clearly attempting to go back to their heavier roots on TCRC.  In a nutshell, this sounds too much like Bloodsimple to be quite honest, and not enough like old-school VOD.  It's a little too pummelling/bleak in nature, and they just seem to be missing that certain spark/swag that made them so uniquely intense in the first place.

6.9

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