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TO DIMENSION LOGIC

Vauxdvihl

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4 stars This release is brillant; superb musicianship, harmony vocals & melodies, in a sense of balance between complex progressive metal and catchy hard rock. It is a sad loss that this excellent band faded into obscurity. Nothing has been heard from them since 10 years or so. Although I rank their unique album with 4 stars, they do deserve 5 ones but I will add the fifth star upon release of the next album!
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Posted Sunday, August 8, 2004 | Review Permalink
5 stars ok the things are simple, to dimension logic is one of the greatest power/prog metal albums ever and it can only be compared to rage for order or one small voice (heirapparent). the influences from ryche (the greatest metal band, it has influenced EVERYONE in the prog/power scene) can be easily seen but vauxdvihl do NOT copy them. their style is quite unique and gellen's voice is perfect. their lyrics are great and the only weak point of this album is its production which is good but not the appropriate one for this genre. the album is quite difficult to be found in our days but it worths the effort...it is never too late to discover a band that NEVER got the recogniition it trully deserved. 6/5
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Posted Sunday, July 17, 2005 | Review Permalink
5 stars This album deserves so much respect. I have never heard anything like it, and I'm certain it can never be reproduced. The album flows from one song to the next so effortlessly, often building to enormous heights and then quickly falling back. Though the musicianship is bar-none, this album is most meaningful to me on an emotional level. Something about the philosophical lyrics and the feel of the music blend so perfectly. The listener is quickly placed outside of himself and brought to a deeper state of mind. Don't be surprised if, after listening to this album, you feel inclined to examine the deep meaning of life. It's quite an engaging album.

This album deserves 5 stars for: emotionalism intelligence coherence musicianship originality vocal quality

It's a masterpiece in every sense of the word.

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Posted Monday, September 4, 2006 | Review Permalink
5 stars Let me be honest here: Vauxdvihl are one of those bands you will likely never hear of in your entire life. I had no idea they existed until a little over a year ago, when I happened to stumble upon them and their music on this very site. It was intriguing enough for me to track down a copy of To Dimension Logic on eBay after some searching, and I am being completely truthful when I say that no other musical purchase I've made in the past year has moved me to the degree that this album has.

From the first track, with its ambient, enrapturing keyboards and mysterious foreign spoken-word narrative, it is quickly evident that this is not your typical progressive metal album. Proper vocals soon kick in, accompanied by precise rhythmic guitar strokes and a ponderous electronic percussion line, evoking memories of Fates Warning albums (almost reminiscent of A Pleasant Shade of Gray, but that album would not be released until three years after this one). As the short intro begins to fade away, we are immediately kicked in the teeth by a furious percussive onslaught and powerful guitar lines. This blends into soft, clean melodies with some tastefull bass harmonics before shifting gears back into an all-out progressive metal assault. The vocals, courtesy of Stacy Handchild, are very capable and rather unique - not your typical histrionic screech, but a well-rounded and melodic warble that is at once expressive and attention-grabbing. The contrasts between aggressive bursts and off-kilter soft moments are played off each other beautifully until the song begins to grow to a climax that fools you into expecting full cathartic release, but instead provides you with a strange sort of slow release that is much more challenging initially, but no less rewarding, in much the same manner as one might expect from a classic Queensryche album. The other main element this track reveals is the incredible drumkit prowess of Chris Delov, as he drives the song with his creative acrobatics on the skins.

The third track is but a short, keyboard-driven interlude; however, this does not hamper its ability to showcase Fabrizio Gallen's excellent lyrical skills. The existential musings present within the short monologue fit with the album's lyrical themes of careful introspection and solace within oneself. A brief but captivating guitar solo leads us into the next song (my personal favorite), Separate Ends. The Fates Warning influence is perhaps more apparent in this intro than anywhere else on the records, but this is hardly a downfall; the short acoustic moment that is quickly accompanied by the slow reappearance of the rest of the band is one of the album's high points. The carefully paced narrative is broken shortly by Handchild's piercing cry, proving he has range enough to rival any progressive metal vocalist. From here, the song slowly twists its way towards the expected climax; only this time we are given not that, but a gorgeous a capella break as the chorus line is used to greater effect than any could have expected. Another fantastic closing that leaves the listener wanting more, something this band seems to have quite a talent for.

I won't further bore the reader with tedious track-by-track descriptions for the second half of the album, but suffice to say it is every bit as compelling and inimitable as the section already detailed. Their other EPs are nearly impossible to find, and I'm told they are vastly different from the style of music found here, but that does not change the fact that To Dimension Logic is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that belongs in every true progressive metal fan's collection. It will likely require a bit of searching, but the end result is rewarding in both the short run and the long; this record is one of those rare few with enough hooks to grab your attention on the first listen and the requisite depth to keep you intrigued on the fiftieth. Unquestionably a five star album.

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Posted Saturday, December 20, 2008 | Review Permalink
b_olariu
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4 stars Vauxdvihl is one of those prog metal bands that for some reasons never made it in prog circles, strange for sure , because their music is awesome, intriguing , complex and full of great ideas. Clearly influenced by bands such Crimson Glory, Fates Warning, Queensryche - Vauxdvihl manage to create something very strong and valueble in prog metal history and it's about their album released in 1994 named To dimension logic. An album hard to get, but if you do don't hesitate to have it because is damn good and inventive.So this australian band release so far a single album, full of great guitar chops, clever drum arrangements and an impressive voice of Stacy Handchild made this album to be a real treasure in prog metal world. All the pieces are great, not one in front, not a single one weak, an album made with outstanding musicianship, and that is clear on every piece, well my fav piece remains the title track To Dimension Logic - absolute great, and the voice of Handchild is brilliant and dark in places. So, a great and strong album , and for sure needs a better view, is a forgotten treasure in prog metal world. I will give easely 4 stars, well not a masterpiece in my view but close enough. Recommended for sure.
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Posted Tuesday, April 28, 2009 | Review Permalink
siLLy puPPy
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4 stars The 90s was a strange period for metal bands especially in the earlier part of the decade when 80s bands were jettisoning their respective styles in droves in the hopes of fitting into the new "alternative" universe that caught them off guard when grunge stole the show. While many 80s bands would just call it a day, many popular names like Metallica, Extreme and Queensryche would totally drop the sounds that made them popular and jump onto the alternative metal bandwagon but never really fit in with their 90s contemporaries. VAUXDVIHL was a unique act from this time period in that it actually pulled off the perfect tightrope act of balancing 80s progressive metal with the darker more Gothic alternative side of the 90s. The band was founded in 1992 by guitarist and songwriter Fab Gallen in Melbourne, Australia who formed his band at the perfect time to cross-pollinate the possibilities of progressive metal with alternative and developed the fusion style he lays out on the band's debut release TO DIMENSION LOGIC.

This album shows off the obvious progressive leaning metal bands of the late 80s with Queensryche and Fates Warning instantly coming to mind with the high register vocal style of Gallen and the jittery off-kilter time signature jumps and the overall complexity of the compositions. There are also moments that bring Dream Theater's "Images And Words" as an obvious reference point as well, however for all these obvious hero worshipping elements, the music on TO DIMENSION LOGIC is infinitely darker and has a murky grey cloud lingering over it much bringing darker worlds much like the album cover suggests. While there are plenty of proggy metal riffs complete with virtuosic solos and complex leaps of chord juggling, VAUXDVIHL add a thick layer of atmospheric mood altering ambience to their sound. This is especially true on the slower acoustic passages and the segments with whispered female vocals.

In addition to the progressive metal compositions and brooding atmospheres, there are snippets of psychedelia where the music lapses into heady meditative arenas where acoustic passages and swirling sounds seem to randomly deviate from the regularly scheduled program but always find the perfect resolution to keep the music from getting too "out there." TO THE DIMENSION is a woefully off the radar progressive metal release from the 90s that seems to have gotten buried under the sheer power of the heavyweights of the era. VAUXDVIHL had all the chops and Gallen's songwriting skills are quite sophisticated for a debut album. Despite a strong debut album, trouble would soon be afoot and three members of the band would depart. Gallen would regroup and release a couple more EPs in the coming years but would steer towards the gothic and industrial rock arenas. TO DIMENSION LOGIC however remains the pearl in their oyster and is highly recommended for fans of Fates Warning, 80s Queensryche or Psychotic Waltz who like a little more dirty grit added to the mix.

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Posted Friday, January 27, 2017 | Review Permalink

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