Eighteen Visions story is one hell of a rollercoaster ride, full of ups and downs. It all began back in 1995 under another name and basically solidly started around 2000 with the band’s second full length release Until The Ink Runs Out. The album was metalcore, something the band would step away from on future releases.
Vanity was the next album released in 2002 and whilst still having a mostly metalcore sound, it brought in elements of melodic hardcore and moved into areas previously untouched by the band. There were areas of melodic vocals and even an acoustic track. This would be the last time the band were to be considered metalcore. This would be the last album to feature Brandan Schieppati who left to concentrate solely on Bleeding Through and the first album to feature bassist Mick Morris.
The band’s next album Obsession was released in 2004 and was produced by Mudrock. The album was much more melodic and featured the amazing Tower of Snakes. Whilst the album is the band’s biggest commercial success to date, it still wasn’t hit upon in huge numbers and is thus considered a bit of an underground gem. On tour with this album the band would bring in drummer Trevor Friedrich and would solidly become a 5 piece.
The band released their final album through major label Epic Records in 2006, which was self-titled and moved the band even further into the melodic and more classic rock sound. The album was generally received well with critics, but a lack of label support saw very little push for the record and it was considered a commercial flop.
The band decided to call it quits in 2007 and played only 2 final shows in their home area of California before never playing again. There was talk of a potential reunion show, but this never came to pass as bass player Mick Morris died on June 3rd 2013 of a pre-existing heart condition.
Eighteen Visions are one of the many lost gems of the music industry. The band that should’ve been so much more; but were never given the chance to truly shine. A definite diamond in the rough.
Tower of Snakes
I Let Go
Lost In A Dream