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Vision Divine at Rockin' field festival 2008 (Idroscalo, Milan)
|Genres||Power metal, progressive metal|
Metal Blade Records
Frontier Records (Current)
Andrea "Tower" Torricini
|Past members||Michele Luppi
Vision Divine is an Italian heavy metal band formed in 1998.
Originally a solo project from Olaf Thörsen (born Carlo Andrea Magnani). Soon, Fabio Lione rejoined him after the first Labyrinth period ("No Limits"), and then what was supposed to be a solo project quickly turns into a band, taking its new name from Labyrinth's previous name ("Vision") and from the title that was supposed to be given to Olaf's first solo album ("Divine"). Completing the line up Mat Stancioiu (drums), Andrew McPauls (keyboards) and Andrea "Tower" Torricini (bass).
In its first three years the band released two albums, and started touring (South American Tour in December 2000), where for the first time an Italian heavy metal band got the chance to play (and sold-out) in countries like Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Panama and Mexico.
In 2001, the band started writing and recording the new album, titled "Send Me An Angel", that was released in January 2002. At the end of the same year, Olaf decided to leave Labyrinth, to focus just on Vision and also deciding to stop any rumours from some magazine, pretending to consider Vision as nothing but a "side project". For the same reason Andrew and Mat split from the band and were replaced by Oleg Smirnoff at keyboards (ex Eldritch) and Matteo Amoroso at drums (ex Athena). In 2003 the band started the songwriting for the third album, when Fabio started having some problem regarding the co-existence of his career and Vision Divine related duties. After a few months, they mutually agreed to split. They then proceeded to add new singer Michele Luppi, a vocalist with a previous experience in live performances. With this new line-up they completed the final songs for the album that was to be titled "Stream of Consciousness". The album was released in April 2004.
With a brand new line-up and with renewed ambitions the band canceled any previous deal, deciding to join Scarlet Records for the Italian territory, King Records for the Japanese territory and Metal Blade for the rest of the world. In 2005, the band released their latest album titled "The Perfect Machine", which was recorded at Goldenworks Mixing Suite studio and produced by Stratovarius' leader Timo Tolkki.
In 2006, Andrea "Tower" Torricini left the band for not being able to guarantee full-time dedication to the band, and Cristiano Bertocchi replaced him. By September, "The Perfect Machine", according to their website "was immediately described as one of the best Italian metal releases ever, becoming one of Scarlet's all time best-sellers". A new digipack was released containing four bonus tracks. Also, Riccardo "Ricky" Quaggliatto left the band due to personal problems, replaced by new drummer Alessandro Bissa.
In 2007 Vision Divine recorded their album, "The 25th Hour", along with Timo Tolkki and Alessandro Bissa in New Sin Studios. It was released on June 29, 2007.
In April 2008 Vision Divine announced Michele Luppi is no longer singing with Vision Divine, and in May 2008 Olaf Thörsen announced that Fabio Lione rejoined the band as a full-time vocalist.
Vision Divine released their sixth album, "9 Degrees West of the Moon",on January 23, 2009, the first with Lione on vocals after Michele Luppi's departure.
In 2012 Vision Divine signed with EarMusic/Edel Group Records and released their seventh studio album entitled "Destination Set to Nowhere" on September 14, 2012.
- 1999 - Vision Divine
- 2002 - Send Me an Angel
- 2004 - Stream of Consciousness
- 2005 - The Perfect Machine
- 2007 - The 25th Hour
- 2009 - 9 Degrees West of the Moon
- 2012 - Destination Set to Nowhere
- 2005 - Stage of Consciousness
- Fabio Lione - Vocals (1998-2003, 2008–present)
- Olaf Thörsen - Guitar (1998–present)
- Andrea "Tower" Torricini - Bass (1999-2006, 2012–present)
- Federico Puleri - Guitar (2002–present)
- Alessio "Tom" Lucatti - Keyboard (2006–present)
- Mike Terrana - Drums (2016–present)
- Michele Luppi - Vocals (2003-2008)
- Andrew Mc Pauls - Keyboard (1999-2002)
- Oleg Smirnoff - Keyboard (2002-2005)
- Cristiano Bertocchi - Bass (2006-2012)
- Alessandro "Bix" Bissa (2006-2016)
- Mat Stancioiu - Drums (1999-2002)
- Ricky Quagliato - Drums (2006)
- Matteo Amoroso - Drums (2003-2005)
- Danil Morini - Drums (2006) (session music)
- "Vision Divine Signs With EarMusic/Edel, New LP "Destination Set to Nowhere" Set for Fall". Metalunderground.com. Retrieved September 19, 2012.
- "Ladies and gentleman....our new drummer!". Vision Divine Facebook page. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
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