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VISION AND AGELESS LIGHT

Eye

Psychedelic/Space Rock


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3.88 | 43 ratings | 3 reviews | 19% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2016

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Book Of The Dead (3:33)
2. Kill The Slavemaster (6:04)
3. Searching (5:29)
4. Dweller Of The Twilight Void (4:09)
5. As Sure As The Sun (27:09)

Total time: 46:24

Line-up / Musicians

- Jon Finley / electric & acoustic guitars
- Lisa Bella Donna / organ, Mellotron, 6- & 12-string guitars, ARP 2600/Odyssey/String Ensemble, Moog, sequencers, Fender Rhodes, voice
- Michael Sliclen / bass, double bass, percussion, voice
- Brandon Smith / drums, gongs, bells, chimes, percussion, voice

With:
- Amy Michelle Hoffman / voice
- Matthew Auxier / voice

Releases information

Artwork: Anthony Yankovic

CD The Laser's Edge ‎- LE1077 (2016, US)

LP The Laser's Edge ‎- LE1077LP (2016, US)

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EYE Vision And Ageless Light ratings distribution


3.88
(43 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(19%)
19%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(43%)
43%
Good, but non-essential (36%)
36%
Collectors/fans only (0%)
0%
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)
2%

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Review by rdtprog
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Metal / Heavy / RPI / Symph Prog Team
4 stars This Ohio band was founded by drummer Brandon Smith and keyboardist Lisa Bella Donna. They have two new members : Michael Sliclen and guitarist Jon Finley. The music is deeply rooted into vintage prog with mellotron, organ and the all the keyboards sound of the 70's. The intro "Book of Dead" make me think of "Watcher of The Skies", switching into some pure electronic music. All the instruments are back with "Kill The Slavemaster" with a jazzy passage and a couple of guitar solo before a huge keyboard sound. We are not too far from the music of Hawkwind here. We can hear some Space/psychedelic vibe throughout this album. "Dweller of the Twilight Void" brings some original interplay with the spacey keyboards and the acoustic guitar. The 27 minutes epic "As Sure As The Sun" is a real treat with his journey to some Pink Floyd Space/Psychedelic era, the mellotron sound and some impressive overall keyboard lines that goes into some electronic soundscapes moments. You get the feel that the band is playing an homage to their multiple influences from different bands of the past even if it only for a short 30 seconds span. If you enjoy the vintage prog, you will not want to miss this album with songs that are well crafted where the atmosphere is more important than technique.
Review by tszirmay
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars I ordered online a physical copy of Edensong's Years in the Garden of Years which arrived finally but with the wrong merchandise. Instead of the New York group's fine opus, I got and ultimately kept, a rather obscure CD from an American band called Eye, which I looked up and found to be potentially interesting. Upon listening to this "Vision and Ageless Light" 2016 release, I was overcome with a variety of impressions, most of which were rather surprising. Nominally a space rock/psychedelic group from Ohio led by talented drummer Brandon Smith , the de facto leader who has added new musicians for this mission, namely keyboardist Lisa Bella Donna, bassist Michael Sliclen and guitarist Jon Finley. Comparisons to fellow Yanks Astra is fair but there is also a pervading predilection for Hawkwind, Pink Floyd, Nektar and hints of heavier acts like Black Sabbath. That being said the opener does have some mellotron-infested swirls that recall early Genesis and sets the mood for an ambitious but grungy voyage into the distant universes.

The bruising "Kill the Slave Master" has a metallic heaviness that leaves no asteroid unturned, chugging into the cosmos like a spaceship superstar, sounding much like vintage early Hawkwind but lathered with shredding Jon Finley guitar pyrotechnics and spacy voices. The keyboard work is stunning, organ being the main instrument of choice, though there is an unexpected and yet splendid electric piano work straight out of Jazz-rock a la Soft Machine that will blow your mind. The bass bites hard on the pedal and the drum kit pounds furiously. A total winner. This segues immediately into the equally oily "Searching", even more vintage sound being shoved into the noisy mix, a thrusting vessel of shifting riffs, fluctuating drum patterns and uncontrolled insanity. The production has a raw feel to it, nothing overtly polished, which gives the experience a natural feel.

Things quiet down with the serene sounds of "Dweller of the Twilight Void" , a supremely spacy electronic feel not unlike vintage Gong , what with the Tim Blake-like synthesizer follies and the smooth quirkiness in the massed singing voices, escorted by resonating acoustic guitars, all involved for the ride. This all prepares for the magnum opus , the 27 minute+ "As Sure as the Sun" which displays a clearly Floydian utopia infused by dense psychedelia, acoustic guitar and floating voice setting the tone, mighty mellotron to follow. Lisa does real well on the keys, showing some Jan Hammer like fluidity on the synthesizers. This colossal epic takes different routes to the same galactic destination, Finley in particular oozing quite a Hendrixian influence in his scorching leads, full of grit and sizzle. Slower moments get suddenly propelled forward at warp speed, dizzying and barren playing a tennis game of sorts, alternate worlds, different galaxies yet all bathed in the same milky way. Drummer Smith even indulges in a mini solo, a rather classic mosaic in the space tableau and they even dare some massed voice chanting (Gong again) to add even more confusion to the mix.

I wouldn't call "Vision" a masterpiece but definitely a very entertaining and original sounding Space rock album that I am glad to now possess, even if by force majeure. It's an honest, truthful, unpretentious and clearly enthusiastic expression of musical ability.

4 Orbs

Review by Progfan97402
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars EYE keeps getting better and better. Brandon Smith and Lisa Bella Donna (formerly Adam Smith) received two new members with guitarist Jon Finley and bassist Michael Sliclen. Visions and Ageless Light really shows a giant leap from previous albums. Adam Smith has made a similar transformation like Walter/Wendy Carlos into Lisa Bella Donna, and it seems the transformation improved her in one great way: her keyboard playing has improved quite a lot and a lot more impressive. Rather than just a Mellotron here or there, a standard synth solo here and there, she really does more with her keyboard setup, more synth effects, more overall creative use of the synths. Not a keyboard made after 1980 used (the Prophet 10 is the newest keyboard in her arsenal). New members really gave the band that something that propelled them forward in a great way. "Book of the Dead" clearly shows that Bella Donna was having some tron problems, as if something was interfering with the flow of the tron tapes, so it sounds all glitchy. I'm sure that was unintentional, but she must have loved that effect so much she kept it, and so do I. It's an instrumental piece, where the tron passage gives away to a short Tangerine Dream like electronic passage. You'd think they're heading the progressive electronic direction, but not at all. The band the goes the guitar/keyboard dominated psych/prog route. Some really nice vocals. What I really like is the emotion the band really discovered since that sure helped benefit big time. I am particularly found of the acoustic "Dweller of the Twilight World". These harmonies are to die for, not to mention the stunning synth solos. It's as if Bella Donna avoided any synth sounds that didn't exist prior to 1976. "As Sure as the Sun" starts off as a stunning acoustic piece, sounding a bit like a spaced out Crosby, Stills & Nash (or Porcupine Tree's "Lips of Ashes" from In Absentia, which too sounds like a spaced out CSN) but then as a 27 minute piece, they start rocking out, there's some King Crimson like Mellotron moments, and heavier rock influences, plus some spacy synths. What's great about this album is the Laser's Edge took notice and released it, meaning they're no longer confined mainly to the Columbus, Ohio region for recognition, they now have the whole prog community for recognition for anyone interested in them (but be aware, I live near Eugene, Oregon, and I knew of EYE before they ever signed with The Laser's Edge). Four and half star rating this is, it really blew me away!

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