The album I have here to review was released in 2012 and subsequently a further album by them entitled Osiris was marketed in 2017 and so it would be interesting to see whether in their later recording they have developed further along a more progressive route because the earlier album “The Stranger Within” has its feet firmly in the “Heavy Metal Rock” camp. Interestingly though as the CD progresses through there does seem to be a slight increase in complexity with the last couple of tracks. Anyway their 2017 website cites “Vitruvian Man” as being “A crossbreed of “Rush” (Mars Volta) and “Iron Maiden”. So maybe and hopefully there has been some further advancement in their musical development to support their self-appointed claim of being similar in style to such renowned top-notch bands
Going back in time and in effect to the 2012 “Vitruvian Man” they are a four piece heavy rock outfit producing some pleasant self-penned melodic rock music all very roughly along the same lines as their musical aspirations “Iron Maiden” and in the process utilizing very similar riffing arrangements with much variability of pace and organized such that the music in each case purposely generates a subtle buildup of gradual excitement which in turn nicely culminates in an interesting powerful finish, obviously crowd pleasing stuff! The writing style certainly incorporates a fair degree of expansiveness and the build up to the climax of each track certainly includes some very thoughtful and clever guitar work with plenty of stimulating injections of pace and diversity. I did wonder whether the thought of having a second lead guitarist to expand their sound even further might have occurred to them. They luckily have in their line-up a very talented and stylish lead vocalist with a good vocal range and superb timing he adds a massive degree of interest to the proceedings and he handles equally well both the slow, fast, and louder melodic passages contained within the music with ultimate ease. As mentioned previously the content of the music did tend to move a little further into prog rock territory with the final two tracks and in particular the track “Lucky Day” contains some really well organized and beautifully structured music with great harmonies and fine musicianship, certainly for me a top track. It is nice to review older releases but I certainly would be interested in hearing “Osiris” their latest release.
Summary: A very listenable album with interesting songs and good vocals.
Artwork: A digi-pack adorned with quite miserable artwork and minimal information.
1. The Most Dangerous Game 06:02
2. Nightmare In Her Hand 07:50
3. As It Falls 05:38
4. Leave This All Behind 01:42
5. Every Dog Will Have His Day 12:03
6. Your Lucky Day 05:52
7. The Implements Of Hell 09:08
Glenn Kirkwood –Guitars.
Johnny Glovasa - Bass, Keys and Backing Vocals.
Greg Stone-Drums and Backing Vocals.
Dan Swan –Lead Vocals
Vitruvian Man are a band hailing from Melbourne, Australia.
After a lengthy songwriting period, the full lineup took formation in early 2009. Taking their sound to the stage and spending the best part of two years refining tunes, and making an impact on live audiences
Who was Vitruvius? Well he had a particular interest in the proportions of the human body. He formulated a system - for understanding human proportion, complete with precise measurements and elaborate geometrical relationships and for which he also transposed to the design of buildings.