Dreamcatcher have returned with the second installment of their Apocalypse series — an eye-catching title if ever there was one! Their last comeback Maison wasn’t exactly apocalyptic, but it did seem to polarize listeners. This time, the group have invited June One of dance-rock band Glen Check to work alongside their usual suite of composers. Does this indicate a shift in their long-established sound, or does Vision simply act as an extension of Maison‘s theatrical rock energy?
I think we can safely say Vision is plucked straight from Dreamcatcher’s lineage. There are a few added electronic touches during the verses, but otherwise this is pretty much what I’d expect from one of their title tracks. Why fix things if they’re not broken? The group are experts at delivering evocative verses that burst into pummeling choruses. Their energy fuels Vision, but this time around I’m going to be the one complaining about repetitive melody (a criticism I often read in reviews of Maison).
Granted, I’ll always prefer electronic touches over nu-metal guitars, but aside from that instrumental flourish, Vision’s chorus feels a little undercooked. It’s largely the same melodic line repeated over and over, and this particular hook doesn’t do much for me. It’s as if the song is stuck in a groove, turning over but never scaling the walls to shoot for the stratosphere. It’s expertly-produced and performed, but like many recent Edenary-penned tracks it feels closer to diminished returns than a new, thrilling highlight. Of course, Dreamcatcher on autopilot is still more satisfying than many of their peers.