“This new album will be a rise from the ashes“ so says long time VANISHING POINT members Silvio Massaro (vocals) and Chris Porcianko (guitars). It was 2007 when the band’s last album, “The Fourth Season”, was released and much has happened in the band, the ever fickle music industry and indeed the world itself since then. But this is a band that prides itself on sticking to its guns, and staying true to its roots and vision, regardless of what’s current. In the time since VANISHING POINT’s inception, this band has just about seen it all and done it all. The four full length albums they have released since 1997 were just the beginning. VANISHING POINT have toured its native Australia and the world many times over, played some of the biggest and most important rock festivals the world has to offer (they were the first unsigned band ever to play the prestigious Wacken Festival in Germany) and shared the stage with a who’s who of the hard rock and metal world, including Iron Maiden, Nightwish, DragonForce, Helloween, and Joe Satriani, to name just a few.
“It’s been a lot of hard work. We’ve definitely suffered for the joy of creating music, yet we have no regrets!” But it is in the future where the real excitement for this band lies. The fifth album has been a long time in the making, but both Silvio and Chris are quietly confident that the band’s many fans worldwide will see a positive progression since “The Fourth Season”, whilst retaining the core elements of the soaring melodic metal sound that they have grown to know and love over the years. Chris describes, “it’s a little more technical, more progressive, more of a step forwards compared to how we were previously, yet keeping our melodic feel intact. But at the same time, our existing fans will love it as well.” It’s a safe bet that VANISHING POINT’s fifth album “Distant Is The Sun” will further cement the band as Australia’s premier melodic metal outfits, and will expand their international reputation.
With Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica) VANISHING POINT welcome a well-known guest vocalist on the track “Circle Of Fire” - one they have history with: it was Sonata Arctica who showed their appreciation for Australia’s finest by recording a cover version of VANISHING POINT’s track “Two Minds One Soul” for their “Don’t Say A Word” EP and also chose the band as their supporting act for a European tour a few years later. “Circle Of Fire” is one of the faster tracks on ”Distant Is The Sun”, and like the rest of the material it’s amazingly catchy. Despite the progressive elements, VANISHING POINT managed to keep their characteristic mixture of power metal, progressive and AOR accessible at any time. That’s the finesse of true masters.
Aiming for a more powerful sound in comparison to their previous albums, VANISHING POINT secured the services of Sebastian “Seeb” Levermann (Orden Ogan) for the mixing of “Distant Is The Sun”. Recently the band completed filming their new video clip, which was done for the song “When Truth Lies”. “For us, playing music is a cathartic release,” Chris says, “It’s how we get our feelings out. We are hoping to reach out to more people this time in many places we have never been to before, as well as the established fans. All we want to do is to get back out there with our music, just do it, put in the hard yards… again.”