COLUMN: Melissa Ferlaak - Visions Of Atlantis
En de kop is eraf! Melissa Ferlaak (Visions Of Atlantis) had wel tijd en zin om een review te schrijven voor de lezers van ME Metalhour. Dus zie hier de aller eerste column op ME Metalhour!

"Wikipedia: Atlantis (Greek: "Island of Atlas") is the name of an island first mentioned and described by the classical Greek philosopher Plato in the dialogues Timaeus and Critias. In Plato's account, Atlantis, lying "beyond the pillars of Heracles", was a naval power which conquered many parts of western Europe and Africa 9000 years before Plato's own time—approximately 9400 BC. After a failed attempt to invade Athens, Atlantis sank into the ocean "in a single day and night of misfortune.”

The possible existence of a genuine Atlantis was actively discussed throughout the classical antiquity, but it was usually rejected and occasionally parodied. While basically unknown during the Middle Ages, the story of Atlantis was rediscovered by Humanists at the very beginning of modern times. Plato's description inspired the utopian works of several Renaissance writers, like Francis Bacon's "New Atlantis". To this day, Atlantis inspires today's literature, from science fiction to comic books
and movies, its name having become a byword for any and all supposed prehistoric but advanced (and lost) civilizations."

This is how Wikipedia defines Atlantis, the primary inspiration force for the birth of Visions of Atlantis. Though I wasn’t around during the beginnings of VoA, nor do I personally feel any powerful connection to this myth, I feel close to what this symbol represents: Hope. Hope is such a personal emotion, one that varies with every person. While the first two albums were solidly laid down in the mythological aspect of this symbol, you see in the new album a different trend, a very obvious different trend. Many
of the songs are ones based on experiences, emotions, all within the context of hope. Hope can be a very strong inspirational force. Tie hope to the symbol of Water, which is an element representing change and flow. Fluidity in ideas, the opposing force which is stagnation: the Doldrums, frequently
written about in antiquity as a place of despair, where fog settles in the air and gives lack of clarity of the mind.

Google search “Atlantis” and see what you find. You see many archaeologists to this day still on the mission that this place exists. That it always did exist, and the only propelling emotion guiding their expeditions is hope. In our minds, we hope for daily inspiration, for lack of inspiration becomes an
artist’s deathbed. Atlantis is our symbol for inspiration, a guiding force, a force of which to keep our music flowing, and a timeless symbol, which guides many towards their dreams. This is the truth of why
Atlantis, as a symbol, is so important and integral to life.

Visions Of Atlantis

PimbolinovichonTuesday 24 April 2007 - 20:11:50
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