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Vision Divine was born in 1998, originally intended as Olaf Thorsen's solo project (Labyrinth's guitarist at that time). Very soon he starts collaborating again with Fabio Lione (lead singer of Labyrinth on their first album "No Limits" and current frontman of Rhapsody) and the solo project rapidly turns into a real band, its name being a combination of "Vision"-old Labyrinth's monicker when Olaf created the band – and "Divine" – the title intended for Olaf's solo album. The line-up got completed with Mat Stancioiu (drums), Andrew Mc Pauls (keyboards) and Andrea Tower Torricini (bass).

In 1999 their first studio album, self-titled "Vision Divine", is released and immediately becomes a huge hit, selling over 100.000 units in Europe.
In 2001, the band starts writing and recording the new album, called “Send Me An Angel”, to be released in January 2002. At the end of that same year, Olaf decides to leave Labyrinth to focus exclusively on Vision Divine and stop any annoying rumor about Vision Divine being considered a mere "side project".
In three years, Vision Divine release two albums, and thanks to good sales results, the band starts touring around the world. One tour not to forget is the great South American Tour in December 2000, where for the first time an Italian Heavy Metal band got the chance to headline sold-out concerts in Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Panama and Mexico.
In order to give the band a more consistent and definitive identity, Mat Stancioiu and Andrew Mc Pauls leave Vision Divine to play exclusively with Labyrinth, and get replaced by Oleg Smirnoff on the keyboards (ex Eldritch and Death SS) and Matteo Amoroso on drums (ex Athena).
In 2003, the band begins the songwriting for the third forthcoming album, when unfortunately Fabio Lione's career with Rhapsody (now Rhapsody of Fire) and his duties in Vision Divine enter in conflict due to a new contract he and the other Rhapsody member had to sign together with their management Magic Circle. After a few months, they mutually agree to split in a friendly way, to give Vision Divine the chance of continuing their career without having to stop for a long term. The new singer to be chosen is Michele Luppi, a highly skilled and talented guy.
Now it is finally possible to complete the last songs needed, so the new concept album gets recorded and entitled "Stream Of Consciousness", released in April 2004. With a brand new line-up and renewed ambitions the band cancels any previous deal and joins Scarlet Records for distribution in Italian territory, King Records for Japan and Metal Blade for the rest of the world. Surely now nobody can say that Vision Divine is a "side project" anymore.
During 2004, Vision Divine bring their last album in tour, and after a year since the release of "Stream Of Consciousness", in April 2005, due to the persistent demand by their record labels and their fans, the band accepted to record its first live DVD. Then, after almost three months, "Stage Of Consciousness" is released, featuring on DVD the successful album "Stream Of Consciousness" played live in its entirety.

Meanwhile, Olaf starts working hard on a new record (a concept album again) in collaboration with Oleg Smirnoff and Michele Luppi. In October 2005, as the live DVD gets released in Japan, the band flies to the Land of the Rising Sun for two incredible shows in Osaka and Tokyo.
The fourth release of Vision Divine, "The Perfect Machine" (out in Japan in October and in the rest of the world in November 2005) defines the maturity of the band. Again, another huge success – also thanks to the supervision and production of Timo Tolkki (Stratovarius). There are some further changes in the line-up, and the new members are Alessio Lucatti (keyboards), Cristiano Bertocchi (ex-Labyrinth, bass) and Alessandro Bissa (drums). This band, which is tested onstage at various Italian and international gigs, gives life to the fifth album: "The 25th Hour", the ideal follow-up to the story started with “Stream Of Consciousness”. Vision Divine and the great production skills of Timo Tolkki take us to the disclosure of Stream of Consciousness' pending plots, the first chapter of what we could call the mystic trilogy of Vision Divine!

In the middle of 2008, Fabio Lione rejoins the band after almost 5 years, and in 2009 Vision Divine are ready to release their 6th studio album, titled "9 Degrees West Of The Moon", under the melodic label Frontiers Records: a complex and dark album, in which the band states once and for all its will to be free from any particular metal genre, accentuating their many influences which vary from hard rock to Trash metal, across progressive arrangements.

In 2012, Vision Divine sign with the highly acclaimed label earMUSIC/Edel Germany, and they are ready to release their new album, titled “Destination Set To Nowhere“. The album is a melting pot, a perfect mix of all the styles the band has crossed and experimented with over the years. Nevertheless, the concept album is kept in their well-known style, spiced up with a futuristic twist. The high-class production adds up to the unbelievably driven sound.
“Destination Set To Nowhere” clearly is Vision Divine’s most mature and well produced album up to this point! Strong of a new worldwide record deal, it leads the band into a new, an even bigger musical dimension. Songs like “The Dream Maker”, “Beyond The Sun And Far Away” and “Mermaids From Their Moons” all prove this, all featuring powerful melodies and a vivid style. Strong anthems meet heavy songs.

Without a doubt, Vision Divine’s destination is set to conquer the Olympus of heavy metal!


2012: "Destination Set To Nowhere"
2009: "9 Degrees West Of The Moon"
2007: "The 25th Hour"
2005: "The Perfect Machine"
2005: "Stage Of Consciousness" DVD
2004: "Stream Of Consciousness"
2002: "Send Me An Angel"
1999: "Vision Divine"