|Illuminatus come from Nottingham but their members come from different places around Europe (England, Germany, Spain and Italy). They have existed for a long time now, but for me this was the first I’d had the chance to listen to their material. ’The Wrath Of The Lambs’ is the band’s first official release but their earlier demos from 2002 and 2004 were obviously good enough to ensure them a supporting role for many big and important bands and also spots on some prestigious festivals like Bloodstock. |
The expectations were high when I placed the CD into the player and pushed the play button. After 45 minutes, I couldn’t believe what I had just experienced. I don’t know where to start; the crushing riffs, the volume and intensity of the rhythm section, the extraordinary vocals, or simply the way all these elements work together to make music that is refreshing, fun and when you start paying attention to the substance of the songs, quite sensitive. They manage to make songs that are extremely powerful but at the same time delicate and fragile. I’ve really tried hard to remember another band that has achieved this same balance, and the only name that comes to mind is Tool.
If I was asked to pick a highlight, it would be difficult because this album has not one candidate but nine. This album belongs in the category of albums that you fall in love with and it’s my pick for album of the year so far in 2008. If they play somewhere close to you, go and see them…they deserve it.
Find more about them at www.illuminatus.uk.com.
1. Captive State
3. Suburban Symmetry
4. The Wrath of the Lambs
7. Emotion Sickness
9 .White Lies
Duration : Approx. 45 minutes.
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