Every now and then an album comes along that surprises with its’ fresh sound and bold song writing.
Illuminus’ debut album, Until The End, has been the first such surprise of 2012. The band, led by Aidan Dickens, combine elements not usually found together in rock music to craft an interesting sound that engages you from the get go.
Instead of focussing on pounding rhythms, show off guitar riffs and in your face vocals, Illuminus blend pianos, electronic elements and more. The resulting sound means that no one member of the band, or instrument, ever feels like they take centre stage so there’s no detracting from the overall sound.
Having seen the band described as heavy rock/metal I was expecting something different to what I got – sure there’s heavy moments, like on Berated, which starts off sounding a little like 90’s Irish rock outfit Therapy? before unleashing some doomy sounding riffs, then pulling it back to a more mellow sound. But overall the sound is quite mellow, with plenty of ballad-like moments; despite the doomy spin put on it there’s a positivity to the sound that’s refreshing to hear.
My only problem with the album was with the mix, which occasionally leaves some of the instruments sounding muddy, although that’s possibly due to the MP3 download, rather than the production. Other than that small issue, Until The End is a professional debut from a band that should win fans with their unique sound.
Illuminus is a alternative rock band from Auckland, New Zealand. Conceived and created in Melbourne, Australia in early 2010 by Aidan and Milla Dickens and joined by Jon Farquharson on bass when they moved home to New Zealand, Illuminus’ sound combines elements of alternative and progressive rock/metal sounds with strings, keyboards and Milla’s impressive vocals.
Illuminus’ sound is bold and aggressive, bursting with ambience, texture and dynamics. With lyrical themes that touch on darkness and depression, enlightenment and new beginnings, Illuminus take you on a journey through the full spectrum of human emotion. ‘We felt there weren’t enough heavy rock groups (in New Zealand), let alone with female vocals,’ Aidan says of the idea for the group. ‘There was definitely a gap on the New Zealand scene for us to try and fill.’
Right now the team is putting the finishing touches on the EP, to be released in March this year.