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Illuminus - EP Review: Lost Souls

19 Aug 2016 // A review by Andrew Smit

Illuminus have supplied a very distinctive EP to arouse your ear lobes, and while there is some surprising variety to the music it keeps to a homemade recipe of heavy grinding guitar licks and riffs contrasted with clear vocal tunes that are slightly muffled and not dominant like your usual made for radio mastering.

This unique mix generally places the drums clean and upfront while the guitars are slightly muffled with the vocals set more in the background with its heavy reverb and other effects. The one exception to this formula is the opening track Haven with its clean strummed acoustic guitar backing a very melodically sung megaphone effect vocal tune, providing a stirring intro indeed. From Track 2 the music shifts into another gear with Shards blasting you with a set of metal shearing electric guitars and a very robust rhythm that is potent and uplifting, the song doesn’t just plod along either, with its deft changes and a superb bridge that leads to a very uplifting tuneful finale.

Wept 2.0 provides stimulating symphonic flange guitar and string like keys which add another dimension to the dreamy mix very nicely. Each track with its different character and appeal provide you with an array of sensations to translate the meaning and significance of each songs subject matter which is a rare occurrence in a 5 track EP.

On repeated listening the power of the melodies and its unique resonance creates a Hymn like after taste, a kind of gospel set over Metal and it's entrancing in a new, but all good way.

 

About Illuminus

Illuminus is a rock band from Auckland. Their debut album Until the End was released in 2012 and received rave reviews.

Until The End is a professional debut from a band that should win fans with their unique sound. - Alistair Wickens - muzic.net.nz

Illuminus have injected some interesting touches that may well broaden this record’s appeal beyond a determined core. - Amanda Mills - NZ Musician Magazine.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Illuminus

Releases

Endless
Year: 2018
Type: Album
Lost Souls
Year: 2016
Type: EP
Until The End
Year: 2011
Type: Album

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