illuminatus are one of Britain's best-kept secrets, a darkly political post-metal act who deal in emotive soundscapes and melody where current trends call for ever more brutality and ignorance in underground music.
After their critically acclaimed demo "Suburban Symmetry", first released in 2002, the band have gone on to play with an array of acts such as Skindred, Paradise Lost, Twin Zero and Children of Bodom. Their follow-up EP Aborted Revolutions, recorded with Harvey Birrell (Therapy?, Ministry) received rave reviews from Powerplay magazine and Metal Hammer journalist Malcolm Dome and has now sold nearly 500 copies despite being entirely self-financed and released by the band.
Their live act alone has earned Illuminatus a slot on the main stage of the Bloodstock 2004 heavy metal festival, playing to an audience of 2000 in a conquering performance. Since then, the band's zero-budget video for "Wargasm" has been taken onto heavy rotation on Scuzz TV during the first quarter of 2005 and they have recently re-recorded parts of the Suburban Symmetry demo with legendary Sabbath producer Pete Coleman.
illuminatus are currently writing and recording their debut album but will be playing UK tours as part of the New Blood of British Metal collective (in April 2005) and independently (in August 2005).
"Some of the most beautiful, moving music since Anathema..."
"Why is this band not signed?"
"Heavy emotion, a dark outlook, and more power than the national grid."
"...an especially eloquent set that combines brawn with surprising depth."
"It is simply the quality of their songwriting and their directness that make their sound so recognizable and enjoyable."