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aborted revolutions EP

by illuminatus

illuminatus are one of Britain's best-kept secrets, a darkly political post-metal act who deal in emotive soundscapes, brutal dynamics and melody.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Alternative Metal
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1. emotion sickness
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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..."
Powerplay Magazine

"Why is this band not signed?"
Malcolm Dome

"Heavy emotion, a dark outlook, and more power than the national grid."
Logo Magazine

" 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."
DoomMetal Magazine


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Illuminatus are incredible, they’ve restored my faith in the metal genre after m
Illuminatus are five-piece hailing from Nottingham, the group formed back in 2001, released their debut demo Suburban Symmetry in 2002 and since then have gone on to play with such acts as Skindread, Paradise Lost and Children Of Bodom amongst others. The group have also gained rave reviews in both Powerplay and Metal Hammer, as well as performing on the main stage of Bloodstock 2004. The group are currently busy writing and recording their debut album. This three-track EP showcases what Illuminatus are all about; they play dark emotional metal that combines melodies with crushing intensity. Illuminatus are not your typical metal band they don’t deal in brutality over substance, their tracks hit hard because they use thought and intelligence, subtly and power. The opening track Emotion Sickness opens with a barrage of riffs and beats before a keyboard joins the mix creating a dense sound that gives way to the wondrous melodic verse with lead singer Julio Taylor actually really singing (a rare commodity in metal) and then roaring with ferocity on the chorus. The band use the middle section of the song to create a dark brooding atmosphere by stepping on and off the power, using the keyboards to add to the emotional pull and the drums to power the song along to it’s climax, as an opening introduction to the band it’s devastating. Wargasm follows and it’s every bit as impressive once again combining soft and harsh vocals to stunning effect whilst the band create claustrophobic soundscapes that rip at the senses adding depth to the emotional tour de force of the song. White Lies completes the trio of songs in suitably dark brooding style, opening with rolling drums and wailing guitar introduction before the keyboards bring the political song into sharp focus, the group employing guttural vocals to spit venom upon our so called world leaders that take us to war for their own motives. A number of other bands have tackled the subject matter of White Lies but none with so much conviction and belief; Illuminatus don’t do things for effect they mean every word that they project with their music. Reading the accompanying biog and quotes about the group well known rock journalist Malcolm Dome asks why this band aren’t signed and I have to agree, but not only should they be signed they should be one of the biggest names of the genre by now, Illuminatus are incredible, they’ve restored my faith in the metal genre after many years of disillusionment. I can’t wait to hear a full-length release. Illuminatus deserve to be heard.

Aborted Revolutions is such an emotional piece of music that captivates from the
While ILLUMINATUS get handled as UK’s best kept secret in matter of dark metal the band itself is currently working on the debut album but still sending out their demo CD’s. This way the band’s 2003 released second CD Aborted Revolutions landed on me desk.
Founded back in 2001 by British globetrotter John (git.) and Spanish Julio (vox, git.) they added a Scottish keyboard player, a German-Belgian drummer and a British 4-stringer to the group ranks, emerging as a multicultural entity. Playing their asses of in UK they even shared the stage with famous bands at Bloodstock Festival 2004.

ILLUMINATUS offer emotive darkly political post metal, blending hauntingly melancholic-draped melodies as we know from older Anathema with the emotionality and expressiveness of Neurosis' fame. Singer Julio sometimes falls into scream-like singing one need to get used to it at the first run, but at the end that’s the grain adding force to the aggressive and passionate lyrics against warfare and weapon trade. It doesn't take long time and one will love this voice. All three songs Emotion Sickness (great lyrics), Wargasm and White Lies (ah, what a great guitar intro, Danny Cavanagh couldn't have done better) range within heartbreaking melancholy, grandiose guitar leads, reflective passages, energetic outbursts and fast parts, underlaid with symphonic keyboard soundscapes.

Aborted Revolutions is such an emotional piece of music that captivates from the first tone on, getting under your skin. It is just way too short! The more I listen the more I get into it, loving, drifting, losing...