Category: News

Breakout Magazine – Polysyllabic Review

It is not always good news from Greece; the financial crisis is one of the most negatively known issues, and hopefully it will be developed quickly to the positive. In addition, the country is naturally due to sines tourism, international acquaintances (ouzo or Retsina-wine) are known here, but also because of its music, and it’s not the music of the learners like Vicky Leandros or Nana Mouskouri, but also rock and Heavy Metal. The latter genre is to assign the music of the group ILLUSORY metallic rocking, always Melodic! Originally based in 1992, some line-up and name change followed over the years, but now the formation stands and is ready to conquer Europe. This is best to implement with a new album, then the Greeks also thought, so no money was spared and recorded new album “Polysyllabic”. The metalheads expect 14 songs (including introduction), which all, more or less, rock the way to the ears. We recommend “… A New Beginning“,” System’s Decay” and the over ten minutes long, epic “Swan Song“. Stylistically as well as vocally, ILLUSORY remind me of the German band Axxis. If you like melodically rocking metal, you should always take an album like that!

Crossfire – Polysyllabic Review

Founded in 1992, the Greek Heavy Metal Band ILLUSORY can already look back accordingly on approximately twenty-five years of band history. After the renaming of Blessed Death to Ivory Tower (similar name with a German band) up to ILLUSORY, to stomp their second full length from the ground “Polysyllabic“. This symphonic, gloomy intro “In The Beginning…” goes to the hook opener “… A New Beginning“, about to play the progressive side, especially in the instrumental part. After the somewhat meaner “Bleak“, they are putting an exclamation point with the atmospheric and dramatic beginning of “Dreamshade“, before the rhythmic “Odd -Y-Sea” scores with an accessible chorus. The galloping “Insangel” will be leading to the pounding “Polysyllabic Thoughts” before “Last Fallen Angel” exudes a lightly oriental touch. “The Eyes Of Hades” is waiting with nasal chanting and minting guitars. Crunchy riffs in “Solitary Nomad” and then the groovy “One Sad Moment Of Existence” is slapped down. The driving “System’s Decay” ultimately paved the way for the ten minutes epic “Swan Song” and thus makes the lid on a varied and successful piece of work, but without an outstanding exception title.

Rating: 8 out of 10 points
Author: Markus Peters

DREAMSHADE – Official Music Video

Dreamshade” video is up and running!

Dear all,
Last Sunday night was a total bliss! “Dreamshade” video was initially aired on television on TV WAR @ Mad TV and today it’s being featured on YouTube, on 7hard/7us media group Official Channel. “Dreamshade” is the first Official Music Video for the “Polysyllabic” album, following Official Lyric (Odd-Y-Sea) and Official Audio (Last Fallen Angel).

It is one of the most complete and professional videos ever made in Greece; it’s a actually a short film, featuring a production equal – to say the least – to respective productions abroad. This video is the very artistic vision of director Maria Chatzigianni. Maria and her amazing team deeply astonished us when they first laid down their thoughts about “dressing up” our song. The final outcome is a true triumphant result for them.

The starring of our story is one of the greatest Greek actors ever. Dimitris Alexandris is a huge star, a theatre / cinema / television colossal actor and maybe the best of his generation. The hero of “Dreamshade” honored us with his unique presence and no words, not even thanks are enough to describe such a bliss. It is his very first appearance on a video during his illustrious career and the fact that he said yes to a Heavy Metal band means a lot. Especially since he’s also well-known for his careful and selective moves concerning such matters.

Yet, a video like that is most of all and above all a result of team work. In that manner, we would like to express our gratitude to all the actors that participated, Athanasios Lazarou on cello, the magical choir of Voice Box, the entire production team and all technical personnel, who made these two days of shooting, which lasted more than a whole week – trust us on that one – and made the dream come true.

Thank you so much! Shine On!

ILLUSORY:
Dee Theodorou – Vocals
George Papantonis – Guitars
Greg Bakos – Guitars
George Konstantakelos – Keyboards & Guitars
Niki Danos – Bass
Costas Koulis – Drums

Very Special Appearance by Dimitris Alexandris

Actors (in alphabetical order):
Deos Giannis, Gerodidakis Giorgos, Kamani Maria, Karamani Kalliopi, Linya Eldar Ioanna, Papadimitriou Tolis, Stefanouri Eleftheria, Tsana Lia, Voutsina Lina

Voice Box:
Antonia Despouli, Gioula Gagadeli, Nefeli Beri, Margarita Papadimitriou, Antonis Dimou, Romanos Papadimitriou, Nikos Tsachalinas

Cello by Athanasios Lazarou

Directed by Maria Chatzigianni aka M-word
Produced by M-word
D.O.P.: Efthymiou Michail aka M-word
Gimbal Operator: Markellos Plakitsis
2nd Camera: Vaios Roupis
Art Director: Nikos Argyriadis Tselepis
1st Assistant Director: Nikoleta Pantsidou
2nd Assistant Director: Eleftheria Stefanouri
3rd Assistant Director: Kalliopi Karamani
Behind the scenes video: Dimitris Trifonidis
Hair and Make-up: Helena Theodorou
Wardrobe by Costumier

Special thanks to: Tasos Panagiotopoulos and “EXIT NOW” escape rooms, the Municipality of Keratsini for “Kachramanoglou Industry“, Eleni Pairaktaridou, Minas Notaras, Theodor Martinis, Tony Venieris, Georgios Zachos & R-Stick Greece

ILLUSORY “The Mob Rules” @ Metal Hammer (Black Sabbath Tribute Album)

The April 2017 issue (Νο 388) of the Greek edition of Metal Hammer is by all means dedicated to BLACK SABBATH. Apart from the articles showcased in the magazine, referring to the Fathers of the genre, there is also a CD included, hosting thirteen covers of Sabbath’s tunes by thirteen bands, some of the most remarkable in Greece. ILLUSORY are honored to be part of this album, “Lords of this World – A Tribute to Black Sabbath“, contributing with “The Mob Rules“. Sincere and heartfelt thanks to the Greek Metal Hammer for trusting the band and their word to you for more pleasant surprises such as this in the near future.
Don’t listen to fools… Just enjoy the cover!

Shine On to All!

Dreamshade – Official Music Video @ TV WAR / MAD TV

Dear friends, supporters and cooperators,

It is with immense joy and boundless honor we present to you the first video for our sophomore album, “Polysyllabic“. Having released our first Official Lyric (Odd-Y-Sea) and Official Audio (Last Fallen Angel), this time we chose “Dreamshade“, which will be aired, for the very first time, during television Heavy Metal show TV WAR on MAD TV, on Sunday, April 30 at midnight.

We consider this particular video one of the most complete projects ever made in Greece; it’s a actually a short film, featuring a production equal – to say the least – to respective productions abroad. This video is the very artistic vision of director Maria Chatzigianni. Maria and her amazing team deeply astonished us when they first laid down their thoughts about “dressing up” our song. The final outcome is a true triumphant result for them.

The starring of our story is one of the greatest Greek actors ever. Dimitris Alexandris is a huge star, a theatre / cinema / television colossal actor and maybe the best of his generation. The hero of “Dreamshade” honored us with his unique presence and no words, not even thanks are enough to describe such a bliss. It is his very first appearance on a video during his illustrious career and the fact that he said yes to a Heavy Metal band means a lot. Especially since he’s also well-known for his careful and selective moves concerning such matters.

Yet, a video like that is most of all and above all a result of team work. In that manner, we would like to express our gratitude to all the actors that participated, Athanasios Lazarou on cello, the magical choir of Voice Box, the entire production team and all technical personnel, who made these two days of shooting, which lasted more than a whole week – trust us on that one – and made the dream come true.

Thank you so much! Shine On!

ILLUSORY:
Dee Theodorou – Vocals
George Papantonis – Guitars
Greg Bakos – Guitars
George Konstantakelos – Keyboards
Niki Danos – Bass
Costas Koulis – Drums

Very Special Appearance by Dimitris Alexandris

Actors (in alphabetical order):
Deos Giannis, Gerodidakis Giorgos, Kamani Maria, Karamani Kalliopi, Linya Eldar Ioanna, Papadimitriou Tolis, Stefanouri Eleftheria, Tsana Lia, Voutsina Lina

Voice Box:
Antonia Despouli, Gioula Gagadeli, Nefeli Beri, Margarita Papadimitriou, Antonis Dimou, Romanos Papadimitriou, Nikos Tsachalinas

Cello by Athanasios Lazarou

Directed by Maria Chatzigianni aka M-word
Produced by M-word
D.O.P.: Efthymiou Michail aka M-word
Gimbal Operator: Markellos Plakitsis
2nd Camera: Vaios Roupis
Art Director: Nikos Argyriadis Tselepis
1st Assistant Director: Nikoleta Pantsidou
2nd Assistant Director: Eleftheria Stefanouri
3rd Assistant Director: Kalliopi Karamani
Behind the scenes video: Dimitris Trifonidis
Hair and Make-up: Helena Theodorou
Wardrobe by Costumier

Special thanks to: Tasos Panagiotopoulos and “EXIT NOW” escape rooms, the Municipality of Keratsini for “Kachramanoglou Industry“, Eleni Pairaktaridou, Minas Notaras, Theodor Martinis, Tony Venieris, Georgios Zachos & R-Stick Greece