ILLUSORY “System’s Decay“
Single Release – digital download – Out on February 24
The Ivories are back with their first single!
The boys’ sophomore album, “Polysyllabic“, was released on November 11, 2016 via 7Hard / 7us Media Group and it already features an Official Lyric Video and an Official Audio Clip.
Press feedback has been amazing so far, however, every good album needs an even better boost, in order to push through to new pairs of ears, new listeners, new frontiers. Thus, the release of the digital single “System’s Decay” will function as the band’s brand new ambassador, in terms of delivering ILLUSORY’s credentials throughout the Metal audiences.
Feel free to indulge, listen to and Shine On!
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“A futureal nightmare and the humanity’s struggle against its own creations. A truly powerful tune; no wonder it was picked as”…
What is this all about?
A warning from the future maybe?
An oracle that one could always imagine but never expect?
Stay tuned as all will be revealed today!
ILLUSORY “Polysyllabic” interviews: The X Rock & Metal factor
This Friday at midnight the Ivories will be guesting the X Rock & Metal show on Κανάλι Ένα 90.4 fm. George Karides and Eirini Dedepsidou are going to host the show and the boys will talk about the new album, the album to come, their LIVE plan and the upcoming “Polysyllabic” live presentation on March 11.
Stay tuned, Shine On and be part of the “Polysyllabic” saga!
It’s all an Illusion. I grew up with Heavy Metal, ergo this one is very far above the bar. At first I had no idea what was coming to me;
I was very ambivalent.
The title alone, of the first two songs, set my head in confusion mode; who is doing something like this, how did that come up?
“In The Beginning” and “A New Beginning“. But I was surprised by the orchestral intro, which I had absolutely not envisaged. The subsequent song “A New Beginning” fits perfectly the intro – now I understand the logic behind the naming. Guitar riffs, drum parts, as well as vocals immediately remind me about Heavy Metal! So almost all points on the Heavy Metal to-do list are checked. The two parts as well as the guitar solos point heavily to Avantasia or Edguy. Each sound is not a warped, it’s not incorrectly used. ILLUSORY show they maintain the beautiful guitar riffs on “Insangel“. The last song though is unfortunately very quietly advised; I mean I’m not sad about it but I would be pleased with a powerful end. The whole album maintains the sound of the band οn each song and provides plenty of variety through powerful, lyrical and melodic parts. For every Iron Maiden, Edguy, Avantasia and/or Gamma Ray, Helloween etc. – fan is a must!
Rating: 8.9 out of 10 points
We had to wait for three years for the new album by the Athenian band ILLUSORY and the band did their best to not let their fans down, duration-wise. The total duration of the album is over one hour ten minutes for 13 songs.
The band was productive, regarding the composing sessions of “Polysyllabic“, yet is duration in accordance with the final result? To reply with a prompt answer, we would say yes and no. The only certain thing is that the band has evolved a lot, comparing it with “The Ivory Tower” and this is about the composing level and each member separately. When it comes down to music, I don’t think you have expected something different than songs inspired by Accept and Saxon, although ILLUSORY take that issue a step further. Many time they mention bands like Savatage, Queensryche and Jag Panzer. Nevertheless, prog elements and “weird” rhythms and rhythm “breaks” are more than obvious. The truth is I was a bit puzzled when I listened to “Odd-Y-Sea“, which we viewed before the album was released, yet, after a few sessions, I can say it is very satisfying. From that point onwards I spotted an inequality; there are these very good moments, there are also songs, which could have been skipped, in my humble opinion. Like “Last Fallen Angel” or the opener “…A New Beginning“, songs which are not bad, however, no one can distinguish something amazing in melodies or riff-wise. The amazing thing happens in more Metal songs, the likes of “Insangel” or “Bleak“, where melodies and riffs stand out. However, where ILLUSORY win the bet is the set of compositions which bring Savatage into mind. Atmospheric moments are plenty – as well as melodic riffing – on “Polysyllabic Thoughts“, “Dreamshade” (which reminded me of “Streets”), on darkened “Solitary Nomad“, featuring oriental elements, on prog-gy “System’s Decay” and ten minutes long “Swan Song“, where one can listen to the complete sonic spectra of ILLUSORY.
What is most impressive is the really good technique of the band; the band is supporting their ideas and different styles which they introduce, composing-wise and tech-wise. A very special mention should be given to singer Dee Theodorou, whose unique voice color and melodies beautifully wrap the songs around, bringing to mind Tobias Sammet, Jon Oliva or… just Dee Theodorou. What more could be done in my opinion? Production could have been better, brining guitars in front more, as Dee Theodorou’s voice covers up everything sometimes, whilst other times it just leaves the songs empty. He could also follow a more commercial voice on songs like “Insangel” and “Odd-Y-Sea” and the songs durations; some of them seem a bit stretched out. Other than that, ILLUSORY show that they can evolve even more and release even better albums in the future. Surely “Polysyllabic” is not a bad album; it’s an album that classic metal fans (and other fans, too) will listen to and enjoy most of its moments. We expect more by this band in the future; for now on, we enjoy “Polysyllabic“.
7/10 Dimitris Stavros