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CRIMSON WREATH on Vinyl

Crimson Wreath” on vinyl!

It’s finally here! ILLUSORY’s brand new album is released on vinyl as well. The edition features a double vinyl gatefold package (180 grams – 12″), showcasing a real treat for the eyes and the ears. For those of you, who have always had a sweet tooth for such releases, feel free to order via our official Facebook page or Bandcamp page.

Shine on the Vinyls!

Live @ Under The Quarry Festival

September 11, 2022 – Live @ Under The Quarry Festival

The Ivories will return to the Under The Quarry Metal Fest.
It was 2017 when ILLUSORY were invited to participate and share the stage with a great number of even greater Greek bands. Five years later the boys are back, playing in a wonderful place and sharing the stage with many spending bands. ILLUSORY are elated about the festival and simply can’t wait to relive the feeling. See you all in September!

Live @ Hermoupolis Indie Rock Festival – Syros

August 6, 2022 – Live @ Hermoupolis Indie Rock Festival – Syros

ILLUSORY will perform on the second day of the 13 Indie Rock Festival, held in the wonderful island of Syros in Greece. Come Saturday August 6, the time will be live o’ clock for the Ivories and the amazing Greek bands sharing the stage. Yet, the festival starts on August 5, so you might want to watch both days. The boys are simply thrilled, as they will present the songs off their third album, “Crimson_Wreath“, live on stage.

INSIDE THE IVORIES’ TOWER – Rockumentary

ILLUSORY: “Inside the Ivories’ Tower” Video Documentary

Started almost thirty years ago… Went through changes. And still happening. Three albums and a respectable number of live shows. At the end of the day, six guys and a wonderful journey.

Alexander Haritakis and SingLoud TV had an idea. Shooting everyday lives led by normal people, who become a music fellowship once entering their own studio, the iCave; their refuge, their hideaway, practically their second home.

ILLUSORY is actually a bunch of souls, creating songs whilst appreciating their own co-existence. It’s a heartfelt rockumentary about the past and the present of the future. How it all began, how it’s going, how it will be. And then, a simple phrase and a warm motto.

Shine On The Ivories!

Directed, shot and edited by Alexander Haritakis

“A POEM I COULDN’T RHYME” – 5th Single/Video Release

What is the worst nightmare you ever had?
The following can be a question. Or is it the affirmative rhyme? An incubus crouched on your chest. A darkened horse. A sweating canvas portraying disharmony within perfect silence. A war raging inside a dream.

ILLUSORY’s fifth video is being unwrapped around “A Poem I Couldn’t Rhyme”. Taken off the band’s third album, “Crimson Wreath”, released on May 21 via Rockshots Records, this is a reminder of a motif painted with the brightest colors, yet surrounded by a halo of Erebus.

“Taking a look inside me, I only see a glimpse of my youth
Seeking a place to hide me, I need to stay away from the truth”

Heaving riffing, mid tempo endoskeleton, speed variations and climaxes, intriguing orchestration. Much like Henry Fuseli’s painting “The Nightmare”, this storyboard is all about the subject that’s waking up whilst the bad dream has just begun. ILLUSORY’s illusions are taking over.

Lyric Video by Manos Fatsis
Artwork by Panagiotis “Hammer” Sfiris

“CRIMSON WREATH”: Out Now!

ILLUSORY’s third album, “Crimson Wreath”, is out today via Rockshots Records. The Heavy Metal band from Athens is proud to release a record consisting of 78 minutes of music, which has already been gaining massive acclaim by the Press and fans, locally and abroad.

Crimson Wreath” is considered as ILLUSORY’s most mature and complete work, comprising of fourteen songs, showcasing the Ivories’ songwriting and arranging dexterities as well as advanced performing skills.

Heavy duty production, mixing and mastering, once again in and by Matrix Recording Studio, Athens, proved that this unique sound can be achieved when the band teams up with producer extraordinaire and practically the seventh member of ILLUSORY, Yiannis Petroyiannis.

With three singles/videos released up to date and a fourth one on its way, ILLUSORY’s brand new album is the very definition of hard work in pure music terms.

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The Press about “Crimson Wreath”:

“It’s about a multifarious work, with an admirable flow”.
Kostas Lyros, Metal Hammer – Greece

“Adding choirs, classical and acoustic guitars and piano sections can only show that it is a matter of well-coordinated experienced musicians who put quality first. I can say for sure is my favorite and candidate for the album of the year, even though we haven’t even gotten close to half of it yet”.
Ivona Bogner, Abaddon – Serbia

“Give ILLUSORY a listen, because this is actually one of the best this reviewer has heard in a long time”.
Gert Beuse, Calles Rock Corner – Denmark

“This album probably deserves performing in its entirety live at some point and the more I listen the more I like. Deep, melodic and brilliantly written, this is top notch stuff”.
Simon Black, Ever Metal – UK

“Despite a run time of over 75 minutes, not once does the album drag. Rather, you can’t believe it when the album is over because you want to keep listening. I strongly feel that not only is “Crimson Wreath” one of the singular best albums you could hope to come across this year, but it will come to be seen as ILLUSORY’s magnum opus release”!
Jay Roberts, Knac – USA

“ILLUSORY has produced a very enjoyable album. Its melodic qualities are perceived without any difficulty. The production was at the height of the compositions, without any instrument being relegated or buried. Hopefully the conditions allow the band to go on stage very soon, as it will definitely be interesting to listen to the songs on this album live”.
Cristóbal Torres, Metal Rules – Canada

“In general words, I would say that “Crimson Wealth” is a long, but rewarding album, which will gratify every heavy/power metal fan. It’s the most mature work of ILLUSORY, who are getting a pure power metal musical direction. Sometimes epic, sometimes proggy, ILLUSORY find their target, offering us a great power metal offering”.
Dimitris Zacharopoulos, Myth Of Rock – Greece

“Crimson Wreath will hopefully open up ILLUSORY to a bigger audience because they really deserve to be heard by fans of heavy power metal”.
Matt Bladen, Musipedia Of Metal – UK

“This incredible band have created sounds and lyrics and placed it together in such a way that there is no true and real way that my words in this review could ever do “Crimson Wreath” justice for its true original take on melodic and heavy and true metal. I can only hope everyone in the world gets a chance to experience this individual intertwined essence from within”.
Zoe Stone, Rock Out Stand Out – UK

“Give the album its due time and you won’t regret it. You will always come back to it, to constantly find new things. Listen to it in its entirety and let yourselves go to all the thing the record has to offer you. Until the time comes for us to enjoy the album live on stage, I’m pressing the play button once again. I suggest you do the same”.
Jovanna Spiliou, Noizy – Greece

“Throughout, this masterpiece still sports the very same dynamic of the day, with a rich flow of lyricism taking us on a journey of fantasy, myth, mystery and far off lands steeped in history, transporting us all into the realms of thought as the band speed down the track like a runaway train”.
Ian Davies, Stargazer – UK

“This awesome album has so many touches of feelings that takes you back to familiar chords and makes you feel it once again with another way”.
Costas Margaman, Album Reviewz – Greece

“As previously stated, “Crimson Wreath” is an album that you listen to with pleasure and of which you cannot fail to appreciate the quality of writing and attention to detail; if you grew up on bread and heavy metal, this record will surely give you joy”.
Alessia Artesani, Metallus – Italy

“CRIMSON WREATH” – The Guests/Official Trailer

ILLUSORY’s third album, “Crimson Wreath”, features the band’s musical and lyrical excursions and vast melodic essays as well as the contribution of a number of amazing musicians, joining forces with the band and participating in certain key notes which became a highlight throughout the making of the record.

Naturally these artists should be mentioned, and they are, one by one.

Narrators: Grigoris Valtinos, Paul Logue
Vocalists: Anastasia Papadopoulou (Upon Revival), Gregory Koilakos (Fortis Ventus), Mary Tirou, Nancy Moschopoulou (Fortis Ventus) and Ophelia Baudelaire
Instumentalists: Alexandros Roumeliotis – piano, Dimitris Fakos – acoustic & classical guitars

  • Choir on “The Isle Of Shadows” and “Fortress Of Sadness”: Anastasia Papadopoulou (Upon Revival), Gregory Koilakos (Fortis Ventus), Nancy Moschopoulou (Fortis Ventus) and Ophelia Baudelaire
  • Soprano Parts on “Fortress Of Sadness” by Nancy Moschopoulou (Fortis Ventus)
  • Additional Vocals on “Fortress Of Sadness” by Ophelia Baudelaire
  • Lullaby Intro on “Agony’s Last” by Mary Tirou
  • Classical Guitars on “Acedia” and Acoustic Guitars on “The Isle Of Shadows” by Dimitris Fakos
  • Piano on “All Shall Fade”, “Fortress Of Sadness” and “Past Forever Last” by Alexandros Roumeliotis
  • Narration on “Ashes To Dust” by Grigoris Valtinos
  • Narration on “Acedia” by Paul Logue
  • Gang Voices by the Ivories & Gregory Koilakos (Fortis Ventus)
  • Art cover designed by Panagiotis “Hammer” Sfiris
  • Design / Layout by Panagiotis “Hammer” Sfiris
  • Photo processing by Manos Psakis

“ALL BLOOD RED” – 3rd Single/Lyric Video Release

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. [Nobel Prize acceptance speech, 1964]

Third single/official video release off the third album “Crimson Wreath”.
Song “All Blood Red” debuts today as a lyric video, showcasing another side of the multi-layered album, musically and lyrically. Focusing on the global nightmare of racism, “All Blood Red” can be a cry-freedom statement and valuable food for thought. “When all is lost, all blood is red” is to be considered alongside the phrase “There is NO such thing as race. There is JUST a human race”, to quote nobelist Toni Morrison.
Listen, enjoy, THINK and Shine On!

Lyric Video by Christ Stergianidis
Artwork by Manos Psakis

Crimson Wreath” album out on May 21 via Rockshots Records
Album pre-order: http://bit.ly/CrimsonWreathCD​​

“ALL BLOOD RED” – 3rd Single/Video Trailer

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. [Nobel Prize acceptance speech, 1964]

The trailer for the 3rd video entitled “All Blood Red” is already up and you can view it here:

Artwork by Manos Psakis
Video by Christ Stergianidis

In addition, there is a link in order to pre-save the track to your Spotify list and get to listen to it as soon as it airs.
Feel free to click here: https://backl.ink/144420809