Tag: Ivories

“ASHES TO DUST”, 4th Single/Video Release

Pyrisous, Aeacides, Aemonius, Aspetos, Larissaeus, Ligyron, Nereius, Pelides, Phthius, Podarkes…
Some of the names of the greatest warrior of all time. The myth amongst the living and the departed. Achilles, the main character of Iliad, the glorious king, the fearless leader, the ideal soldier…
On the other hand, the allegory… He who wanders in grief, Homer’s epic poem in the hands of the righteous, catapulted in a dystopian reality, becoming a cultural heritage for the future.

ILLUSORY presents “Ashes To Dust”, a heroic rhapsody, taken off their third album, “Crimson Wreath”.
Illustrious actor/director Grigoris Valtinos is the leading man in a story which exemplifies the essence of a fable across a path walked by the bravest and honored by the scholars of the world. This short film is about an epic manifesto, a darkening day to come and everlasting hope.

Director: Maria Chatzigianni aka M-Word
Cinematography – DOP: Markellos Plakitsis
Assistant Director – Kinesiology: Ioanna Korina Palaska
Wardrobe: Despina Chimona
Hair and Make-up: Elena Theodorou
Production Assistant: Kalliopi Karamani
Backstage Photographs: Cristina Alossi
Starring: Grigoris Valtinos and Deedinos Theodorou

Artwork by Manos Psakis

“ASHES TO DUST” – Video Premiere on TV WAR @ Mad TV

“I’ll fight even fame, Achilles my name”

Brand new ILLUSORY video clip premiers on TV WAR @ Mad TV

Ashes To Dust” video clip is ready to spin next Sunday, June 20, on the longest running music show on Greek television. TV WAR, Greek Metal Hammer’s own, the Metal media locomotive, will host the world premiere of a grand production, featuring world renowned actor/director Grigoris Valtinos.

Sunday, June 20, at midnight on Mad TV. Don’t miss it!

Director: Maria Chatzigianni aka M-Word
Cinematography – DOP: Markellos Plakitsis
Assistant Director – Kinesiology: Ioanna Korina Palaska
Wardrobe: Despina Chimona
Hair and Make-up: Elena Theodorou
Assistant of Production: Kalliopi Karamani
Photographs: Cristina Alossi
Starring: Grigoris Valtinos and Deedinos Theodorou

“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

“BESETTING SINS” – 1st Single/Official Lyric Video Release

Proudly introducing “Crimson Wreath” album to the world!

Monk and theologian John Cassian wrote about an ancient Greek emotion called “Acedia“.
The birth of all Deadly Sins, all Seven of them!

Spotify: http://spoti.fi/3tSk2Qj
Album Pre-Order: http://bit.ly/CrimsonWreathCD

Lyric Video by John Kaimakamis and theNightwatchers
Artwork by Manos Psakis
Makeup by Helena Theodorou

“BESETTING SINS” – 1st Single/Video Trailer

There is no better teaser than a trailer!
Besetting Sins” will be the first single/video off the new ILLUSORY album entitled “Crimson Wreath” and it is wise to sit back, avoid any sort of longwinded phrases or piles of words and let the music (and the video snippet) do the talking.
Take a look, have a listen and get ready for the full video version.
It will soon follow… and it will soon Shine On!

Follow this link and Pre-Save “Besetting Sins” on your favorite streaming platform with just a single click https://backl.ink/144420810

“CRIMSON WREATH”

The band is proud to announce the release of their third studio album entitled “Crimson Wreath“. Recorded at the iCave & Matrix Studios and produced, mixed & mastered at the Matrix Studios.

This album is a natural evolution and a straight forward statement by ILLUSORY, concerning their sound, song structure and general music appearance, following the steps of its predecessors, “The Ivory Tower” & “Polysyllabic” and featuring a brand new deal with one of the most up and coming as well as promising labels, Rockshots Records.

With a total of fourteen tracks and overall running time seventy six minutes, “Crimson Wreath” is an album of strong thematics and the songs that every fan of Heavy Metal music would love to listen to and spread the word about.

Produced by Yiannis Petroyiannis
Co-Produced by Dee “K.man” Theodorou

Engineered and edited by Dee “K.man” Theodorou at the iCave Studio and Yiannis Petroyiannis at the Matrix Studios

Mixed and Mastered by Yiannis Petroyiannis at the Matrix Studios

All songs composed, arranged and orchestrated by ILLUSORY

Art cover designed by Panagiotis “Hammer” Sfiris
Design / Layout by Panagiotis “Hammer” Sfiris
Art concept conceived and directed by Stiver Graunne

Photography by Vaios Roupis
Photo processing by Manos Psakis

Makeup by Helena Theodorou