Tag: Rockshots Records

“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

“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” – 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

ILLUSORY Featuring Mr. Grigoris Valtinos

ILLUSORY: Collaboration with famous actor/director, Mr. Grigoris Valtinos

Third ILLUSORY album, “Crimson Wreath“, features a few exceptional musicians as guests. This record also features a huge artist, one of the biggest Greek actors and directors as well as a globally known star.
Mr. Grigoris Valtinos, a cultural pillar of this country, the very leasing role man who appeared in Colosseum first, in the very first play celebrating the monuments opening after fifteen centuries of silence, is also the leading role man who accepted in collaborating with the Greek Heavy Metal band, sharing his voice and general presence.

What makes a narration special and emblematic, apart from the text itself, is the narrator. The voice, the method, the acting, the approach, the whole attitude. Having a piece in ancient Greek and further back to be exact, such the one you are about to hear, automatically requires for someone who is a total professional as well as a scholar regarding the language and the way of transcription.
Mr. Grigoris Valtinos, one of the most spectacular actors and directors ever, a globally known star and true culture pillar in Greece, is the one narrating this particular piece.

The Ivories are thrilled and genuinely excited about these paths crossed and in the very near future, the outcome of that collaboration will be given the spotlight!

Here you can view the indicative video/teaser of this partnership:

Video by K.man

“CRIMSON WREATH” – 2nd Single/Visualizer Release

The title track of ILLUSORY’s new album, “Crimson Wreath” is their newest video. A visualizer capturing the essence of the song. Anti-war, a cry against all those who made war a necessary evil for humankind, our own lives.

ILLUSORY are proud to release their sophomore video off their third album.
Join in, listen and Shine On!

Artwork by Panagiotis “Hammer” Sfiris
Video by K.man

“CRIMSON WREATH” – 2nd Single/Video Trailer

The trailer for the sophomore video off the band’s “Crimson Wreath” album is already up and you can view it here:

The third album release date is constantly approaching. ILLUSORY will release their sophomore video next week, March 12, presenting the title track off their “Crimson Wreath” album.

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/144420807

Next Friday will mark the introduction to the second journey inside the Crimson Wreath Reality of Illusory.

Join in, Shine On!