Album Review: Illuminatus – “Glasnost”
The political metallers from Nottingham churn out this new album (via a killer EP) – the excellently produced Glasnost. This makes me very pleased indeed.
The band released “Murdocracy” as a little taster from the album a few months ago. It’s a damn good headbanger. Only previously having heard the ‘radio friendly mix’ of this track, I’m sold on the album version.
You may be thinking – another band to do a track called “Keep Calm and Carry On”? I don’t know about you but there are quite a few of them. However, Illuminatus flip the coin and make it an anti-conflict song (not in the way Bob Geldof might, mind). Heavy grooves dominate “Division” and “Reconnect” while the start of tracks such as “Cave In” and “Red” start off much softer and roll into a wall of noise.
You can take Illuminatus one of three ways – as the soundtrack to your own personal breakdown or just indulge in the social and political observations of the album (on Division: “The Endless chant of the war machine on your TV screen. The future of our way of life depends on this”) … or you could just enjoy it.
With this release, there couldn’t be any more proof that they only dabble in no nonsense, powerful aggressive metal finely tuned to dynamic soundscapes. True facts.