Illuminata – Where Stories Unfold (2015) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Illuminata - Where Stories Unfold - Album CoverNow wait a minute: We have drumblasts – check! We have distorted guitars – check! We have a female front – check! Ah, only one? Confused! Symphonic influence – check! So, this must be Gothic Metal – NOPE! Well, kind of nope. It does have all of the trappings of a metal record, but it is for sure not your usual piece of Symphonic Metal.

The Austrian band Illuminata hail from the beautiful city of Graz. You know the one with the funky Kunsthaus and clock tower. And I am floored. Their 2015 album Where Stories Unfold departs to a completely different direction than their last record. When I started on this album, I stopped dead in my tracks: Gone was the rocky and straightforward style, kind of leaning into Within Temptation.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Illuminata – A World So Cold (2011) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Illuminata - A World So Cold - Album CoverI have no idea where all these mediocre reviews come from I tortured myself reading. And why the fuck I did this to myself is beyond me. The 2011 album A World So Cold from the Austrian band Illuminata is simply refreshing. Perhaps apart from the bodged intro that just wants to make you scream and kick the walls, that is.

Pure Symphonic Metal of the Gothic kind, best described as  Within Temptation with an edge, mixed with some Xandria style elements. Add a hint of Nightwish to this medley and it will put a smile on your face. With just enough bombast to avoid disturbing my metal feelings too much.Got hooked? Raid this some more...