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4 stars Appearing From The Silence ...

Hey, it took about 15 years to offer a new studio album - surely an unexpected novelty for quite a few prog fans, for others well worth the wait anyhow. The line-up remained stable since then, which also means that founding members Dennis Mullin (guitar) as well as Jim Rezek (keyboards) are still on board, and of course Glenn McLaughlin, who again is catering for a distinctive trademark with his singing voice. Anyway, a heavy cut at any rate, unfortunately he had to leave the band for personal reasons after the recordings were done.

The album's real fortitude is that they are styistically far away from being reduced to a significant genre style alone. Something which surprised me (in a positive sense), as there are enough veteran bands underway solely resting on their laurels when recording new songs. And so each of the eleven songs appears in a rather different outfit where Jim Rezek convinces due to his varied keyboard work. Thus he's showing a modern electronically oriented approach at the very start while serving distorted samples and melancholic strings for example.

Open The Door and Resolution are following with a powerful blend of neo progressive and heavy AOR. The instrumental Le Ungaire Moo-Moo seems dedicated to deal with cows or whatsoever? Who knows - in any case here they are practising some crimson-esque excursions including Mellotron. While featuring a rather spacey attitude my favourite track is The Silence.which comes with slicing guitar, spheric and twittering synths plus a hypnotic drive due to Chris Mack's effective drumming.

Often I'm inclined to hear a crossover blend of Syzygy, Spock's Beard and IQ in some way. ILUVATOR have recorded an entertaining new album, released on 10t Records in summer 2014. The last track Until means a promise for more maybe, in any case this is equipped with a typical hidden special. No long track is featured on 'From The Silence' this time and they don't define something really new ...what convinces anyhow is that the compositions are inventive, full of melodic moments, ranging between proper and exorbitant.

Rivertree | 4/5 |


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