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3.23 | 81 ratings

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2 stars It's hard to be critical of this band and it's first release, since it really isn't that bad... but it's hardly anything especially good either.

For those not familiar, Iluvatar is typically classified as a neo-prog group heavily incorporating elements of classic groups (Genesis, Fish-era Marillion), performed earnestly but lacking anything especially interesting to catch one's ear. Songwriting is mildly ambitious, in regards to its atmosphere and occasional rhythmic flash, but performances are as bland as one could imagine. The production and style is very banal, with cheesy synth and straightforward guitars-- not bad mind you, just corny and ordinary; the listener will be struggling to find much to latch onto. McLaughlin's vocals are a mish-mash of influences, but lack much in the way of range and emotion.

Nice but not enough to stand out among the other neo-prog bands doing more, better.

Songwriting: 3 Instrumental Performances: 2 Lyrics/Vocals: 2 Style/Emotion/Replay: 1

Prog Leviathan | 2/5 |


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