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ILION

Slift

Psychedelic/Space Rock


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4.01 | 23 ratings | 3 reviews | 22% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2024

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Ilion (11:08)
2. Nimh (9:38)
3. The Words That Have Never Been Heard (12:32)
4. Confluence (8:37)
5. Weavers' Weft (9:41)
6. Uruk (9:55)
7. The Story That Has Never Been Told (12:35)
8. Enter The Loop (5:03)


Total time 79:08

Line-up / Musicians

- Jean Fossat / Guitar, Synth, Vox
- Rémi Fossat / Bass, Vox
- Canek Flores / Drums, Percussion

with:
- Etienne Jaumet / Saxophone, Synth
- Olivier Cussac / Synth
- Clemence Lagier / Heavenly Vocals

Releases information

CD - Sub Pop - SP1626 (US, Europe)
2xLP - Sub Pop - SP1626 (US, Europe)
Digital Release

LP releases available in traditional black, red marbled, spacedust, white, and yellow marbled options.

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SLIFT Ilion ratings distribution


4.01
(23 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(22%)
22%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(39%)
39%
Good, but non-essential (22%)
22%
Collectors/fans only (13%)
13%
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)
4%

SLIFT Ilion reviews


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Review by Tapfret
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
5 stars French power-trio Slift's 2024 release, Ilion, is a mesmerizing concept album that takes listeners on an interstellar journey through the rise, fall, quest for a new home, and eventual rebirth of humanity. As a worthy successor to their previous album, Ummon, Ilion, not only builds on its predecessor's foundation but propels the band's musical evolution into uncharted realms.

The album opens with the title track, setting the tone for the cosmic odyssey that awaits. This opening piece starts softly and crescendos to a supernova of sound, immediately immersing the audience into the expansive narrative that unfolds across the album. The track's gradual build-up, accompanied by the trio's explossive instrumentation, serves as a captivating introduction to the collective themes of the album.

Slift's evolution from Ummon is marked the intensified sonic dynamics found in, Ilion, The album's exploration of heavier guitar sounds, at times bordering on the realm of metal, adds a new dimension to Slift's musical palette. The incorporation of these heavier elements enhances the album's emotional impact, creating a experience that resonates in both palpable and auscultative sensations with the cosmic themes explored in the album's concept. A notable highlight is the vocal performance of Jean Fossat, whose voice seamlessly adapts to the album's new dynamics. Jean embraces an angry-punk-rock-astronaut persona, adding a rebellious edge to the overall sound. His vocals become a vital component in conveying the emotional depth of the cosmic tale, providing a raw and authentic layer to the narrative. These elements conspire to create an overall sense of urgency to the story subject's plight throughout the tale, but particularly in the opening sections.

Ilion stands as a testament to the band's artistic evolution and commitment to pushing the boundaries of their own sound. At 79 minutes, no moment feels wasted, no movement outstays its welcome; as is often the case with albums in this time frame. From the opening supernova to the final echoes of rebirth, the album is a cosmic rollercoaster that demands to be experienced. The thematic depth of Ilion is evident as the band skillfully weaves a narrative that travels the vastness of space and time. From the soaring highs to the crushing lows, the album mirrors the epic scope of its subject matter. Each track unfolds like a chapter in an intergalactic novel, inviting listeners to lose themselves in the story of Slift's musical universe. With its heavier guitar elements and expansive sonic landscapes,Ilion arrives as the pinnacle of Slift's discography, solidifying their place in the paradigm of modern space rock, and a true masterpiece of the modern progressive rock scene.

Review by siLLy puPPy
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR PSIKE, JRF/Canterbury, P Metal, Eclectic
4 stars Expanding the limits of stoner rock and taking it into the vastness of space, the final frontier like an episodic Star Trek journey into the unknown, the power trio SLIFT has continually been improving upon its unique concoction that borrows an ingredient or two from various strains of acid rock, psychedelia, space rock and the world of stoner rock / metal for eight years now. Having only formed in 2016, the band has unleashed a new expansive stylistic approach that ambitiously has reached into the world of progressive rock with its latest installment of the SLIFT canon called ILION.

One of the staples of the modern Toulouse, France underground, SLIFT featuring Jean Fossat (guitar, vocals), Rémi Fossat (bass, vocals) and Canek Flores (drums) has become one of those bands that has managed to retain the immediacy of its raucous garage rock days only now infused with the savoir-faire of a seasoned prog band on its latest album ILIION. Presumably the title is a reference to the ancient Greek city set to the 21st century and the ultimate adventures into the galaxy and beyond narrating the decline of humanity and the imminent rebirth as our species ventures out into the limitless expanses.

SLIFT's musical palette has expanded this time around with the addition of three seasoned performers adding the saxophone, synthesizer and what they refer to as heavenly vocals, the extra icing on the cake that takes ILION light years away from the previous 2020 release "Ummon." That release established the band in the greater world of modern heavy psych and general and pointed to the stars for new paths that once forged has culminated in the birth of ILION, the band's most triumphant release yet. While only featuring eight tracks, the album's playing time is expansive as its ambitious nature by creeping past the 79-minute mark. This is one for the most dedicated sonic explorer whose attention span can endure a majestic journey of this nature but highly rewarding for those who buckle up their seatbelts and take this rocket ship into the depths of space.

Starting out with the 11-minute title track, SLIFT displays its sophistication without hesitation as the musicians take the familiarity of the heavy guitar, bass and drum garage rock heft into more atmospheric realms. While the musical style continues what the band has established on its previous releases, the compositional fortitude has undergone a serious evolution in expansiveness and nuance as the tracks meander from the established guitar rock heft to soft sensual spacey moments reminiscent of 70s Gong or Pink Floyd. While the playing time may seem unfounded, it actually allows the compositions to pulse and flicker and seep slowly into your soul without feeling rushed. This is an album that requires patience as the repetitive nature of riffs and passages are designed to cast a hypnotic spell rather than bedazzle the senses with technical ingenuity.

SLIFT has crafted an amazing work with ILION. This album may be long but encapsulates a wandering journey through the myriad styles of space rock, heavy stoner rock and futuristic prog. Think of what King Gizzard & The Wizard Lizard would sound like if jamming with Elder, Goat, King Buffalo and Earthless and you can get the gist of how SLIFT has slinked into a new chapter of their colorful career. Don't let the freaky astro-aliens puking red spaghetti on the album cover throw you off. This is top notch space rock of the ages with more than enough creative mojo to justify the album's 79-minute run and that's saying something for yours truly who often shies away from album's over 45 minutes these days. Exemplary work here!

Latest members reviews

3 stars Slift is back after a four-year gap with their new album, Ilion. The band has stated that Ilion can be thought of as a direct sequel to Ummon, their 2020 release. There is a lot of sonic continuity between the two records. Both prominently feature bludgeoning doom metal riffs, crossed with krautrock ... (read more)

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