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DISILLUSION

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal • Germany


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Founded in Lepizig, Germany in 1994 - Still active as of 2019

One of the most promising extreme progressive metal bands of the 21st century, DISILLUSION, was formed in 1994 in Lepizig, Germany by Tobias Spier, Alex Motz, Markus Espenhain, Jan Stölzel and the multi-instrumentalist and band's main composer Andy Schmidt, who was the only person from the first bunch that stayed in the band. DISILLUSION remained an unfinished project until Jens Maluschka and Rajk Barthel joined on drums and guitars respectively. Initially influenced by such bands as MESHUGGAH, DISILLUSION released two EP in 2001-2002, adding acoustics to the heavy sound, to follow an old demo, which finally brought them success of the media and fans.

The band's only full-length release so far, "Back to Times of Splendor", was released in 2004 and is a great example of epic modern extreme metal, played with progressive passages and melodic acoustic parts. Not much time has passed since the release of the LP, "Back to Times of Splendor" is already considered to be one of the trademarks of the genre.

Not similiar to any of the following bands, although comparisons could be drawn, DISILLUSION is highly recommended to fans of such groups as OPETH, DEATH, MESHUGGAH, MY DYING BRIDE and ANATHEMA.

The next album is planned to be released in the late spring/early summer of 2006. Stay tuned!

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4.20 | 196 ratings
Back To Times Of Splendor
2004
3.81 | 67 ratings
Gloria
2006
3.38 | 12 ratings
The Liberation
2019

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2.95 | 3 ratings
Red
1997
2.59 | 10 ratings
Three Neuron Kings
2001
2.55 | 10 ratings
The Porter
2002

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 Back To Times Of Splendor by DISILLUSION album cover Studio Album, 2004
4.20 | 196 ratings

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Back To Times Of Splendor
Disillusion Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

4 stars DISILLUSION got its start in 1994 and was founded by multi-instrumentalist Andy Schmidt (aka Vurtox) along with a bunch of school friends who would all depart before the band cemented its more stable lineup around 2000. This band is a prime example of one of the former Eastern block satellite nations of the Soviet Union quickly finding its own after the collapse of the communist system and bands like DISILLUSION wasted no time crafting their inspirations drawn from the long gestating influences of Western creative fecundity. After a couple demos titled "Subspace Infinity" and "Red," the band's unique stylistic approach already proved to be in full power with the debut EP "Three Neuron Kings" but DISILLUSION was holding the best for its full-length album BACK TO TIMES OF SPLENDOR which wouldn't find a release until 2004.

The EP got the band noticed and was signed with Metal Blade Records and immediately caught the metal underground's attention for its unique approach of hybridizing the sounds of 90s alternative metal from bands such as System of a Down along with the melodic death metal sounds of bands like At The Gates, In Flames and Soilwork only teased out into more progressive compositions that included an overarching concept contains six tracks that are divided into musical chapters of a larger theme however remains nebulous enough never to grasp one's hooks around exactly what the point is lyrically speaking. Perhaps it has something to due with the eerie blurred cover art that evokes a sense of some of the neo-prog albums but whatever the case DISILLUSION muster up enough clever hooks, twists and turns to create an album that stood out amongst the crowds back when the metal world was becoming a more crowded place by the day.

What DISILLUSION crafted here was basically a tight-knit inspirational palette of all the music that sallied forth into the new open societies of Eastern Europe. BACK TO TIMES OF SPLENDOR is a virtual smorgasbord of American thrash metal mixed with melodic death metal, alternative 90s and the more demanding complexities of the world of progressive rock and Dream Theater metal with two lengthy labyrinthine composiitons "Back To Times Of Splendor (14:39)" and "The Sleep Of Restless Hours (17:02)" which find catchy bombastic guitar riffs alternating into a sea of ever-changing variations that sprawl on with effective atmospheric accouterments. And despite all the obvious influences on board, DISILLUSION still manages to find its own niche in the expansive world of 2000s prog metal which sounds like the band perfected this one for years as the production and mixing is impeccable.

BACK TO TIMES OF SPLENDOR runs the gamut of excessively brutal death metal rampages to lushly fueled clean guitar passages that are more remnant of symphonic prog bands like Genesis or Marillion but never meander on too long without returning to the metal madness that rules this kingdom. Likewise Vurtox's vocal diversity is another strength which at times evoke Serj Tankian in full System of a Down glory but also exhibit growly death metal vocals, shouts and tender clean vocals that leave the metal universe altogether. Technically a trio with the guitar heft of Rajk Bartel and the drumming prowess of Jens Malushka, Vurtox performs the lion's share of instrumental duties by tackling not only the vocals but also guitars, bass, keys and the orchestral arrangements. A few sessions musicians were added for strings and piano as well as extra vocals.

While touted as one of the great metal masterpieces of all time, i can't say i'd quite go that far when describing BACK TO TIMES OF SPLENDOR as it seems rather unfocused in how it jumps around from one track to the next. The story is neither compelling nor does the band truly deliver a unique metal sound all of its own despite effortlessly creating an interesting hybrid album that works quite well. Add to that the album is a bit too long for its own good but despite these minor quips, it's obvious from a single listen why this band was so revered from the moment this album was released. It easily stands on its own as one of those projects that was fueled by the pent up repression of living in a part of the world that was literally cut off from the free market developments of the West. While not perfect, DISILLUSION created a compelling debut which unfortunately were never able to follow.

 The Liberation by DISILLUSION album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.38 | 12 ratings

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The Liberation
Disillusion Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by alainPP

4 stars DISILLUSION is a progressive metal band that I had in 2004 classified as death-dark-prog nag! Well I know it's not in agreements, but in my book! "Back To Times Of Splendor" had hit the headlines by this innovative and futuristic concept album. The vagaries of the group, birth of children, find work, have to make a forced break. There are two years a crowdfunding relaunched the group with Andy Schmidt at the helm. The group began in 1994 sailing in the extreme thrash, extreme modern metal, metal tech pat metal and its ethereal air. MESHUGGAH, Devin Townsend, IHSAHN, DEATH, MY DYING BRIDE, ANATHEMA and especially OPETH represent somewhere sounds that can amalgamate to listen to this album titanic! Yes I say now,

"In Waking Hours" begins the album with a beautiful intro with strings intro BOF (movie soundtrack as the last "Annihilation") or with air air, space, melancholy like the intro of "Aqua" ASIA, in fact it's just sublime. Time to continue with "Wintertide" and riff from the grave to machine gun. It's heavy, it imposes the growl singer's voice adds a little. I found a little of the madness of MY DYING BRIDE moments. The riff becomes frenetic pop with an almost gentle chorus that makes you whisper between two spasms that there is room to spare. The battery is excellent, just explosive, they would come to regret the wake of OPETH vintage prog. Here it is wild, glossy, heavy, almost insane with many melodic breaks scattered to both sides, acceleration, lull with cello, as in a nascent storm! Maelstrom to the end of course! My album title! "The Great Unknown" sends the heaviest yet, frank brutality and majestic chorus to 2'10 '' ambient prog and fusion on the map, confusing. I even thought I heard the chorus of "And The Cruise S'amuse"! The gun makes its taf, yet I have not written for an instrument. "A Shimmer In The Darkest Sea" starts with a cinematic intro new kind ALIEN or Prometheus, some MONSTER MAGNET for bass, to tell you that the bases are varied; voice borrows some of the ULVER, that of IHSAHN, some Serj TANKIAN or Devin Townsend. Riff also from mid-term to a melodic prog drivingly window with the limits choruses Gregorian, heat capacity, masculine looks like an ode to freedom, to a Scandinavian Induction worship. The end eye on the complaints of cold ANATHEMA.

"The Liberation" album title goes on a massive scale with everything: it is the third title of over 12 'which outputs an unstoppable anthem air early for a hike in the Arctic north. The voice is more death here, there is some redundancy at times, the solos are there to lose a little more. Then came a form of calmitude (yes, you will find !!), area of ​​no sound and then leave with choirs, playful chorus sinister narrative rigor. Halfway out a thinning of notes, the music is nice and warm at once, it is elsewhere. The solo is plaintive and allows to escape further into the Sidereal steppe. Here in this remote corner-death-doom metal animal sleeps prog. "Time To Let Go" arrives for the "ballad" of the album with voice phrased, melodic lines more accessible recalling some all new prog metal bands of the 2010's; it's sweet, energetic, catchy. Of course a line with cello comes just to give an ethereal sweetness; PARADISE LOST back a little memory as by now. "The Mountain" finally comes to the third long way somewhat reminiscent of a triptych to run here and there atmospheres already agreed in the previous two titles. The intro is already enchanting (certified neologism!), Wind, piano and cavernous voice come the scene and throwing an icy atmosphere, rising with size the concept of progressive music; is stately, Epic, evanescent each break with this pest bit is grandiose is enjoyable. This icy atmosphere with introduction of trumpet (I repeat, 2020 Canterbury prog fusion and will!) finally leaves a benevolent form of heat, soothing in its numerous breaks and almost forget the violence of the choruses. Again I can not help thinking this awesome key-at-all Devin! mounted of, various voices, ambient breaks, causing a burning digress and effervescent coldness is what awaits you with this last title. Be careful not to close your eyes, you might see a Balrog. digress causing a burning coldness and effervescent, this is what awaits you with this last title. Be careful not to close your eyes, you might see a Balrog. digress causing a burning coldness and effervescent, this is what awaits you with this last title. Be careful not to close your eyes, you might see a Balrog.

Of course, DISILLUSION has not released easy drive and dancing: the titles are extreme prog metal, but with great prog convolutions that allow to make "The Liberation" a real gem. This column brought me great happiness and musical shows that music is evolving, even in this extreme portion of the progressive music.

 The Liberation by DISILLUSION album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.38 | 12 ratings

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The Liberation
Disillusion Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by pepato

4 stars Disillusion is back to their time of Splendor, indeed. 13 years of waiting since their last full length made me lose any hope of a new album. When I saw "The Liberation", I put it on with a lot of uncertainty. 13 years had passed since "Gloria", that was courageous and experimental, departing from the epic long prog pieces of their debut. As much as I loved "Back to Times of Splendor", I didn't fall in love with their follow-up, cause it sounded like their inspiration had dried out. The long hiatus after that seemed to confirm it, but their comeback proved me wrong.

I was very happy to hear that they went back to their roots. "The Liberation" feels very much like an older brother of BTTOS. Long epic songs, alternating heavy thrashy riffs, chaotic blast beats and long reflective slow sections. Compared to their debut, the sound is much darker and heavier. The growl vocals, which I thought they would abandon for good after Gloria, are back in a much more intense style as before. The arrangements are still a bit chaotic and hypertrophic, which was what to me ruined BTTOS a bit, but the guitar work is tight, with a modern sound that resembles some of the things made by Ihsahn. The songs are less beautiful and dreamy than BTTOS, but they all hit the target when it comes to feelings and emotions. It takes several listens to fully appreciate it.

It doesn't help the fact that in my opinion the quality of the songs is increasing during the tracklist, going from "ok" to "wow". After the beautiful intro, the opener "Wintertide" is indeed a summary of all the elements of the album, but it's the weakest song in the lot. The following "The Great Unknown" is direct and heavy, a short piece good for a single, but not very catchy. Then you have "A Shimmer In The Darkest Sea", with a dark pulsing bass paving the way to a disquieting chorus that proceeds obliquely, very deep and intense. Here is when you start to feel that the album is of a rare quality. The impression is confirmed by the majestic titletrack, an epic masterpiece, really resembling the peak of a mountain reached after a long strenuous journey. Breathtaking. "Time to let go" is another catchy and intense short piece, probably my favourite of the lot: its malinchonic verse and chorus is followed by a break that leaks desperation and intensity. The album finally concludes with a beautiful long epic: "The Mountain" starts dark and heavy just like the opening track, but then it finds itself on the surface of an alien planet: a long instrumental atmospheric piece that reminds of Pink Floyd, woven by the notes of a psychedelic brass. After the mid section, the song explodes in the most violent break, before finding release in an emotional beautiful guitar solo that takes the final chorus by the hand, towards the conclusion of the journey.

Disillusion, despite their low productivity in 16 years, are still able to keep the role of one of the most intense and emotional prog metal bands around.

 The Liberation by DISILLUSION album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.38 | 12 ratings

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The Liberation
Disillusion Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by LMTR14

1 stars Time to let go, this was a fallacy...

This is a case of "I don't usually write reviews here, but this is bad enough for me to do so."

Back to times of splendor was epic melodic death metal, this album is WTF metal. Actually scratch that last part, this album is like 15% metal, 70% filler and 15% stuff I forgot instantly during listening to it! There's really not a lot to say about this album as this can't be considered a serious release, it's a plethora of different ideas (but not actual song ideas, only bits and pieces!) strung together with a lot of choruses, some imitation of BTTOS (obviously the best parts here... though that's not saying much. and imitation is being to generous... rip-off more like), pretentious pretending with non-metal instruments (guest musicians obv) and an unbelievable amount of slow, minimalistic and decidedly un-heavy filler passages that categorically deny any enjoyment or the presence of any FLOW. Really, this dreck is setting a record for how disjointed and un-flowing an album can be! I wasn't expecting too much when buying this blind (I mean Gloria already was the biggest drop a band ever had from one album to the next), but I would at least have expected Disillusion to try seriously, having crowdfunded this album (there sure were enough suckers mentioned in the booklet who must feel really ripped off now). Previously only one album managed to disgust me for me to literally throw it out the car window (Opeth's disasterpiece Heritage, and it was a CD-R, but still...), but since I WAS stupid enough to buy the limited edition, this is instead ending up on Ebay tomorrow after 2 listens. There's nothing to grow on me here, since there's just NOTHING THERE! I can't properly express how disgusted I am by this release as BTTOS is in, and always will remain in, my top 10 albums of all time. What disgusts me most is that now I likely won't even be able to ever go see them live, since now there's TWO horrible albums that will take setlist slots away from BTTOS, and I'm not paying to hear like 1-2 songs I actually want to hear when I have to suffer through so many horrible ones (the pre-BTTOS stuff was decent if nothing special).

1/5 ATROCIOUS! STAY AWAY

PS: I didn't read the lyrics, but from simply listening I can't find any lyrical or thematical connection to BTTOS here. Note that this album is literally advertised as the successor to BTTOS (sticker of the vinyl version, which I also bought...), adding insult to injury!

 Back To Times Of Splendor by DISILLUSION album cover Studio Album, 2004
4.20 | 196 ratings

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Back To Times Of Splendor
Disillusion Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by FragileKings
Prog Reviewer

4 stars I was pretty sure I'd already written a review for this album as I had in mind to do it at least twice since acquiring it a few years back. I was checking out progressive metal bands and somehow stumbled across this one either on Amazon or in the iTunes store.

This is the only album I have by Disillusion but my opinion of it and the band it really high thanks to this release. This is a band that combines many of the elements I enjoy in heavy metal and progressive rock. We have longer songs with complex and varied song structure, fast technical playing, an excellent rhythm section with a great drummer, awesome riffs and a good variety between high speed playing and slower riffs with melodic riffs as well, and softer parts with piano or strings added in as a welcome mood changer but without sounding superfluous. In the two longer tracks, "Back to Times of Splendor" and "The Sleep of Restless Hours" there are parts that stray from the heavier death metal side and wander determined into more progressive territory. There are no flambouyant instrumental sections of blatant exhibitionism. Instrumental passages can be technical but used with a purpose within the song structure.

As has been mentioned in other reviews, the album does an excellent job of combining the technical side of prog metal with the brutal side of death metal. I listened to the album again for the first time in a year or so and once again found myself impressed with the skill and song writing. In particular, the guitar sound is a winner for me. The production quality is also great and only in two parts where the music intentionally becomes chaotic and noisy does the clarity of the sound disappear.

There is only one thing that doesn't totally impress me and that is the clean vocals of Andy Schmidt (Vurtox). There's nothing wrong with them and they affect a certain theatrical sense that suits the music very well. But they make me think of a hardcore punk singer who has decided to sing cleanly with a hint of an operetic tone. The two-part harmoney vocals reduce this effect and the brutal vocals are just fine as they are. Those clean vocals are the only thing that doesn't sit exactly right with me. A minor detail really.

That being stated, once again I will emphasize what a terrific album this is musically. I'm not sure where Disillusion went after this. I think I listened a bit to their sophomore album when I considered which album to get but at the time was more impressed with ths one. An easy four stars!

 Back To Times Of Splendor by DISILLUSION album cover Studio Album, 2004
4.20 | 196 ratings

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Back To Times Of Splendor
Disillusion Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by RuntimeError

5 stars This is one of those 'hidden gems' that people sometimes rave about.

Completely unheard of, the band 'Disillusion' released a masterpiece of aggressive and challenging piece of progressive metal that combines elements from bands such as Opeth and System of a Down. The album opens with 'A Mirror Cracked' - which has become my favourite song in this album. When I first listened to this - the vocals seemed to annoy me but not completely kill the mood. The riffs are absolutely killer, the drive is fantastic and songwriting is phenomenal. The clean section after the 2nd chorus is just so gorgeous. There are obvious Opeth elements but they are quite transparent - anyhow, this certainly should appear to 'Opethians'.

'Fall' continues the riff madness. Instantly you are swept into magnificent progressive metal riffing and absolutely fantastic vocal performance by the frontman 'Vurtox' (yes the vocals are sometimes a little flat but it doesn't really matter at all here) . There is not a single bad moment in this shorter piece - magnificent!

'Alone I stand in Fires' is probably the weakest of the album. While it continues with much of the same mood than the previous songs, it doesn't really do anything special. There is one very cool super heavy section in the middle of the song which is really cool.

The album centerpiece and the title track 'Back to Times of Splendor' opens with a theme violin melody. Yes, the first 3 songs are super heavy blasting progressive metal and then you get a freaking violin opening up a song. The song then evolves into very Opethian riff and aggressive heavy vocals. There are so many fantastic riffs building up this song into the chorus which utilizes the theme melody with the violin. The song goes through many fantastic movements and melodies. The highlight of the album certainly - while the first song is perhaps my favourite, this is in terms of aesthetics a better song.

As the end of the album nears. 'A Day By the Lake' is given. It is a fantastic mellower song that builds itself into a fantastic climax. Starts slowly with echoed guitars and superb drumming. The bass line is fantastic as well (booooaahh boing). I love this song to death.

The final song 'The Sleep of Restless Hours' is another long epic. Going through various stages like it's predecessor 'Back to Times of Splendor'. This song is another killer track which seem a little streched at the end. But the riffs here are again 5/5 and the clean vocal melody is very nice. The final 3-4 minutes is an instrumental, while it's good it doesn't really do much other than fill the album.

In overall, this is a must have for Opeth fans. The harsh vocals are going to annoy you at first but once you get over them, you are in for a treat. The production is a little too loud for my taste and the audio seems to clip a little here and there. In any case, easy 5/5.

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4.20 | 196 ratings

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Back To Times Of Splendor
Disillusion Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Disillusion's debut album is a genius fusion of aggressive death metal and the prog metal sound of the 1990s. It's most impressive for the way the band manage to combine the best of both genres whilst avoiding their less appealing aspects; on the prog metal side, the band bring in all the technically complex and intricate playing and songwriting of the subgenre whilst the death metal aggression allow them to avoid the cheesiness prog metal can stumble into. At the same time, the progressive metal song structures prevent the death metal side of the band from running into a simplistic rut. On the whole, it's a recipe for success.
 Back To Times Of Splendor by DISILLUSION album cover Studio Album, 2004
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Back To Times Of Splendor
Disillusion Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
Prog Reviewer

4 stars 'Back To Times Of Splendor' - Disillusion (8/10)

Disillusion is one of those bands I went into listening blindly, going in based solely on the good words of others concerning this album. One of those bands that seems to suddenly cranked their spirits into high gear for this one, the band's debut album has impressed me, to say the least. From what I've heard, the band had only come out with a handful of decent, if not great demos and this came as something of a shock to anyone that had heard the band before. Precedent aside however, 'Back To Times Of Splendor' is an excellent piece of melodic progressive metal that can feel scattered at times, but really leaves an impression on the listener that begs a listen after another.

When speaking of the sound of this band, there is a real mix of disparate progressive metal styles here. Of course, there is the atypical time signatures that one might generally associate with the work of Dream Theater, but there are also many heavier elements here, such as the influence of melodic death metal and the Scandinavian 'viking metal' sound. In any case, the end result is heavy metal that maintains a very melodic sound, and balances equal shares of technicality and epic symphonic sounds. Rounding off the sound is the vocal work of a man credited here only as Vurtox; whose deep voice has a great vibrato to carry even the weakest musical moments here through.

In terms of the songwriting, there are both shorter and longer tracks here, both of which are given a progressive metal do-over. The album's opener 'And The Mirror Cracked' gives the greatest first impression, firing on all cylinders as it opens up furiously. Here, the growls of Vurtox can also be heard, which generally do not amount to much, unfortunately. It is the clean vocals that dominate each track here however. The album is quite good and filled with great musical ideas. It comes close to even being a masterpiece, although this title is robbed due to a feeling that some of the ideas are less developed than they should have been. While the epics here are quite well composed and rarely feel boring, it does feel as if the album could have done without some of the fat on its bones.

 Back To Times Of Splendor by DISILLUSION album cover Studio Album, 2004
4.20 | 196 ratings

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Back To Times Of Splendor
Disillusion Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Leviun

5 stars From the European Strongest country comes: the greatest album ever!

First of all, i read Prog-Archives warning about ratings but I really love this record. So everything I say about this I will be a suspect and you, the reader, may not want to take my word for it, but please listen to it.

The first song i hear from this album was the title track "Back To Times Of Splendor" and to this day it's still my facourite metal song ever! And that's saying something seen that I like a lot of genres inside Metal music. So, whe I heard this song it really grabbed me and I listened to it for a long long time until I got the full album and I fell in love by this band, just for them to let me down with "Gloria".

But anyway, "Back To Times Of Splendor" starts of with a bang whith the one of the most technical riffs in the whole album, the beginning of "And The Mirror Cracked" blows me away and it will surely blow you too. It ends on a progressive tune with "The Sleep Of Restless Hours", the 17min lenght song.

This album mixes the heaviest sound found in European Death Metal but it also brings to you the most melodic parts ever heard in Progressive Metal. Of course I'm a suspect because this album threw me against my ceiling and slowly brought me to the floor on angels wings. The drums are a major factor on the characteristic sound of this band alongside the techincal bass and the heavy recorded guitars and masterfully played.

You can expect a full album. This song just gives you a sound that many of you Melodic Death Progressive fans were looking for. Opeth or Enslaved fans will find here other band to worship (or at least other album). It joins here impressive progressive progressive elements and well placed melodic parts with very well played riffs, with the "brutalness" of Death Metal.

To sum:

It is a must have album! You must not miss this opportunity to hear a powerfull progressive metal masterpiece.

 Back To Times Of Splendor by DISILLUSION album cover Studio Album, 2004
4.20 | 196 ratings

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Back To Times Of Splendor
Disillusion Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Bonnek
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

3 stars Disillusion hit the world with an exceptionally strong modern prog metal album, very eclectic in style and borrowing as much from classic 90's prog metal as from melodic progressive death metal and symphonic black metal.

In a way they sound like an upgraded version of Green Carnation, maintaining a similar epic vibe, but adding more adventurous and varied songwriting. Unlike many prog metal acts, Disillusion won't fish for your attention by daft or flashy musicianship but by their outstanding compositions, which remain dynamic, engaging and accessible for the entire 57 minute duration of the album. An exceptional achievement in a genre where albums usually wear themselves out before they're halfway through. It's quite the contrary here. The quality of the material even keeps getting better and better as the album goes along.

The band is categorised as Tech/Extreme but I wouldn't give too much weight to that. There are death metal elements but generally the music is very melodic, progressive and certainly not technical. To a certain extent you could compare the music to Opeth but there are a lot of elements that set them apart from the Swedes. The vocals for instance also vary inbetween death metal grunts and clean vocals, but the singing voice is more theatrical and anthemic then Opeth. It sits quite close to the melodic vocal moments of Borknagar and Dimmu Borgir. Also the keyboards add a decisive symphonic element. Luckily Disillusion avoids the melodic cheese and power metal clichés of much prog metal acts.

Highly recommended to fans of modern metal in the vein of Green Carnation, Opeth, Edge Of Sanity. At least 4 stars in one of my highest rated subs, Tech/Extreme.

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