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Dutch outfit ILLUMION was formed in 2002 by Eveline van Kampen (guitars, erhu) just after her graduation from the consrvatory of Alkmaars guitar jazz & pop department.

She asked Peter H. Boer (bass, stick, keys) to join, as he had helped with her graduation project as well as being an established musician in the outfit Songs of the Exile. Emile Boelaard (drums), also a member of S.O.T.E. decided to participate as well; and fellow graduate of Eveline, Esther Ladiges (vocals) also agreed to participate. And when Jon The Bruin (keyboards, guitars) agreed to join too, the line-up was complete.

Some time later Bruin decides that he wants to focus on his guitar playing, and is replaced by Eveline Simons in 2003. She stays with the band for several years, but in 2008 she left the band as well, replaced by Annemieke de Boer (keys).

In 2008 Illumion enters the studio to record their debut album. The album is finished in February 2009, and in April they are signed by Swedish label Progress Records, who release Hunting for significance on May 27th 2009.

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3.29 | 9 ratings
Hunting For Significance
3.00 | 4 ratings
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3.29 | 9 ratings

Hunting For Significance
Illumion Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
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3 stars Female-fronted Dutch Prog band from Opmeer, established in 2002 by guitarist Eveline van Kampen along with two S.O.T.E. members bassist Peter H. Boer and drummer Emile Boellaard, and finally singer Esther Ladiges.In 2004 Illumion released the 3-track demo ''Into The Labyrinth'' with keyboardist Eveline Simons, two years later a second demo appeared, ''''Into The Labyrinth II'', with three original songs and three cover tracks.From this point on begins the hard work of the group to record an official debut, during which Simmons was replaced by Annemieke de Boer on keyboards.Eventually the album came out in May 2009 on Progress Records, entitled ''Hunting for Significance''.

Illumion play a modern Progressive Rock with both melodic and heavier moments, similar to tons of other bands of the style, but the band at least comes up with some pretty great tunes and decent arrangements despite the lack of originality.There are certain influences by bands like MAGENTA or THE GATHERING with Illumion having a nice ability to mix haunting, atmospheric textures with accomplished technique and rich musicianship.The tracks, all clocking around the 5-min. mark, at moments seems to lack passion, but they do not lack orientation or strong songwriting.''Hunting for Significance'' offers musicianship, which can be either refined, with strong Classical influences, warm female vocal lines and excellent guitar solos, or groovy, featuring heavy rhythmic guitars, pounding drumming and soaring synthesizers.Symphonic Rock and Neo Prog touches are all over the place, the vocals of Ladiges are nice without being something special and the compositions are well-crafted, incuding lots of good instrumental lines.

Far from groundbreaking, Illumion's debut could be easily listed next to series of similar-sounding albums of modern Prog Rock.But there is some great talent hidden in this band, that could make them a future Prog star.Nice and recommended work with a huge potential for something even better.

Thanks to windhawk for the artist addition.

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