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Released: 2003, October 32 Records
Just to show that its not just Americans and, more specifically, Small Stone Records that is putting out kick ass pure-bred old school rock and roll these days, allow me to present The Illuminati. Some of you (mostly Ontario readers) may remember bygone Toronto heavy metal act Tchort. They were around for almost a decade and gigged endlessly around Southern Ontario. Well, in 2002 the band called it quits. Thankfully in fall 2002 2/3 of the band reunited with a new drummer under The Illuminati banner. Quickly signing to October 32, the band now presents us (June 2003 in NA, sometime in December 2003 for Europe) with their self-titled debut.
Full of full rock grooves, hooks, and classic solos, THE ILLUMINATI is one bitchin’ 16 minute power-chorded ride. The band isn’t quite a 70s nostalgia act, nor are they glam or cock rock in the slightest, but just pure rock. Touching all the bases, and throwing in some left curves to keep you honest (check out the wild and rollicking rock’a’billy of “On My Way Back Home…Again”), the band blaze through six amazing tunes.
The Illuminati play a clearly definable classic rock sound with hints of the modern, but they don’t sound like any one band. They achieved the difficult task of defining their own sound. The melodic DLR riffing of “Absinthe Makes the Heart” meshes seamlessly with boogie ass-shake of “Salon Kitty” and melodic hop-scotch galloping riff of “All the Time in the World”. These guys are masters of their craft.
I swear these are some of the catchiest riffs put to plastic anno 2003. I guarantee that by the time the CD is over you’ll push the repeat button at least once, probably three or four times! Along with the new Goat Horn CD, this is the must hear Canadian rock album of the year.
1) Lemmy Know
2) Salon Kitty
4) On My Way Back Home…Again
5) All the Time in the World
6) Absinthe Makes the Heart
LG: Guitar, Vocals
NS: Bass, Vocals
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