Posts tagged ‘disillusion’

February 12, 2014

Album 0427: Disillusion – Back To Times Of Splendor

Disillusion-BackToTimesOfSplendor

Release Date: 2004
Genre: Progressive Metal

Tracklisting:

1. …And The Mirror Cracked (08:28)
2. Fall (04:54)
3. Alone I Stand In Fires (06:53)
4. Back To Times Of Splendor (14:39)
5. A Day By The Lake (04:54)
6. The Sleep Of Restless Hours (17:03)

Total Length: 56:50

…And The Mirror Cracked is a monster of a song, though admittedly on an album filled with behemoths. The riffs are immediately gripping, I love the fast pace and different sections through the whole song, and I don’t think I’d be able to gush on the vocals here enough. Fall is a great, shorter song as well. This one is highly reminiscent of the material the band presented on their EP before this album. It’s just a great mixture of progressive material through the lens of extreme metal.

Alone I Stand In Fires isn’t quite as invigorating as the previous tracks, but still a very solid song. Back To Times Of Splendor is a big piece. I really love the symphonic intro, and the song keeps building and going in different directions. It’s hard to describe, but I am never at any point bored in this humongous track. I really like the opening theme coming back as well, and the only part I could say anything negative about is the fastest section. It’s a short one, but the mastering meant that overall that part feels lower in volume to the rest of it.

A Day By The Lake is laid back and has these repeating guitars throughout that are fairly neat. It feels like more of an intro to the last track than its own piece. The Sleep Of Restless Hours is enormous, starting with an acoustic guitar to build things up. We get some amazing stuff here, it’s really tough to describe. I could probably describe this section by section, but it’s not really in me right now. Just know that it’s amazing and entirely worth checking out, this whole album is.

Final Rating: 9.5/10

January 23, 2012

Album 0005: Disillusion – Three Neuron Kings

Release Date: 2001
Genre: Progressive Death Metal

Tracklisting:

1. In Vengeful Embrace (05:45)
2. Expired (03:55)
3. The Long Way Down To Eden (05:34)
4. Three Neuron Kings (06:13)

Total Length: 21:27

This is an EP that the band actually won a contest to get the money to produce. In Vengeful Embrace kicks things off very well with a great riff, and I absolutely love the vocal style change-ups. The acoustic section is also very nice. Expired brings forth a couple harsher elements, like the first appearance of blast beats. The mix and production on this whole thing is great, everything is loud and heavy, but not too harsh, and the calm moments give you a nice moment of peace before getting back into it.

The Long Way Down To Eden continues the style of the other songs, and has some very neat guitar work. I’ll contend that part of the reason this band’s music so interesting is the vocals. I’ll admit that I don’t know much about singing, but I just love the way he phrases things and his different styles. There is also a cool guitar solo in this song. Three Neuron Kings has a great amount of acoustic guitar while still being heavy, which is a cool combination. Just an awesome song overall.

The only fault I have for this is that it is just an EP. It’s short but sweet.

Final Rating: 9.5/10