LUCID DREAM - THE ELEVENTH ILLUSION (Independent)
(Review by Sloof)
After the release of the debut album ‘Visions From Cosmos 11’, the band took two years to write and compose material for the successor ‘The Eleventh Illusion’, already released in 2013. This Heavy Metal band from Genoa plays a mix of traditional Metal with Hard Rock elements ‘The Gates Of Shadow’ opens with an Italian fury that seems to cast a spell while time is ticking followed by a nice guitar riff of the track ‘Evolution’. The vocals of Alessio Calandriello are pure and clean with a pretty high range. While Simone Terigi (guitars) is spawning interesting riffs and solos, his band mates Gianluca Eroico (bass) and Paolo Raffo (Drums) keep the beat going.
The track ‘Leave Me Alone’ is really heavy with a great performance of Alessio who seems to be capable to go really high! The next track is totally diverse as ‘River Drained’ has some sax or trumpet mixed in, and that’s not really what I’m looking for. ‘Lightseeker’ is again a very odd composition with contrariness arrangement, while ‘Back To Cosmos 11’ is more direct and straight into your face. The members of Lucid Dream all know how to handle their instrument, and I guess that their roots can be found in the 70’s as there are many influences present.
Some parts have ‘a return in time’ attitude, but at the same moment, you will hear progressive elements as well and hard-to-believe some Jazz influences as well. ‘Connections’ is a one-minute instrumental part with no value to the album, and same goes for the instrumental ‘The Pulse Of Infinity’, which has a spacey soundscape. The final track is called ‘The Way Of 7M’, which is in the same style as the intro of this album.
An Italian beauty is narrating something unintelligible, but I guess that this fits to the story of ‘The Eleventh Illusion’, which I consider as a kind of concept album. It’s all very well done, but you must be into this kind of music. I guess it’s a bit too complicated for the common music lover, albeit a challenge to discover this band.
My rating: 73 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish