First of all, I ‘d like to introduce Sedate Illusion to you. Actually, it’s an one-man project and this man is Vangelis Kakarougas and he comes from Greece. After his collaboration with Equal Vector and Kinetic he formed Sedate Illusion and “0545” is their second full length release. We can, also, find some guest appearances from members of his ex-bands here.
I ’d describe the style of their music a crossover between progressive metal (OSI, Opeth) and electronic “dark” music, in the vein of Paradise Lost, Katatonia and similar acts.
The album has some good ideas, some interesting melodies but personally I found it flat, somehow boring, and it failed to get me to the atmosphere we’re seeking by listening to albums of that kind of music.
The first role belongs 100% to the synths and the use of music technology and there are many parts that are worthy. The first track, for example, has some great keyboard riffs that reminded me of Seventh Wonder and Andromeda, but, unfortunately, that’ s all. The vocals in the whole album are “poor”, with a limited range and some mistakes, while the guitars sound very weak. The compositions are, mainly, based on synth/sample sound changes and not on feelings. Sometimes, they leave you the essence that they ‘re unresolved.
I can mention some nice melodic refrains which reminded me of Paradise Lost (“One Second” era) some great guitar solos in the 9th track, and I would say that the best tracks of the album are “Traumatic Skies” and “Withered Roses” but all these electronic introductions are a little bit tiring.
Overall, I think that “0545” is an album not so worthy to spend much time with, especially in a time where quality music is overflowing, but there are still some good moments to discover in it.