Well, you can definitely call it a progress. After Sedate Illusion’s disappointing “0545” album, I was somehow prejudiced but fortunately, their 3rd studio work called “Illusory Sustenance”, was a pleasant surprise for me.
So, let’s have a more generic valuation about it. Everything has improved compared to their previous effort. The production is much better and powerful and of course more inviting to the listener. I have to confess that I never cared for illustrated sound productions if the quality of music was in a high level, but nowadays I think the sound of the album is something important. Also, the vocals are much better and not annoying anymore but still nothing special. I’d exclude some parts that sound like James Hetfield and I can’t say that this fits to their style. But, the most important in this album is that the band has at last a more specific music orientation and the compositions have something to say.
Here, Vagelis Kakarougkas has created some nice progressive metal tunes that can bring to your mind bands such as OSI, Fates Warning, Redemption, Kamelot, Chroma Key and Porcupine Tree. The songs seem to be more complete, with a variation of sounds and feelings, some nice guitar and keyboard solos and of course with some atmosphere, either happier or darker.
The synths are once more above all other instruments and we can find some interesting arrangements, even in a symphonic way (“Inevitable”) .The first track is an optimistic, melodic track with nice breaks and the whole album is flowing in a harmonic way. Personally, I would pick out “Remnants Of A Shadow” which is a beautiful instrumental track and reminded me of Saviour Machine and the same title track with its clever orchestration.
As a summary, I would admit that “Illusory Sustenance” is a nice album, indicative of the band’s great progress and I’m sure that fans of the groups I’ve written above, will enjoy it, but to be honest, I tend to believe that it will never be among your top music choices, even for a short period.