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Illuminandi - In Via, Ars/Mundi/Independent


Illuminandi - In Via


More than three years elapsed since the release of the Illumina Tenebras Meas EP (2006). Little was heard from this Polish band, but Illuminandi didn't sit still as is obvious on their first real full length album In Via. The group developed their sound, making In Via more consistent sound wise than the EP and the 2005 album The Beginning with its assorted demo tracks and live recordings. What they offer now is a mix of metal (with clean vocals and grunts and growls), classical music, rock and folk music. The outcome is in fact a great surprise. The songs are constructed much better than before with lots of interesting arrangements, sounds and ideas. And to make it even better, the production is great! The guitar sound, the violin, the cello, the flute, the bass and all the other instruments sound so well! Illuminandi definitely outdid themselves this time. It's hard to pick out the best songs from the album, as there are many great tunes, including Poczelkalnia, the folkish Illumina Tenebras Meas and W Drodze. And I shouldn't forget the closing song A Blessing with its gentle sounds and heavier passages. A worthy ending to a first class album.