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Nostradameus: Illusions Parade
Power Metal
AFM Records
November 13th, 2009
Release length: 46:10
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Illusion’s Parade marks the sixth full length studio release from the band Nostradameus, and shows that this band is far from done. Illusion’s Parade is one of the band’s better releases with some really heavy tracks that are insanely addictive and sometimes moving, proving that this band is still slowly maturing. Could this finally be the release that will make this notorious name become common with this band and not the prohecies of the man that inspired the name and much of their previous works?

All signs point to a pretty good possibility. Right from the start with “Walk of Pain” and “Art of Deception”, the listener will be hooked thanks to the very intense and fast paced music, as well as the incorporation of gutterals in the track “Art of Deception” that really do help make the song more intense. After that, many of the songs that follow don’t quite have the same impact, but have some more substance to them then just intensity. Take “Nothing” for example, this song has the potential to be as heavy as the first two, but instead it’s a little more toned down and has more going on musically for it then just speedy guitar riffs and drums.

This album does manage to do something that is hard for many out there anymore, and that is to end on the same kind of high note that it started off with. “Armageddon Forever” is a heavily distorted track that follows suit with “Art of Deception” but has some screaming instead of gutteral and is an intense track, even if the chorus is not as catchy. “Time for Madness”, however, doesn’t quite live up to “Walk of Pain” but it’s still a very well done slower track, better then half the other slower tracks on here, and is powerful enough to stay lodged in your head, sending the album off well.

All praise aside, there are some downer tracks on here. Given how impressive the music could be by this band, as well as how enjoyable some of the slower tracks could be, there are others out there that just feel like filler. “The Mariner” is a good slower paced track, but it’s a bit of rocky track. If you give it some time to grow on you, the song is actually not that bad and, really, only a let down because it follows to really heavy tracks that build up your expectations. “Eclipse of the Sun Cult”, however, is a bit of a let down and feels very generic. You also have the more “epic” track on here, “Broken Soul (Virgin Mary)” which, again, is not a bad track, it’s just that by the time you get half way through it to the guitar solo, you’ll lose your interest. Much of the song has typical music, even though it’s performed well enough that it doesn’t get repetative. The instrumental track “Illusion’s Parade” right after it, however, definitely doesn’t help the album move along smoothly and could easily be skipped.

When it comes down to it, Illusions Parade is easily one of the band’s most promising releases. It has some of the best material that the band has ever composed, and has enough to really bring the name out moreso in the Metal world then it did before. There are some toned down tracks here that seem a bit too bland and generic, given how the album begins, as well as ends. The truth of the matter is that this is still a very impressive release that anyone can pick up and instantly enjoy. Even though “The Mariner”, “Eclipse of the Sun Cult” and “Broken Soul (Virgin Mary)” will probably lose their appeal after a few spins, there’s still a good amount of highly enjoyable material here to have you coming back for more.

01. Walk of Pain – 5:07
02. Art of Deception – 4:02
03. The Mariner – 4:51
04. Nothing – 4:53
05. Eclipse of the Sun Cult – 4:37
06. Broken Soul (Virgin Mary) – 10:45
07. Illusion’s Parade (Instrumental) – 2:15
08. Armageddon Forever – 4:25
09. Time for Madness – 5:15
Overall Score: 7/10


Digital review copy of this release provided by AFM Records via Earsplit PR.