"The Illuminati" (Liquor and Poker; 2005)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Bringing the boogie back into rock'n'roll is no small task, but Toronto trio The Illuminati have aced Thin Lizzy 101, Skynyrd symposium, and Advanced Motorhead classes, aptly displayed on the band’s six-track offering. 

With a straw in its collective mouth and a bottle of whiskey close at hand, songs like the kick-up-your-heels-feel of “On My Way Back Home…Again” could pass for a Molly Hatchet classic, while the supercharged groove of “All the Time in the World” keeps the head bobbing and the fists pumping. 

Unabashed and unfiltered, this eponymous endeavor is strictly for those about to rock, so don’t put this disc on unless you’re prepared to cut your teeth on some bad ass boogie from the Great White North. 

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"The Illuminati" (Liquor and Poker; 2005)

Reviewed by Snidermann

So I am checking out this cool band called The Illuminati and their self-titled CD and I really cannot figure out what the hell is going on. Actually that is the cool part of this job: not knowing what to expect.

This Canadian based trio plays a Southern rock boogie style that took a bit of getting used to, but now I am truly on board. About the only negative thing I can say is that the vocals are sometimes a bit weak and tend to grate on one's nerves. They work just fine most of the time, but at others, they really need work.

Still, I really liked "The Illuminati" and the CD showed me that they really like what they did, too.

The Illuminati: Les Godfrey - guitar; Nick Sewell - drums; Jim Gering - bass. 

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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