"Illusion" (My Kingdom; 2007)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

I don't know what I expected from Orient Express's "Illusion," but it sure wasn't this.

First off, let's be clear that this is not a hard rock or heavy metal album. "Illusion" is definitely rock, but it's more in the vein of atmospheric and ambient.. The songs flow calmly and smoothly, with guitars that buzz and simmer, while the vocalist lulls you into his world with an edgy but hypnotic voice. The pace never really picks up, yet the album is never dull. It's a very different listen and that alone makes it interesting.

If you're looking for headbanging material, you're better off looking elsewhere, but "Illusion" is definitely worth a listen if you're in the mood for something atmospheric and introspective.

Orient Express: Wito - bass, lead vocals; Gg - guitar; Pablo - drums; Blondy - synth.

For more information, check out http://www.officialorientexpress.it.

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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