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A must have, enough said.

Norwegian progressive metal act Illusion Suite might not be as well known as some of their fellow compatriots but 'The Iron Cemetery' could be the album to change all that. It's their second release to date and if a tight highly melodic and commanding style of prog metal, filled with great musicianship, vocals and songs, sounds good to you, then Illusion Suite might be a band that you should go and check out straight away.

The band comprises vocalist and main songwriter Bill Makatowicz, guitarist Kim Jacobsen, drummer and keyboard player Roger Bjorge and finally Dag Erik Johnsen on bass and these four men are dab hands at writing and performing intricate but very accessible prog metal songs that continually hit all the right musical spots. 'The Iron Cemetery' is a release overflowing with quality, the playing, writing and production highlighting a band who have places to go and the song arsenal to help them get there.

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These very memorable songs include the wonderful 'Orpeus' Quest', 'When Love Fails' which has some outstanding lead guitar courtesy of Kim Jacobsen on it, 'First Prophecy', title track 'The Iron Cemetery' and 'The Ugly Duckling' (no not that one). Each of these songs (and all the others) has a chorus that sinks deep into your brain as it is played, its melody staying with you long after the CD has finished. There are however three other things that make this album a special one, firstly there is singer Bill Makatowicz, who really puts his heart and soul into each and every word he sings, wringing all the drama and emotion he can from each and every sentence he utters. Secondly there's Roger Bjorge's production, which is just the ticket and brings out the best in each instrument and vocal heard on this album. Finally there is the mastering of the album by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Soilwork, Katatonia), which is stunning to say the least and it clearly shows that Illusion Suite mean business with this new CD.

Two albums in and Illusion Suite are on the road to making a name for themselves as the best kept secret in the world of melodic progressive metal. A must have, enough said.

Ian Johnson

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