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Those listeners who might want to investigate the Power Metal genre would find a solid first footing with Ilium.

The genesis of Australian's Ilium (originally called Iliad) can be traced back as far as 1998 when two members from the band Oracle left to develop their own brand of Power Metal. Since 2002, they have consistently released an album roughly every two years with latest, 'My Misanthropia' representing album number seven in their discography; it is also the only one to break the two year release cycle since four years has passed since 2011's 'Genetic Memory.'

These veterans of the scene have delivered another album that features all the classic elements expected for this style; soaring vocals, bombastic drumming, breakneck tempos and copious amounts of harmonized guitars. The album is remarkably consistent, as every track carries equal weight allowing the songs to work together as a collective.
The track lengths remain rather conservative (averaging four to five minutes) throughout and therefore never have an opportunity to journey into the dubious land of self-indulgence. This compositional brevity gives great momentum to the album's flow.

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It was nothing short of surprising to learn the band is in fact a trio featuring guitarist Jason Hodges, vocalist Lance King and multi-instrumentalist Adam Smith. Smith's contribution is impressive to say the least as he performs guitar, drums, bass AND keyboards! King's timbre is very reminiscent of James LaBrie (Dream Theater), yet keeps his upper register in check, making for a well-balanced delivery that never fatigues.

Ilium continues the tradition set into motion by the legendary German acts Accept and Helloween and reinvigorated by the likes of Stratovarious, Blind Guardian and Firewind. Considering the wealth of music available by other stylistically similar bands, a few unexpected twists would help set Ilium's latest effort apart from the rest of the pack. However, it is this very traditional interpretation of the style that makes this album stand proudly amongst its peers.

Not only will existing fans of Power Metal be able to satiate their voracious musical appetites with 'My Misanthropia', those listeners who might want to investigate this genre would find a solid first footing with Ilium.

Brent Rusche

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