Estonian indie rockers Illumenium deliver dark and moody vocals served up with creative instrumentation on their album Towards Endless 8.
Opening with ‘For My Old Friend’, the album immediately shows that it’s going to be a rich mix of genres. The track begins soft and swirling, with a gritty grunge vocal that comes into play. Before too long we are suddenly confronted with an all out screamo chorus, with guitar shredding to boot. The album certainly maintains a sense of consistency throughout – the mysterious synth tones help to act as a glue through the songs. The guitar work is also engaging, with some great riffs to be found – notably on La Bruja with its fierceness that perfectly matches up to the severity of the screams delivered with a leaning towards the treble end and add a sense of shock and excitement. Despite the delicious heaviness, there are moments where light and beauty really shines through – ‘Hotel Breakers’ features some delicate moments that take a gently guitar part which is then woven back into the chaos that Illumenium deliver so deftly. There’s a feeling throughout the album that classic grunge styles collide with a modern emo feel, which is clear on the album’s title track with its chorus laden guitars alongside the brutal drums and emotive vocals. Unusual, creative, and bone crunching stuff.