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Epic Music at Its Best
on July 5, 2011
I've been a fan of trailer music for a long time and enjoyed Thomas's work in Two Steps from Hell as well as that of similar artists such as The Immediate. This is my favorite album of the Epic Music genre. Thomas works in a lot of different emotions and character in these songs, and with nineteen songs, there's something for everyone.
Musically speaking, what stands out in Illusions is the use of fantastic female vocalists that will send a shiver down your spine. Latin-type choirs are here, as well, but more judiciously applied than in some of the other trailer-type music that tends to overdo it. Thomas employs pulsing strings, heroic horns, and driving beats, and he uses these to create story-scapes in your mind.
Stand out tracks: Starvation (feels like you're in a mine with scrawny slave children), Ocean Princess (standing on a cliff watching a mighty, rescuing ship pull into view), Homecoming (you've died and gone to heaven. Chills every time. Great medicine for a bad mood), Immortal (a warrior cleaning up on the battlefield) and Age of Gods (Heroes facing down the hordes. The mirroring of the horn and latin choir at the beginning are chill inducing).
There are no bad tracks on the album. Even the ones with a softer touch (Remember Me and Hurt) are a fun listen. Nine bucks is a ridiculously low amount to pay for this much quality music, so enjoy.