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Illusions

Illusions

June 24, 2011
4.9 out of 5 stars 113 customer reviews

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By B. Fuller on July 5, 2011
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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.
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I've been following Thomas Bergersen and the amazing epic music he's written for Two Steps From Hell, so I bought this with high expectations. Nevertheless, my mind was blown again and again while listening to this masterpiece. It is stunning - he captures human emotion so perfectly in this aural piece of art, that it takes me places no other music has. When I'm feeling sad/depressed/, I turn on his music, and life seems to be better. When I'm running and need some extra energy to push through to the end, I put on this album, and somehow it gives me the energy I need to complete the run. It is the only music I've listened to for over a week, and I can't stop listening to it - it's more addictive than crack. If you only buy one album in your entire life, buy this.
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Well sort of. Thomas Bergersen has composed for the trailer music company Two Steps from Hell for a few years, but this is his first solo album. It's amazing regardless.

What makes this different from Invincible and upcoming Nero, is that it is very themed. Rather than a random selection of the most popular songs. It doesn't feel like it's jumping between styles. It's subtly grand with a hint of epicness the whole way through. It's not Two Steps From Hell, but it's still very good. I wouldn't say that it's better or worse, because it's a different kind of style, but fear not, it still maintains the powerful orchestra.

It's also really nice that the album is only $9. There are 19 songs, and considering the songs span from 3 (mostly 4) to 8 minutes, it makes for a really good deal. And quite honestly, there isn't a single bad song on Illusions. This is one of the albums that you'll listen to several times. Another nice thing about it, is the will probably take decades before it's considered "timed'. For pretty much the same reasons that soundtracks are remembered for so long. I wouldn't be surprised if Thomas Bergersen started scoring for movies and games.
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For the unaware, Thomas Bergerson is a composer who formed a partnership with fellow composer Nick Phoenix to start the company Two Steps from Hell specifically to produce music for music and video game trailers. Their resume is too long to list. Lets just say if you've seen any movie trailers for big budget movies in the past five years you have probably been exposed to some of their work.

This disk isn't Two Steps from Hell. It's just Thomas and his music. The inside cover of Illusions carries a message from Thomas. He said that over the past three years whenever he felt he had written something especially special he saved it for this disk.

He was right. This disk is filled with nothing but truly extraordinary music. It is easily better than Skyworld, Archangel, or Invincible. Please don't mistake that last statement as criticism of those three albums. To compare by analogy, if those three were beer they would be Rochefort 6, 8 and 10 respectively. Illusions is Westveletran 12. If you're not a beer nut that's like comparing Colt Pythons from the 1970s, 1960s, and 1950s to a Korth. If you're not a gun nut then I'm running out of suitable comparisons. Lets just leave it at the work he and Nick did with Two Steps from Hell is phenomenal and Illusions is much, much better.

If you are still unsure about buying this disk, step on over to Youtube and do a search. I am sure you will be impressed.
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Illusions is a beautiful masterpiece to listen to. It takes you out from this hurting world and brings you to a mysterious place filled with wonder. Homecoming and Gift of Life are high up on my like list for this album. The tracks are flicker from the magical to the haunting to the fantastic. The best thing is that when you are done listening you can take your restful state and help other in the world.
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