04:19 AM on 09/30/10
Notes In Constellations is really fucking good. Closed Eyes Still Looking Forward is the song I've been waiting for and it didn't disappoint, I love it and the opener.
05:57 AM on 09/30/10
@HologramDHark Sorry in advance
Freaking amazing album. Every song delivers. I've had "Caves" stuck in my head for weeks and it sounds even more perfect with its juxtaposition to "Illuminaudio". Gonna give it a few more listens to get a final opinion but right now I'd say I'd personally rate this at a 9/10.
07:36 AM on 09/30/10
houston, we have a problem.
I'm checking this out right now. So far, I can only say I liked the way they tied Illuminaudio to Caves (which is my favorite of the released ones.)
07:49 AM on 09/30/10
My god, I am not, but you are.
After listening to the album completely, I am definitely impressed; like you said, more than I thought I would be. "Illuminaudio" and "Closed Eyes Still Look Forward" are awesome tracks, and the transitions help the album to flow as a whole. Great musicianship, while maintaining the creepy, dark feel of Bone Palace Ballet. And I can't help but feel that the melodies of Bolmer, along with the tone of the music, is pleasantly reminiscent of VersaEmerge. Fills Craig's void perfectly; furthermore proving that Chiodos was not Craig Owens.
RIYL: Tides of Man, Pierce The Veil, VersaEmerge.
07:59 AM on 09/30/10
With or without craig people are going to bitch about Chiodos. I know the reviewer said that they are still Chiodos but I respectfully disagree. For me Craig made the sound that was Chiodos. His voice is one of a kind and while Brandon Bolmer does a great job at replacing Craig it's impossible to replicate. So with that all said I came in to viewing Chiodos as a completely new band instead of the old Chiodos. Also I think that the new drummer, Tanner Wayne, does a fairly good job at filling the place of Derrick Frost but there are differences that can be heard through the album. Okay now to my actual opinions about the album. I think it very well done and is very well produced thanks to Machine, who will likely produce two of the album of the year candidates (Illuminaudio and Enemy of the World) in some peoples eyes. The old members come through instrumentally in every way they have in previous albums. The keys are great in every song and some some face melting guitar solos. The end of the album ties in so well to the beginning track which not a lot of bands do and I wish more did. One track I wish they had maybe left off was Stratovolcano Mouth, even though it is a very good song because it does no justice to what Thermacare is/was. All in all I'd definitely recommend this album to any Chiodos fan unless you're a diehard Craig fan. They're still kinda there but in my eyes a new band and one I'll be looking forward to future work from
08:33 AM on 09/30/10
houston, we have a problem.
This album is so damn good, Chiodos won't miss Owens at all. It's even better for anyone who likes Owens, because his project looks good and, just stating an obvious fact here, two good bands are way better than one.
Illuminaudio has already grown on me, I was a little over the fence with Modern Wolf Hair and Love Is A Cat From Hell, but now I like both of them a lot. Caves was a clear shot right from the start. Notes In Constellations is pretty different from all the album's tracks, however, it's the good kind of different. Hey Zeus! The Dungeon was the first song that REALLY sounded like old Chiodos, though it only serves as a reminder for that purpose, because it clearly shows how they've progressed as a band since Bone Palace Ballet and Brandon Bolmer was brought up to speed without any missteps. Kudos, Chiodos.
I love how their sound is rich for a 'heavy' band, it gives a lot of room for real music appreciation. By the way, if Bolmer is the only one screaming for them, I don't know what some people are complaining about. I almost didn't recognize Thermacare in Stratovolcano Mouth until the bass kicked in after that groovy-voiced intro, haha. It still sounds amazing, and even though some parts are very recognizable as Thermacare's, I hold no Owens/Bolmer grudge for that, it stands out as being a part of Illuminaudio and nothing else.
Seriously, the screams on this album are pretty good. I wasn't expecting them to be.
Those Who Slay Together, Stay Together is one of the heaviest tracks on the album but, no worries though, since it transitions well to the outro track, Closed Eyes Still Look Forward, which is given as closure and does its job as well as the introductory track.
So, those were my thoughts on the record. I'm already wanting more and I haven't even heard the album a thousand times yet. Bravo.
08:39 AM on 09/30/10
i was a huge Chiodos fan and with Craig Owens's departure, i grew skeptical at the future for Chiodos. hearing who Brandon Bolmer was and what his vocal style was like, i just felt like the rest of Chiodos were going to try and just replicate their past cd's but with a new vocalist and drummer. before i sat down to listen to Illuminaudio, i looked at it as a whole new band with a fresh start and forgot about their entire past. with that said, i must say, i am extremely impressed with this release. musically/vocally this album stands out. Brandon's vocals aren't my favorite when compared to Craig Owens but my god, he does some serious work on this cd. Tanner's drumming is sick. listening to the drum intro to Caves just gets you pumped for the rest of the album. as for the guitar work, Hale kills it. Jason Hale has been one of my favorite underrated gutiar players ever since All's Well That Ends Well. each song his work stands out and flows effortlessly. overall, this cd is a huge step for these guys. they show they still have that heavy Chiodos edge with songs like Modern Wolf Hair and can even show a softer side with Notes In Constellations, which is one of my favorite tracks on the album. a new Chiodos is upon us, even without Craig Owens, these guys have made a huge name with themselves with this record. now we just have to hear the very eager debut from D.R.U.G.S.[/font]
08:43 AM on 09/30/10
I was never fond of Craig much aat all, but I liked a few tracks from the band's first two albums.
That being said, I'm only Notes In Constellations and I'm really diggin every track so far, along with Those Who Slay... I'm very pleased by what I hear right now. This is just what I've always wanted to hear from Chiodos. Great album! I may even pre-order it just for the additional shirt and lithograph =]
Although, 89% doesn't seem like a 5 out 5 stars to me. Maybe a 4.5 though.
09:04 AM on 09/30/10
Thomas, the one part I do NOT agree with you on is that the song "Hey Zeus!..." you said BPB fans will be proud of it. With the keys the way the sound, and the overall feel of the song, I get an "Alls Well" feel much more.
hell yes! i loved All's Well, fav chiodos album fer sure
09:11 AM on 09/30/10
This record was great. I think its totally gonna blow some peoples minds and show that this guy has some pipes. Favorite song: Hey Zeus Least Favorite Song: Love Is A Cat From Hell But it was cool to have Vic on the CD
oh shit, vic is on this? hell yea, hes a fuckin champ!
09:54 AM on 09/30/10
YES! I'm so relieved this album turned out fuckin' great. Seems like everyone in the band brought their A game and Bolmer is great, as well as Tanner.
Notes In Constellations is even better than I thought it would be, such a change in pace, but effin' brilliant. The break down in Let Us Burn One is intense and amazing. The new Thermacare is better than the Demo. And Bradly fuckin' brought it on the keys.
Not enough good stuff I could say about the album and band. Seems that everything has ended well ;).
10:02 AM on 09/30/10
...and because it is my heart
dammit chiodos, in the words of taking back sunday, " I want to hate you so bad but I can't"
unexpectedly good album.
10:14 AM on 09/30/10
I was kinda hoping you'd stay.
Hahaha, so glad people are liking the album and still agree with the review after hearing it. Stoked for this band, what a quality release.
10:27 AM on 09/30/10
What an Amazing Album!!, so stoked for Chiodos they sound better than ever.
12:11 PM on 09/30/10
Great review and fantastic record.
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