Saturday, November 4, 2017

Reptilian Illuminati - (2017) Dark-Light

Reptilian  Illimunati are a new and inspiring band from Australia. Seemingly crawling out of the woodwork to release a multi-textured, sonic and almost disturbing concept album about aliens, alien abduction and all things otherworldly.

The Reptilians pull this off by exercising creepy, 50's era sound-bytes in-between and around the album. I'm not sure why but little clips from TV and movies always seem cool when used as intros to songs. Bands have been using this technique since I can remember and I always enjoy it.

The clips are set perfectly throughout the album to offset what really sells the concept of the recording. What I'm referring to is, of course, the music. Down-tuned doom metal with plenty of changes throughout... and most often, within the same track. Really giving the album the shade and shine it needs to be memorable. One second knocking you over the head, then the next sending you on a spaced-out acid trip to Uranus.

I've been hearing a lot of really good instrumental stuff lately. Previously closed minded a bit to bands that omit vocals, Reptilian Illuminati have the guts and the talent to pull it off. Production wise, it sounds absolutely huge too. 

Dark/Light is one of the most interesting things I've heard this year, and certainly one of the best instrumental concept albums in a very long time. Check it out on Bandcamp, and put your peepers on their new video for the song "Valentich".   -Adam Walsh

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