Illuminata, founded in 2006, is a cinematic metal band from Graz, Austria. Their latest album Where Stories Unfold (2015) combines two of the most powerful genres: Heavy Metal and Filmscore!
Being responsible for the compositions, orchestrations, recordings, sound design, production and (orchestral-) mixing, the whole project took me about 3 years to complete, from the very first sketches to the release of the CD on Jan 23rd 2015. The cooperation and the recordings with the 60-piece Czech Film Orchestra in the Czech TV Studios were one of the most thrilling experiences in my life, and – altough a lot of effort was involved – it was completely worth it! The orchestration are very much influenced by the recet ‘larger than life’ Hollywood blockbuster sound and modern sound design, which seperates this release from ‘traditional’ symphonic metal. Furthermore, additional chamber strings as well as a classical choir and a Musical Choir have been recorded and Mario Plank, for years vocalist of Visions of Atlantis, again contributed to the album as a guest singer. The album was mixed and mastered by Jan Vacik at Dreamsound Studios, Munich, whose references not only include albums by Edenbridge, Serenity and Visions of Atlantis but who also did an amazing job on A World So Cold.
The album was also partly financed by an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign and the artwork was created by the incredibly talented Mario S. Nevado (Aegis Strife).
Overall, it was a very complex project, with many people involved. At the end of the recordings, some songs included more that 600 audio tracks, and our mixing engineer Jan had to split them accross two computers to be able to play them back smoothly!
The album has a runtime of more than an hour, features 11 tracks and all of them are recorded with orchestra. With an orchestral score of more than 300 pages, 1450 bars and 105000 notes, the musical journey will take you from creepy asylums to the carusel of life to fairytail forests – every piece is different and unfolds its own little story!
Are you ready to explore them all?