UK hard rockers TEN is one of the most respectful bands out there. With several great albums on their 20-plus career, TEN strikes back with yet another solid record which is entitled "Illuminati". The new opus is going to be released through Frontiers Music s.r.l. this November.
“Illuminati” is said to be an elite, secret organization of world leaders, business authorities, innovators, artists, and other influential members of the global society. A coalition that unites influencers of all political, religious, and geographical backgrounds to further the prosperity of the human species as a whole.
The band's latest effort, "Gothica", was an excellent release by TEN and one of the band's finest records to-date. As in "Gothica" the same here, TEN continue to deliver epic, heart-full and powerful hard rock stuff at its best. Gary Hughes, the lead singer, is joined once again by guitarists Dann Rosingana, Steve Grocott and John Halliwell along with bass player Steve McKenna, Darrel Treece-Birch on keys, and drummer Max Yates.
"Illuminati" sounds like the best sequel to the albums such as "Gothica", "Isla De Muerta" and "Albion" but, also, refers to the band's earlier releases like "Spellbound", "Far Beyond The World" and "Babylon".
Songs like "Shield Wall", "Jericho" and "The Esoteric Ocean" shows that TEN still got it to deliver melodic, edgy and heavy rockers while in tracks such as the beautiful mid-tempo "Of Battles Lost And Won", the amazing "Rosetta Stone" (which is among my favorites here) or the epic, and in some parts progressive, "Illuminati", TEN delivers some more technical and emotional songs. At this point, I have to add that one thing that impressed me the most here (except the magical vocals by Hughes) is the guitar work. I think that the guitar trio (Rosingana, Grocott and Halliwell) offers some incredible riffs and solos that makes "Illuminati" more attractive to some guitar freaks as well.
Bottom line is that TEN never disappointing me. With each release, this band stays focused to its goal to create solid, melodic and epic hard rock music. "Illuminati" is nothing more, nothing less than the usual solid and beautiful TEN's music.
Rating : 8,4/10