ILLUMENIUM is an independent rock band from Estonia. Active since last year October, the band has been touring to promote their debut album “Towards Endless 8” tour in Europe. In 2016 ILLUMENIUM plans to hit Australia and USA. They are truly an independent band. ILLUMENIUM have their own label, they handle and organize their own tours and concerts, as well as self-produce their videos. The band currently consists of members: Kari Kärner – vocal/rhythm guitar, Andre Kaldas – scream/growl, Grigori Rõžuk – lead guitar, Kevin Presmann – drums and Rob Jürvetson – bass.
After a listen or two through this little diamond in the rough, which is “Towards Endless 8”, it is not hard to fathom why ILLUMENIUM is etching such a tangible place for themselves in the rock industry. “Towards Endless 8” is an absolutely stunning, mature rock album for a debut. It covers lots of ground -from post-grunge to aggro hardcore to trippy, swaying, sighing laments to hook-laden, heavy rock grooves that easily outshine many of their peers – and each new note is easily taken in stride.
ILLUMENIUM sound like veterans and completely established musicians. The Production is perfect for the material too – showcasing Grigori Rõžuk’s sunlight-tinged riffs and Kari Kärner’s all-encompassing voice, while managing to stay loose and natural, and not forced or clinical as some modern rock albums sometimes sound like. The music on the album is structured extremely well and is laced with complexities, yet it still remains accessible.
The bottom line is that if you have a more sophisticated, multidimensional view of alternative rock music but don’t want to sacrifice the visceral raw power of its hardcore roots, then ILLUMENIUM is your band!
ILLUMENIUM have 2 songs which you can listen to on our radio rotation – “For My Old Friend”
and “My Last Cocaine”.