Illusions Play are a band from Turkey that plays a very symphonic form of funeral doom metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "The Fading Light" which was released by Fono Ltd.
The album starts out with dark and atmospheric sounding synths which also bring in a very tragic feeling as well as bringing in melodic leads and programmed drums along with melodic female vocals before going into a heavier direction and adding in death metal vocals and after awhile violins and whispers find their way on to the recording.
As the album continues it sticks to a very tragic funeral doom sound while also being a bit more symphonic than most bands of this genre as well as adding in spoken word parts and melodic male vocals which also leads to the guitars bringing in melody to their heavy riffing and at time s you can also hear a small amount of classical guitars.
You can hear a great amount of atmosphere and darkness with this album and the way Illusions Play mixes funeral doom metal and symphonic music is a bit different for this genre but they still have a great amount of heaviness, sorrow and melody.
Song lyrics cover dark, depressive and poetic themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound along with all of the songs being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion Illusions Play are a very great sounding symphonic funeral doom metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "When My Ashes Touch The Sun" and "Ablend Lyfthelm". 8/5 out of 10.