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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Portrait of illuminatus
illuminatus are one Spaniard, one German, one Italian and one English gent. They deal in expansive soundscapes, razor-sharp dynamics and no-nonsense melodic song-writing. For illuminatus there exists no scene; no bandwagon; no fashion war.

The debut album 'The Wrath Of The Lambs' – now on worldwide physical release via Casket Music and remastered digital release via Headroom Records – has already gained the attention of the UK and European music press, with great reviews in Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Legacy and countless online webzines. Tracks from the album and new EP have also been played on Bruce Dickinson's BBC6 Rock Show and Holland’s Aardschok Radio (Kink FM), as well as being A-listed on Total Rock Radio, giving the band regular airplay on rotation.

The band’s touring history includes the UK leg of Ministry's final world tour (C-U-LaTour) in May/June 2008, My Ruin’s UK and Ireland tour (Religiosi Tour) in October 2008, the Insects & Attitude Tour in support of Breed77 and Susperia in May 2009 and a successful co-headline tour of the UK with Rise To Addiction in September 2009. Previous festival appearances by illuminatus include the UK’s Bloodstock Festival, Fordham Music Fest and Bulldog Bash, as well as the Midwinter Meltdown Festival in Denmark.

In the summer of 2007 illuminatus stormed to the finals of Famecast, international talents showcase featuring hundreds of bands from around the world. The band was flown out to Austin, Texas, where they performed a high-energy set to a television audience which was broadcast live to millions of people, earning the band unprecedented exposure in the United States and beyond.

Following their collaborations on previous EPs with producers Harvey Birrell (Therapy?, Ministry) and Pete 'Pee-Wee' Coleman (AC/DC, Paradise Lost), the music of illuminatus has already drawn comparisons to bands such as Anathema, Paradise Lost, Deftones and Cult of Luna, earning the band significant acclaim and respect from all sections of the national and international music press, whilst gaining particularly glowing reviews from Germany, France, Scandinavia and the Benelux countries for their unique brand of melodic and powerful music.

With ‘The Wrath Of The Lambs’ now on worldwide release, illuminatus continue to roll out their War Machine. On 11 September 2009 the new studio EP ‘The Rising Tide’ – recorded at Blast Studios, Newcastle, with Adam Sinclair (Therapy?) – was released to glowing reviews. The band will be recording their second studio album in June 2010 and will be touring the UK and Europe throughout the year.

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