Throughout 2018, a seemingly endless list of great albums came to existence. Some came by established stalwarts of the alternative, metal and rock scene. Some others came from up and coming rising stars on a rocket ship destined for rock and roll glory. One such example is Illusionaut. Good. God. Damn! Alice In Chains and A Perfect Circle fans will love them! With a richly progressive mission statement and dangerously good chops, Illusionaut released Snow Queen on April 20th of this past year and man, what a ride! It is one of Alternative Nation’s top 10 rock albums of 2018. Through nine songs, Illusionaut take you on a musical out of body experience filled with spacey guitars, thunderous drumming and some down right nasty fuzz bass. They may claim to be from Little Rock, Arkansas but I swear to God they sound like they’re from another world. “Take Me to The Edge”, the second track from Snow Queen will be your new favorite song after one listen. If you don’t believe me- just listen to it. The rhythm section- like they do all over Snow Queen, explode out of the speakers. The interplay between the drums and the bass is simply breathtaking. The Perry Farrell-esque vocal effects only add to this insane track. “Keep Running”, “Illusion” and “Spinning Inside” are other standout tracks that show the band’s ability to gracefully transition from post-punk ethos to early 00’s metal while throwing in a few winks to fans of industrial. Enough cannot be said about the excellent bass playing throughout. Fans of the low-end rumblings of the Deftones, Tool and Chevelle will hang on every fuzzy note. Snow Queen is the kind of album you listen to three or four times before you even begin to scratch the surface of it’s impact. So many unexpected, beautiful moments come out of nowhere- the subtle guitar solo from “Spinning Inside” and the fantastic vocal melodies on “Hypnotize” being just a few examples of Illusionaut’s phenomenal ability to keep it fresh while clearly stating their identity. If there is one album I’d say you need to stop what you’re doing and pull up on Spotify and listen to right now, it’s Snow Queen!” - Joe Hughes

Alternative Nation

From Little Rock town, Arkansas comes a group of musicians who are far from being the hottest stars of experimental rock and metal scene despite their long absence from it. But after a 10-year break and their return in 2014, Illusionaut reborn and return back to the game, proudly presenting one of the albums that is quite likely to be the best this year. Bold statement, but not exaggerated. Look (and hear) yourself."Snow Queen" leaves a lasting impression that can hardly be described with words and blends in any particular frame or genre. In the music of the Americans there are all elements ranging from progressive and alternative rock to progressive and atmospheric metal and what not even, inspired by legendary bands such as Pink Floyd, The Cure and Tool. Although their definition is almost impossible, one of the most accurate definitions they have received so far is Space Rock - an almost literal description of the broad scope of their creative capabilities, extending away from everything human and earthly. Illusionaut's space odyssey is also difficult to perceive, giving rise to a variety of thoughts and emotions, leaving even the most indifferent listener totally hypnotized and breathless after only about 40 minutes.The world-class quality and the overall depth and meaning of recording are things that no one would expect from an underground band such as Illusionaut. And all this is largely due to the professionalism and enviable skills of the well-known masters specialist Ken Andrews of Failure and the producer and music engineer Darian Stribling. But, of course, the greatest merit is the quartet itself: Ryan Cook (vocals), Jerry Cordova (bass), Derek Reed (guitar / synthesizer) and Logan Kennedy (drums) who have done excellent work with the composer's ideas behind " Snow Queen ".The journey through space and time begins with the title performance, which initiates the slow immersion in the melancholy image of winter surrounding all songs. The emotional dimension of "Snow Queen" shows its huge proportions at the beginning of the album, and "Take Me To The Edge" shows masterful riffs and vocals combined with hit guitar motifs that are instantly remembered. The same goes for "Keep Running" and "Tell Tale," which have fallen into the mind since their first listening. Next is "Glue Trap" - a more rock-oriented piece here full of energy and revealing a very different and unknown side of Illusionaut. The song is followed by the much more melancholy and gloomy "Illusion," which slows down the pace, but preserves the intriguing mystery of the recording. Shortly afterwards, Spinning Inside returns many of the familiar feelings of Keep Running and Tell Tale, but it sounds newer and different from them. Illusionaut seems to be able to create whole palette of feelings with each subsequent composition. And obviously, some of the finest things are reserved for the final because the penultimate song "To Start New" turns out to be one of the most impressive in the album, serving as a great example of Illusionaut's instrumental class. The addition of jazz saxophone makes it even more irresistible than the previous one if this is at all possible at this stage, and the ninth and cover song with the exceptionally appropriate title "Hypnotize" reminds of the band's composer mastery in every aspect of Snow Queen.It is obvious that both the band and the album deserve a much larger audience because the quality of Snow Queen is not something that is common nowadays. The whole experience outperforms many of the latest experiments of some of the most famous names in metal and rock, which makes Illusionaut stand out very brightly. And if this is only the beginning of everything, then the future success of the band is guaranteed, and their great ambitions are fully justified - the reign of Snow Queen is yet to begin.” - Alice

Metal World

ILLUSIONAUT: “SNOW QUEEN” – THE ESSENCE OF CREATIVE ROCK by Staff  July 22, 2018 Hailing from the landscapes of Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. Illusionaut has been described as space rock with progressive tendencies. Influenced by the likes of Pink Floyd, The Cure, Failure, Jane’s Addiction, Björk, and Mogwai, among others, Illusionaut’s latest album “Snow Queen”, was produced and engineered by Darian Stribling, and mastered by Ken Andrews of influential group, Failure. Ken has worked with acts such as Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle, Stone Temple Pilots, Tenacious D, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and Beck. Illusionaut’salbum was released on vinyl and all major digital stores on 4/20 of 2018. They are currently playing shows in the U.S. and are planning a European tour for 2019. Illusionaut are so immersed in all the elements of space-rock and psychedelia, and have integrated it so well into their music and character, that it makes the music on “Snow Queen” practically sound timeless. It is the essence of creative rock in all its shapes or forms. They’ve come up with an incredible combination of styles. For a band to create rocking, beautiful, energetic, dark, dynamic, trippy, uplifting, and relaxing moods while always sounding unique is as much as anyone could achieve. The raw power and talent from each one of these guys is inspiring. The guitarist, Derek Reed, is a true master of tone and effects, he uses a wide range of textures, his riffs are unique and interesting and solos are tasteful. Jerry Vigil Cordova’s bass complements everything perfectly, and with great timing and thrust, never merely following along. The drums played by Logan Kennedy are always interesting, explosive, and further expanding the wide range of intensity in these songs. Ryan Cook on vocals wraps up the package neatly with his luscious timbre and outreaching cords. The album flows very well and may be best enjoyed as a full set. Illusionaut has done plenty to differentiate itself from its contemporaries and peers, preferring to hone in on the art of a well-crafted five minute songs without sacrificing complex songwriting. Instrumentally, the band is tasteful in enhancing the themes of the album without giving way to proggy excess. The intricate rhythmic designs are impressive yet subtle. From the moment you press play on the opening title track, “Snow Queen”,  a good deal of these song on the album, operate on a soft-to-heavy build, with calm verses giving way to bombastic choruses that unfurl into climactic bridges. All the time, the band never cruises on autopilot, easy as it would be to do. Each of the songs utilize the band’s penchant for lush instrumentation to full effect, often creating a mood and atmosphere that builds into a goose-bump raising climax, which is what happens on “Take Me To The Edge” where the vocals soar into infinity. The band strikes a great balance between softer moments and more driving tunes. Furthermore, they write melodies that are among the most haunting and mystical of the year, and can be heard on both “Glue Trap” and “Hypnotize” which have been receiving airplay. Illusionaut pride themselves on their compositional mastery and performing dynamicity, and it is these nuances that come to the fore on “Keep Running”, “Tell Tale” and “Illusion”. The former cut, once again showing off the premier skills of vocalist Ryan Cook and drummer Logan Kennedy. The more sensitive, softer underbelly of Illusionaut is uncovered in “Spinning inside” and “To Start New”. The band has time to stretch itself out and create chilling soundscapes, led by rolling basslines, and Reed exploring both ends of his guitar, with Kennedy giving us some deliciously varied drum fills. These are serious, gorgeous, and progressive pieces of music. This album reveals the band’s skill in balancing individually accessible tracks with a larger emotive concept. Illusionaut is a band to watch out for, and not because it fills the void left by their legendary peers. These guys are forging their own musical path, and though they still have a lot on the road ahead of them, “Snow Queen” is a definitive memento of where they are right now. OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITE – MUSIC STREAMS – FACEBOOK ” - Staff

Tunedloud Magazine

Having been described elsewhere as space rock with progressive tendencies, Arkansas-based band Illusionaut emerge on this album as floating somewhere between the likes of Pink Floyd, Iron Maiden, and The Pixies – surrounding the listener with thoughtful, dreamlike soundscapes, but also offering plenty in the way of organic rhythms and riffs. The title track kicks things off and pours this ambient, instrumental journey out before you, within which you can easily find yourself swept away – riding the sheer energy and escapism of the moment. It’s a beautiful way to begin, the sort of track you start to appreciate more and more so as it plays on. By the time it’s finished, you may feel the need to listen back through. Take Me to the Edge follows and lays out a similar mood, vocals drive certain ideas though – conceptual properties step forward. The music walks hand in hand with the vocals, building an experience before you that’s interconnected and hypnotic as a moving piece of art. When the drums kick in things really take off, those cascading, simple yet effective guitar riffs suggest that a live show would be quite magical. This song quickly becomes an early highlight, the increasing passion in the musicianship and indeed in that leading voice is energizing. Elsewhere on the project, the band continue to fully utilise the time-frame for each track – or rather, they reach beyond the need to make things fit certain expectations; they let their creative impulses drive freely. You don’t get these sort of wildly expressive, multi-layered rock soundscapes all too often anymore, particularly not in the form of a full album. As you listen to this collection, it feels very much as if you’re hours into an epic evening of live, loud music. The reverb and the emotion surround you, sweep you off your feet a little, and thus that need to witness it in real-time grows and grows. Keep Running is a brilliant song that presents all of the above and more. As a soundscape it evolves consistently, ever-changing, never falling victim to complacency or predictability. It’s quite inspiring to witness. Tell Tale follows and musically lightens the mood a little. An ambient story-line emerges, hopeful and loaded with possibilities – though maybe this is all part of the tale, the fictional overcoat. The switch from the mellow, spacious verse to the heavy hook has immense impact. Glue Trap pours through with quickly memorable riffs and chords that work beautifully together. The song has character and swagger, it’s uplifting and cool, standing out from its peers for its confidence and chaos intertwined – albeit in a notably organised, rather smooth manner. I heard a touch of The Smiths when the vocal melody first appeared. Illusion comes afterwards and completely redirects your wandering mind. Experimentation peaks its head around the corner, the vocals seem distant, whispered from afar, the ideas intrigue and the whole thing cleverly feels like something of an illusion – something unreal or again dreamlike. Rather than write too intensely as all of this plays out, certain moments on this album really let me just fall into a sort of meditative state – the mind having roamed way further than the details of an article could express. Spinning Inside was one of those moments, a song that took a second listen before words seemed necessary. There’s something blissfully delicate and hypnotic about this track, a definite personal highlight. To Start New paves the way to the final song with a seductive meeting between jazz and indie-rock. This late touch of eclecticism creates another beautifully mesmerising and welcomed soundscape around you. The lyrics are poetic and thoughtful. Hypnotize follows and charges through to the finish line with mellow distortion and a sort of quiet aggression – as if the artist is screaming softly on your behalf, projecting your inner demons or your drunken-self in a secret but heavy way. The raw drum-line that takes you through the fade-out leaves a certain overwhelming realness in the room when all is said and done. Classic, progressive rock fans or rock fans in general who’ve tired of the predictable string of releases from recent years – all of you will likely respond positively to this experience. Listen in full, and listen loud. Stream the album on Spotify. Find & follow Illusionaut on Facebook. Visit their Website for more information.” - Rebecca Cullen

Stereo Stickman

Illusionaut – Snow Queen – Album Review If you’ve checked out the recent episode of the SBS Podcast, you’ve already heard me ranting and raving about what’s to come from this band out of Little Rock Arkansas…let’s just say I’m more than a little excited about the upcoming release from Illusionaut and discovering another brilliant band in a genre I’m in love with pretty much unlike any other.  You can call this four-piece band progressive, you can call them space-rock, you can skip all the labels and just assign them a tag of ‘pure-audio-awesomeness’ and leave it at that if you like, that’d be plenty fair and equally apt.  Music like this explores atmospheric depth, immense creativity, and sonic textures that can reach out and grab you – and if you dig your alt-rock…if you dig bands that have influenced them like Jane’s Addiction, Mogwai, The Cure, and Failure – those mood-shifting masters of the musical universe…well…you’ll hear that Illusionaut fits right in there. Or I suppose a shorter way of putting that is, if you’re looking for an album that’ll LAST – listen to this. In a world that is truly only six-degrees from Kevin Bacon at all times, Illusionaut has also demonstrated just how close we really are through the distant sounds on their new album Snow Queen.  If you tuned into the SBS Podcast, you heard me talk about the fact that none other than Ken Andrews of Failure mastered the music on Illusionaut’s album – and anyone that knows me, knows that’s one of the most prominent names on my playlist at all times.  Aside from that awesome fact, is the more obvious point – that the lines between us connect deeper than we all think, and that sometimes just reaching out to one of your own heroes might end up resulting in some sort of creative collaboration between you, just like this became.  But while I could go on & on about just how much I love Ken’s music and how well-suited he is for Illusionaut’s style – it’s also important to recognize that there are a whole bunch of steps that have to be taken successfully in the process before music ever even gets to the mastering stage.  As impressive as this statistic of having Ken onboard really IS – it’s even more crucial to examine the merits in the music that brought them this far…that the efforts of Ryan Cook (Vocals), Jerry Cordova (Bass), Logan Kennedy (Drums), and Derek Reed (Guitar) don’t go unrecognized…because it’s their own ideas and execution, professionalism and performances, that have made this record so worthwhile.  Ken’s there to add the finishing touches and final polish…to make sure no stone or dial has been left unturned…to add to the stunning job the band has done and build on the exceptional production path that Darian Stribling from Blue Chair began…to be that guiding force in the music-scene that points us in the direction of yet another sound out there that we all should hear.  That’s what a hero like Ken does. But make no mistake – when it comes to what makes you want to listen to this whole album, the root cause is the straight-up fact that Illusionaut writes, creates, & plays killer material to begin with. Drifting in with the weather, the meaty sounds of Illusionaut’s music become clear as soon as their title-track starts the record.  “Snow Queen” is a perfectly understated intro – the whole sound slowly creeps into place as the wind dissolves around them to reveal this band’s spectacular full-scope.  Leaning on that combination of influences, it’s a Failure-like sound with notes of The Cure haunting the atmosphere and a Jane’s Addiction-esque sense of composition & structure – “Snow Queen” delivers an immediate hit of mystery & texture combined.  That incredible rumble & tone of Jerry’s bass…the standout notes from Derek’s guitar…the way that Ryan bursts into the mix around the 1:30 mark…the highlight drums from Logan right as the track heads towards its final moments…it all adds up to a seriously satisfying gateway into this whole album.  The brilliant use of space & atmosphere and the added mystique in the layers of depth in the Illusionaut sound give “Snow Queen” a deadly pace & flowing movement that completely captivates the mind & ears, signaling that we’re in for an album full of inventive ideas. LISTEN to the way this band interacts and how these songs develop & evolve as they play on…because this is highly impressive stuff.  That bass-riff starting “Take Me To The Edge” is killer…the guitar notes that soar through the air are a perfect fit…Ryan’s vocals start in that distantly-melodic vein and increase with intensity…and once they’re all locked into place, those amazing drums from Logan come in to add the punch that takes this whole song to that next level.  Right around the 2:20-mark, that Jane’s A influence reveals itself even more through the vocals from Ryan as he rips into the mic with everything he’s got.  “Take Me To The Edge” has incredible energy that runs through it, revealing that Illusionaut is more than capable of transitioning between a smooth atmospherically-based sound and a full-on space-rock extravaganza at any given time if they wanna turn up the heat.  The sonic-elements and dynamics that drive this cut are seriously powerful – Illusionaut proves they’re a force to be reckoned with on “Take Me To The Edge” – and if you’re anything like me, in just two tracks you’ve already noticed that this band has given you countless audible reasons as to why you’d want to continue on listening.  Illusionaut isn’t going for typical hooks of any kind when it comes right down to it, much like their listed influences, they’re clearly hear to make their music an experience that you won’t forget; so rather than burn us out with flashy & catchy sing-alongs, they’ve found their way into an entire sound that has its own orbit – and “Take Me To The Edge” is the song that’ll reveal the strengths of its gravitational pull. “Keep Running” is an exceptional tune and a fantastic follow-up to “Take Me To The Edge” to keep the album on-track and vibrantly interesting to listen to.  Tracks like this fascinate me, they truly do.  “Keep Running” is an amazing example of slow-burning intensity; the movement is almost in a sleepy-groove of sorts, but notice how the power & precision play a role here.  Notes might be spread out, the space might be distant between the layers, but LISTEN to how much passion and punch everything you hear has…even in a slowed-down & more chilled environment like “Keep Running” has for its majority, these guys are clearly playing like their lives depend on it if you’re listening close.  That MATTERS in a song with that mid-tempo pace & ideas in timing/space that “Keep Running” includes – it’s exactly where 99% of the bands out there that attempt stuff like this begin to falter, and exactly where Illusionaut rises to the occasion instead.  The highlights that “Keep Running” soars to are incredibly satisfying to listen to – full-marks to Ryan’s incredible vocals soaring to unbelievable heights on this cut and the way that Logan continually adds to the writing & structures of Illusionaut’s sound by not just keeping the beat, but really contributing to the way their songs move & impact us as listeners with his impressive fills & strong hits. Good lord though…I wish all music had the definition that Illusionaut’s music has.  Listening to “Tell Tale” really makes me appreciate just how stunning the low-end of this band’s sound comes through.  If I had to explain all the times I end up listening to music with no muscle in it…that distinct LACK of low-end presence…if I did that in every review I wrote, it’d probably blow most of your minds with how frequently I’d mention it.  And I suppose I get it to some degree…that’s where those bass-player jokes come in right?  So many bands hide their bass in the mix overall…Illusionaut’s got all the right influences musically however, and they’ve used that as an advantage in directing their own sound to similarly impressive results.  Jerry stands out brilliantly on “Tell Tale” as such as essential part of the Illusionaut sound…and it’s because he’s so reliable back there in the rhythm section with Logan that it allows a player like Derek to get even more inventive, finding innovative ways to contribute to the song without having to be the dominant factor all the time.  In my experience, taking that pressure off a guitar player can lead to some of the most incredible music you’ll ever hear – and that magic is certainly working its way into Illusionaut on “Tell Tale.”  I love the update on the entire post-punk sound that exists within the layers of the music they create, how they combine it with progressive tendencies in their writing & structures, and how seemingly fearless they are when it comes to how they take these ambitious ideas on.  I think “Tell Tale” is another solid example of how to make a song compelling & interesting to listen to in a way you’d want to repeat it through the meaty hooks of songwriting that lasts; everything moves at a pace where you can catch every second with brilliant clarity…there’s no single part or aspect of the song that stands-out so much as the entire song does as a whole, you feel me? Now to solve a mystery for ya…why did I select “Glue Trap” as the song to introduce you to Illusionaut with when I played it on the SBS Podcast last episode?  I could certainly have justified playing just about any song on this record – but I don’t know how many ears out there can resist the way they rip into this cut as it begins.  Accessibility-wise…I’m probably guilty of steering you towards a song from this record with a few more entry-points for most listeners with the more tangible hooks that run through “Glue Trap” – but don’t get me wrong, they haven’t sold-out or gone commercial on ya here.  Noticeably, the hooks in the sound have plenty of strengths of their own when it comes to what catches our attention on “Glue Trap” but the overall balance on this cut between the vocals & music here is what really makes this a gripping track to listen to.  Jerry is crushing it once again with a killer-riff outside of the vocals in the instrumentation on “Glue Trap” and Derek is proving that point I made earlier about finding those innovative ways to contribute as a guitarist with the ability to roam with more creative freedom.  I also think that, while in the thick of the mix, Ryan still continually stands out as a powerful force that bursts throughout the music with multiple highlights each time we hear him.  What I love about the way an album like this is mixed, is that this band GETS IT…they understand that Ryan IS going to rise to the occasion and reveal that power…and that when he does, it’ll come through crystal clear.  It’s because of that, that they know they can leave their individual parts turned right up and put him more on the inside of the mix, allowing the music to sound absolutely MASSIVE and still knowing that he’ll always be able to breakthrough to the top whenever the moment suits the music with nothing that could hold him back.  You might not always catch every word Ryan’s singing…but you wouldn’t with Perry Farrell either – and music like this, it’s never really about that…it’s about creating an entire vibe that sticks right with you.  “Glue Trap” does that without hesitation – right from the drop, it’s engaging & enticing & stays that way. Conversely, I think they’ve put one of their most involved ideas right after their most potentially accessible cut on the record.  I’ve got no doubt whatsoever that “Illusion” will likely take a few listens for most people to come around to…certainly still a strong song, but one that strays further towards the artistic-side of their sound, with more of a twist on the vocals that may/may-not work for everyone when it comes to how they’ve approached the verse.  As far as the chorus is concerned, “Illusion” has got to have one of the best on the entire record…I think the lyrics are exceptional, the way Ryan sings it is straight-up hypnotic and darkly-beautiful…that part is so ready-to-go and easy for our ears to accept.  As far as the verse goes, I know that I dig it personally but I can get that they’re reaching a bit beyond what most people can grasp quickly on “Illusion” – it’s the kind of cut that will have to fight for attention harder on those first spins than some of the surrounding tunes, but also the exact kind of strength & interesting sound that an album needs at the mid-point to keep us continually coming back.  “Illusion” is the song that you’re going to end up realizing you loved a lot more than you thought you did at first. “Spinning Inside” is a wicked highlight in the album’s second-half…what an incredible fusion of all-things-awesome!  I dig the near whisper that Ryan sings the beginning of this tune with, I love the bold bass-groove from Jerry that almost has a delicate jazzy nature to the sound, right before the entire song detonates into an explosive force you likely won’t see or hear coming.  From a structural standpoint, I can understand the looser-constraints of this cut are probably going to challenge a few people – but if you’re anything like the audiophile I am, this whole song completely delivers.  Sonically, it’s just freakin’ rad – I love the searing & soaring guitar notes from Derek floating through the atmosphere, the crisp beats from Logan, and the way that this song can turn on a dime and launch itself into the stratosphere.  An excellent example of contrasting energies in music to your advantage, Illusionaut takes you from the smooth to the gritty without a solitary flinch while the rest of us, as listeners, brace for impact.  “Spinning Inside” cleverly gives you just a glimpse of the heights it’ll reach before the first two-minutes are up, but doesn’t fully let that power flow until nearly thirty-seconds later…at which point, this whole game is fully on and we’re right in the thick of the album’s second-longest tune and another incredible adventure in sound that brings us through multiple dimensions of their own style & capabilities. Sound-wise, the largest departure you’ll find on Snow Queen is in the late stages of the record, on “To Start New” – and I’d certainly encourage this kind of exploration in this band to continue.  From a purely atmospheric & artistic standpoint, “To Start New” has so much to offer…I’ve enjoyed myself every time from beginning to end in listening to this record, but every time this song came around it was such a welcome sound to my ears.  Stunningly different from the rest of the album, “To Start New” brings in all kinds of like…saxophone sounds?  I’m pretty sure that’s what we’ve got going on here…I’m not entirely sure where they came from or how they got in here, but man am I thankful that they did somehow.  Straight-up, I found this entire song incredibly dreamy, hazy, hypnotic, stunning, and completely fascinating to listen to…the kind of song so unique from the rest that you feel like you could write an entire essay on it after listening, because it’s so damn interesting all the way through that you hang on every single second as it plays.  A perfect mix of subtle charm, hauntingly melodic sound, and purely captivating ideas…I dunno…”To Start New” might very well be different than a lot of what you’ll hear from Illusionaut, but it definitely still fits cohesively on this record and really gives us a glimpse for just how incredibly diverse and versatile their music can really be.  It’s an absolutely brilliant track and a real stand-out on this whole album as far as my ears are concerned. Circling the wagons back towards the sounds that brought us here, Illusionaut ends their album on the strengths of “Hypnotise” in the slow-burning intensity & glow of their final track.  Ryan makes a verifiable impact on this last cut, mixing it up with a clever & complex role to play on this track, working from one set of his extremes to the other from the low-to-high notes and finding exceptional ways to bring the intensity to the mic while the music remains fairly chilled out all around him.  Dude’s got like, the power of the reverend Maynard James K in the most spectacular moments of “The Grudge” when it comes right down to it – it’s always been about just how much of it he wants to dole-out to us in these songs on Snow Queen.  SOMEHOW…here on what appears to be a somewhat relaxed vibe on “Hypnotise” – he goes on to unleash some of his most massive moments in what can only be described as expertly understated and completely complementary to the music.  You wouldn’t expect him to flip the switch here in a vibe like this, but that’s exactly what happens, making “Hypnotise” one of the most surprising tracks on the album and an absolutely memorable way to exit the entire experience. This whole BAND is stocked full of reasons to listen…and everything I’ve read and researched about them indicates that Illusionaut is fully invested in taking themselves to that next level & beyond.  Snow Queen has been exquisite to listen to from performance to production and in my opinion, Illusionaut has created a record that’s seriously going to last.  It’s being released officially on April 20th – do yourselves a favor and make sure to circle that date on your calendars…you wanna make sure you get some of this. Make sure to stay informed, find music & more on Illusionaut by visiting their main website at:” - Jer@SBS

Sleeping Bag Studios

From Little Rock, Arkansas, Upon The Devil's Request are quite a find. Their music has the same other-lordly groove, and creates the same epic, moody soundscapes, as Manchester's Oceanside, who sadly split in 2011. Could they plug an Oceanside hole? Watch this space.” - Classic Rock Magazine

— Classic Rock Magazine

If only this band had called themselves Little Rock Arkansas, then I could have used up my stock of out of date Jim Dandy Jokes, and freed up some cupboard space. Although to the credit of Little Rock, it did manage to put Messrs GrandFunk and Railroad in a haze. Turns out that the various members of Upon The Devils's Request, namely Jerry Cordova, Derek Reed, Logan Kennedy, and Ryan Cook, have performed together in the past, but after ten years apart decided to return and give to the world their brand of modern prog. So it's Tool and Steven Wilson rather than Yes and ELP, but it's still rather good. They've got all the musical twists and turns requisite in this style of music, and have lyrical and musical concepts galore, which soar right above my ill-educated head. However, those of you who have an actual brain, and a tendency towards Porcupine Tree will find a lot to enjoy on music such as "Walking Through Walls", "Soon Enough", and "In My Dreams".” - Stuart Hamilton

The Rocker Stuart Hamilton
The combination of Ryan's dark progressive lyrics coupled with the raw power of Logan's percussion skills, Jerry's bass prowess, and Derek's proficiency of guitar make this album both complex and captivating; a true sensory experience.” - Brandon Davis

CD Baby

Something about Logan's drums, re-arranging the thump of your heart to the rhythm of his sticks...Jerry's bass causing your blood to course thick and arteries to twitch...Ryan's words will forcefully lay you down, his voice slowly spreading you wide...and Derek's guitar says "it's's ok..." as it saturates you in deep melodies that rejoice and lament. This band...this album...this part in my life...was in fact for me, "Lessons in Loss"..If you like it hazy... I highly recommend you buy this album.” - Amanda Robbins

CD Baby