Soen blinkt in deze power ballad uit in grote klasse wat musiceren betreft zonder het gevoel uit het oog te verliezen. Episch en groots zonder klef/stroperig te zijn. Helemaal weg van het prog straatje en recht naar het hart met bloedmooie 'klassiek' solowerk. De bijhorende video is bovendien een knap staaltje pakkende cinema (kortfilm).
Imperial verschijnt op 29 januari 2021 via Silver Lining Music.
Founder members Joel Ekelöf (vocals) and Martin Lopez (drums), along with Lars Enok Åhlund (keyboards and guitar), Oleksii “Zlatoyar” Kobel (bass) and Cody Ford (lead guitar), are an undeniable cypher for all the issues and emotions which swirl around us. The outfit once more step up to challenge our perceptions of life and humanity with ‘Illusion’, an addictive ballad brimming with bewitching guitar riffs, powerhouse-soaring chorus’ and a poignant message for all of us to reflect on.
“Illusion is a song about the shared responsibility amongst us if we wish to improve the world, change has to be made by us, you and me...the people” asserts Lopez. “It’s about the frustration of feeling powerless but also the hope in realising that things can be changed for the better” further Lopez, “if we stop criticising each other and making enemies of ourselves by blindly following the ideas of politicians and their media.”
Ekelöf affirms “we can’t just sit around and wait for those in power to help, they are preoccupied with battling each other in matters of greed and power.”
The video follows the tale of a father and daughter in their quest for survival in a dystopian universe.
“‘Illusion’ video is about dreamers” comments Video Producer, Daniele Zed Berretta. “There are people who are ready to lose everything to follow their dreams, no matter the cost. Others are afraid of making dreams come true, so they stop right before fulfilling them, just to keep dreaming”