Album Reviews
Band: Ten

Title: Illuminati

Label: Frontiers Music Srl

When Gary Hughes and TEN announced their hiatus back in 2008, fans were left in a limbo, would the band be back and would they be the same  Then low and behold they came back in 2010 with the stunning ‘Stormwarning’, but it’s been the last few albums from the band that have really impressed me, with last year’s ‘Gothica’ being the pick of the bunch.  I quoted this as being the band best album to date. 

Little did I know that a year later Hughes and the band would surpass this album with their new release ‘Illuminati’, another monster release.  Ten as a band consists of the main man himself Gary Hughes on Vocals, Dann Rosingana and Steve Grocott on Lead Guitars, John Halliwell on Rhythm Guitars, Darrel Treece-Birch on Keyboards, Steve McKenna on Bass and last but by no means least, Max Yates on Drums.

The album is just superb, this their fourteenth release once again highlights Hughes prowess for bringing history to life, as he not only touches on the secret Illuminati, but also on the Vikings, the ancient city of Jericho, and the mystical Rosetta stone, even bringing in some of that Gothica vibe with Mephistopheles is a demon featured in German folklore. He originally appeared in literature as the demon in the Faust legend. 

The album is just a joy to listen too, as each track unfolds each one surpasses the last.  The opening track 'Be As You Are Forever' is an epic 8 mins long and set's the bar high for the rest to follow.  Epic would be the best way to describe most if not all of these tracks and there's not one under 5 minutes in length and they are all truly epic little numbers in their own right.  

The album was produced by Gary Hughes himself and then mixed and mastered by Dennis Ward, who's been the band's go to guy ever since mixing their 2011 album 'Stormwarning'.  I guess once you find that winning combination why would you want to change it.  

Check the Oxford English Dictionary for epic and it’s described as … “surpassing the usual or ordinary”  … and ‘Illuminati’ certainly does just that.

Review by: Barry McMinn



1.  Be As You Are Forever
2.  Shield Wall
3.  The Esoteric Ocean
4.  Jericho
5.  Rosetta Stone
6.  Illuminati
7.  Heaven And The Holier Than Thou
8.  Exile
9.  Mephistopheles
10.  Of Battles Lost And Won


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