Rating: 3,5 / 5
Buy Album: https://matheusmanente.bandcamp.com/album/illusions-dimension-remastered
Artist Website: http://www.matheusmanente.com/
Matheus Manente – all instruments
Gryzor87 – guest keyboardist
1. Illusions Dimension
2. Kinetic Disturbances
3. The Shapley-Curtis Debate
4. Inner Peace
5. Symmetry of Evil
6. Market Garden
8. The Seventh of Nights
10. Virtual Destruction
11. The Burial of the Count of Orgaz
12. Brihadeeswarar Temple
13. Dreams and Memories
Matheus Manente has been a music mercenary for almost a decade, participating in dozens of projects both as musician and as producer – but now it is time for him to release something of his own. There’s at least a thrash metal work in his résumé, but they’re mostly of a prog nature, so there’s no doubt where his preference lies and what to expect of “Illusions Dimension”.
The same can be said of his instrument of choice. Apart from the keyboards, which are handled by Gryzor87, Manente assumes all roles (ah, yes, vocals are out too – this is an instrumental record); and while his drum skills are quite basic, his guitar playing is stellar.
But I have mixed feelings when it comes to his songwriting. He fidgets his six strings in long and intense pieces, producing intricate solos, licks and riffs – striking bass lines as well, as in “Kinetic Disturbances” – and messing around with tempos and structures. He does add a beautiful acoustic guitar to “Castaway”, just as beautiful as the piano sadness of “Inner Peace”, and then “Market Garden” has an ominous vibe that the record doesn’t witness in any other of its tracks; but still, if you’re looking for some out-of-the-box compositions, you won’t find them here. “Illusions Dimension” is for those who choose extraordinaire performance over originality.