Article by: Leanne Ridgeway
Hailing from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the instrumental progressive metal act ILLUMINATED MINERVA will be independently releasing their new album ‘Enigma Adamantine‘ come this September 25th, 2020.
This new album, while touching on similar concepts of their 2014 debut EP ‘The Immaculate Deception‘, embraces longer songs, a more technical edge, and a higher production value. With a little bit of everything genre-wise, except of course vocals, ILLUMINATED MINERVA takes the listener on a ride through space and conspiracies theories guided by archived audio clips.
The band shares their take on the album:
“‘Enigma Adamantine‘ is an instrumental progressive metal album based around conspiracy, UFOs, and abductions. A musical examination of modern mythology laid out with hard-hitting bass grooves, technical guitar lines, soaring leads, and complex drumming matched with audio from years past present an auditory mirror reflecting our deepest fears and questions yet to be answered. An album experience as unique as the stories within.”
The album, as a concept album, is written to be listened to as a whole and in chronological order, where the themes can flow from one song to another. The progressive and melodic instrumental quartet suits a wide variety of people, especially fans of Tool, Scale the Summit, and Intronaut.
You can have a listen to the brand new single “Sightings” in an official video or audio stream below.
01. Heart Beat of Creation
04. Wilder (Mother Goddess)
05. Illuminatus Majoris
A bit more details into the album can be found with the band’s track-by-track plot concepts:
Opening up ‘Enigma Adamantine‘ with a universal bang, “Heart Beat of Creation” sets the tone of the album with monstrous grooves and spacey cleans matched against the backdrop of extraterrestrial human origins and universal creation. “Sightings” is the track for those who ‘want to believe’! Odd time signatures, throbbing bass, and first-hand accounts of unknown aircraft frame the question of are we alone.
“Abductions” is two bros, one alien abduction. A musical retelling of Charles Hickson’s account of his abduction on the Pascagoula River. Progressive movements mixed with technical riffs recount the mind-blowing tale of these two friends. “Wilder (Mother Goddess)” is an onslaught of technical brutality set to a narrative of biology, reptilian beings, and ritual. Slithering guitar, ancient rhythms, and ripping bass cut deep in this track.
“Illuminatus Majoris” is the capstone of the album. Bringing beautiful, melodic progressions weaving a web of power, greed, and corruption. Building into a powerful climax, searing leads and an explosive outro close out the album… although a final message remains.
Nathan Bourgeault – Guitar
Jordon Bourgeault – Drums
Matt Petti – Bass
Pat Lawtey – Guitar