GRAND ILLUSION

Non-Metal / Hard Rock • Sweden
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Anders Rydholm started to play music together with Per Svensson in the band Spartacus in 1980. Per was the lead singer and Anders played the bass. When Anders cousin, Mikael Carlsson in 1982 wanted help to record a demo for his band Vulcan, Anders learned to know the bands singer and guitarist Peter Sundell and Peters younger brother, the drummer Christian Sundell. Peter joined Anders in the band Mark V, a rock funk band with horn section in 1983. A couple of years later in 1986 Anders, Peter, Per and Christian founded the band Promotion. Promotion were active a couple of years in the end of the 80's playing heavy rock, AOR and some WestCoast inspired music. But when all their normal carriers took of in the beginning of the 90's the band were laid on ice.

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GRAND ILLUSION The Book of How To Make It album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Book of How To Make It
Non-Metal 2001
GRAND ILLUSION View From The Top album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
View From The Top
Non-Metal 2002
GRAND ILLUSION Ordinary Just Won't Do album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ordinary Just Won't Do
Non-Metal 2004
GRAND ILLUSION Brand New World album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Brand New World
Hard Rock 2010
GRAND ILLUSION Prince of Paupers album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Prince of Paupers
Non-Metal 2011

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GRAND ILLUSION Prince of Paupers

Album · 2011 · Non-Metal
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'Prince of Paupers' marks a quick comeback of Swedish AOR veterans, Grand Illusion, and still under the command of Anders Rydholm, he still trusted the vocal part to two great singers, Peter Sundell and Per Svensson, and also backed by top session musicians such as Gregg Bisonette and Tim Pierce, also this time, Steve Lukather and Jay Graydon fills in the guest role to add value to this new album.

After several spins, this album has been going back and forth between 75%-85%, but the excitement eventually wears a bit thin and finally settles in 80%. So many great and consistent tracks here except maybe 'On And On' and 'Under The Wire' were weaker. 'Gates of Fire' is an explosive opener, but not as good as the melodic heaven, 'Better Believe It'. The ballad with Steve Lukather, 'So Faraway' is wonderful, although 'Believe In MIracles' is definitely the best choice.

Some other goodies here are 'St.Teresa Love', driven by a slick keyboard in the classic 80s AOR fashion, the harmonies are beautiful and the chorus is a bliss. This track alone gets a solid 90% from me, and also 'Through This War', a brilliant uptempo tune and deserved the same score. 'Gone' is played in the similar style, but slightly below those two, still a great tune as well.

After analyzing their previous albums, I found this to be the most consistent and interesting package they have, and simply I can say this is the best achievement of the band. Some crazily good vocals and killer duets, also packed with sensational rhythm, don't forget that the production is awesome. A strong release despite some of the decent / average tunes, recommended for fans of AOR and melodic hard rock.

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