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Review: Ego - Architect of Illusions
Architect of Illusions

Label: Independent
Year released: 2009
Duration: 45:50
Tracks: 9
Genre: Progressive Metal


Review online: February 5, 2009
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 2.4/5 (48%) (5 Votes)

Ego is the name of Spanish multi-instrumentalist Unai Rubio's outlet for his serious Dream Theater worship. On Architect of Illusions he handles everything from playing all the instruments to writing the music and lyrics. Vocals are handled by Iñigo Lopez (male) and Xandra Jimenez (female) and Irantzu Mateos plays violin on the track "Ego." Obviously, Señor Rubio is talented. Unfortunately, he's also pretty boring.

Talent notwithstanding, there just isn't much to remember on Architect of Illusions. There's plenty of grandiose lyrical themes (see exhibit A, "Bridge Over Polluted Water") and musical wankery. There are quiet piano pieces and over-blown jazz-influenced guitar solos. But none of it leaves a lasting impression. And more often than not, the heavier parts of the songs are more Hard Rock than metal.

I gave Architect of Illusions a "2" instead of a "1" for a couple of reasons: 1) it is a self-produced, essentially one-man affair, which can't be easy, and 2) the music is well played. But that doesn't make up for the lackluster songs. I cannot recommend this to anyone other than hardcore Progressive Metal fans. There are several more attractive options available.

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