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Friday, 18th September 2009
De Victorie, Alkmaar, The Netherlands

Article and photos By Menno von Brucken Fock

After a demo a few years ago, new Dutch prog/goth band Illumion recently released the critically acclaimed debut Hunting For Significance. For the first time live with new keyboardplayer Gerton Leijdekker (S.O.T.E.), the band formed by guitarist Eveline van Kampen, went on stage in Alkmaar. However, Illumion would be preceded by support act Ignoramus, while another Dutch goth/rock band (Gandillion) was supposed to be the main event. Because Gandillion for some reason couldn’t make it, Illumion was to be the main act for this late September evening.

Ignoramus, (means "know nothing") is a beautiful name for a band and maybe they will eventually will climb up the ladder. Their slightly progressive influenced rock turned out to be not extremely enjoyable, especially because their singer Cees-Jan Bes wasn’t in great shape and personally I doubt if he will be able to reach such a degree of professionalism that the band he fronts could be successful. It was a surprise for me to learn this band actually released several CD’s! The other members of Ignoramus did rather well but the compositions couldn’t impress the audience nor me.


Illumion Then it was Illumion’s turn. Unfortunately not too many people found their way to De Victorie, but luckily there were more than when the first show began. A bit nervous she was, the good looking, rather slender guitarist of Illumion, in a tasteful and rather sexy outfit. Singer Esther Ladiges thought for a moment she was fronting her other band Unicorn, but she corrected her slip of the tongue instantly and sang with more power and confidence as on the CD so it seemed, also because now she had only one voice instead of multiple recordings of her on the album!

Bass player Peter Boer (also from S.O.T.E.) proved to be a very reliable and stable factor in the band, keeping his balance and playing his bits perfectly. Newcomer Gerton Leijdekker also did a good job and considering he is a guitar player, he must have practiced a lot to be able to play his parts!

Another familiar face on stage was Emile Boellaard on the drums and backing vocals, who played with S.O.T.E. until recently. Boellaard is a professional drummer unlike the other musicians who all have ‘ordinary’ day jobs next to making music. He is more than capable to play these often 7/8 time signatures Eveline composed.

Although the band has to work a bit more on their stage performance, there’s no doubt all musicians are well trained and perfectly capable of bringing the music from their debut album live. The only way to get the experience needed to perform at a professional level, is to play live regularly. Hopefully the venues will recognize the talents of Eveline van Kampen and her band mates and book them for more shows: they deserve it!


Under The Harrow
Scarlet Sin
Into The Labyrinth
Died For Beauty
The Bliss

Illumion Official Website
Illumion Myspace

De Victorie

DPRP Review: Hunting For Significance
DPRP Interview with Illumion


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