ILLUDIUM: US live dates

Dark dreamgaze act ILLUDIUM and post-black metal mystics EYE OF NIX will join forces for some US live dates.

ILLUDIUM: US live dates

US 2022 live dates

Californian dark dreamgazeprogenies ILLUDIUM and post-black metal mystics EYE OF NIX will join forces for four limited appearances this autumn (and one extra show for the latter) to bring their dynamic and lush sounds to you. This is the first chance to catch both bands performing their current albums “Ash of the Womb” and “Ligeia” live

Please find all currently announced shows listed below.

ILLUDIUM comment: “With these select performances, we will be bringing ‘Ash of the Womb’ to a live audience for the first time through a series of specially curated shows – and the same holds true for our friends Eye of Nix and their album ‘Ligeia'”, frontwoman Shantel Amundson writes.

“The billing for each one of these dates is truly outstanding, and we are thrilled to head out with Eye of Nix on this West Coast tour. See you all on the road!”

EYE OF NIX announce: “”After such a long time of wondering, hoping, and planning, we are excited to be on the road with songs from our most recent album ‘Ligeia’ at last”, singer and guitarist Joy Von Spain adds. “To acknowledge and celebrate reaching the milestone of a decade playing as a live band, we’ll also include a gem from a previous album – and bring out an epic new work to sink your teeth into.

Joining us for this sojourn will be our friends Illudium, and we’re feeling inspired by sharing the stage with such emotive and passionate artists. Each night on the tour has been crafted to take the listener on a journey that must be experienced live. We look forward to seeing all of you once again!”

14 OCT 2022 Seattle, WA (US) Clock-Out Lounge
15 OCT 2022 Portland, OR (US) High Water Mark Lounge
20 OCT 2022 Eugene, OR (US) Old Nick’s (Eye of Nix only)
21 OCT 2022 Oakland, CA (US) Elbo Room Jack London
22 OCT 2022 Sacramento, CA (US) Cafe Colonial

“Ash of the Womb”, the sophomore full-length from California’s ILLUDIUM was born in the fiery pandemonium of the burning season of 2020 when huge tracts of the usually sunshine-filled state went up in flames and skies glowed orange at night. 

The many layers of dark and harsh metal shading on this album can easily be seen as a residue from those events. Yet the listener will still encounter those sun-drenched textures and honey-rich passages from the band’s beginning on “Septem” (2016) that reflect the beautiful landscapes of the Pacific Coast with its redwood forests and the blue ocean that also inspire ILLUDIUM.

Mastermind Shantel Amundson spent her formative years listening to SMASHING PUMPKINS, ISIS, KATE BUSH, and COCTEAU TWINS among many others, which makes it difficult to pin her own music down. While “Ash of the Womb” clearly builds on and expands “Septem”, the new album intensifies the darker and heavier elements, which results in a more dynamic and holistic musical experience that ILLUDIUM elegantly balance against their dreamy and sophisticated side.

Taking their name from a concept coined by Mircae Eliade, ILLUDIUM can be seen as the musical embodiment of the religious philosopher’s idea of “illud tempus” (“that time”), which is referring to the mythical sacred time of the first creation of this world. With a degree in cultural anthropology and art history, it is hardly surprising that Shantel’s lyrics revolve around mystical and metaphysical ideas.

With “Ash of the Womb”, ILLUDIUM have created an equally heavier, darker and yet more honey-combed vision of their musical exploration that gently asks for extra attention and diligent listening before revealing its true depths.

Release date: October 15, 2021

Recording line-up
Shantel Amundson – vocals, guitars, synthesizer
Gregory Wesenfeld – drums
Josef Hossain-Kay – bass



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Available formats
“Ash of the Womb” is available as 180g ash grey vinyl, 180g black vinyl, and on CD.

“Ash of the Womb” is streaming in full at the link below:

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