Illnath – “Third Act in the Theatre of Madness” (2011)


Label: Pitch Black Records

Review by Tony Cannella

From Denmark, Illnath is a female fronted extreme metal outfit. They were formed in 2000 and in 2011 released their third album, “Third Act in the Theatre of Madness”.

In lead vocalist Mona, Illnath has a singer that is sure to give Angela Gossow a run for her money in the extreme metal field and musically the band provides enough technicality, melody and talent to make each song interesting. The bombastic opener “Third Act” sets the tempo and from there on songs like “Scarecrow” and “Lead the Way” Illnath provides plenty of heavy moments. There is no doubt about it, Illnath is certainly an aggressively relentless powerhouse force but on songs like “Tree of Life and Death” they also bring a melodic element to the table. This is also my favorite song. On “Fall of Giants” Illnath brings the intensity to new level and this is one of the thrashier songs.

Illnath are very good and “Third Act…” is quite an impressive release from this band and one that is certainly sure to please fans that are looking for worthwhile artists in the extreme genre. Be on the lookout for their fourth album “4 Shades of Me”.

Rating – 90/100



  1. Third Act
  2. Scarecrow
  3. Lead the Way
  4. Snake of Eden
  5. Shorthanded
  6. Spring Will Come
  7. Tree of Life and Death
  8. Fall of Giants
  9. Vampiria
  10. Kingship Incarnate (bonus track)


Line Up

  • Mona Beck – Vocals
  • Peter “Pete” Falk – Guitars & Keyboards
  • Kenneth Frandsen – Bass
  • Reno Killerich – Drums (Session)
  • Michael Huhle – Drums on Track  #10 (Session)


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