Sedate Illusion Biography

Sedate Illusion is a full band of Vangelis Kakarougkas (ex-member of Kinetic and ex-member of Equal Vector), Anastasios Kibizis (Guitars), Vangelis Glavinas (Bass), and Andreas Alamanos (Drums).

It initiated back, as a project, in 2004 and there was a complete instrumental album called “Sedate Illusion”, where Theodore Pegousis (ex-drummer of Equal Vector) took part. There is the “0545”, the 2nd full length album, with 8 songs and 3 instrumental tracks which its creation begun in February of 2009 and completed on 1 October by 2010. Peter Politis (ex-member of Equal Vector) participates in two tracks which are the rhythm and the solo guitar section of the song “0545” and the solo guitar section of the instrumental track “Fish inside my mattress”.

Kostas Alexakis (ex-drummer of Kinetic and present drummer of Acid Death) participated in the brutal vocal section of the song “As we fall”. The 3rd album “Illusory Sustenance” was created in 2011 – 2012 and contains 8 tracks out of which one is instrumental. Peter Politis participated on guitars and Lefteris Zochios on the creation of some of the lyrics section. An important role in the incident was that the album has spent its last processing phase (mastering) by Martin Anderson in Lastdropmastering Studios of San Francisco and the album is available to buy on iTunes and Amazon.

“What Remains” is the 4th studio album of Sedate Illusion. It came out in February of 2014 and this is a very special album because it is based on a concept from the beginning to the end. Furthermore, there has been a beautiful collaboration with some amazing musicians and those are: Anastasios Kibizis (Guitars), Andreas Alamanos (Drums), Vangelis Glavinas (Bass), Spiros Gelekas (Additional Vocals), Lia Kolita (Additional Voals), Charitini Anastasiadou (Additional Vocals), Konstantinos Koskinas (French Horn), Alexandra Grammenou (Oboe) and the flutes are Elli Anyfanti, Despoina Anyfanti, Maria Maltezou and Athina Doukakis. After that album Sedate Illusion became a full band with the names mentioned at the beginning.

“Glass Delusion” is our latest achievement of 2016. Recorded and mastered is ready for the stores! It consists of 6 new tracks and 2 reissues. These 2 reissues are “All Will”, taken from the album “Illusory Sustenance (2012)” and “Traumatic Skies”, taken from the album “0545 (2010)”.

Members

Vangelis Kakarougkas

Born, raised and lived in Athens, until the age of 28. He studied classical piano at the age of 8 and begun taking lessons of French Horn also. He focused afterwards at the theoretical studies of music and finished Fugue in 2012. Among his courses he studied for a period of time jazz piano. He formed among four other friends the band Equal Vector where he played the keyboards (2002-2009) and joined Kinetic during the period 2005-2010, performing also live at some great shows, such as Rockwave Festival 2007 (Heaven n Hell , Dream Theater, Iced Earth, Anathema, Kinetic), Arch Enemy and Kinetic 2007, Pain of Salvation , Wastefall and Equal Vector 2004 and many more. After moving permanently to the beautiful island, Corfu, in 2011, he met his future bandmates of Sedate Illusion through an another band he participated in, Heaven Inside.

Gear

Keyboards : Korg Kronos 2, Korg Triton Le, M-Audio Keystation 61
Microphones: Rode NT2-A, Shure 58A beta, MXL -990s

Influences

Kevin Moore, Nevermore, Ayreon, Savatage, Anathema, Therion, Rage, After Forever, Opeth, Fates Warning, Dream Theater, Death, Testament, Metallica, Porcupine Tree, Queensryche, Conception, Jason Becker, Marty Friedman, Steve Vai, Steven Wilson, Cynic, Coroner, Queen, OSI, Liquid Tension Experiment.

Anastasios Kibizis

Born and raised in Athens in 1981. He started learning the acoustic guitar when he was 13 years old. He studied at the Conservatory of Athens until the age of 20 and afterwards he went at the Jazz department of Nakas Conservatory, but he dropped it early and focused at the metal music and studies. After some years he moved to the Corfu island and joined a balkan-fusion band, called Amalgama and also joined two cover bands, X-Lovers and Deja-vu. Then, after joining Heaven Inside (a progressive metal band) he met with Vangelis Glavinas and Vangelis Kakarougkas, where he joined afterwards Sedate Illusion as the lead guitarist and composer.

Gear

Guitars : PRS custom 24, Schecter Jeff Loomis 7-string, Takamine G-Series Acoustic. Elixir Strings 9.
Amps: Bugera 333XL, Blackstar HT-40.
FX: TC Electronics Nova System.
Picks: Dunlop Jazz III

Influences

Megadeth, Metallica, Dream Theater, Fates Warning, Chroma Key, Rush, Opeth, Crimson Glory, Ayreon, Psychotic Waltz, Nevermore, Death, Morbid Angel, Camel, Eloy, Marillion, Devin Townsend, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Yngwie Malmsteen, SRV, Pat Metheny, Tommy Emmanuel, Aaron Parks, Iasis, Mode Plagal, Sokratis Malamas, Gojira, Leprous, Haken.

Vangelis Glavinas

Born and raised in Kastoria in 1989. Started learning the piano at the age of 6 and after 10 years he was captivated by the sound of the electric bass. During his college years in the Music Department of the Ionian University of Corfu he participated in numerous of bands such as Heaven Inside and Aphotic Dimension and other cover bands. He joined Sedate Illusion in 2013 and in 2017 he joined a swing jazz band, playing the Double Bass.

Gear

Electric Bass : Dean Edge Pro 5, Fender Dimension 4-String Jazz Bass, Double Bass – Aria SWB – LITE- BIS. Amplifiers: Ampeg SVT-4PRO

Influences

Eloy, Rush, Van der graaf Generator, Elp, Aphrodite’s Child, Yes, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Camel, Wishbone Ash, Marillion, Ufo, The Who, Cream, Jethro Tull, Iron Maiden, Opeth, Dream Theater, Riverside, Fates Warning, Queensryche, Shadow Gallery, Death, Control Denied, Cynic, Nevermore, Coroner

Andreas Alamanos

Born in Corfu in 1996. During his school years he joined the philharmonic band of his hometown at Sinarades as snare drum player. In the age of 12 he started learning drums and he successfully entered the Ionian University of Corfu in the Music Department after 6 years. He focused in jazz studies and he also created with some friends the band Bitter Almond at the same time, where they released their debut album. He joined Sedate Illusion in 2013 and in 2017 he joined with Vangelis Glavinas a swing jazz band, playing the drums.

Gear

Drums : Gretsch Catalina Maple 6 piece kit. Istanbul Mehmet 15″ Hi-Hat Legend Dark Series, Istanbul Mehmet 22″ Legend Dark Ride Sizzle. Remo 14″ CS Coated Black Dot Snare, Remo 10’’, 12’’,14’’, 16’’ Emperor Coated Tom Drumheads.

Influences

Virgil Donati, Vinnie Colaiuta, Billy Cobham, John Bonham, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Pink floyd, King Crimson, Fates Warning, Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson, Anekdoten, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple Tigran Hamasyan, Robert Glasper Experience.