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 in 2004 , as a project at first and then it became a full band.  In the beginning an instrumental album called “Sedate Illusion” was created, in which Theodore Pegousis (ex-drummer of Equal Vector) took part. “Listen the full album here” Next there was a full length album,  the “0545”, which released in October of 2010 and includes 8 songs and 3 instrumental tracks. Peter Politis, ex-guitarist of Equal Vector, participates in two tracks of this album, 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”. “Listen to the full album here” After that, the “Illusory Sustenance” was created in 2011 – 2012 and contains 8 tracks, which one of them is instrumental. Peter Politis recorded the guitars and Lefteris Zochios created some of the lyric. An important information is that the album has spent its last processing phase (mastering) by Martin Anderson in Lastdropmastering Studios of San Francisco and that it is available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon. “Listen to the full album here” “ What Remains” is the next studio album of Sedate Illusion. It came out in February of 2014 and it is a concept album. Furthermore, there was 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 first three names mentioned above. “Listen to the full album here” “Glass Delusion” is the latest album that released in 2016. It consists of 8 tracks, which 2 of them are reissues of previous albums. These 2 reissues are “All Will”, taken from the album “Illusory Sustenance (2012)” and “Traumatic Skies”, taken from the album “0545 (2010)”. “Listen to the full album here”

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 on the theoretical studies of music and finished Fugue in 2012. Among his courses he studied for a period of time the jazz piano. He formed among four other friends the band Equal Vector, in which he played keyboards and released one ep and one studio album (2002-2009). Also, Vangelis joined Kinetic during the period 2005-2010, and performed live in 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 his relocation to Corfu, in 2011, he met his future bandmates of Sedate Illusion and formed this full band.

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 Corfu and joined a balkan-fusion band, called Amalgama and also two other cover bands, X-Lovers and Deja-vu. Then, Anastasios took part in a prog heavy metal band “Heavean Inside”  as the lead guitarist,  in which he met Vangelis Glavinas and Vangelis Kakarougkas and accepted the proposal to join the team.

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. Vangelis started to play the piano at the age of 6 but he was eventually 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 right after the release of “What Remains”.

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. Andreas started learning drums in the age of 12 years old and successfully entered the Ionian University of Corfu in the Music Department after 6 years. His main focus is jazz studies and also created the band Bitter Almond, with some friends, and released their debut album. He joined Sedate Illusion in 2013 after the release of “What Remains”.

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.