I've been listening to the leaked album for 3 days now. To be honest, I did not like illumination at all when I first heard it, I almost wanted to cry. This is not the Tristiania that I'd known of, I wasn't used to so much Osten + Vibeke vocals, I missed the growls and I did not like the goth rock influences. (I'm an obsessed BTV fan!!!) But once I got passed the fact that this is yet another very different Tristania offering, I started to enjoy it more and more. After 3 or 4 listens, I'm hooked.
I think Illumination is a very good album, and you can safely say that I'm already addicted to it. After the initial shock, I realised there are still plenty of Tristania sounds/atmosphere in the music, even though it's not a typical Tristania album. The band like to experiment, I don't think they will stick to this style in the future, let's enjoy it while you can. You have to give it a chance!
So far, my favourite songs are The Ravens, Down and Deadlands :wub: