Twisted Illusion

Twisted Illusion
No Compromise (single)
Release: 13th August 2021

“Like a splash of metal theatre with your coffee/beverage of choice? And a shot of Rainbow, if Rainbow teamed up with Rush? Plus, a generously shrieky serving of Iron Maiden in the chorus? Manchester progressive metal troupe Twisted Illusion combine all this.” Classic Rock / Louder.


TWISTED ILLUSION are preparing to deliver a trilogy of jaw-dropping albums, under the umbrella of Excite The Light. Part One from the collection will arrive on Friday 19th November, with the subsequent albums following in 2022. The band have just dropped the release’s namesake, Excite The Light, as a single. Check out the lyric video for the track, here –

Possessing an enormously engrossing sound, TWISTED ILLUSION’s output is nothing short of phenomenal: Since December 2020, the unstoppable prog rockers have released at least one album per month via Bandcamp ( ). The band have also recently re-recorded their magnificent debut album, Temple Of Artifice, and have released videos for all seven tracks from the record. With this incessant onslaught of quality releases, it’s no wonder that the rising rock crew have attracted strong praise from Prog Magazine, Powerplay Magazine, Classic Rock Magazine/Louder, HRH Magazine, ERB, and Great Music Stories, with the band undertaking a full-page feature with Classic Rock, and winning a coveted Tracks of the Week slot with Louder/Classic Rock. The group’s fanbase is also rapidly gathering pace, with the band managing to independently nurture a diehard fan base stemming from the UK and Europe to North America. They have sold thousands of albums directly to fans, across five continents and to over twenty countries—all without a record label or financial backing.

In true TWISTED ILLUSION fashion, the Excite The Light trilogy is undeniably expansive and delivered with unique style. Plans are afoot for an intimate spoken word tour, documentary, live album, and video releases for each and every track included within the trilogy. Frontman Matt Jones discusses the backstory to the series: “The Excite the Light Trilogy is a distinct representation of all things Twisted Illusion. From sprawling 30+ minute epics to three-minute slices of radio friendly rock, Excite the Light is the epitome of the band’s aims and musical intentions. The trilogy chronicles my journey with my own mental health struggles and my eventual acceptance/recovery as we reach Part 3. Part 1 is an explosive start and is the metal side of the three records. It is by far the darkest of the three, dealing with diagnosis, defiance, and denial. I hope this trilogy can resonate with anyone dealing with any mental health struggle. It’s my life condensed into three albums and the most personal story I feel I will ever tell through my music.”

Track listing:
1. Excite the Light;
2. No Compromise;
3. Medicated Society;
4. Sycophant;
5. Twisted Illusion.

Pre-order Excite The Light: Part One, here –

Twisted Illusion are –
Matt Jones: Guitar and Vocals;
Saxon Davids: Guitar and Vocals;
Phil Shacklady: Drums;
Andy Gotteri: Keys;
Chris Jones: Bass.

Twisted Illusion – No Compromise

Twisted Illusion – Excite the Light

Twisted Illusion – Imitate Me: Part 2.

Twisted Illusion – Freedom to Fail

Twisted Illusion – Imitate Me: Part 1

Twisted Illusion – Hatred Is A Virtue

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Band/Artist location – Manchester England
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