Age of Illusion

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Illusion is a Polish heavy metal band formed in 1992. Given that I was 10 at the time, and that I left Poland to live in the States just two years later, I never listened to Polish metal, nor have I ever heard of a band called Illusion.

Until I met my wife.

At the time of this writing, we have no less than three Illusion albums queued on a playlist in our car. I was never a big fan, but a random event calendar e-mail came through from an online ticket website and when I saw Illusion playing in Wroclaw I knew we had to go. And that’s exactly what we did last night.

Long story short, it was a pretty awesome metal concert. A rather small venue with great sound that blasted metal music through our bodies even though we were standing near the back end of the hall. Awesome electric guitar, loud bass, heavy on drums. It was everything a metal concert should be. Sweaty dudes in their 40’s and beer spilling drunks included.

And that’s when it hit me: I think I’m getting too old for this shit. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciated the music, and especially the sound quality itself. I just didn’t care for the people crashing into me with plastic beer cups, the drunk people almost passing out next to me, the people always hitting me from one side or the other as they made their way through the packed corridors. And standing itself in one place for two hours was slowly becoming a nuisance. All I really wanted was a damn chair. But who sits at a metal concert?

Don’t even get me started on leaving the house at 8pm to see the concert in the first place. Why would anyone leave their house that late? hahaha

I kid of course, about most of the above. The concert was great and we enjoyed it a lot. Below are a couple of photos from the show, as well as some videos I found on YouTube to better show you who it was that we did see last night.

Here’s a clip of a song that I’ve come to like the most from Illusions repertoire:

And here’s the band itself. Keep in mind that they have aged quite a bit since their 1992 glory days:

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