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State of Illusion is a progressive melodic rock band based in Greenville, SC. The band has played shows throughout the Southeast, including memorable performances with artists such as Staind and Chevelle, along with functions for Disturbed, Killswitch Engage, Lacuna Coil, etc.
Now, after taking some time to reinvent themselves, State of Illusion have released their crowning achievement, or what they view as their new debut, Aphelion (7/22/14).
As personnel came and went, core-members Jacob Porter (vocals/guitar) and Josh Breland (bass), produced and recorded the entirety of Aphelion's 13 tracks themselves, spending nearly 2 years in the studio, crafting the album's songs to perfection. Working as a duo allowed Porter and Breland to record multiple instruments, with Breland performing drums, guitars and piano, and Porter performing piano and pedal steel, along with their respective instruments. After Aphelion's release, the band was joined by drummer Richard McDonald and lead guitarist Cam Grogan.
Aphelion, which cracked the top 100 rock charts worldwide in its first week of release, stands out amongst its contemporaries. The album is complete, in every sense of the word, with its many textures and range of sonic landscapes. With soaring anthems, such as the radio-ready single, "Find Yourself," to heavy-yet-melodic tracks, "Over" and "The Price You Pay," to quiet moments, highlighted in the reflective "Reach the End," Aphelion covers a full spectrum of emotion.
State of Illusion, seasoned with experience and a reinvigorated approach, is preparing to take Aphelion on the road.