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Illusions of Grandeur

Updated: Dec 4, 2020

By: Maggy



Illusions of Grandeur “IOG”, is a Theatrical Hard Rock/Fantasy Metal band based in Lancaster, PA. IOG took the PA and NJ scenes by storm, debuting “The Siren Saga” live show. The Siren Saga is a story of the journeys, perils, and triumphs of the Siren and her warriors. The story mixes facts and fiction combining Greek and Norse Mythology, Sirens and Archangels. The debut album “The Songs of the Siren” was released 8/30/2019 by Pavement Entertainment on all digital outlets.

The band was formed in 2015 by Maggie Carlton and CM Carroll. We began touring and playing shows in 2016. The band was started to play our own music and support my vocal style. CM and I have been in bands together before, but we wanted to take things in our own direction. Our music conveys ideas of Greek and Norse mythology, mixed with double entendres to show actual emotions and experiences of life.

Illusions of Grandeur new single “Crossing Over” is out now on Toil Records, a taste of the new album “The Siren” Due Out in March of 2021. IOG’s fierce and energetic live show has gained them a legion of fans dubbed “The Siren Nation” who follow them worldwide, at live shows, and on social media. Fans of IOG also listen to In This Moment, HELLYEAH, Lacuna Coil, Godsmack and others. Since their formation, Illusions of Grandeur have toured in the United States as well as across the UK and Europe, and made appearances at various festivals including Sav Fest, Dewey Beach Music Festival and Witney Music Festival. I.O.G. has shared the stage with artists as varied as DOPE, Motorgrater, September Mourning, New Years Day, Puddle of Mudd, Stryper and Otep.


THE SIREN SAGA:

The Siren was a winged creature with the body of a woman, feet and arms of a bird. She

perched high on the flowery hilltops where she watched over and protected the Goddess Persephone, daughter of Zeus and Demeter. From the tops of Mount Olympus, the Siren soared as a God. One warm, sweet spring solstice, Persephone innocently wandered off through a field of flowers. She was attracted to a magical glowing flower and as she reached out with both hands to grab it, the ground beneath her began to quake and opened into a large hollow. Confused from the fall, Persephone did not see Hades, God of the Underworld, until he was already upon her. Her screams echoed out of reach as Hades pulled her back to the Underworld

where he intended to marry her.

The Siren failed in her sworn duty to protect Persephone. She was stripped of her wings by Goddess Demeter and banished from Mount Olympus to a tiny island off the coast of Sicily. She would remain on earth until she found Persephone and returned her home safely. This is now the Sirens journey. She must venture to the Underworld and take Persephone from Hades.


Frightened and alone, she was lured to the seas, like a longing, calling to her soul. Once she reached the shores rocky cliffs, the mist from crashing waves began hitting her skin and revealed a glimmer of scales and fins of a water Siren. The Siren will soon discover all her newfound abilities the sea provides her. She would learn that when she sang, she was irresistible to mortal men. She could control their minds and use them to build an army. Yet, the challenge was unlike any she had faced before. Alone and haunted by her past, if she was to have any chance of success, it would mean pushing herself towards her own self-destruction. After all, anyone who had ever faced the God of the Underworld has never returned... Members: The Siren - Maggie Carlton – Vocals Archangel – CM Carroll – Bass Ares- Ted Domzalski-Drums Executioner- Julian Yeager - Guitar The song lyrics tell a fictional story mixing Greek and Norse Mythology, specifically about the tales of the sirens. Our own emotions and experiences are embedded in the lyrics as well.

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