Obstacle Illusion - Two Roads

Tuesday 5th March 2002
Obstacle Illusion - Two Roads
Obstacle Illusion - Two Roads

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Trevor Kirk

A debut release from a band from Pennsylvania who formed in the autumn of 1999, featuring 10 self-composed songs in Caedmon's Call/Jars Of Clay style. At first listen, you would be forgiven for thinking that it WAS Caedmon's, particularly when Aimee Hauenstein gets involved with some cool vocal work, but whilst acoustic rock is the preferred style of many bands, these guys are a cut above the average. Rich D'Adamo is the main songwriter, he also plays lead guitar, Matt Ralph takes lead vocals and rhythm guitar, with Chris Bechtler on bass and Don Holocher on drums, and on some tracks there's the added bonus of producer Keith Mohr on keyboards. The songs that Rich has crafted are strong, Scriptural, and cliché-free and at nearly 45 minutes for 10 tracks, this is a promising debut and well worth seeking out. Now let's hope that Obstacle Illusion will be able to build on this and avoid any accusations of clone-ism.

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Posted by Stan George in Kosovo @ 19:54 on Jul 7 2007

They are a really great group. I had the good fortune to be invited to a private gathering in Hemlock Farms, Hawley PA a few years back (1997 or so) that they performed at. Wasn't more that 100 people there. They were really good performers and great people to meet and talk to. I hope they have had great success since then.

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