Release date: October 2010
Illuminaudio is the third studio album by American post-hardcore band Chiodos, released on October 5, 2010 through Equal Vision Records. The album was recorded at The Machine Shop in Weehawken, New Jersey with producer Machine (Lamb Of God, Every Time I Die, Cobra Starship). "Recording with Machine was incredible," said Bell. "We didn't really know what to expect, but right away we could tell that he believed in us as musicians."
Illuminaudio is the first and only studio album from the band with vocalist Brandon Bolmer, formerly of Yesterdays Rising, after the departure of Craig Owens. Owens would return to the band in 2012, replacing Bolmer. This is also the first and only album with drummer Tanner Wayne, formerly of Underminded. He would leave the band in 2012, to be replaced by former drummer Derrick Frost. This is also the last album with original guitarist Jason Hale. He would leave the band in 2012 to be replaced by The Fall Of Troy's guitarist and vocalist Thomas Erak.
Illuminaudio "means a new chapter, it means change, and a fresh start. Some of the songs are very personal, and I'm happy to have that," explained Bolmer. "There is a meaning and point to each song, and when put together, it creates something that I will remember for the rest of my life."
Reflecting on the personal nature of the album's content, Bell added, "I hope that people can use Illuminaudio as an escape from their problems and see a light at the end of the tunnel no matter what their situation... There is so much poison and negativity in this world that in order to not let it effect us and the chemistry of our brotherhood, we just have to accept the fact that everybody has their own problems and opinions and hope the best for everyone in any situation." He concluded, "Music isn't meant to be a competition or an open forum for people to destroy; those who treat it is as such simply don't deserve to be graced with it."