Rishloo
Eidolon


3.5
great

Review

by Dunpeal USER (10 Reviews)
July 8th, 2010 | 10 replies | 3,193 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Eidolon is a journey. Where that journey takes you is essentially up to you. Although, if the rich guitars and shamanistic vocals have anything to say about it you'll most likely end up in a better place than where you were before you let this album touch

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

In my review of Rishloo's first album, my overall description pegged it as a cross between Tool and A Perfect Circle. In Rishloo's sophomore effort we find them getting a bit more comfortable in their own skin and sound. This is exactly on par with everything they've been saying in their interviews. While always being appreciative of the comparisons to Tool, it was clearly not their goal to be in Tool's shadow for their entire career and they were looking to move on from that sound sooner rather than later. For better or worse, Eidolon has accomplished exactly that.

I have to start off by saying that right out of the gate I did not like this album quite as much as I liked their first album. That was mostly due to the dramatic shift in vocal style that Andrew Mailloux, lead singer, chose to incorporate in the first two songs. However, once I got past that and my ears assimilated to this new direction I was able to fully appreciate the album in its entirety. It's also necessary to say that after the first two songs, which aren't all that bad when taken in context, Mailloux doesn't stray very far from his original vocal style.

The great thing about Rishloo is that they've always packed a solid one-two punch in regards to vocals and musicianship. This is probably the main reason why I like to measure them up against Tool. This trend certainly continues in their second album. The tracks that they lay down behind Mailloux's vocals are otherworldly and definitely a step above their first outing. The guitars assault your ears from what seems like every angle and then all of the sudden posses the capability of coming back together in a harmonious orgy of sound. I also must add that it is no doubt due to their top-notch musicianship that I was easily able to get used to those first two songs.

Once again Rishloo have produced an album where it's very easy to let each track melt into the next. It's a wonder to me that this band still remains unsigned, even as I write this review after they've already completed three studio albums. This album should be enjoyable to most fans of progressive rock who are open to new things. Eidolon is a journey. Where that journey takes you is essentially up to you. Although, if the rich guitars and shamanistic vocals have anything to say about it you'll most likely end up in a better place than where you were before you let this album touch your ears.



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Nick Mongiardo CONTRIBUTOR (4.5)
An excellent experience that stayed with me upon my first listen....

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Dunpeal
July 9th 2010



3571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0


damn, I didn't notice Ross' review until after I finished mine. His owns mine for sure. oh well i guess

Powerban
July 9th 2010



2380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice review. It was straight to the point and cut out most of the bs. pos

Dunpeal
July 9th 2010



3571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0


thanks man. everyone has their own style I guess. I try not to get over analytical, but I did think Ross's was well done.

DDconjoined
July 9th 2010



326 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah man thanks for reviewing this, the band needs more rec.. but if you cut it down then this band sounds nothing like tool, listen to the guitar, the bass, do the drums sounds like Danny?? atmosphere, keys? vocally Drew can hit notes like Maynard, but does not sound like him and can often out match him in certain areas.. its just a bland comparison.. and your review would have been better without it..

Dunpeal
July 9th 2010



3571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0


I agree. I did it mostly to give them more recognition. I don't think I harped on the Tool thing much, especially since I agree that they've moved away from that sound in this second album and even more so in their third, but hey, thanks for the feedback.

pizzamachine
July 9th 2010



12568 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice short review, and no you didn't harp about Tool. The comparison was worked well into your review. I'm checking this stuff out now.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
July 9th 2010



7162 Comments


It's not popular, but I prefer Feathergun to this one. It's way better produced and more memorable. Good review.

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PayneTiger777
July 9th 2010



4366 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice review. I think this is their best album, even though I liked Feathergun a lot.

Maniac!
July 9th 2010



26187 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Feathergun is more consistent

Dunpeal
July 9th 2010



3571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0


thanks to all for the feedback. I agree. I like Feathergun better than Eidolon. I plan on doing a review for that album soon so that more ppl can be exposed to this band.



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