Rishloo
Feathergun


4.0
excellent

Review

by Dunpeal USER (10 Reviews)
July 9th, 2010 | 39 replies | 6,738 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In their most consistent and coherent effort to date, Rishloo once again bring the onslaught of bombastic, moody vocals mixed with their own brand of delicately devilish musical arrangements.

It's not too often that we find a band making steady progress with each step in its career. In an hype-driven era, Rishloo have quietly been the picture of consistent quality. They have certainly grown significantly since their 2004 debut and as anyone who has been around since their inception knows, it's been enjoyable every step of the way.

In their third studio album, Feathergun, Rishloo find themselves in a much more confident stage within their evolution as artists. They open the album with a safe transition from Eidolon in Scissorlips. This track is somewhat misleading in that one might think that Rishloo is in danger of simply re-treading old ground, which might be bad for most bands, but not this band; however, in about the last minute and a half of the song the listener is treated to one of the best displays of instrumentation and then Mailloux puts the finishing touch on it, thus letting the listener know that he is in for something special the rest of the way.

What impressed me most about this record was Rishloo's ability to provide something unique in each song while still remaining true to themselves and their sound. Every song has the ability to project it's own story while still remaining focused on the record as a whole. One will find something enjoyable in each track so that listening to the album from tracks 1 to 11 never feels tired or boring.

I don't want to make the mistake of pumping up this album as the best of all time, let alone the best that Rishloo will ever be able to offer. There are certainly a few instances in the album where I wasn't too excited about what I was hearing, but in the end Feathergun provides a wide spectrum of sound, enough to satisfy and pull me back in when my ear might begin to stray. If I have learned anything about Rishloo, it is that they are all about progression and moving forward, so I look forward to their future endeavors.

Overall, Feathergun offers up another fantastic glimpse into the creative minds behind Rishloo. This is probably their most consistent and coherent effort, which is actually impressive to me considering that their previous two albums were already pretty good. The album is not without it's minor hiccups, such as the rare occasion when Mailloux seems to bite off more than he can chew thus inhibiting the instruments a bit, but the good vastly outweighs any negatives. If you haven't heard of Rishloo, generally like progressive rock, and are looking for something new, this is definitely the album for you.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Dunpeal
July 9th 2010



3590 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5


been listening to these guys a bit lately so I figured I'd review them and hopefully expose others to a very solid band

Maniac!
July 9th 2010



26246 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

good review, pos.

Maniac!
July 9th 2010



26246 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

also, you should say what the 'hiccups' are, rather than just saying there are flaws. every album has some sort of flaw, its your job to point them out.

but thats just my opinion

Dunpeal
July 9th 2010



3590 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5


good point. I have to admit I struggled with that. I don't want to sound fanboyish as the album is not perfect, but there's nothing I can put my finger on as far as saying something like "the vocals were a detriment in this track or that track"

it was more of me just not enjoying parts of songs as much as others, and that's a bit hard for me to convey in words without maybe taking too much away from the album.

but i'll try to think of why exactly some parts didn't grab me as much as others. thanks

Maniac!
July 9th 2010



26246 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh, dude I know exactly what you mean. The album is close to flawless, but not inherently good enough to be a 5. Right? I understand that, I have written a few of those reviews.

Dunpeal
July 9th 2010



3590 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5


fixed. hope that helps

Maniac!
July 9th 2010



26246 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Still a good review :]

Dunpeal
July 9th 2010



3590 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5



cool man. appreciate the feedback as always

Maniac!
July 9th 2010



26246 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

no prob, I enjoy helping...

now if i could only figure out what I wanna review next...

Dunpeal
July 9th 2010



3590 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5



it's tough. most albums that aren't already reviewed are that way for a reason lol

Maniac!
July 9th 2010



26246 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I got a few in mind that are either unreviewed or poorly reviewed.... just don't have the inspiration to write something decent.

AnotherBrick
July 9th 2010



9770 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this good?

Maniac!
July 9th 2010



26246 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

better than the mayan factor

AnotherBrick
July 9th 2010



9770 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

gtfo

Dunpeal
July 9th 2010



3590 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5



lol @ Brick


but yeah man, at least you have some in mind. My problem is i rarely listen to albums in their entirety because i usually can bare to as a lot of albums these days have like 2-3 good songs


i have one i'm working on, but it's pretty obscure, doubt very man have even heard it. it's actually listed here already though, without a review, so that's why i decided to give it a go

Maniac!
July 9th 2010



26246 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

brick im jk, you cant compare the two bands...2 different genres. but this really is good

Dunpeal
July 9th 2010



3590 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5


actually listening to MF on myspace now. sorta sound like they're going for the same vibe. interesting

Maniac!
July 9th 2010



26246 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The Mayan Factor are also an indie/progressive band, but they primarily rely on acoustic tunes. Unlike the artsy electric rock found with Rishloo

Dunpeal
July 9th 2010



3590 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5



yeah, i'd say MF is more straight-up rock with a hint of prog i guess. on a first listen i'd say it's a more sophisticated version of Staind, but yeah can't really compare


Rishloo tends to really go out there with their vocals and musical arrangements

Dunpeal
July 9th 2010



3590 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5



def. a good band though. good look brick



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