Rishloo
Feathergun


4.5
superb

Review

by Maniac USER (21 Reviews)
March 24th, 2012 | 47 replies | 2,262 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With Feathergun, Rishloo have moved past their previously darker material to create a colorful and passionate work of art, as well as their magnum opus.

3 of 5 thought this review was well written

It’s no secret that Rishloo have been compared to bands such as Tool, Dredg, Fair to Midland, and alt/progressive bands of the like. However, any obvious influences that may have presented themselves before have been cast aside on Feathergun. Unlike its predecessor, Eidolon, Feathergun's overall aesthetic, or feel, is much brighter and more colorful. Songs like "River of Glass" and "Keyhole in the Sky" are a perfect representation of the artistic change the band made with this album. Gone are the shocking and visceral moments of aggression shown in songs like "El Empe". Now Rishloo focus more on creating atmospheres with rich, vibrant sounds that captivate the listener.

However the blessing and curse of this band is the fact that the success of Rishloo's delivery practically lies on the shoulders of the vocalist, Andrew Mailloux. Without his unique vocals, the mood of the album wouldn’t be nearly as dazzling. His passionately grandiose wails singlehandedly make moments like the build-up in "Weevil Bride" something special. While the fact that, without Andrew, the overall music isn’t nearly as interesting, I don’t think that his style of vocals could likewise be as effective in any other setting. It’s this symbiotic relationship between the vocals and instrumentation that makes Rishloo special.

Unfortunately, this also comes at a cost. The fact that Andrew decided to depart from the band after this release caused them to have to stop the project entirely. Considering how well they all worked together, it is hard to see how they could have not made that decision. It is sad to see that this may be the last work we hear from Rishloo, because they were a band that were just discovering what they could be.



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Maniac!
March 24th 2012



26246 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

1. Yay I finally did it.

2. Short reviews ftw

3. This is me coming out of a really hard case of writer's block, so please be gentle.


Friendly help is always appreciated.

Cipieron
March 24th 2012



3508 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this album blew me away when i first heard it

i liked the review, it's short like you said, but good


interested to see what the band does without Andrew

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2012



21579 Comments


last paragraph reads kinda awkwardly (probably cos of the first person) but otherwise good review
pos

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Maniac!
March 24th 2012



26246 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I did kind of change to first person and back out of nowhere. I will fix it.

Yazz_Flute
March 24th 2012



18764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

His long, passionately grandiose wails


That's a bit wordy.

This was mostly good for a short review, though.

Digging: Cormorant - Dwellings

Cipieron
March 24th 2012



3508 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

fuck it, just bumped this from 4.5 to 5

Tyrael
March 24th 2012



20740 Comments


WHY IS THIS NOT A GOODIE MOB REVIEW

Also, I went to see Korn yesterday and I liked it, recover from that! Hah!

Pos'd

DoubtGin
March 24th 2012



6748 Comments


lol

ThroneOfAgony
March 24th 2012



3485 Comments



"However the blessing and curse of this band is the fact that the success of the whole style of their music practically lies on the shoulders of the vocalist, Andrew Mailloux"

reads awkwardly but otherwise review is alright

Maniac!
March 24th 2012



26246 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

made some changes, hopefully it reads a bit better now


lol 2 negs in 5 minutes

ThroneOfAgony
March 24th 2012



3485 Comments


"However any moments of obvious influences that may have presented themselves before have been cast aside on Feathergun."

really choppy wording here, but just clean that up and the review look a lot better

Maniac!
March 24th 2012



26246 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thank you, sir.


Trying to get out of my rut. I post a review like every three months and end up getting worse at it because I don't practice enough.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2012



49801 Comments


bless you

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2012



49801 Comments


Gesundheit

Maniac!
March 24th 2012



26246 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

wut

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2012



7970 Comments


gayyyyyyyyyyyy




nice soundoff

Josh D.
March 24th 2012



13967 Comments


I want to like this band more. They are good, but modern prog rock isn't my thing or something.

Philalethes
March 24th 2012



245 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I though I just recently read somewhere that these guys are still going forward with their latest project without Mallioux.

Cipieron
March 24th 2012



3508 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

they are, new name for the new band and everything

cb123
March 24th 2012



1993 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

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