Review Summary: An excellent experience that stayed with me upon my first listen.
For those of you who has never heard of Rishloo, they are a fantastic Progressive Rock band that came from Seattle. They sound like Tool at some points in Eidolon and their vocalist, Andrew Mailloux, sounds a lot like Maynard. However, both bands are extremely talented and they both have qualities that distinguishes themselves from the other band.
Let's talk about why this album is so great. Eidolon has a sense of flow that most albums do not have. Every song is perfectly placed and no song on the album I would ever skip over. Most tracks demonstrate (most notably Eidolon Alpha) exemplary musicianship that is well beyond their years. Guitarist David Gillet, bassist Sean Rydquist and drummer Jesse Smith all show considerable talent that really makes me wonder why that were never discovered by ANYONE. They broke up recently. Frowny face.
The most unique track off of Eidolon, which is preceded by the very ambient opener Prosag, is Freaks and Animals. Oh boy what a song this is. It is the perfect starting track that is a parody of all of the perceptions made by people about the entertainment industry as a whole. It also informs us about the incredible listening experience we are about to have. The lyrics are both send chills down my spine and makes me chuckle at the same time which is hard to do. Andrew's unique vocal delivery is breathtaking as well is the perfect instrumentals accompanying Andrew.
The next notable song is Pandora. It is quite melancholy but that is far from a bad thing. It covers an incredibly thought-provoking view on depression with metaphorical lyrics and a climax in the last minute that you won't soon forget. The same goes for Alchemy Alice but this incredible song suggests that Alice was high. Disco Biscuit seems to be talking about drugs too but there is nothing very imaginative about this song and it is the weakest of the album. Zdzislaw can be about anything you want but it Drew gives a very weak performance towards the end and To Tame The Temporal Shrew does not give the other band members a chance to shine. That said, still listen to these tracks. They are excellent nonetheless.
Then we come to Eidolon Alpha. This track is by far the best on the album. Every band member gives it their all and Drew really shines on this album. His chanting in the beginning is haunting and once again contains an incredible climax. The same can be said for Omega. The closing track is also amazing but the ending of the song is when Drew is at his weakest because wailing just does not fit his voice. The hidden track is also useless.
This album is a must listen to any fans of progressive rock. Seriously, do not pass this gem up. It has very few flaws and I think you will be amazed.