Rishloo
Eidolon


4.5
superb

Review

by Nick Mongiardo CONTRIBUTOR (93 Reviews)
April 28th, 2013 | 83 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Excellent, raw progressive rock featuring one of the greatest vocal performances in recent memory.

The thing that seems to always turn people off of this album never fails to be the production. It possesses a raw, in your face quality reminiscent of the style that Isis went for with Panopticon, but in a more progressive fashion. Typically, this type of sound never normally suits music like this even in the slightest, but Eidolon exists as the soaring exception. Though occasionally delving into cheesy territory with its sometimes overblown lyrics, the entire record has a way of cutting to the listener's core by means of hard hitting guitar riffs, seamless flow, exceptional musicianship and one of the most talented vocal performances ever delivered in the genre. Be rest assured that Eidolon proves to be one hell of an emotional ride.

One of this aspects of Eidolon that makes it so great would its sense of flow that most albums do not have. Every song is perfectly placed and no song on the album should ever be skipped over during its roughly 55 minute journey. 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 one wonder why their raw power was never discovered by an immense portion of the general public. Luckily, they recently reformed and came back into the scene with a reckless abandon so hopefully their talent will finally get some much needed spotlight in the progressive scene.

The most unique track off of Eidolon, which is preceded by the very ambient opener "Prosag," would be "Freaks and Animals" and oh boy what an eccentric song this is. It happens to be the perfect opening track that serves as a tough-in-cheek parody of all of the perceptions made by people about the entertainment industry as a whole. It also informs the listener about the incredible listening experience that is surely to come. The lyrics both send chills down the spine and also induce quite a bit of chuckles at the same time which is hard to do. Andrew's unique vocal delivery is breathtaking as well is the perfect instrumentals accompanying him.

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 won't soon be forgotten. The same goes for "Alchemy Alice," but this incredible song suggests that Alice was high. Not to mention the fact that Andrew gives the performance to end all performances, showing stunning range and endless versatility. "Disco Biscuit," another drug centric song, unfortunately shows the band at their most derivitive as a result of their Tool esque performaces which is sure to turn some people off. Thankfully, "Zdzislaw," which happens to be its preceding track, provides a more engaging experience by means of disturbing lyrics and an atmospheric introduction. "To Tame The Temporal Shrew" also shows the band at their atmospheric best, boasting their Tool side more admirably here with vast guitar riffs and an awe inspiring climax featuring Andrew belting out seemingly sky high notes.

Then, eventually the listener will come to "Eidolon Alpha." This track is by far the best on the album. Every band member gives it their all and Andrew really shines as the centerpiece of it all. His chanting in the beginning is haunting and once again showcases an incredible climax. The same can be said for "Omega" which also showcases the band's Tool side quite will. "Shades" also closes out the album quite nicely with a beautiful atmospheric ride filled with amazing lyrics, fantastic guitar work and Andrew's pained wailing at the end.

This album is a must listen to any fans of atmospheric progressive rock. Sure, they can delve into derivative territory, showing a bit too much love for Tool, but this doesn't take away from the talent and potential that the band delivers here. The rawness can be a little too much for some people too. However, any lover of progressive music should not pass this hidden gem up because Andrew's performance alone should keep the headphones glued into anyone's ears.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
YoYoMancuso
April 27th 2013


11224 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

nice review man, i don't like this nearly as much as you do but it's solid. First half of this is really good.

Scoot
April 28th 2013


17914 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

they sound like tool

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Keyblade
April 28th 2013


15438 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yea

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Scoot
April 28th 2013


17914 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

every time i see this album on my ipod i think yeah i could listen to this or i could just listen to tool

MichaelSnoxall
April 28th 2013


12163 Comments


Before we get down to the basics of this incredible album they have created let's get the obvious out of the way: they sound undeniably like Tool at many points in Eidolon and about 95% of the time their vocalist, Andrew Mailloux, sounds like Maynard.

stopped reading. The only album that's even remotely similar to Tool is the debut, and that's merely because Mailloux sounds like him at a few key points. This and Eidolon are nothing like Tool and Mailloux's voice doesn't sound like Maynard's at all after the debut. God damn.

Keyblade
April 28th 2013


15438 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yea Omega sounds nothing like tool

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
April 28th 2013


11817 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is my first review so I'm open to criticism so feel free. These are my OPINIONS of this album and not fact. And MichaelSnoxall I respect your opinion but you left out the part about how I said that they both have qualities that distinguishes each other from the other.

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Dunpeal
April 28th 2013


3801 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

agreed. Terras Fames is the only album in their discog that can be closely linked to Tool's sound

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Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
April 28th 2013


11817 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thought about it a little more and I over exaggerated the Tool part and I still think he sounds like Maynard. Though Maynard is still better than Andrew in my humble opinion

Dunpeal
April 28th 2013


3801 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

doubt anyone would disagree that maynard is better


if he sounds like maynard to you in this album. who am i to say? for me he really doesn't.

Keyblade
April 28th 2013


15438 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

he sounds like maynard (in parts) to me too

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
April 28th 2013


8021 Comments


He sounds like Maynard more than half the time

TheSpaceMan
April 28th 2013


2759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hes better than maynard more than half the time

MichaelSnoxall
April 28th 2013


12163 Comments


for me he really only sounds like Maynard at like a few points in Terras Fames and that's about it

TheSpaceMan
April 28th 2013


2759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah same, but you still cant deny the influence

Keyblade
April 28th 2013


15438 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i mean it's easy to distinguish him (and Rishloo), but Omega is a straight up Tool song idc

Mad.
April 28th 2013


4202 Comments


Review is great for a first but you use far too many short sentences which makes it unengaging.

MichaelSnoxall
April 28th 2013


12163 Comments


Omega does sound Tool-ish in the guitar work, but not vocally.

Keyblade
April 28th 2013


15438 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i'd say he does in the more intense parts. that's usually when he sounds like him anyway.

MichaelSnoxall
April 28th 2013


12163 Comments


Maynard's more of a crooner and he sounds a bit heavier. Mailloux is too operatic compared to Maynard. In the end I think I like Mailloux more, but then again I'm a massive Rishloo fanboy.



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