Rishloo
Feathergun


4.5
superb

Review

by Nick Mongiardo CONTRIBUTOR (93 Reviews)
June 27th, 2013 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Lost out here adrift in lights, its wonderous. Weightless in clouds of colors the world will never see"

After releasing a masterful sophomore effort, Rishloo managed to top themselves in almost every way on Feathergun. Eidolon is already an incredibly overlooked progressive rock album as it is, but the songwriting was all over the place and the production still wasn't perfect. When it comes to production, the band finally nailed it on Feathergun and the songwriting has improved immensely. One actually gets the sense that the songs are about something rather than just poetic nonsense. Feathergun is the band's swan song and they surely went out with a bang.

The album kicks off with an eerie sound that they used on a computer software and then Scissorlips begins. Andrews compelling vocals about human nature come in along with David's much improved guitar playing. What you will notice right from the start is that everyone is involved equally this time around with Sean's bass and Jesse's drums finally getting some of the spotlight. Andrew delivers the performance of his career on Scissorlips and he hits notes that I didn't even know existed when the song transitions into it's second part. Another thing you will notice is that some of the songs are kind of two songs in one. Downhill begins with a kind of mellow jazzy guitar riff with things being a lot less ambient in the first half and then grows into something very chilling in its second half. In Downhill, David is the true standout as he delivers an exceptional guitar solo near the end. Key Hole In The Sky is the slowest song and it is also the weakest of the album. It's a lovely song, but it never really climaxes into something amazing and it transitions into another "second song" that feels very out of place and awkward.

When it comes to songwriting, the band was never really bad at it. However, their songwriting on this record has improved immensely. Turning Sheep Into Goats is a very soothing song with very metaphorical lyrics, but has the song title implies, it turns into something very different as it becomes extremely angsty with Andrew bluntly stating, "You got just what you wanted didn't you? Stopped the whole ***in' world didn't you?" The screamed vocals "are you happy now" sends chills down my spine. The same can be said for the epic introduction to River Of Glass

The bands performance as a whole on Feathergun is quite impressive as it has always been. Every band member has grown from their less than perfect debut. The band finally developed a sound of their own. Andrew is an incredibly talented vocalist as always and musically the production has gotten exceptionally better. The drums have always been a problem in the past, but that is no longer. The drums are not too loud and not too soft and just right. Jesse delivers some amazing performances on Katsushika and Systematomatic. Much like fellow progressive band Tool, the bass plays a huge role in Rishloo and Sean is one hell of a bassist. Usually the guitar and bass work hand in hand, but Sean plays very differently on Feathergun and it is a welcome change of pace. However, not everything on the album is perfect.

The way Andrew delivers the line "goodbye" in the beginning of Downhill is not good and the outro to Key Hole In The Sky doesn't really have any place on the entire record. Katsushika is also a better choice for a closer because Weevil Bridge is very underwhelming considering it ends with a lackluster hidden track. Katsushika ends in the most epic way imaginable. All gripes aside, Rishloo finally released an album that has a sound of its own. Any fans of progressive music must pick this up because there is nothing quite like it. Rishloo will surely be missed.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
June 27th 2013


11789 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Personally, I love the poetic nonsense of Eidolon, but I know a lot of people don't. Any tips on my writing is always appreciated!

Digging: Rishloo - Living as Ghosts with Buildings as Teeth

YoYoMancuso
June 27th 2013


11222 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Keyhole's ending is epic imo. Either way I mostly agree although I like this album a bit less than you

KILL
June 27th 2013


72280 Comments


boring ass band

Digging: Throwing Muses - Throwing Muses

TheSpaceMan
June 27th 2013


2749 Comments


nah this bands pretty good, Eidolon all the way!

TheSpaceMan
June 27th 2013


2749 Comments


pos'd btw, but some crustuctive criticism:

The first sentence of the second paragraph is very odd, and the fourth paragraph is sort of a jumbled. Every other sentence in it flip-flops between problems the band had in the past and places they've always shined in. Consider splitting that into two paragraphs.

After reading yours and looking at all the summaries of the other reviews I guess I'm alone in thinking this isn't as good as their sophomore.

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
June 27th 2013


11789 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks man. I have some sentimental value for Eidolon and it's a fantastic album, but the more I listen to this, the better it gets it seems.

Artuma
June 27th 2013


15993 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review man, album is solid

Digging: Taake - Stridens hus

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
June 27th 2013


11789 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks Artuma. Got a favorite song off this?

Artuma
June 27th 2013


15993 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it's been a long time since jamming this but i remember that i especially liked Systematomatic

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
June 27th 2013


11789 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Scissorlips and Katsushika for me

Artuma
June 27th 2013


15993 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Katsushika yeah

TheSpaceMan
June 27th 2013


2749 Comments


You guys gave me the inspiration to give this one another shot

YoYoMancuso
June 27th 2013


11222 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Scissorlips is the best Rishloo song

Artuma
June 27th 2013


15993 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i feel like i wanna listen to this again too

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
June 27th 2013


11789 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yea Scissorlips and even though Eidolon Alpha is kinda personal for me I feel like that's one of their
best for me too.

Betacra
June 27th 2013


307 Comments


Haven't listened to this half as much as I used to, great album though.

Weevil Bride is fantastic.

TheSpaceMan
June 27th 2013


2749 Comments


damn Systematomatic is good. This has a lot better instrumentation then Eidolon, but is missing those special moments that the album was full of

VuvuzelaBzz
June 27th 2013


64 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'd say you're spot on with the review for the most part. I don't really mind the "goodbye" on Downhill, but I can see why one would. As for Katsushika being a better closer, it definitely would be in my opinion, however as far as the hidden track is concerned they would've stuck it on there instead regardless. Each album's had one stuck onto the closer, so I can't see them changing it up there.

This album is the definition of a grower in my opinion. Over the last year it's grown on me both as an entire album, as well on an individual track basis. Didn't use to think much of Weevil Bride and now it's one of my favourite tracks on here.

Anyone else find it odd how they broke they broke their formula of splitting what would be 8+ minute songs in the middle when they slow down on Downhill? The part after the piano solo is pretty much textbook song-transition material by their standards.

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
June 27th 2013


11789 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks. I agree I didn't like the album at first, but as I listened more and more I can't decide which one is better: Eidolon or Feathergun. I think as a whole I like Feathergun better, but if we're going by an individual song basis I would choose Eidolon. Hard to pick either way though

VuvuzelaBzz
June 27th 2013


64 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah, they're both amazing albums. I lean more towards Feathergun just due to the more grandiose feeling it has to it and the fact I can listen to it at basically any given moment and be perfectly content doing so. I find Eidolon to be more of an "when in the right mood" kind of listen, as an album.



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