Rishloo
Eidolon


4.5
superb

Review

by Peridon USER (1 Reviews)
May 23rd, 2008 | 267 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is an epic and multi-layered album resulting from the unique and artistic visions of its creators. Rishloo are a band that embody what many hope to find while scouring the Internet for music.

Eidolon marks Rishloo’s ambitious follow-up their 2004 release, Terras Fames. The Seattle four-piece is comprised of vocalist Andrew Mailloux, guitarist David Gillet, bassist Sean Rydquist and drummer Jesse Smith. As of now, they remain unsigned.

The short intro transpires into “Freaks & Animals” without warning, and the song urgently invites a melting pot of listeners to step in line for what promises to be an epic audible experience. On this track, instruments combine to emulate a circus like experience, as the subtle pounding of drums, unique guitar riffs, confident bass lines and haunting lyrics are concurrently unleashed to envelope the attention of listeners. From this point on, the band displays a rare ability to make one truly feel like a part of the story. For instance, by weathering the madness of songs like “Freaks & Animals,” listeners are often afforded short reprieves, if only to watch them slip away.

Those who accepted the band’s original invitation to the “show” will likely come away from each song with a bevy of interpretations. This is likely due to the true complexity and thoughtfulness of the lyrics and music. Each word is carefully selected and emotionally delivered. For example, the angry outburst in “El Empe” is juxtaposed by the calming, yet saddening elegance of harmonies draped over songs like “Pandora”. For example, consider the following verse:

“Cedar grains cling to woven skin upon walls.
I know frail truths feed borrowed dreams grown cold.
And from here I beg, release and hope. I hope.”

There is a consistent struggle between hope and hopelessness on this album and “Pandora” is a paramount example, wherein the above-referenced lyrics are somewhat denounced when the song’s character is able to “step beyond the past and let it go”. This, however, is not the only struggle in the album, as the vocals and their deliveries are able to effectuate many emotional and spiritual viewpoints, including anger, despair, depression etc. There is even a beautiful choral interlude near the middle of the album, where words are not even required.

This is a truly epic album, permeated with artistic styles which will likely appeal to fans of A Perfect Circle, Tool and Dredg. Perhaps, this album’s greatest gift is its ability to make one inspired to deconstruct and analyze the songs, if only to repeat the process next listen. Listening to an album of this caliber will likely remind many of why they still scour for new music.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Peridon
May 23rd 2008


17 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is my first review so feedback is definitely appreciated.

csl316
May 24th 2008


10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fantastic band, fantastic album. Their previous one, Terras Fames, was a great collection of songs. This is a far more complete album, and I could listen to it all the way through repeatedly. I agree, if you're into APC or Dredg, you'll be into this.

ares
May 25th 2008


15 Comments


This stuff is great. thanks for the tip!

Peridon
May 26th 2008


17 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You're welcome!

jrowa001
October 12th 2008


8752 Comments


never saw this review but thanks to handoman's list ill be checking this out

Gore
November 26th 2008


348 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Loved the song Disco Biscuit, might check this out

dbgarf
January 5th 2009


11 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this album is great. truly epic sound and engrossing lyrics.

Vooligan
March 9th 2009


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

just discovered this band today, fan-fucking-tastic music. will be getting this album very soon.

EverythingEvil2113
May 22nd 2009


1326 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

There are moments on this album where I'm convinced the singer is Maynard James Keenan. That's not a bad thing though.

Bfhurricane
May 22nd 2009


6232 Comments


I was recommended this on a list, could never find it though.

EverythingEvil2113
May 24th 2009


1326 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I had trouble finding it too. I finally used blogsearch to find it, though if I find a hard copy I'll get that as well.

PayneTiger777
June 8th 2009


4511 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've been listening to these guys a lot on last.fm and I'm hooked. I'm getting a little sick and tired of the Tool comparisons though. Every comment on I see about them compares to them to Tool. Enough already.

Fugue
June 8th 2009


7371 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Freaks and Animals is such as good track, in fact the whole album is consistently great.

shindip
June 9th 2009


3537 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

really good album. listening right now. gives me a sort of tool-sabbath vibe with some korn in there too

Tw1ster
June 18th 2009


172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awesome album, purchased it just now and donated too fund the new album "Feathergun"

Tyler
Emeritus
June 18th 2009


7925 Comments


really good album. listening right now. gives me a sort of tool-sabbath vibe with some korn in there too

I'll be honest, that sounds just awful in every imaginable way.

maxtheaxe
July 20th 2009


1 Comments


Worry not, cocaine. I am not picking up the Korn or Sabbath....the APC and Dredg comparisons are more accurate. Awful is not the term I would use.

Streetvulture
August 2nd 2009


361 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the vocalist is so great

qwe2
September 19th 2009


377 Comments


doesnt sound much at all like maynard but w/e

Powerban
September 26th 2009


2381 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Holy shit this album is fucking awesome. Gonna be a 4.5 or a 5 for sure.



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