Kingcrow
Eidos


4.0
excellent

Review

by crashandridemusic USER (18 Reviews)
July 19th, 2015 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: My first attempt at Kingcrow was a major success!

An Italian progressive metal band, Kingcrow ranges between the heavier sounds of Opeth and Dream Theater to the softer likes of Riverside, Porcupine Tree and, well, Opeth. With one listen, I feel these gentlemen have produced an amazing addition to an already well-endowed genre. Being a band whose most recent album is my first taste of their music, I feel a deep connection with Kingcrow’s “Eidos."

It took a Google search for me to understand what “Eidos” actually meant. Being something that is seen or intuited, the conflicting image of a blindfolded man on the album cover makes me even more intrigued. Described as an album of choices, consequences, and disillusionment, the cover perfectly complements the music inside, consisting of that eerily haunting and sinister sound. I can see future horror movies using any song off this album in their soundtrack. The passionate vocals of Diego Marchesi perfectly embody the vigor needed to make this album “metal,” and the delicateness needed to make this album “progressive.” With a lower register voice (something not too present in progressive music nowadays), I would be fooled if someone told me his voice didn’t belong to either Brent Hinds of Mastodon or Travis Stever of Coheed and Cambria. With an Italian accent added to the vocals, I find it gives the songs more personality, just as countless British bands have done for classic rock albums in the past.

The lyrics in his album are subtle and dark. In particular, the lyrics to “The Deeper Divide” portray a character separating themselves from their past life. The listener can especially feel the loneliness of separation in the song’s conclusion, reminiscent of songs off Porcupine Tree’s “Fear Of A Blank Planet.” The rest of the album follows this vibe, checking your feelings of happiness at the front door.

Not having heard any of Kingcrow’s previous albums, I can already feel in my gut that this album is probably one of their greatest albums. Whether it is the production quality, the emotional lyrics, the added symphonic effects from the keyboards, or the extremely catchy guitar rhythm that switches from clean to heavy at the drop of a dime, “Eidos” is a very playable album. It can’t get much better than this, right? Being a guitarist myself, I was easily taken by the intricate leads and rhythms of the guitars played by Diego Cafolla and Ivan Nastasi. The catchiest and my personal favorite song is easily “On The Barren Ground,” ironically one of the most upbeat songs on this album. With a poppy 80’s influenced synth, the song is brighter than its neighbors, a sonic experience only matched by the concluding “If Only.” The atmospheric nature present on this album makes it feel more massive than it is, a true accomplishment for the band.

The song structures in “Eidos” may parallel with notable progressive rock/metal albums, but the overall sound may be up for debate for some listeners. Using a more straightforward and less improvisational direction, Kingcrow follows the recent trend of more-accessible prog, spearheaded by the likes of Opeth and Steven Wilson. Although this album lacks the pure grit and character present in progressive metal albums, I cannot classify this album as anything else. Sure, there’s a lot of clean electric and acoustic guitar, probably more than in any progressive metal album on my iTunes. Does that factor alone classify the genre? Absolutely not, and the fact that Kingcrow doesn’t pigeonhole their way into the genre makes me appreciate them even more. I fall under the category of those demanding more bands like this. Having said that, I do see how this could be a problem for some listeners. Considering nearly half of the album is made up of slow building, ballad-like songs, the typical progressive metal fanatic might sigh at the album. For those listeners, I’d recommend you give the album another whirl (or two) to find all the layers within. Trust me, it’s worth it.

There isn’t a single song off “Eidos” that I would skip when listening to it. All of them have their own personality, their own tempo and tone. Each serve a greater purpose for the rest, making this album one of my favorites of the year.



Recent reviews by this author
Dream Theater The AstonishingMystery Delusion Rain
Bauda SporelightsMylets Arizona
TesseracT PolarisSilversun Pickups Better Nature
user ratings (50)
4
excellent
other reviews of this album
PsychicChris (4.5)
A powerful effort that pulls from the best of modern prog...

related reviews

The Persistence


Comments:Add a Comment 
jybt
July 19th 2015


359 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

In Crescendo is almost as good. Which is saying something because this record blew my hair off.



It's going to take something world-beating to dethrone this as my album of the year.

PsychicChris
July 19th 2015


416 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I remember seeing these guys open for Pain of Salvation a couple years back and never really looked into them after that. May get this as it sounds pretty good from what I've heard of it.

Cygnatti
July 25th 2015


36101 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

yeah this is completely awful

sam1oq
November 7th 2015


106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow this album is really good. I'm trying to analyze the track and put in an LRC file (which is a lyric file, but then with the time the lyrics appear coded next to it) on my media player MediaGo (it's awesome for organizing, sound quality is OK). I don't only try to capture the lyrics in it, but also what happens in the music. It's a great way of listening to music in a focused way and omg, you notice so many more little things. Kingcrow is awesome, and this album kicks ass.



Also, I found a cool interview with their guitarist: https://manofmuchmetal.wordpress.com/2015/06/09/kingcrow-eidos-track-by-track-interview-part-1/



If you like Kingcrow, check it out.

OmairSh
May 10th 2016


17654 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good album. Like the rich guitar tones

OmairSh
August 8th 2016


17654 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

IIIIIIIIIIIIII CAN'T



SLOOOOOOOOW DOWN

platelamp
January 12th 2018


23 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is so effing DANK. the circle jerk here is real

OmairSh
February 3rd 2019


17654 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The new album is tame compared to this. Good atmosphere and some really cool bits, but I think they held back. Was hoping for them to push this sound further



"Slow down" alone probably has more riffs than the new album and still feels cohesive. So good

OmairSh
March 27th 2020


17654 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My heart no longer has the deeeSIIIIIIIIIIIRE

Observer
Emeritus
April 24th 2020


9408 Comments


This is really good

Observer
Emeritus
April 29th 2020


9408 Comments


Guitar tones are so lush

OmairSh
May 25th 2020


17654 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Amennn. Guitarists really are the strength of this band. Tasteful and melodic playing with lots of different things going on. This album really deserves more love

Beardog
May 27th 2020


5275 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Just like this one

Observer
Emeritus
May 27th 2020


9408 Comments


In cresendo and persistence sounded good when i checked them. I couldnt get into philegethon much though. Instrumentally great but they put songwriting on the backburner.

OmairSh
June 3rd 2020


17654 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Heard a few tracks on Phlegthon, including t/t (live), and they were pretty decent. Didn't entice me to check the rest of the album like this one. The Moth itself got me intrigued

OmairSh
July 4th 2020


17654 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Seriously needs more love. The engineering on this is just amazing, especially those guitars mannn



Edit :well fuck, looks like I'm just repeating myself pretty much

Beardog
July 4th 2020


5275 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I still need to check this haha

Observer
Emeritus
July 4th 2020


9408 Comments


Jammed this yesterday, yep their best

Beardog
August 9th 2020


5275 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

There's some really awkward Leprous copy-paste going on in this record, and some parts are really obviously influenced by Porcupine Tree.

OmairSh
August 9th 2020


17654 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The influences aren't very obvious imo. This album feels refreshing since it's more hard rock oriented prog with intricate and tasty guitarwork



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2023 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy