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3.30 | 9 ratings

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3 stars This debut effort by French outfit Eidolon shows a lot of promise, but does contain many elements that ultimately will limit it's appeal - to the extent of being describable as flaws.

The segments that does work very well are the instrumental passages containing either organ or keys underscored by a melodic and often insistent bassline; at times with violin layers on top and at other times more subdued with spoken voice reciting poetry as the main element underscored by the music.

These passages, although pretty similar to Eloy in general and that band's sound on Ocean in particular, are both intriguing and interesting - and fans of that band and that album should find these passages highly enjoyable, as well as those who like their mid to late 70's Pink Floyd.

But the stretched out ambient passages, as well as their experiments with heavy riff-based guitar dominated sequences, fails to inspire me - instead coming across as bothersome. Another weakness are the themes with regular vocals - at least for my taste way too accented and too flat.

It all adds up to an uneven album as far as I'm concerned, where the most interesting parts are the ones taking on a symphonic variety of space rock or vice versa. Those parts are at times brilliant though, and may be reason enough to warrant buying this venture for fans of this type of music.

Windhawk | 3/5 |


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