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Plays It Too Safe - 82%

darkreif, June 12th, 2007

Eidolon has stepped up to the plate since their debut effort. Originally more of an 80s melodic thrash sound, Eidolon have updated their sound with a pinch more aggression to the mix creating a more fitting album for the style of the band. An increased production value for the band (but still not the best) definitely helps but there are still a few too many flaws for the sophomore effort to be considered a classic.

After the loss of a guitarist and with no replacement for him, Eidolon more towards a bit heavier sound. Instead of intertwining leads and solos the band focus on heavier riffs that break out into lead breaks and solos rather than layering them. Of course, there are layers to the guitars at times but not near as much as their previous effort. Saying that a guitarist left without a replacement usually means that the writing is going to be less complex - and for the most part it is for Eidolon. Except that Glen Drover happens to be a hell of a guitarist and now he is writing without worrying about too much compromising - which results in a more cohesive guitar sound with a sharper focus. So really this album is a step up in the guitar category since their debut effort. He also brings in his melodic sections for songs once again - this time in a more relevant way giving the album a hint of progressiveness as the songs change from riffs to melody quickly.

The bass parts have taken a step back (more modern production more likely to blame than band choice) and this leads to a more cohesive sound for the band. The bass, despite a step back in loudness, has an increased role in the band. Because of the loss of a guitarist, the bass is required to keep the song going when leads or solos are present and thusly now has a more important role. The bass isn't anything extraordinary but it does the job and that's all that is required.

The drums are once again slightly disappointing considering how good Shawn Drover is. The writing is better on this album compared to the first but don't expect to hear anything too complex. He does some nice cymbal work on a couple songs and every once in a while he does an interesting rhythm but overall his work is pretty linear. It fits the rhythm and sound of the album well and not much can be complained about considering.

The vocalist is once again the most trying part of Eidolon. His vocals seem even more out of place now that the music has moved in a more modern direction. Even though he tries for variety at times (spoken word appears a couple times) he could really push himself to reach a few points. He tries to be harsher at times too but never really moves out of his comfort zone. He has a good voice but it never really blends with the music on this album.

Overall, the band is improving their writing and their overall sound. The band seems to be working together better but problems with a vocalist that doesn't quite fit really hold the music back. Seven Spirits plays it a little too safe to be a classic.

Songs to check out: No Escape, The Ninth Circle, Confession.