Written by Guest Contributor Cody Place
Since making their debut in 2012 with The Great Glass Elephant, Blue Swan Records’ Eidola have been proving themselves to be one of the most gifted bands in the post hardcore scene today. This five-piece band from Salt Lake City spews forth an album every two years like a biannual almanac; each one better than the last, steadily increasing their gravity to the masses. Now with tools sharper than ever, Eidola has unleashed their greatest offering to the gods with To Speak To Listen. Alluring and heavy as it is melodic, this is all the cream needed to rise to the top.
Bands like Eidola can be considered the jazz of the post hardcore world because these aren’t just songs; these are more akin to compositions. Eidola is back in the saddle with their third release, To Speak to Listen. Put on your lab coats because this experimental group uses a complex formula of violent tempo changes and captivating euphony that may call for the use of protective equipment. Guitar players Brandon Bascom and Matthew Dommer bring their Telecasters to life, then burn them to death in a torturous ritual of deviant tapping over innovative arrangement; guaranteed to give guitar aficionados plenty to sink their teeth into. Picture yourself on a small boat, drifting gently through peaceful waters without a care in the world and a cloud in the sky. Suddenly you awaken to raging storms, savage currents, and piranhas nipping at your feet. You’re always waiting for something to attack you, and that’s exactly what these guys want. Front man Andrew Michael Wells is a Swiss Army knife of vocal capability. This man’s vocal range can go just about anywhere. He also has an uncanny ability to create hook after hook. Just ignore the hairs standing up on the back of your neck because with Eidola, that’s only normal.
To Speak To Listen opens with songs “The Abstract of a Planet in Resolve,” and “Tetelestai.” Easily the most approachable on the album, Eidola really put their best feet forward because I found myself memorizing these before I even finished consuming the rest of the record. As I kept chewing I discovered “Houses Movement III: Rust/Rebuild.” I found myself struggling to keep my jaw off the floor as I heard bass player James Johnson and drummer Matthew Hanson put on a bona fide clinic. It’s as if they can read each other’s thoughts whilst doing the near impossible task of bringing order to the arpeggiated bedlam. It’s rare thing in music today, but perhaps Eidola’s greatest quality is their aptitude to showcase the playability of each member without making it a tangled web of afferent grandstanding. There’s so many flavors in this record, you can listen for years and still find things you’ve never noticed. To Speak To Listen is an assault on the senses in the best of ways. This is a 51-minute rollercoaster that will have your bones aching, and your mind urging you to get back in the line and take one more ride.
Track List :
- The Abstract of a Planet in Resolve
- Primitive Economics
- Amplissimus Machina
- The Familiar
- Houses Movement III: Rust/Rebuild
- Sri Vishnu Yantra
- Transcendentium Pt l: Zoroastrian
- Transcendentium Pt ll: Fourth Temple
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