Review by Adam M on June 2, 2015.
This Kingcrow album is largely reminiscent of the work by Haken and Steven Wilson. The progressive approach is not new, but the music of the band is worthy enough to stand on its own. This is because Kingcrow brings an energetic and thoughtful approach to the table.
These are some of the most vibrant progressive music songs you’ll hear. The songs are both well-constructed and lively and one can tell right from an immediate listen that there are some talented musicians on display. These songs work well as a collection, but one might wish for them to stray slightly further from the Porcupine Tree sound individually. Strangely, there is a sense that the quality of the songs on Eidos is actually improving as the momentum shifts towards the ending of the work. The first song sounds almost like a Leprous track and from that point on there is a consistent change of direction that takes place. It’s ironic, but the second and third songs both reminded my greatly of Porcupine Tree material. After this, however, the album proceeds to display a number of interesting ideas and new directions. It seems that the music of the band continually becomes more unique as the album progresses. The vocals are solid, but not as much of a high point as the instrumental work. The band employs a great deal of acoustic guitars in addition to the electric work meaning that this album has about as much in common with the rock genre as the metal one. Thus, there should be something here to entertain progressive rock fans as well as progressive metal ones.
As Eidos draws to a close, things intertwine into a huge climax. This is because some of the best songs are situated towards the closing moments, like At the Same Pace and If Only. This leaves the listener will a pleasant feeling at the end of the proceedings. By this time, they will also be convinced they’ve listened to an excellent progressive release.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10