Canadian EIDOLON have made a big step forward by recruiting a new vocalist, who clearly shadows his predecessor, who always had been the weakpoint of this band. You could describe the new voice as mixture of Dave Mustaine (MEGADETH) & Ralf Scheepers (PRIMAL FEAR), his variable voice fits the EIDOLON-sound just perfectly.
It gives killer-tracks like the thrashy opener "Coma Nation" (FORBIDDEN-riffing, up-pempo) or the following double-bass-monster "Life In Agony" just more life. After that we only get great songs en masse, no fillers, just purest and finest steel! Songs like "The Pentacle Star" or "Lost Voyage" are the two best EIDOLON-songs so far, no doubt about it, before "Within The Gates" hands out the full force at the end again. This long track can only be called ingenious, this brilliant opening riff is God! But also the following guitar-salves are not from this world! Especially the twin-guitar-solos. My neck-vertebrae already have suffered enough, but who cares - this is finest banger-stuff, which you barely can ignore!
If EIDOLON do not manage to get into the top-flight with this grenade, then I do not know what else they should do. This album has no weakness, the songs are varied, you get it all from fast to stomping, everything that modern Metal-music has to offer. Hopefully this album won't go under again, but gets the attention it deserves.