Well, I cannot agree to this euphoria around EIDOLON. The first listen might raise you into higher spheres, but after a few rotations you inevitably land on the ground again.
The guitar-work is good average (ouch, now I sound like a teacher), but the riffs are more or less the same structure over the whole CD. The influence of NEVERMORE is evident, but the Canadians never reach the quality level of their colleagues, too boring and foreseeable the song-structure of the quartet. The vocalist doesn't really vary his vocal-lines and in calmer, more melodic passages you clearly hear the limits of this voice.
Altogether this album ain't bad, but there's a lot of room for improvement. Instrumentally the Canadians for sure are above average (I'd rather label them Neo-Power-Thrash-Metal than consider them True-Metal), but they are far from the top, either. I'll keep my vote for the album for the year for the new NEVERMORE.