Written by: Ancient Hand
Eidolon: an idealized person or thing/a specter or phantom.
Given the occult and ghostly existence of the dungeon synth/ dark ambient project Old Tower, it is easy to assume the latter definition is the intended use of the word in the context of this album title. However, the incredible popularity of this project makes both definitions worthy of inspection. The final idealized proclamation/person, or the final specter? I would argue a combination of these is the most fitting way to interpret the title. The final idealized specter, whose records are resold on Discogs for insane upmarket values returns with a new full length, and this comes after the conclusion of the “Grim Alchemy” trilogy, a series of EPs that I was a massive fan of. My favorite dungeon synth material ever is easily the first EP in the trilogy, Drachenblut.
In terms of full lengths, this release is a follow-up to 2018’s Stellary Wisdom, an album that is my least favorite Old Tower material. Now, after releasing my least favorite and favorite material back to back, how does this new Old Tower record stack up?
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