It’s Throwback Thursday once again. Today’s review only goes back to 2013 – but we certainly can’t overlook the ties the now-defunct Idealist has to fellow Raleigh group Attalus.
Idealist was a sadly short-lived post-hardcore/emo act from Raleigh, NC. They had one release, the topic of today’s review, then broke up… and released a final song seven months later. The band falls in a similar vein to classic Norma Jean, Defeater, Touché Amoré, and Holding Onto Hope.
This is a progressive and diverse album in many respects. Numerous members contribute to vocals, both clean and screamed; the music is complex but never over-the-top in brutality; lyrics are vulnerable and spiritual all the same.
Six Feet & Twenty Leagues sets a good tone for the album and features a guest appearance of Seth Davey, formerly of Attalus. The Father is a ping-pong match between melody and mosh-pit-inducing riffs, coupled with Norma Jean-esque vocals and baritone cleans that are as smooth as butter. Luther caps the album off, with a runtime that caps seven minutes. It’s strong, dynamic end, featuring plenty of clean vocals, emotional lyrics, and great instrumentation all around. None of the other tracks are worth downplaying, but this should give you a good idea of what to expect.
Though the band has ended, Joseph Couillard is now playing guitar for the aforementioned Attalus. I know they’re certainly a fan favorite here, and he’s definitely a great addition. Follow Attalus here.