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Eidolon

Formed: 1993
From: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Eidolon News

Below is our complete Eidolon news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

Glen Drover Readies Solo Album, "Metalusion"

With the release of his solo debut, "Metalusion" (due out April 5th), guitarist Glen Drover, best known for his precision and power playing with Megadeth and Eidolon, "blends the venom and attack of modern metal and the technically demanding musicianship that defines the classic jazz-rock genre."

The instrumental, 10-track album features five original compositions and metallic- edged interpretations of material composed by musical giants Frank Zappa, Al DiMeola and Jean-Luc Ponty.

"Metalusion" presents a side of Drover's musical identity that the metal community has rarely witnessed, while boasting diverse yet highly cohesive tracks. "Each song should sound as though it was meant to be included on the record," says Drover. "Nothing should seem as though it's out of place."

Assisting Drover are a number of special guests, including Nevermore's power metal/prog metal guitarist Jeff Loomis, Opeth's and Talisman's axe man Fredrik Åkesson, veteran Steve Smyth of the Bay Area's Forbidden, Ohm's guitar hero, Chris Poland (Megadeth) and classical metal master Vinnie Moore of UFO.

Here's the tracklisting for "Metalusion":

1. Ground Zero Special Guests - Chris Poland and Vinnie Moore
2. Frozen Dream Special Guest - Steve Smyth
3. Egyptian Danza [Al DiMeola Cover]
4. Colors Of Infinity
5. Illusions Of Starlight
6. Don't Let The World Pass You By [Jean-Luc Ponty Cover] - Special Guest - Fredrik Akesson
7. Mirage [Jean-Luc Ponty Cover] - Special Guest - Jeff Loomis
8. Ascension
9. The Purple Lagoon [Frank Zappa Cover]
10. Filthy Habits [Frank Zappa Cover]

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7th Reign Ink Distro Deal With Nightmare Records

7TH REIGN (featuring past and present members of EIDOLON) have signed distribution agreement with Nightmare Records (owned by AVIAN/KRUCIBLE vocalist Lance King {ex-BALANCE OF POWER/ PYRAMAZE}) for worldwide distribution of their new self-titled release, featuring eight new power metal anthems.

Song samples can be heard on both the bands new official website at www.7threign.com and at their official MySpace page.

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Megadeth Guitarist To Guest On Lion's Share Album

MEGADETH/EIDOLON guitarist Glen Drover has recorded a guest solo on the new album from Swedish melodic metal band LION'S SHARE. Also scheduled to appear on the CD are drummer Richard Evensand (CHIMAIRA, SOILWORK), guitarist Bruce Kulick (KISS), and singer Mats Levén (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, THERION, AT VANCE, KRUX), who is responsible for the backing vocals on the entire CD.

LION'S SHARE has uploaded some photos from the current mixing sessions with Ronny Lahti (ROXETTE, SAIGON KICK, EUROPE, GLENN HUGHES, ELECTRIC BOYS) at their MySpace page. Lahti previously worked with the group on their third album, "Fall from Grace".

The as-yet-untitled CD, which is expected to be released in April/May, will feature the following tracks (not in final order): More...

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Frank Aresti Guests On New Eidolon Album

Frank Aresti (ex-Fates Warning) has added a solo for a song on the new Eidolon album called "Parable." The solo is placed in a solo section where Eidolon/Megadeth guitarist Glen Drover and Frank will trade off solos.

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New Eidolon Album Almost Complete

Eidolon guitarist Glen Drover has updated on the upcoming album:

"Hello all!!

"Shawn will be arriving in Toronto today (December 26th) to start the mixing and mastering (after we all do some family time) of the long overdue Eidolon album - 'The Parallel Otherworld'. the album should be 100% finished by the 11th of January.

"We are all so excited now about this album, as things are shaping up so well! the sound of this album is blowing my mind!! this will be the tightest production we have ever had!!

"Nils has done an incredible job in the vocal dept., as well as all the guest guitar players we have playing on the album, Including Robert Macdonald, Mike Romeo, Kim Mitchell and of course both Hank and Michael from Mercyful Fate, Force of Evil. We may have 2 more to add to this list. I will let you know how things progress with that, in time....

"Speaking of solos, I still have to do all of mine, believe it or not? a little late in the game, but i injured my middle finger on my left hand, which has prevented me from playing the last week or so. no biggy, i love doing last minute stuff anyway!

"Aside from all that good stuff, there is not much else to report at this point.

"I will be back with an update very soon..

"hope you all had a great Christmas!

"Glen"

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Megadeth Guitarist 'Putting Ideas On Tape'

MEGADETH guitarist Glen Drover (also in EIDOLON) has posted the following message in the "Forums" section of the band's web site:

"I just wanted to say hi to all and hope you are doing well. I am enjoying this break at home, but I am staying pretty busy. Shawn [Drover, MEGADETH/EIDOLON drummer] will be here tomorrow, so we will be putting his ideas to tape here in my studio. I will probably put a few of my ideas down as well. We'll most likely be sending it off to Dave [Mustaine] sometime next week or so. The two of us have not been in the studio for well over one year, so this will be fun.

"We will also be appearing at the Toronto Music Expo this coming Saturday, from 12-1PM at the Long and Mcquade booth. I went to this show last year, so I know firsthand that this will be a cool thing to be a part of. I always enjoy looking at what new equipment is coming out."

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Eidolon: This'll Be The Last Record For Some Time

The following message was posted on the official Eidolon website:

"At this time, we are in the process of getting the remaining tracks recorded for the Eidolon record - Nils has just finished the vocal tracks 100% today, so we should be receiving them at the studio in Toronto in a few weeks, after editing is done in Norway. Adrian has 2 bass tracks yet to complete, which I believe will happen within 1 week - Glen has all of his guitar solos to record, which is normal procedure for us, as he likes to do his solos last. With this said, we are looking at mixing/mastering this record starting January 1st-9th. Once the record is finished, we ship it off to Escapi - I cannot reveal the release date, as I have no idea when it will be released. Sometime in 2006 is a safe bet, I assume.

"Since this will be the last Eidolon record for some time ( our priority is with MEGADETH ) we really wanted to have some musicians that we admire to play on certain tracks - As I write this, we have Hank Sherman/Michael Denner ( Mercyful Fate/Force of evil ) playing on " The Oath " which, by the way, sounds amazing!!!! Glen sent me a file of the song, via Whale Mail and it just put a big smile on my face. Glen handled the keyboard intro to the song ( we originally thought of using somebody else to record it, but nixed the idea ) it all sounds great - enough said on that.

"As well, we have Michael Romeo ( Symphony X ) doing a trade off solo with Glen on another track, and we just confirmed Kim Mitchell ( Max Webster, Kim Mitchell band ) for a trade off solo with Glen as well. I cannot express how happy I am to have Kim perform on our record, as we have been huge fans of his playing, as well as Michael Romeo - we became good friends with him during Gigantour, so this was a no-brainer, really.

"The 1 thing I will always be proud of with Eidolon, after 10 years now, is that we always did what we wanted to do, 100%, and never catered to whatever trend was happening at the time. We always made music to make US happy 1st - the fact that others like us is just icing on the cake!!! We never sold 1,000,000 record or anything like that, but we never cared about that anyways. Music was, is and will always be the #1 priority with Glen and myself."

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Eidolon Nearing The End Of Recording New Album

Eidolon guitarist Glen Drover (Megadeth) has posted this recording update on the official Eidolon website:

"Hello all!!

"Here is an update to let you know where we stand with the progress of recording the new Eidolon album "The Parallel Otherworld"

"All that is left now are 2 bass tracks, my solos and Nils vocals, which we will have in our hands in about 3 weeks time.

"This will also be the first time that we mix and Master the album in my studio, with the help of my great Pro Tools teacher, Tony Crea. Learning all these different things in Pro Tools is so cool, as it really opens the doors to many more possibilities in recording. through the process of doing this new album, right up to the completion, i will have really good handle on what i need to do for all the different stages of recording in the future!

"anyway, my next post will be when the album is 100% complete!

"till then, take care.

"Glen"

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Eidolon Recording New Album

Eidolon/Megadeth drummer Shawn Drover has posted this update on Eidolon's official website:

Just thought I would drop a line here to wish all a great holiday season!!!! For obvious reasons (Glen and myself joining Megadeth) I havent posted much new info in regards to Eidolon, to which the news is basically the same - We are recording the new record, (Drum tracks were completed in October) though now it will be done in between Megadeth tours, etc. To be honest, it's really not much different than how we've always recorded our records - we have always done so in this fashion, so nothing different in this respect, really. Next in line for recording are Glens guitar tracks, which he is looking to complete before we head out on tour in late January, 2005. (If all goes well, that is) We are not going to rush this record, there is no reason to do so, really. We are hoping to have it released sometime in late 2005, so we'll see how that goes. I can assure you that this will be the best record we have made thus far - the material is very strong and diverse - something that we always strive for as musicians - to expand and grow, this is all that matters to us, really. I will get back to you when more musical matters develope!!!

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Megadeth's Nick Menza Replaced By Shawn Drover

The following press release has been posted on Megadeth's official website:

According to a posting on Megadeth's official website, drummer Nick Menza has been replaced in the lineup for the upcoming Megadeth tour. Replacing him will be Shawn Drover (Eidolon). "We look forward to the upcoming tour with Shawn and wish Nick best of luck in his next endeavor," reads the rest of the announcement.

The new lineup has Shawn Drover joining his brother, guitarist Glen Drover (Eidolon, ex-King Diamond), bassist James McDonough (ex-Iced Earth), and mainman Dave Mustaine.

Megadeth's "Blackmail the Universe Tour" will kick off October 23 in Reno, NV.

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Eidolon Update From Gothenburg

Eidolon drummer Shawn Drover has issued this report from Gothenburg, where he is currently recording drums tracks for the next Eidolon album:

Hello from Gothenburg, Sweden! I just thought I would give a quick update while I have a minute here. We are in the middle of drum-editing as I write this - all drum tracks went down quite well and without major catastrophic scenarios, which is always nice. About 65 minutes or so worth of music - hopefully of all which will indeed make the record (you never can tell though - we usually record more than we end up using, same could apply here, we'll see).

Andy La Rocque has been great to work with, as well as going well beyond the call of duty in both a professional and personal aspect. He has shown me many cool sights in and around Gothenburg, which has been just great! Gothenburg is such a cool city to be in and explore. Lots of "rockers" out and about, and the woman - man oh man! I've never seen so many good looking blonde woman in my life! (a bit off-topic, here, but certainly worth mentioning). A very positive experience all around, I would say.

I return home on Sunday, at this time I will be sending Glen a copy of the finished drum tracks - Glen is off on his own adventure in Arizona, as Megadeth rehearsals commence today. I am quite sure he is having a blast as well!

It's all good here, people - positive vibes are running rampant in the in the wacky metal world that is Eidolon!

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Eidolon Guitarist Joins Megadeth

According to an interview on ShockWaves, Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has announced the addition of Eidolon guitarist Glen Drover to the band's ranks. When asked about the new guitarist, Mustaine said "His name is Glen Drover. He played with King Diamond and is in a band called Eidolon from Canada." He went on to say "The webmaster for my website had talked to me about a couple guys and Glen's name popped up, we did some research and it was a perfect fit."

Drover will be joining Megadeth for their upcoming tour, which is scheduled to commence in October.

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Eidolon Sign To Escapi

Toronto, Canada's EIDOLON have inked a new record deal with Escapi. The CD/DVD agreement, which was made possible with the help of manager Ole Bang (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, FORCE OF EVIL), "is a worldwide deal, so finally our music will be released in proper fashion in America, which has always been a problem in the past for us," EIDOLON drummer Shawn Drover writes on the group's web site. "Escapi has top-notch distribution as well, which is always a big help. The DVD end of it, should feature future live performances (festivals, etc.) studio stuff, a performance video and things of this nature. All in all, we are extremely happy that Escapi is really going to bat for us!!!!!!

"The recording of the new record will begin around the 1st week of October. I will be venturing to Gothenburg, Sweden to record my drum parts at Los Angered Recording (owned by Andy LaRocque). Guitar and bass tracks will be recorded at Glen's recording studio (Eclipse Recording) in Toronto, while Nils will record his parts just outside of Oslo, Norway. At this point, we are shooting to have the new record in Escapi's hands by the end of April, if all goes according to plan.

"As well, we will be recording 'The Oath' by MERCYFUL FATE, with Michael Denner playing his lead sections in the song!!!!!!! Although I cant 100% confirm this, it is looking pretty good at this point (amazing what a cigarette can get you) Speaking for myself, Michael Denner is 1 of my favorite guitar players of all time — his lead playing is so unique , it just kills me!!!!!! Having Andy LaRocque play a few solos on our last record was amazing enough — to have Michael Denner do this will be amazing!!!!!!

"As for the music end of it, the record is 100% written now — I can assure you that this is the most diverse record we have made thus far!!!!!! This record is a bit more progressive, but in a very heavy-dark way. The music is very dynamic, heavy, melodic in parts and more speed oriented in others. With Nils K. Rue in the band, the musical boundries have been expanded. All of us are very, very excited about the new record, and our future with Escapi."

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