DEATH/ DOOM METAL | LONDON/ UK
RELEASED VIA KAOTOXIN RECORDS ON 25.06.2012
Hailing from London, England, doom/death metal band Eye of Solitude does not fail to impress with their sophomore full-length, “Sui Caedere”. A title which means “suicide” in Latin, it’s an accurate description of the album’s theme – despair, introspection, and misery. With a musical style in the vein of bands such as Draconian and Serenades-era Anathema, this album is beautifully crushing, heavily atmospheric, and accomplishes what many doom metal bands strive for: to put sound to sorrow.
When I first began listening to the album, I was walking to the neighborhood pool on a hot, sunny day – and as the music began with deep, brutal growls and haunting chords, I felt as if it were a dark day in winter. That atmosphere would permeate every song, even in its more aggressive moments of melodic death metal, such as “Performed in Graphic Pain” and “Depths of a Sick Mind.” Occasionally the song would come to the surface for air, as in the soft, almost peaceful bridge of the epic “A Note to Say Farewell,” and yet the crushing vocals and heavy guitars would come back in, once again bringing the song down to the depths of misery.
Emotional and melodic, yet sacrificing nothing in terms of brutality, this album is a doomy masterpiece, not unlike The Angelic Process during some parts. It’s a perfect accompaniment for the contemplation of that which is solemn and profound. [9.5/10 – JESSICA RODGERS]