Eye of Solitude- Sui Caedere

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Sunday, January 13, 2013

Eye of Solitude makes an immediate impact with their sophomore effort Sui Caedere. The funeral death/doom band has only been around for a few years now but has put together a lofty hour and fifteen minute effort that merges elements of funeral doom, death metal, and even gothic metal into one cohesive sound. Admittedly the album isn’t fully able to maintain the momentum and intensity it establishes early on but the overall package is still quite strong and this is still a significant achievement for the group.

Sui Caedere’s first few songs are likely to convert quite a few listeners to fans, as these numbers are able to switch between extremely slow moving funeral doom that lumbers forth with crushing intensity and faster paced melodic death metal. The emphasis on keyboard arrangements and melodic leads gives the group a very thick atmosphere that allows the material to have a very full sound. Stylistically Eye of Solitude reminds me melodically oriented death/doom acts such as Paradise Lost and Swallow the Sun with some additional melodic death metal and gothic touches present in their guitar tonality. It’s a direction that works well for much of the album and until about the halfway point the instrumentals are able to captivate listeners. But on the thirteen and a half minute “Those Who Don’t Return” it feels as though the band stretches their dense melodies just a bit too far and as a result the track drags. The four tracks that follow manage to regain some of the momentum with some forceful passages that increase the tempo quite a bit, but the songwriting doesn’t quite manage to get back to the same level of the beginning of the album.

Death/doom is known for its powerful vocals, and Eye of Solitude’s singer Daniel Neagoe doesn’t disappoint. Neagoe has one of the lowest pitched growls I’ve heard in recent memory, and he is able to sustain the pitch for long periods and let it rumble over the soundscape. It feels strange to say this, but even with the sense of power and intensity that is brought to the table the way that the growls are stretched out in combination with the melodic instrumentals often makes them feel quite calming and adds to the dreary atmosphere. Eye of Solitude relies entirely on Neagoe for Sui Caedere, but despite the fact that his pitch stays at a very low range it never became repetitive or grating.

There are some moments on this album that overstay their welcome, and I think this is a case where the songwriting isn’t quite able to sustain the long track lengths the band is going for. But when Eye of Solitude is able to fire on all cylinders and delivers their particular blend of doom/death metal there is plenty to hook listeners. As a result Sui Caedere is an effort worth checking out, but expect this group to really harness their full potential and join the bigger names in the genre in another album or so.

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