Eye of Solitude: Dear Insanity

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  • Label: Kaotoxin Records
  • Release Date: December 2nd, 2014
  • Genre: Ambience, Death Metal, Doom Metal
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Eye of Solitude has been one of those “out of nowhere” groups that simply began decimating listeners from the moment they entered the studio. Their self-released debut The Ghost back in 2011 put an entire group of genre fans on notice, something Kaotoxin Records picked up on following their later issued Promo 2011 demo. 2012 saw the release of their Awoken by Crows EP, but it was their following full-length album Sui Caedere that showed a band refining their brutality, unleashing their third album Canto III to a frenzied fanbase. But 2014 holds something a little different for those aware of their existence. In accordance to the pattern of releases since signing with Kaotoxin Records, we have another new EP titled Dear Insanity, which is a fifty minute plus singular piece of Ambient Doom Metal. But does this wind up being one of their strongest recordings to date, or does it leave you hoping this exploration is just temporary?

Dear Insanity is definitely a surprise offering from the group, but not really one that is completely out of character. Eye of Solitude have often focused their lyrical and musical themes around negativity and generally depressing themes, so the highly astral landscape of this new single/EP winds up suiting them quite well. Instead of your typical drawn out performance that may actually be three or four songs lumped together with cut effects, much like Meshuggah did with their single I, the main foundation consists of Ambience through effects, haunting distant voices, and especially keyboards that play up a sense of pure isolation on a cosmic scale.

These cold, haunting notes from the keyboard make up the first eight minutes, establishing the loneliness as you are left drifting through the cosmos. For the sake of reference to better understand this, think the award-winning film Gravity, but instead of Sandra Bullock’s character, you are George Clooney’s, stuck adrift to die alone and out of range for any radio contact. The song paints landscapes of monolithic and beautiful visuals the further in you get, eventually twisting itself into a crushing Doom Metal presence that feels as though there were something ungodly behind you the deeper into the pitch darkness of space you get, unsure if it’s the sense of loneliness messing with you as your body waits for the inevitable end.

Of course, the visions of wonder, beauty and fear creep in and out as you continue along you journey, but by the half way point you are met with a soft piano and clean singing for quite a while. It’s like an inner reflection or requiem, dismissing the burdening sensation that was haunting you before, granting you a brief chunk of peace before that growling sensation and soul crushing mental score kicks back in as the air within your suit creeps closer to null, leaving your mind hallucinating and hemorrhaging to make sense of it all once more. There’s nothing really all that different from this point on other than additional guitars that can add a little more tension, or the funeral march worthy guitar solo just past the forty minute mark. The keyboards are expanded on slightly as well the closer to the end you get, giving it more of a crystal-like Depressive Black Metal tone without ever jumping into that style, as if to reflect the ice that has left you paralyzed as you find yourself in the pitch black outskirts with no celestial body to give you the slightest bit of warmth.

Eye of SolitudeDear Insanity is basically the 2001: A Space Odyssey of the Metal world when you really look at it. While not as revolutionary, the visual impacts presented through the Ambience and band performances here can be on par with this legendary film, as are the atmospheres achieved that have the power to greatly alter your own senses. But the main thing about this EP is that it is incredibly relaxing, even at its most tense or ominous, and just perfect for winding down after a long, trying day. Much like how Progressive metallers Jolly work within a spa-like zen terrain, Eye of Solitude create the Doom Metal equivalent in a way to not only rival the recent Wolves in the Throne Room recording Celestite, but puts that foetal attempt to be unique right to shame. If you’re willing to give this release about an hour of your time and just sit back with the lights off, open your mind, and get swept away, you will find yourself coming back for more treatments as you wait anxious to see what else this UK-based five-piece can unleash.

Eye of Solitude

Digital review copy of this release provided by Kaotoxin Records.