Hailing from the cold, unforgiving, skyrocketing-property-value wastelands of Denver, Colorado, where being really high is both an indication of your mental state and an accurate metric for your distance from sea level, Suns Of Sorath have encapsulated the complexity and bleak nature of their newly hipster-invaded surroundings into some interesting music. Their new album Flowers of the Lily is a pretty epic five-song journey.
Right off the bat, S.O.S put your attention span to the test with “Tides of Macrocosm,” which is a fourteen minute song that takes its sweet times weaving through riffs and sonic textures. Personally, my favourite part of the song starts about six minutes in with the guitar solo section, and from there moves into a beautifully composed piano interlude. Echoing my sentiments of the first track, song three “Sorath Sonnenrad” kicks off with a beautiful lead solo section before revisiting their blend of progressive melodic death and black metal. “Bull of Dharma” I found stuck in my head a little easier than some of the other tracks, given its relatively shorter length in comparison to most of the other tracks.
Overall, I feel the album has unquestionably strong musicianship. I adore the Death or Extol vibe they’re giving off, but the length and nature of the writing left me with little to latch onto. I’ve had the same criticism about the last few Cradle of Filth records; I can listen to each song intently and hear great riff after great riff, but each song as a body packs little punch and its great parts simply get lost. So I feel it is with Flowers of Lily – each song could very well have been chopped up and made into three great songs instead of one unmemorable one. Of course, all this is my subjective taste and perhaps those more inclined to like longer tracks would disagree. Either way, S.O.S are a talented duo and certainly deserve some attention.
Written by Paul Ablaze
*edited by Kate Erickson