For those not initiated in the funeral doom style, Dear Insanity is deeply rooted in this genre in terms of the pacing and structure. It is monolithic, with every note played and snare hit very much a deliberate aspect of the song. This sounds like a criticism, but it’s the furthest thing from one. Instead of a massive twenty or thirty minute build-up and crescendo, Eye of Solitude have the foresight and intelligence to create a track that ebbs and flows. The atmosphere is sobering and ethereal, sometimes disappearing under a huge slab of deep death growls and heavy distortion but always emerging on the other side naturally. The cut-out to beautiful keyboards and the initiation of the clean vocals about halfway through help to catapult Dear Insanity into what I would call epic territory. The slower, tempered approach throughout supports the moody and depressive atmosphere that pervades every nook and crevice of the EP. Vocalist Daniel Neagoe’s growls are a huge asset to the band here, as they add a much-needed aggression to the affair. The incredible melodies of the guitars that mesh with keyboards around the thirty-five minute mark provide just enough respite to make the emotional payoff of the heavy section that follows incredibly high.
Dear Insanity is an EP that tells a story. What that story is to you in particular is in all probability unique to you, and that is truly the beauty of the songwriting present. I personally close my eyes and imagine a long, dangerous walk through a much-maligned dark forest; whatever visuals plant themselves in your head will surely be epic. I haven’t been as excited about a band since the first time that I heard My Dying Bride’s The Dreadful Hours. Eye of Solitude have created a heavy, destructive, and melancholy masterpiece with Dear Insanity, and I couldn’t be more excited for what comes next.
1. Dear Insanity
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