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A great combination of various influences - 80%

dipym666, October 26th, 2014
Written based on this version: 2011, CD, Bindrune Recordings (Digipak)

This is one of those difficult ones to review. Think a base of black metal with layers of melodic death metal accompanied by a sprinkling of folk metal. I got this album after listening to ‘Altars of Moss’ which is probably the best song on the album. It sort of took me some 5-6 listens to peel off the layers, probably because I was listening to it passively at first.

Let me look at it from two angles. On one hand there are distinct features of early melodic death metal developed by In Flames and Dark Tranquillity (think Lunar Strain and Skydancer), while the other side is that of melodic black metal. ‘Altars of Moss’ sounds like a song from the early melo-death days with melodic instrumentation in various sections in the song. The band quickly cools things down with ‘Sidhe’, one of the folk-ish instrumentals to complement the overall theme of the album which is related to folklore. ‘In the White Fields’ and the title track, ‘Suspended in the Brume of Eos’ maintain a continuum of the same song structures.

The deeper you go into the album it feels as if the natural order of things becomes clearer. The band also injects a little variety as they wander more into black metal territory with ‘Atonement’ and ‘Arrows’ and manage to pull it off. ‘Boreas’, another instrumental fits in perfectly before the last epic instrumental ‘Cabin Lights’, which opens up the whole album. It is to be the last song, and the journey is complete.

Overall, the good songwriting skills of the two members are on full display and they manage to carry forward the combination of the various genres at play here. The only drawback of the album – no lyrics. When you see a beautiful European tapestry on a digipack you expect the whole package, but alas. Recommended, only if you are ready to immerse yourself in it.