Suns of Sorath – Flowers of the Lily (Review)

Suns of SorathThis is the debut album from Suns of Sorath, a progressive black/death metal band from the US.

Flowers of the Lily boasts a lot of complex, technical playing. This has been structured into progressive music with black/death leanings, and peppered with avant-garde, classical, and jazz influences.

Any band that’s willing to open their album with their longest song immediately gets my attention. As much as I love short sharp shock style songs with high-impact instant appeal, I also love a good epic, and with Tides of Macrocosm Suns of Sorath nail their colours to the mast early on for all to see.

The black and death metal elements that make up the core of the band’s style are merged together at a cellular level, and it’s largely down to personal opinion whether you’d classify this as more one or the other, (I’m leaning towards the blackened side myself, but then I usually do). Further influences are built on top of this sturdy core foundation, and add extra depth and seasoning to music that would already be very enjoyable without them.

Within the band’s progressive extreme metal framework there is a fair amount of diversity across this release, and the five songs offered each have their own flavour. Featuring blackened aggression, technical death metal, classical piano breaks, atmospheric workouts, impressive guitar solos, some deliciously spiky riffs, dark melodies, jazz interludes, and all manner of other interesting and worthwhile ideas and contributions, Flowers of the Lily is quite an accomplished and enjoyable listen.

Some of my favourite parts are the more atmospheric ones, and I also enjoy some of the bass noodling that’s included too; the end of Until the Stars Be Numbered is a great example of both of these elements combined. This is merely one example of some of the enjoyable material on this album; for keen explorers of the dark arts there’s a lot to discover here.

The vocals are primarily screamed, coming across as a blackened version of Death-style vocals. Some subtle backing cleans appear though too, working quite well on Bull of Dharma, and reminding of some of Arcturus‘ work, especially when combined with the electrifying music.

Suns of Sorath have impressed with this album. It offers a convoluted, but rewarding trip into extreme metal territories, with more than enough meaty content to satisfy.

Highly recommended.

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