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For Aeons Past

Solution .45

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Album Review

Over the course of the three albums he recorded with Scar Symmetry, Swedish vocalist Christian Älvestam proved himself one of the most versatile performers of his generation, equally capable of delivering pristine soaring melodies and grotesque, guttural Cookie Monster growls without any apparent effort (suffice to say his previous band needed two guys to replace him). Although it is his name grabbing the spotlight whenever his latest pursuit, Solution .45, is discussed, the singer was, in fact, a late addition to the group founded in 2007 by Finnish guitarist Jani Stefanovic. Älvestam did assist with co-composing much of the music for their debut album, For Aeons Past, but ceded the floor to Dark Tranquillity frontman Mikael Stanne when the time came to pen its lyrics. This detail helps to explain why Solution .45's peculiar brand of melodic/progressive/power/death metal differs quite a bit from Scar Symmetry's style of, errr…melodic/progressive/power/death metal. Primarily this is because it places a little more emphasis on its aggressive qualities over the accessible ones, and separates dark from light on individual tracks more often than not, rather than blending everything together at virtually all times. To wit, forceful examples like "The Close Beyond" and "Through Night-Kingdomed Gates" feature bludgeoning grooves of Meshuggah-like heft, while the hyperactive ballad (you read right; hearing is believing) "Lethean Tears" joins the doom-like slow march of "Into Shadow" on the opposite end of the spectrum. Better than both extremes are the tracks like "Gravitational Lensing," "Bladed Vaults," and "On Embered Fields Adust" (whatever that means), which allow Älvestam's stunning clean singing to enjoy pride of place, despite still keeping his choruses tethered to the always busy but tightly regimented instrumental displays bubbling underneath. And even though everything in the band's creative arsenal and the kitchen sink is finally tossed into the obviously prog-inspired, 16-minute closing colossus, "Clandestinity Now" [sic], Solution .45's schizophrenia still favors the extreme elements of their palette first and foremost. This, in conjunction with an absent sense of all-binding concept album schematics, ultimately helps For Aeons Past stand apart from the music of Älvestam's former band, but there is still some work to be done before Solution .45 carves a clear career path of its own.

Customer Reviews

Melodic death metal perfection

I had been waiting on this album for 3 years!!! since it was announced that Mr alvestam had a band lined up for his departure from Scar Symmetry i wanted it to come sooner. This allbum doesnt disappoint!!!! It is melodic death metal with a twist, more cleans. It is great to see him getting recognition for his beautiful cleans more than ever. Great songs on this album such as Wirethrone, For Aeons past and Lethean Tears. The latter demonstrates just how good his singing voice is.

One more thing, I need more from songs this band because they are too good, they can only get better and better!!!!! \m/

Great Album

this kinda sounds what i was expecting the post holographic universe album to sound like before i learned alvestam had gone, i love scar symmetry and miseration and i love this its great well worth a buy :D


Genre: Rock

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Swedish/Finnish melodic prog metal supergroup Solution. 45 was founded in 2007 by well-traveled guitarist Jani Stefanovic (Miseration, Essence of Sorrow, etc.), who spearheaded a series of demo recordings while securing the commitment of his fellow bandmembers, guitarist Tom Gardiner (Hateform, Scorched Earth Tactics, etc.), bassist Anders Edlund (Incapacity, Angel Blake), keyboardist Mikko Härkin (Kotipelto, Sonata Arctica, etc.), and drummer Rolf Pilve (Miseration, Essence of Sorrow, etc.). All...
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