Solstice (USA-FL)
Solstice


4.0
excellent

Review

by hyperi0n STAFF
May 1st, 2011 | 83 replies | 7,337 views


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Start sucking.

Having your balls out can sometimes put you in a sticky situation. Thankfully, when you have your balls out and you're playing metal, it more or less adds to the experience. Just ask Solstice. Their thrashy brand of Floridian death metal knows a thing or two about being balls out. Based in Miami, containing members like Rob Barrett (who went on to join Cannibal Corpse and Malevolent Creation after providing guitar and vocal duties for Solstice) and some guest solos from the legendary James Murphy of Death and Cancer fame, Solstice had all it took to make one hell of an album. It's surprising that they didn't have the amount of success the rest of Florida's scene did back in the early nineties, because their eponymous debut brings the ***ing metal just as hard and just as heavy as any of their other tropical counterparts.

What Solstice did, and did very well, was make sounding pissed off awesome. Girlfriend cheated on you? Getting picked on at school? Old couple across the street run over your cat on their way to Cracker Barrel? Spin this record and be prepared to bring the full force of your pent up rage crushing down upon the perpetrators in a hail of fists and offers for obligatory apologies on your genitals. Now that you've asserted your masculine dominance, it's ok to put a few pretty things up to make yourself feel better. But don't ***ing overdo it. Take Solstice's approach and have a few hints of melody here and there; but never, ever cover up the fact that you're still angry and thrashing. Remember, you've still got balls and you want everyone to know it.

Now that you've got the overall feel of what Solstice were going for, it's time to examine the finer points. The drumming on this angry Miamian debut is incredible and beyond precise. With a nice, thick punch to it, the hyperspeed assault never lets up, complete with blasts and fills from the depths of a nuclear ice age. Rob Barrett's vocal delivery is actually quite unique. It's kind of a throaty, growly thrash yell that, as you probably guessed, sounds pretty pissed off. Most of the lyrical content deals with political outrage, corrupt governments, and the obligatory death and doom, and most of the lines are easily intelligible without the use of printed aids to try and decipher what the *** he's saying.

They even include a nice little cover of Carnivore's S.M.D (Suck My Dick) which sort of acts to solidify their already obvious thrash influence. The production is nice and clean, so if you like your death metal without all the dirt and grime the old school is known for you have nothing to worry about, except maybe the fact that you might be kind of a pussy. But it's ok, because if you listen to this if might help solve that problem, because Solstice's debut is one of the best things to come out of Florida in the golden years of the death scene. If you don't like it, well then *** you.



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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
May 1st 2011


18457 Comments


Props to spirit for showing me this record, it's one of my all time favorites. I tried a format i thought fit the music a little bit better, so let me know how it turned out.

Also, listen to this now.

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AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
May 1st 2011


16137 Comments


Nice review. Gonna have to look into this.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 1st 2011


16387 Comments


Loved the review man. Pos.

Having your balls out can sometimes put you in a sticky situation.


Fucking lol m/

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Hawks
May 1st 2011


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review bud. This is an album I've been meaning to check out.

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Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 1st 2011


8357 Comments


What Crysis said, basically. That first sentence really is gold. I'll try and remember this and look into it.

Departures
May 1st 2011


879 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome album. Nice review.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
May 1st 2011


18457 Comments


Thanks a lot guys, album really is that good.

BallsToTheWall
May 1st 2011


44313 Comments


Never heard of this unfortunately but will listen immediatey. Now now but when im sober.

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Wizard
May 1st 2011


19389 Comments


Didn't particularly love this upon first listen but I will try again, just really bored with thrash/ thrashy elements I guess. Great review.

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ev0ken
May 1st 2011


586 Comments


this looks like something i would enjoy. that cover reminds me of xentrix- for those advantage a little bit.

TheSpirit
May 1st 2011


17818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

good shit i'm glad you enjoyed this so much

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relativeworld
May 2nd 2011


289 Comments


This is awesome! listening now, Love everything but the lyrics !
Nice read !

alachlahol
May 13th 2011


7489 Comments


missed this review. drummer destroys buildings

pixmpy
July 6th 2011


29 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Great review man. Glad to see someone else appreciates this band...one of my favorites.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
September 22nd 2011


18457 Comments


This still rips so hard.

coneren
September 22nd 2011


11111 Comments


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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
September 22nd 2011


18457 Comments


No but it does is my essay done.

coneren
September 22nd 2011


11111 Comments


so is it done i made one for you but only if you need it

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
September 22nd 2011


18457 Comments


its done but it sucks ill use yours its probably better

coneren
September 22nd 2011


11111 Comments


ok good here it is


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it also is great for learning as i like to read resources for making that essay they are fun



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