Solterra
Solterra EP


3.5
great

Review

by Dante Pizzuti USER (9 Reviews)
September 13th, 2011 | 34 replies | 5,485 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An album from fellow sputnikers...

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Instrumental bands, I find, are generally hit or miss; they can both make a hit and run with it, or they fail miserably. Solterra manages to get a hit, and delivers an above average collection of songs on their self-titled EP.

Consisting of six songs the overall feel to this album is quite relaxing. Despite having more than its fair share of heavy songs you cannot help but feel more at peace when digging into these tracks. The mood is very dreamy and spacy, almost making you want to fall asleep to the riffs. This dream like effect is most notable on Delayed Reactions and Spanish Beaches.

Moving on to the overall sound, it is heavy and it is technical. (That may seem kind of blunt but alas that would be the best way to describe it.) The album itself really gives you a feeling that the music is always moving forward and the way that each track slides into the other really helps with this effect. I’d say the only song that feels out of place is Affluenza, but the song stands well enough on its own that it does not cause any blemishes to the overall album.

The length of these tracks can sometimes leave something more to be desired. While almost half of the songs are over four minutes long; the shorter tracks feel as if they could and should be longer, Spanish Disco being a prime example of this. If they were a tad longer then the album would feel more complete as a whole. Whereas the shorter tracks are too short the rest (longer songs) feel just right.

As far as talent, all musicians present are great. Every instrument comes together nicely and efficiently to the point of no obvious flaws. Although they lack in the ability to really blow your mind, which keeps this from being anything more than it is. As said before it’s not as if any one present is mediocre, it’s more a case of that it’s just not expert musicianship. (Although with more time I’m sure the talent will improve greatly.) That being said this shouldn’t bother anyone, except of those who expect massive, technical, behemoth songs, that are chalk full of solos and odd time signatures.

Perhaps Solterra will one day truly live up to what they could be. For right now, though, they remain a great progressive band that has truly showed that they can be so much more on a future release.



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Yuma310
September 13th 2011



1656 Comments


it's going to be more too the point, it's going to have shorter paragraphs. Please all crit is more then welcome.

DoubtGin
September 13th 2011



6686 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the guitar is so sweeeeeeeeeet

taxidermist
September 13th 2011



7175 Comments


Which sput made this?

twlichty
September 13th 2011



3394 Comments


Wow, so great to see a review for this!
I really appreciate the fact that you took the time to listen thoroughly and write a review for this.

I play guitar in the band. We are just starting out and this EP is a collection of rough demos of our songs. I definitely understand that this EP does not contain the best recording quality (mostly because it was recorded in a basement studio) and the songs sometimes feel short and end abruptly because these were our first drafts of the songs. I can tell you though that we have recently added parts to Spanish Disco, Sold to Wolves and Horseteeth, which has made the songs feel more complete and make better sense.

The new versions of these sons along with many new tunes will be available on our upcoming Full Length, which will hopefully be released by the end of the year.

Again thanks so much for the review.

FREE DOWNLOAD:
http://solterra.bandcamp.com/

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scissorlocked
September 13th 2011



3479 Comments


sputnik reviews for sputnik members- that's great

a big pos

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Yuma310
September 13th 2011



1656 Comments


No problem : ) Thanks for the pos everyone. : )

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 14th 2011



30297 Comments


What happened to the other artwork?

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Waior
September 14th 2011



11420 Comments


The musicianship here is pretty impressive, it's just a click track that's missing.

But really, I've enjoyed this a lot. There are some really, really creative parts in here that make my head hurt in the best way possible.

twlichty
September 14th 2011



3394 Comments


"What happened to the other artwork?"

well after this user deviant made a comment about it being cheap and turned sideways we just had to change it

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 14th 2011



30297 Comments


ms paint: turn right

PROBLEM SOLVED

twlichty
September 14th 2011



3394 Comments


at least the new art is better than what we had, props to the bass slapper

paxman
September 14th 2011



4083 Comments


Great music. You need a vocalist (me).

Yuma310
September 14th 2011



1656 Comments


I persoanlly love the new art work

twlichty
September 14th 2011



3394 Comments


paxman- if you live in Colorado i'm down

twlichty
October 1st 2011



3394 Comments


where the comments at????????????

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
October 2nd 2011



23643 Comments


what does this sound similar to? I wouldn't mind a "rec'd by reviewer" section

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coneren
October 2nd 2011



11110 Comments


sounds like when you and jash fuck. so pretty much like any godspeed album

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
October 2nd 2011



23643 Comments


holy shit 5/5

coneren
October 2nd 2011



11110 Comments


god dammit i laughed

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
October 2nd 2011



23643 Comments


cone is bootz hiding behind the TV because you won't stop raping her?

better be



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