Solace (CAN)
Call & Response


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mark James Irwin USER (8 Reviews)
August 14th, 2012 | 119 replies | 11,957 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “I’d rather be a lost soul searching paving my own way.”

10 of 11 thought this review was well written

Armed with an eight-string Ibanez, drum programming software, and plenty of aggression and melody to spare, Karl Schubach of Misery Signals fame brings us Solace, a project that seemingly began in 2008, when very rough demos were uploaded to YouTube. Over the course of two years while Misery Signals had its downtime, Karl wrote and recorded Call & Response, which had been delayed countless times until August of this year (mostly due to perceived record label issues).

While Karl is well known for his earth-shattering vocals, his songwriting is worthy of praise on this record. Call & Response can safely be classified as djent, but the more melodic side of the genre seems to be the focal point of this album. Karl’s guitar playing is kept relatively simple (save for a few riffs), which is beneficial to Call & Response's appeal as a whole. Beautiful clean passages such as in the beginning of “Judgement Night” are used to perfection and are complimented by thick grooves and riffs. Breakdowns are common, but they are mercifully not the main focus of the record. Occasional samples and electronic interludes are scattered throughout the album, but they are thankfully kept to a minimum (save for the title track, which uses both very well). The one thing that wasn’t supposed to stand out on this record that really sticks out is the fact that the programmed drums actually sound like drums. It’s a nice touch and shows how much care and attention Call & Response was given. One minor complaint though is the all-too-common bass guitar, which is virtually nonexistent throughout the record (the only time you ever really hear it is on “Stockholm Syndr(h)ome”).

Karl’s vocals are the same as they’ve always been – clean, crisp, and precise. His delivery is both concise and unique, and every word is understood through his guttural growls. Karl also showcases his softer vocals that were briefly heard on Misery Signals’ last album, Controller, as the beginning of “Curse of the Living” contains some crooning that builds up to a harsher delivery. In addition, “Our Father” features Jonathan Vigil of The Ghost Inside and his performance is just as powerful as Karl’s. Lyrically, the album covers topics such as mortality and religion, with Karl boldly calling out God on “Dead Man’s Curve” (“Search for the one who will punish the sons for the sins of the father. Search for the one who will never show his face.”). When combined with the instrumentation, it makes the record sound much more potent.

So after two years, is it safe to say that Solace’s debut was well worth the wait? Absolutely. Karl Schubach’s first proper solo outing is a success, beautifully crafted and carefully detailed. Call & Response is a top contender for album of the year, and Solace has the potential to become less of a side project and more of a legendary act in its own right.

Recommended Tracks: “Our Father”, “Dead Man’s Curve”, “Call & Response”, “Stockholm Syndr(h)ome”



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BaseballJames
August 14th 2012



368 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Stream album - http://solacecanada.bandcamp.com/

Wrote this during work, so critique is welcome.

Also, posting this review appears to have made a duplicate album entry...

PlanningMyDeath
August 14th 2012



230 Comments


Been excited to hear this album. Yeah link this to the mods page and get it moved to the correct album page.

BaseballJames
August 14th 2012



368 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not sure where to do that, I can't log in to the forums.

PlanningMyDeath
August 14th 2012



230 Comments


I brought it to their attention. I don't think it's a problem to move an album as long as it has a review.

BaseballJames
August 14th 2012



368 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you kindly, good sir.

PlanningMyDeath
August 14th 2012



230 Comments


Hopefully they do it. Banned hard, mods aren't too big on me right now.

sspedding
August 14th 2012



4715 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I have a feeling this album is going to be the class. I need it.

ChuckyTruant
August 14th 2012



15570 Comments


U put this up on the wrong album man

But anyway this is out? Sweet

Digging: Architects - Lost Forever // Lost Together

trilogique21
August 14th 2012



340 Comments


Karl's vocals completely make this record

PlanningMyDeath
August 14th 2012



230 Comments


Yeah he's good.

bloc
August 14th 2012



34489 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I had a feeling this was just gonna be chugs with Karl barking over them but I was definitely surprised.

Album is really awesome, it's that type of metalcore I love.

Digging: Gamma Ray - Empire of the Undead

sspedding
August 14th 2012



4715 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

this was what i expected, and I love it. Definitely in my top 10 of 2012.

This man is a God.

bloc
August 14th 2012



34489 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Did Karl just do the vocals or even the other instruments? Just curious.

BaseballJames
August 14th 2012



368 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh yeah, he definitely did guitar and bass. I think his producer did the drum programming.

bloc
August 14th 2012



34489 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh awesome. The man definitely has more talent than I thought.

PlanningMyDeath
August 14th 2012



230 Comments


He did everything except the drumming I think. And guest spots from the singer from The Ghost Inside and Hands.

Jangoman
August 14th 2012



32 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is a great listen, and I love the lyrical apathy towards religion, and gods.

TooLateToGoBack
August 15th 2012



1672 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is fantastic.

But Karl seriously needs to get back on track with Mis Sigs.

Fluttertrank
August 15th 2012



16911 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

he is already. this has been album was done for sometime, he just had problems releasing it. misery
signals is touring and is releasing an album later this year

Digging: Xanthochroid - Blessed He With Boils

AbyssalCreation
August 15th 2012



2023 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This rules so hard.



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