Solstice (USA-FL)
Solstice


4.5
superb

Review

by Jeremy Wolfers USER (66 Reviews)
November 10th, 2012 | 22 replies


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Mixing pummelling riffs with extremely tight musicianship and urban attitude, Soltice’s self titled debut is easily among the best death/thrash metal albums of all time.

Solstice isn’t the best known thrash/death metal band, but managed to lay down two classics before breaking up as the death metal scene shrunk somewhat (though they reformed and released a new album, To Dust, in 2009). While their second album, the groovier and darker Pray, has some extremely positive aspects of its own, particularly its vocals and guitar work, their debut will never quite be surpassed, with extremely tight, thrashy musicianship mixed with some of the best riffs and solos possible, along with a great deal of urban attitude, that place it upon the upper echelons of the thrash hierarchy, with quality comparable to that of the legendary Epidemic Of Violence and Slaughter In The Vatican.

For a relatively inexperienced band, the musicianship present here is extreme impressive. The guitar riffs throughout are phenomenal, turning from fast to technical to groovy extremely confidently, with elements of crossover implemented, while some excellent guitar solos and occasional harmonies keep it varied and entertaining. The bass work isn’t as audible as in Pray, but is still able to be heard clearly as it performs some of the same excellent riffs as the guitars. The drum work is as good as the guitars, with impressive fills and extremely tight double bass work keeping it energetic and forceful, while the vocals of future Cannibal Corpse guitarist Rob Barrett prove themselves to be extremely forceful, executed in an upper mid-range fashion that could be best likened to a mix of a thrash/crossover shout and the vocals of Chuck Shuldiner.

There are no weak tracks on this album. From excellent opener, Transmogrified – with its energetic and groovy riffs and excellent solo – to the discordant closing track, Aberration, there is a constant supply of excellent songs. Cleansed Of Impurity features a strong mixture of tight, thrashy riffing and some extremely technical and groovy segments, while Survival Reaction quickly kicks you in the face with some lightning fast riffs and a twisted solo with some excellent sweep picking. Netherworld begins in a slow, doomy fashion before exploding into a blast beat and some malevolent riffs, while the last 3 tracks each provide some explosive, deathly riffs and solos that keep the album consistently entertaining. Even the joke-ish S.M.D., a Carnivore cover, proves itself to be entertaining and forceful in its own right while firmly establishing the crossover influences found throughout the album in a single track.

Whether you like extreme thrash or early death metal, this album will easily satisfy the metal listener with some absolutely blazing riffs and songs throughout. Despite it not being as well known as albums by fellow bands from both the death and thrash metal scenes, it’s certainly among the best.

Recommended Tracks:
Transmogrified
Survival Reaction
Netherworld
Eternal Waking
Plasticized
Aberration



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KILL
November 10th 2012


72285 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this already has a review on solstice [US] but cool

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/43246/Solstice-%5BUS%5D-Solstice/

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JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
November 10th 2012


21637 Comments


Sweet.

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Madbutcher3
November 10th 2012


1170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

wait when
EDIT: For some reason whenever I loaded that band page without a link like that I got an Invalid Band Name error or something.

KILL
November 10th 2012


72285 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ask the mods to merge

Madbutcher3
November 10th 2012


1170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

uh k

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 10th 2012


20165 Comments


Damn another sweet review man I'll have to check this out

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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
November 10th 2012


19075 Comments


band fucking kills

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Eclecticist
November 10th 2012


3863 Comments


lol New York is not a country

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
November 10th 2012


19075 Comments


i dont even know why NY is there this band is from miami anyways

Funeralopolis
November 10th 2012


11895 Comments


sweet

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minty901
November 10th 2012


2084 Comments


i always read your username as funeralpoo when it's on the home screen and the 'lis' is cut off.

CaptainDooRight
November 10th 2012


30363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

pre sure hyp rev'd the orig

gd rev tho bro, I've had this album for a while now and those riffz and those drumz

poise

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CaptainDooRight
November 10th 2012


30363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

pre sure hyp rev'd the orig

gd rev tho bro, I've had this album for a while now and those riffz and those drumz

poise

CaptainDooRight
November 10th 2012


30363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dam shuld I say it a third time

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
November 10th 2012


21637 Comments


Go for it.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 10th 2012


16494 Comments


To quote Hyperion's review:

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


CaptainDooRight
November 10th 2012


30363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

can I request a merge of commvnts

wacknizzle
November 10th 2012


13718 Comments


Good review. This sounds badass I'll have to check it out.

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Madbutcher3
November 10th 2012


1170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sorry fellas, when I made the band page (which was a mistake since the original page now works for me) I noted that there was also an American prog band with some albums as well. Got the city wrong though, thought they were from Buffalo and all sort of derpy things cos Rob was in the band and because he claimed to know the scene well. I'll fix the rev in that respect.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 10th 2012


20165 Comments


Jamming this right now pretty good can't believe it only has 1 vote wtf



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