Solution .45 – For Aeons Past

Solution .45 - For Aeons Past

Solution .45 – For Aeons Past
AFM Records

[Rating: 4/5]

Written by Niek of Deathmetalbaboon.com

Solution .45 is the joining of forces of musical talents of several Swedish Death Metal bands, making this a genuine metal supergroup. The project was founded by masterminds Jani Stefanovic (Miseration, Essence of Sorrow, The Few Against Many, and many other bands) and Christian Älvestam, best know as the former Scar Symmetry multi-style vocalist half the metal world adores. With that in mind, it’s not a surprise that my (and anybody else’s) expectations for the group’s debut release were sky high.

Unfortunately, anticipation is a big spoiler, because expectations grow bigger and bigger in your head. Solution .45 knew this when they set out and so they must have had a pretty good amount of confidence in their own abilities that they would be able to pull this off. So, have they?

Well, not completely. True, the supply of musical talent within this group is indisputable, as are Älvestam vocal capabilities. The man can make any mainstream, popular or whatever other type musician feel like an utter zero and then seamlessly provide a bombardment of growling, grunting violence without blinking. And he knows it! That then is exactly the problem, as his clean vocals on For Aeons Past not infrequently tend towards sugar-pop, with too much scale singing and pitch changing. Beyoncé does it too and she annoys the hell out of me.

His growls and grunts on the other hand are superb as they’ve always been. And they come in countless subtle variations too, which is all the better. So, skip the ballad Lethean Tears and instead listen to the more violent tracks, such as Wirethrone. Much better!

Musically this album is very much virtuoso, yet well balanced, despite the fact that it often feels much too polished. There are more than a few cheesy, ‘kitchy’ melodies to be found, but the majority of tunes is quite appealing.

So, lose your expectations. Expect nothing and you’ll get a few not-so-good songs and a bunch of good ones. One of those is of course the more than sixteen-minute Clandestinity Now, which is an absolute masterpiece. That alone will justify your spendings on this release!

My favorite tracks: On Embered Fields Adust and Clandestinity Now.

Niek

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