Solution .45 - _For Aeons Past_
(AFM, 2010)
by: Jeremy Ulrey (8 out of 10)
Since you're reading this on CoC, I'm going to preface this review with the following caveat: if you don't have a high tolerance for radio friendly, sing song emo choruses in your melodic deathcore, you'll want absolutely nothing to do with Solution .45, who -- despite being on a micro-indie -- are clearly making a bid for mainstream hard rock acceptance (think Decibel cover story) with their debut, _For Aeons Past_.

On the other hand, if your palette is inclusive enough to tolerate the likes of Atreyu or Avenged Sevenfold, there is much to like about this Swedish quintet, which comprises former / current members of Scar Symmetry, The Few Against Many, Miseration and Hateform, amongst others. Both the album's production and the musicianship throughout is top notch, with a variety of vocal styles ranging from clean and melodic to classic death metal, and guitar solos / double bass drumming galore. No offense to AFM, but if _For Aeons Past_ had been released on Roadrunner (where it would fit like a glove), this band would probably be the talk of the tubes right now.

Every song is a keeper, but what really sets Solution. 45 apart from the average Headbangers Ball band du jour is the absolutely mammoth "Clandestiny Now", at sixteen minutes and change a non-stop barnstormer of continuously shifting grooves and vocal melodies, with what seems like another vintage, melodic death metal solo done in the classic Swedish style every dozen bars or so. Take away the squeaky clean parts of the vocals and the band resemble countrymen Arch Enemy as much as anything else.


(article published 31/10/2010)

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