Say It Isn’t So: IN SOLITUDE Breaks Up

While there seems to be subpar bands popping up every second, it only hurts when the really good ones go.  Sweden’s IN SOLITUDE announced today that they are calling it a day after 13 years.  It was an amicable break up and the band point to bigger priorities in life that have taken precedence.

Here’s the band’s announcement:

“2002 – 2015
“Dear friends. It is with great sadness that we inform you that we have chosen to end In Solitude here.

“This is something that’s been taking shape for a long time and suddenly the day came when we had to evaluate our positions in life and find a solution.

“The reasons for our departure are not hostile in any sense and our love for each other and the music is stronger than ever before. But it is with respect for that music and that love between us that we choose to end it at this point.

“Changes in our personal lives demanded that we treated this as carefully as we could and with our deepest respect and reverence for all personal feelings, and for the aim of our journey.

“This has been one of the hardest decisions we’ve ever had to make and we’ve had to investigate every inch of our beings in order to make this right. In Solitude has been the center of our lives for 13 years and we’ve invested everything we have in this and to make this decision was to rip us up by ours roots and make us re-evaluate our entire lives and our future…[read more]”

At the very least, IN SOLITUDE went out on a high note with the most excellent, Sister.

APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2013

carcass.surgicalsteelOnce again, another fruitful year in extreme music draws to a close.  We saw some long awaited comebacks by legends, three quarters of the original SABBATH line up, VOIVOD and CARCASS.  The godfathers of U.S. death metal had a healthy year with strong releases by SUFFOCATION, DEICIDE, and IMMOLATION.  We also saw young superstars, GHOST B.C. and KVELERTAK, release good sophomore albums.  Perhaps the most polarizing and criticized album is SATYRICON‘s self-titled album, which was roasted by the majority of the media and fans.

Among the mountains of releases, there is one album that we’ll gush about again and again, and that’s CARCASS‘ comeback album, Surgical Steel.  There are always good and interesting albums coming out all the time, and then there are the untouchable albums that only the legendary bands could create.  Surgical Steel scorches everything in its path and clearly shows that in the pantheon of active bands, they are at the top.

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IN SOLITUDE – Sister

In Solitude - SisterIN SOLITUDE take a big step forward with their third album, Sister.  Refusing to simply rehash the classic metal sound of their first two releases, the band embrace the dark.

The memorable cover artwork symbolizes what Sister is all about.  The record carries a somewhat mysterious, eerie, and desolate vibe.  IN SOLITUDE do a great job in incorporating the sound of early gothic rock, and just the darker, less power-chord dependent side of rock as a whole as well as incorporating acoustic guitars.  And even when the band play full-on metal, it’s more of the KING DIAMOND and MERCYFUL FATE variety than the happier, lighter sounds of MAIDEN.  In other words, the band is truly coming into its own.

Just the acoustic guitar-driven opener, “He Comes,” sets the tone and then “Death Knows Where” brings in the pure metal.  That is followed by the looser, dark rock sounds of “A Buried Sun” which features a new level of range and freedom from vocalist Pelle Åhman.  “Pallid Hands” is a great combo of FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM and IN SOLITUDE.  The rest of the album continues this trend of dynamic and memorable material.  Closer, “Inmost Nigredo” is the album’s best song with its great juxposition of a dream-like intro, heavy tensions, and downright soulful vocals.

It’s great to see these guys break free and expand the sound and style of IN SOLITUDE.  Ideally, Sister should take them to the next level of well-deserved success.  True metal. (Metal Blade Records)

APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2011

2011 was a very productive and enjoyable year for extreme music, perhaps the best in years. Thus, it was not an easy task choosing what we enjoyed best since they were just so many. 2011 also gave us unforgettably bad albums by LOU REED and METALLICA, flops by THE HAUNTED as well as controversial ones by MORBID ANGEL.

We look forward to another strong year in 2012 in which we will celebrate our 10 years online. Cheers for all of your support in 2011! Radikult!!
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DOWN September 2011 Tour to Include IN SOLITUDE & PONYKILLER

Super group DOWN will be heading out this September for an almost month long run of dates with Sweden’s IN SOLITUDE (read our review of their latest album here) as well as PONYKILLER, which are signed to singer Phil Anselmo‘s Housecore Records.

Tour dates:
Tour w/ IN SOLITUDE, Ponykiller
09/01 San Antonio, TX Backstage Live
09/02 Fort Worth, TX The Rail Club
09/03 Fort Worth, TX The Rail Club
09/05 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theatre
09/06 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
09/07 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
09/09 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom
09/10 Anaheim, CA City National Grove of Anaheim
09/11 Scottsdale, AZ Venue of Scottsdale
09/14 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
09/15 Des Moines, IA The People’s Court
09/16 Libertyville, IL Austin’s Fuel Room
09/17 Sauget, IL Pop’s
09/19 Louisville, KY Expo Five
09/20 Grand Rapids, MI The Orbit Room
09/21 Flint, MI The Machine Shop
09/23 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
09/24 Mobile, AL Soult Kitchen – AL

IN SOLITUDE – The World. The Flesh. The Devil

A band can’t help but gain street cred when DARKTHRONE‘s Fenriz rants and raves about them. After one listen to Uppsala, Sweden’s IN SOLITUDE and you will know exactly how Fenriz was thinking and feeling.

To put it succinctly, the band play classic metal from the late 70’s/early 80’s with twin guitars, beefy riffing, charismatic vocals, and driving tempos. Band’s such as Paul Di’Anno-era MAIDEN, MERCYFUL FATE, and KING DIAMOND are all clear influences on IN SOLITUDE‘s second album, The World. The Flesh. The Devil. But the band also inject their own style among this backdrop with distinct melodies, a great sense of feel in not only the playing but in the atmospheres, and tasty tempo shifts.

The production, courtesy of death metal legend Fred Estby (ex-DISMEMBER), screams classic metal. The mix is natural sounding, organic, and perfectly balanced.

Vocalist Hornper may be tired of hearing it, but he sounds a lot like the almighty King Diamond. Specifically, his vocals sounds like King‘s “default” vocals sans the falsettos and theatrics. But hey, Hornper sounds great in his own right.

The World. The Flesh. The Devil appropriately starts off with its fastest, uptempo songs and then transitions into, arguably, more substantive songs that showcase the band’s talents of building a strong atmosphere and feel. Listeners looking for instant gratification during the second half of the record will be disappointed as this is where IN SOLITUDE really takes off and take the listeners on a journey with longer songs. “Demons” is a great example of a song with a long instrumental section with plenty of dynamics that really demonstrates IN SOLITUDE‘s talents. “To Her Darkness” simply has awesome, memorable vocal lines that really brings the song home. The 13:44 “On Burning Paths” ends things in dramatic fashion.

The World. The Flesh. The Devil forgoes flash and goes for substance above all, and that’s exactly why it’s the strong album that it is. Enter the fire. (Metal Blade Records)