Whenever there is a metal supergroup from Sweden, it’s a good idea to take notice. Solution .45 is one such supergroup, containing members from bands like Miseration, Scar Symmetry, and Stratovarius, and the band incorporates elements from all of those bands and more to create their melodic, progressive death metal sound.
The roots of Solution .45 go back to 2007 when Christian Älvestam (Miseration, Torchbearer, Unmoored, ex-Scar Symmetry) and Jani Stefanovic (Miseration, Divinefire) got together to write some music. The two brought in longtime collaborator/producer Thomas “Plec” Johansson and recorded some demos that would be the first songs of the band. From the start, the sound incorporated heavy riffs with melodic choruses and in recording their first album, For Aeons Past, the band also added progressive song structures to the mix but never lost the distinctive groove of the 7-string guitars. Stefanovic and Älvestam brought in more talent to complete the band including: Rolf Pilve (Stratovarius; drums), Tom Gardiner (Hateform; guitar), Anders Edlund (Angel Blake, Solar Dawn; bass and Patrik Gardberg (Ammotrack; guitar). For Aeons Past was well received by critics and fans and the band came to the US to perform at ProgPower USA. Looking to get a certain sound for Nightmares in the Waking State, part I, the band has again brought in “Plec” Johansson for production and even recorded drums with Daniel Berstrand who worked with In Flames and Meshuggah to make sure they could get the sound they wanted.