Aug 242016
 

Solution 45-IISolution .45 returns with Nightmare in the Waking State part II, sequel to Part I which came out in 2015.  As both were actually recorded at the same time, expect more progressive, melodic death metal from this Swedish supergroup.

Bands with the talent of Solution .45 don’t come around very often.  The Swedish band, which traces its roots back to 2007 first featured Christian Älvestam (Miseration, Torchbearer, Unmoored, ex-Scar Symmetry) and Jani Stefanovic (Miseration, Divinefire).  Those two brought in longtime collaborator/producer Thomas “Plec” Johansson and recorded some demos with a  sound that incorporated heavy riffs with melodic choruses and recorded their first album, For Aeons Past.  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).  Looking to get a certain sound for Nightmares in the Waking State, part I, the band has 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.  Interestingly, the band had so many good songs, that they recorded Part I and II at the same time and spaced out the releases in order to allow fans to properly enjoy the material without being overwhelmed. Continue reading »

Aug 022016
 

solution_45_859Swedish melodic death metal band Solution .45 will release their new album, “Nightmares In The Waking State – Part II,” worldwide on August 26th via AFM Records. The album will be available on CD, limited vinyl, as well as most digital platforms.  A video for the album track ‘The Faint Pulse Of Light’ can be found below.

Commented the band: “Nightmares In The Waking State – Part II” is in fact not a ‘new’ album in the strict sense of the word. Both Part I and II were actually recorded at the same time, as ‘one’ long album, but since we did not want to release it as a regular double album, we decided to split it into two separate releases instead to make it a bit more interesting. Compared to Part I, Part II has a slightly more melodic touch.

“Lyrically it’s core matter is based around ‘struggle’ and the art of fighting your way through the tough times in life. We’ve all been there and we will all most likely end up there again some day. Life is often a really dark and nasty place and we’d like to see ‘Nightmares In The Waking State – Part I & II’ as our soundtrack to that!“ Continue reading »

Jul 012016
 

solution_45_859Swedish melodic death metal band Solution .45 released the first single from the upcoming new album “Nightmares In The Waking State – Part II” which will be released worldwide on August 26th via AFM Records. The album will be available on CD, limited vinyl, as well as most digital platforms. Check out the official lyric video for ‘Built On Sand’ below.

Commented the band: “Nightmares In The Waking State – Part II” is in fact not a ‘new’ album in the strict sense of the word. Both Part I and II were actually recorded at the same time, as ‘one’ long album, but since we did not want to release it as a regular double album, we decided to split it into two separate releases instead to make it a bit more interesting. Compared to Part I, Part II has a slightly more melodic touch.

“Lyrically it’s core matter is based around ‘struggle’ and the art of fighting your way through the tough times in life. We’ve all been there and we will all most likely end up there again some day. Life is often a really dark and nasty place and we’d like to see ‘Nightmares In The Waking State – Part I & II’ as our soundtrack to that!“ Continue reading »

Jun 162016
 

solution_45_859Swedish melodic death metal band Solution .45 will release their new album “Nightmares In The Waking State – Part II” worldwide on August 26th via AFM Records. The album will be available on CD, limited vinyl, as well as most digital platforms.

The cover art (below) was done by Par Olofsson. The layout and design was done by Seiya Ogino (Ogino Design) and Christian Älvestam.

Solution .45 formed in late 2007 as a conceptual entity, but never blossomed into fruition until fall 2008, when Christian Älvestam (Unmoored, Miseration, Torchbearer, ex- Scar Symmetry), Jani Stefanovic (Miseration, Essence Of Sorrow), Anders Edlund (ex-Solar Dawn), Rolf Pilve (Stratovarius, Essence Of Sorrow), Tom Gardiner (Essence Of Sorrow, ex- Mors Principium Est), and Mikko Harkin (ex-Sonata Arctica, Kotipelto) recorded an 8-track demo with Thomas “Plec” Johansson (Scar Symmetry, Watain) handling production-duties.   Continue reading »

Nov 152015
 

Perfecting _solution.45Whenever 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. Continue reading »