Review by JD on May 2, 2015.
In looking through this batch of albums needing to be reviewed, I saw a few choice ones in the mix in front of me, then I came across one named Solace Of Requiem. Death metal is nothing new for me, but this is a trio that plays a melding of brutal technical death laced with this maelstrom of black metal as well… they got my attention.
Hailing from Virginia USA, this threesome brings a brutality rarely seen in a small band - yet, they succeed. Acid laced growls lead the charge of the buzzsaw guitars and thundering bass and drums like a battle flag, fitting for this act. With good chops and vision with the ear for doing things their own way, this band really has thrown their hats into the ring to declare themselves in the running for death metal gods.
I loved the straight ahead vibe the band has. One only has to hear either 'Casting Ruin' or 'Eroded Absolution' to hear the full power that the band unleashes. Some places come across as a bit muddy, but it seems to be like that. But for me, it was not necessary because of the explosion the band delivers. Beginning to end, it impressed me more than most releases so far this year.
Lately, I have been not listening to very much in the way of death metal but this was worth returning to it. It was a solid album with many original ideas running through every last second of the disk. That made me turn the album on again for a sixth go around so i suggest you go and buy your own, you’ll do the same damned thing.
Rating: 9 out of 10