In Solitude are a 5 piece heavy metal band hailing from the Viking lands of Sweden. They released their newest LP “The World. The Flesh. The Devil” last spring and I can’t stop listening to it! If you’re a fan of ass-kicking heavy metal you’re in for a treat!
The sound is a blend of Candlemass and Mercyful Fate; there are a lot of up-tempo riffs and doomy vibes in the songs. Hornper’s vocals are very much like Messiah Marcolin, deep and emotional with a good range to boot. The riffs are like a dark and doomy Iron Maiden (early Iron Maiden), they’re melodic and yet pound the ground like a 10-ton hammer. The songs have plenty of noodly solos and widdly-woo to keep you air-guitaring in front of your mirror.
I honestly can’t say there is a bad song on this album, a rare find in these days! My favorites would have to be “Serpents Are Rising,” “To Her Darkness,” and “We Were Never Here.” The tunes are catchier than the clap; you’ll be humming along with the choruses in no time. The way they keep things melodic but so heavy and evil is amazing! Sorcery! You feel like summoning up dark storms and yet… there’s no urge to paint yourself like an evil KISS knock off and run around in the woods. It’s a perfect capture of 70s heavy metal, pretty much taking the same torch from Black Sabbath’s debut and reigniting it with a new flame.
Probably one of the best new heavy metal bands I’ve heard in a long time, Sweden sure is coming out with a lot of good bands! I may sound like I’m having a textual orgasm, but it’s hard for me to find a band (especially a new band) that really gets me going. All the tracks are solid, it’s a perfect essence of 70s heavy metal, and it kicks more ass than a room full of stampeding donkeys.
Now go get off your fat arse and nab this album!