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Solution 45
For Aeons Past
April 2011
Released: 2010, AFM Records
Rating: 2.0/5
Reviewer: Waspman

Sweden’s Solution .45 are a bit of a melodic death metal super group. Formed in 2007 by ex-Scar Symmetry vocalist Christian Alvestam, the band includes members of Torchbearer, Angel Blake, Dreamtale, and Solar Dawn, to name a few. Throw in keyboard contributions by the esteemed Mikko Harkin (of tons of bands, but best known for Sonata Arctica and Cain’s Offering), and lyrics/backing vocals by Dark Tranquillity’s Mikael Stanne, and you’ve got a recipe for HYPE, yes you do. With this much talent involved, can FOR AEONS PAST live up to expectations?

No, no it can’t. Simply put, FOR AEONS past is a mix of two things. One, recycled melo-death riffs; and two, emo. Yes, emo. Alvestam made his name as a growler and singer in Scar Symmetry, but his work on this album can only be labelled as whiny crooning. His growls are perfectly serviceable, but that clean singing (which he uses about 70% of the time) has got to go. Combine that with some truly awful lyrics and it can’t be described as anything other than emo. Ugh.

As I said, musically this is perfectly serviceable melodic death metal. There are a few catchy riffs and guitar melodies, but nothing on the album will blow you away. I give credit to the band for attempting to stretch the bounds of the genre with the 10+ minute finale, “Clandestinity Now”, and some interesting structure on “Through Night-Kingdomed Gates” – see what I mean about bad lyrics? – but over all the album is filled with riffs you’ve heard before. Combine that with the decidedly un-metal vocals and the album utterly fails. Skip it.
Track Listing

1) The Close Beyond
2) Gravitational Lensing
3) Through Night-Kingdomed Gates
4) For Aeons Past
5) Lethean Tears
6) Bladed Vaults
7) Winethrone
8) On Embered Fields Adust
9) Into Shadow
10) Clandestinity Now


Christian Alvestam: Vocals
Patrik Gardberg: Guitar
Tom Gardiner: Guitar
Anders Edlund: Bass
Rolf Pilve: Drums

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