Solace – The Brink (New Full Album) New Jersey shorecore gods Solace returned in December with sprawling, blistering double LP The Brink, their first full outing since their acclaimed A.D. album was named one of iTunes’ Top 10 Metal Records of the Year (alongside High on Fire and Unearthly Trance) in 2010. An epic return, The Brink is a glorious trek through churning riffage, weighty doom power and drunken sea shanties. Embracing a NWOBHM dual-guitar attack more completely than ever before, the 11-song 2LP likewise maintains a death grip on the band’s trademark volatility and sonic roots.
This 11-track, 67-minute effort gets underway with “Breaker of the Way,” an eight-minute, organ-heavy, 70s-style heavy rock jam, which speeds up to a “Highway Star” chug around the 3:30 mark, complete with a ripping guitar solo that would probably make Ritchie Blackmore proud…if he ever took delight in the playing of others. “Desert Coffin” takes a more heavy-metal approach, with a swirling opening riff that reminds me of Argus. This one settles into a steady chug, with the dual-guitar attack adding some epic doom flourishes a la Candlemass, with a similarly epic impact on the chorus. “Dead Sailor’s Dream” slows things down for a mellower, desert-rock number that reminds of local stoners Low Orbit…until it hits you with a 100-word-a-minute, rapid-fire pre-chorus that has shades of Clutch. Did not see that coming!
“The Light is a Lie” opens with one of the most headbangable doom-metal riffs you’ll hear, shifting into a slightly more than mid-paced tempo a la Blood of the Sun before bringing back the heavy riff again for a sickly sweet chorus. Meanwhile, the nine-and-a-half-minute title track is an epic voyage in doomy space rock, a swinging sea shanty with no shortage of heavy grooves. It’s almost a shame that the organ, which features so prominently on tunes like “Crushing Black” and “The Brink” isn’t a part of their live lineup – although these songs still sound great in any configuration.
Review by Gruesome Greg https://hellbound.ca/2019/12/solace-the-brink/
1 .Breaker of the Way
2. Desert Coffin
3. Dead Sailor’s Dream
4. Waste People
5. The Light is a Lie
6. Crushing Black
7. Bird of Ill Omen
8. Shallows Fade
9. The Brink
10. Until the Last Dog is Hung
11. Dead Sailor’s Reprise
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