Solution .45
For Aeons Past
Style: Modern Metal
Release date: April 9th 2010

Frankly, I'm a bit divided with this one. Mostly to the positive side as you can see from the rating.

The former Scar Symmetry fronter Christian Älvestam surely knows his way in metal, as does his companions with honours earned in Essence of Sorrow, Miseration, Sonata Arctica and Kotipelto, so the technical element is in place.

And it is a technically strong release we have here - tight the way modern metal has to be, a versatile singer, playful handling of the genre with Yngvie inspired guitar virtuosity. This is not the issue.

The issue is that the Swedes have a tendency to succumb to doodling. The opener,  The Close Beyond, is extremely promising with its combination of hammering riffs, growl and clean vocals. But from there on, only the title track and the tune Bladed Vaults really show us the full-on hammer.

The 16-minute epos Clandestiny Now is of course noteworthy as it more or less sums up the other nine songs of the album, but it certainly includes the doodling elements too.

Points for great professionalism, tightness and versatily, but not necessarily for song writing that goes right into your heart.


01. The Close Beyond
02. Gravitational Lensing
03. Through Night – Kingdomed Gates
04. For Aeons Past
05. Lethean Tears
06. Bladed Vaults
07. Wirethrone
08. On Embered Fields Adust
09. Into Shadow
10. Clandestinity Now

Label: AFM Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 80/100
Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen
Date: April 6th 2010
Website: Solution.45 @MySpace