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Solstice : Lamentations

This version of 'Lamentations' is Candlelight's 2001 reissue of defunct UK doomsters Solstice' classic debut album, recorded in 1994. This edition has an additional three bonus tracks. Any lover of classic epic doom or old-school metal will want to add this to their collection.

The album begins with 'Lamentations IV', which sets the proper mood with clerical voices singing a lament of doom. 'Neither Time nor Tide' sets the tone for the rest of the album, which really reminds me of nothing so much as Mourn with male vocals. The composition is epic, the vocals by Simon Matravers are clean and strong, and the guitar solo's are fantastic! Even the chunky distortion on the guitars is reminiscent of Mourn. The following songs continue in the same vein; long with the occasional middle-eastern flavor, combining mournful lyrics and tandem guitars, one played by future Cradle of Filth member John Piras. One of the extra tracks, 'Empty Lies the Oaken Throne', provides a welcome break with paired guitars strumming a beautiful, classically inspired tune. The recording quality throughout is clear and well balanced.

Whatever may have been said on various boards about this group, this is an excellent slice of epic UK doom. If you count Candlemass, Dream Death, Abdullah, Oversoul, or even Cirith Ungol as major favorites, then you owe it to yourself to pick it up.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Lamentations IV
2. Neither Time nor Tide
3. Only the Strong
4. Absolution Extremis
5. These Forever Bleak Paths
6. Empty Lies the Oaken Throne
7. Last Wish
8. Wintermoon Rapture
9. The Man Who Lost the Sun
10. Ragnarok

Duration : Approx. 57 minutes.

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kevin McHugh
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