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Solothus : Ritual of the Horned Skull

If you like Doom Death with an “oldies but goodies” feel to it, you might want to check out Solothus.

Solothus are a rather new band. Rather new because the band formed back in 2007 but before it reached some kind of maturity (fixed moniker, stable line-up, etc.) some time had gone by. Well Doom Metal… guys like it to take it slow.

Hailing from Turku, Finland, the quartet unleashed end of 2011 their very first demo, Ritual of the Horned Skull, whose cover looks like Epicus Doomicus Metallicus, only the hard way. Was that intentional in the first place? My guess is simple: yes it was.

Remember Pyykko's statement that one drunken night the guys decided to cover Candlemass’ tracks with Death Metal growls? And that it then gave birth to the whole Hooded Menace concept? Chances are this conception of music has not only seduced listeners out there but aspiring musicians as well. It is then no surprise that Solothus have this very distinctive “Hooded Menace” thing about them.

Differences? Not that many if you ask me, except maybe that Solothus are a lot more Death Metal than Doom Metal and the allegiance to acts like Candlemass shifts more towards bands like Autopsy. Or could it be Rippikoulu? Not a blind guess if you ask me. The Finns (too) have a lot in common with their august elders.

Now it’s only three tracks, three good tracks but only three so it’s a bit preposterous at this stage to predict anything grandiose for this young but promising band. They certainly have to be a bit more personal about their music and a little less “tribute-like” if they want to hit the nail hard (and slow) in future releases but these guys have definite potential.

If you like Doom Death (or is it Death Doom?) with an “oldies but goodies” feel to it, feel free to contact them and grab the demo. It's worth it.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Throne of Bones
2. Embrace the Cold
3. Darkness Gathers Here at Night

Duration : Approx. 48 minutes

Visit the Solothus bandpage.

Reviewed on 2012-02-07 by Frederic Cerfvol
Hate Your Guts Records
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