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Album of the day: In Solitude – The World. The Flesh. The Devil.

Posted on Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Praise for In Solitude‘s The World. The Flesh. The Devil. from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Last time we highlighted the 2nd album from Mercyful Fate / King Diamond (and Satan) lovin’ Swedish true metallers, Portrait. Now this week we’ve got another sophomore album from ANOTHER Swedish heavy metal act on Metal Blade that’s ALSO heavily influenced by Mercyful Fate, and they’re pretty rad too!

This is the first time we’ve listed anything by In Solitude, though they were on Earache’s Heavy Metal Killers comp that we recommended some time back – they appeared there alongside, yes, Portrait, as well as Cauldron, Ram, and a bunch of other cool bands we like from the “New Wave Of Old School Metal”.

This new In Solitude, their first disc for Metal Blade, is a triumphant affair of twin guitar riffage, and soaring vocals, both quite melodic AND powerful. Never quite getting as ridiculously falsetto as ol’ King Diamond, In Solitude’s singer does however traffic in similar melodies and lyrical themes, wailing about demons, devils and darkness. Musically, In Solitude boast dynamic songwriting with a variety of sounds and speeds, structures incorporating moody acoustic guitars, and plenty of Maidenesque gallop… By the time epic, 13+ minute finale ‘On Burning Paths’ rolls around, your arms will be tired from hoisting those ‘invisible oranges’ in reaction to this music.

Perhaps they’re not quite so gnarly / ancient / evil sounding as Portrait, though you certainly can imagine ’em dwelling in some bat-infested castle somewhere, surrounded by pentagrams and black candles for sure (and empty beer cans and old Mercyful Fate LPs). In Solitude definitely captures that ’80s metal “Mr. Crowley” vibe of occult-induced danger and despair. In terms of pop / rock elements, they come slightly closer to that other Satanic Swedish sensation, Ghost, and the singer also sports subtle, spooky facepaint that’s a bit Ghost-like too. Horns up!

At 40 years old, Aquarius is the oldest independent record store in San Francisco. We try to only carry music we love, and we’re always searching for more new, cool, weird and wonderful music. All of which we then share with you, our loyal customers.

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