Tuesday 16 April 2019

Solar Haze - S/T (Album Review)

Release date: April 20th 2019. Label: Metal Assault Records. Format: DD/Vinyl

Solar Haze – S/T – Tracklisting

1.Hawk in the Wind 04:01
2.Eyes of Strangers
3.Hammer to the Head
4.Coven 06:38
5.United Minds
6.Nefarious Natures
7.Solar Haze
8.Stoned to Death


Stephen Falla (Lead Guitar/Vocals)
Ross Cowan (Lead Guitar)
Jason Hernandez (Bass)
Ryan Falla (Drummer)


Solar Haze self-titled debut album is one that takes influence from the seventies Doom Metal Scene and the modern Stoner Metal scene but with a wicked Punk Rock feel to it. As the music is fast-paced and very much in your face with it’s rebellious attitude.

Opening song – Hawk In The Wind – is a Doom Metal song that has a devilish Punk Rock sound allowing Solar Haze to play a more honest sound that I didn’t initially expect. The Stoner Rock/Metal riffs are there mostly in the background as the band focus more on their dirty and streetwise Punk Rock sound for a more diverse approach to the album. The song has plenty of attitude and grooves to match.

Second song – Eyes Of Strangers – sees Solar Haze play an eighties Heavy Metal/Hard Rock sound which has quite a classic sound to it. The vocals from Stephen are good for the most part of the song. However, it’s the fast-paced riffs that will keep you entertained from start to finish. Elements of Garage, Punk Rock and Stoner Metal appear and allow Solar Haze to have a more thrilling sound compared to the opening song.

Third song - Hammer To The Head – carries on the rebellious rhythm the band played on the opening two songs but with a more Occult/Doom Rock vibe especially with the lyrics and vocals. By now you will become used to the “Streetwise” sound that Solar Haze create for the majority of this album. This is perhaps one of the best songs on the album with its hip and playful Doom Metal outlook.

Solar Haze continue with their hybrid Punk and Doom based sound on the other great songs contained on the album such as Coven, United Minds, Nefarious Natures and Solar Haze. These are the songs where Solar Haze impress the most and perhaps create the heaviest and doomed out riffs held on the album. Solar Haze also manage to create a much darker and complex doom sound on the second half of the album as the lyrics and vocals become more powerful as a result.

Solar Haze debut album may not have the most original sound. However, this album is still a stylish and wildly exciting album that is packed full of exciting grooves and dark riffs to match.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Metal Assault Records for the promo. Solar Haze debut album will be available to buy on DD/Vinyl via Metal Assault Records from April 20th 2019.


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