Saturday 16 November 2019

SOLACE - The Brink (Album Review)

Release date: December 13th 2019. Label: Blues Funeral Recordings. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

The Brink – Tracklisting

1.Breaker of the Way
2.Desert Coffin
3.Dead Sailor's Dream
4.Waste People
5.The Light is a Lie
6.Crushing Black
7.Bird of Ill Omen
8.Shallows Fade
9.The Brink
10.Until the Last Dog is Hung
11.Dead Sailor's Reprise


Tommy Southard - Guitar
Justin Daniels - Guitar
Goins - Vocals
Mike Sica - Bass
Timmy Gitlan - Drums


Doom Metal Legends Solace return with their first album in almost a decade with THE BRINK. A 70 minute plus album which sees the band on stunning form. The band play a classic style of Doom/Stoner Metal with influences such as NWOBHM, Prog Rock and Psych Rock appearing on the album. Solace have had numerous line-up changes through the years and this album doesn’t suffer from that at all.

The Brink has a deep rich progressive sound that feels like it’s coming from a completely different band at times. Can we call The Brink a comeback album. As it feels Solace feel more ALIVE and HUNGRIER than ever. The album has 11 songs and all showing SOLACE deep love and appreciation for DOOM METAL and HEAVY GROOVES.

The opening 2 songs – Breaker Of The Way and Desert Coffin – show how the rest of the album plays out with classic sounding Doom/Stoner Metal riffs that have a timeless quality to them. The album has a deep nautical theme to it that allows SOLACE to let their musical imagination run wild with vivid creativity.

The majority of the songs run for about 5 mins to 7 mins each and each contain spellbinding lyrics, hypnotic riffs and awesome vocals to match. The album has some of the best Doom Metal riffs you’ll hear all year. SOLACE feel most live on the 2nd half of the album as that’s where some of the heaviest tunes appear and lead vocalist Goins being on majestic form as well.

The standout songs are Dead Sailor's Dream, Waste People, Crushing Black, Shallows Fade and Dead Sailor’s Reprise. The production is as epic as the music itself. SOLACE have never sounded so good. So this is definitely the best sounding album of their career.

The Brink never outstays it’s welcome despite the 70 minute plus runtime. I wanted the album to go on for much longer as the album is packed full of incredible songs. This album feels like a greatest hits album than a collection of new songs. All instantly recognizable which will have you coming back for more.

SOLACE have released a classic Doom/Stoner Metal album with The Brink. It’s everything you want from a Doom/Stoner Metal record. This is perhaps the “DOOM METAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR”.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Jadd at Red Lead PR for the promo. The Brink will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl from December 13th 2019 via Blues Funeral Recordings.