Solace of Requiem, even though they are labelled as death metal, are definitely much more than just that. Their music integrates features from a multitude of styles, ranging from doom metal, black metal, thrash metal along with the unmistakeable death metal sound. Lyrically, they are atypical, for their songs are not centered around profanity and atrocity, but rather on philosophical themes.
During the first few moments of Utopia Reborn, the composition and texture of the music may seem dull and uninspiring, but that soon changes. The songs are filled with bursts of energy at unexpected moments. The thought that the songs may take any direction is exhilirating, and offers a new perspective on what extreme music is comprised of. "Lost Vapours," the fourth track, is a brilliant example of how variable their music is, also featuring Dirk Tatzel on guest vocals. "Language of the Gods," the third track, includes Brett Hoffmann as guest vocalist, who sings alongside a very prominent black metal sound. As the text progresses, containing religious and esoteric overtones, the harmony between word and sound is noticeable. The album ends with the crestfallen atmosphere that "Cry out for Mercy" establishes.
While there are tons of death metal bands that emerge each day, few manage to embed themself onto the space of the scene. Solace of Requiem deserve to be granted with the ability to become a solid within the metal world. (9/10)
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