||For Aeons Past CD (2010)
Solution .45 music CDs Over the course of the three albums he recorded with Scar Symmetry, Swedish vocalist Christian Älvestam proved himself one of the most versatile performers of his generation, equally capable of delivering pristine soaring melodies and grotesque, guttural Cookie Monster growls without any apparent effort (suffice to say his previous band needed two guys to replace him). Although it is his name grabbing the spotlight whenever his latest pursuit, Solution .45, is discussed, the singer was, in fact, a late addition to the group founded in 2007 by Finnish guitarist Jani Stefanovic. Älvestam did assist with co-composing much of the music for their debut album, For Aeons Past, but ceded the floor to Dark Tranquillity frontman Mikael Stanne when the time came to pen its lyrics. This detail helps to explain why Solution .45's peculiar brand of melodic/progressive/power/death metal differs quite a bit from Scar Symmetry's style of, errr.melodic/progressive/power/death metal. Primarily this is because it places a little more emphasis on its aggressive qualities over the accessible ones, and separates dark from light on individual tracks more often than not, rather than blending everything together at virtually all times. To wit, forceful examples like ...