Solution .45
For Aeons Past

So, Christian Älvestam delved into a few projects after departing from Scar Symmetry. The standard melo-death of Miseration, the more aggressive The Few Against Many, and now the Swede is involved in (restrained and commercial) supergroup Solution .45.

The presence of Älvestam’s Miseration and The Few Against Many cohorts (guitarists Patrik Gardberg and Tom Gardiner, bassist Anders Edlund and drummer Rolf Pilve) might indicate (the cover would be a dead giveaway) this is more furious melo-death. But Solution .45’s affiliation with AFM Records (Masterplan, Sinner , Heavenly, etc), as well as the heavy presence of guest keyboardist Mikko Härkin  (Kenziner, Kotipelto, Sonata Arctica), means For Aeons Past isn’t an underground metal exercise, but something else entirely.

Arguably the most commercial and mainstream of Älvestam’s projects, Solution .45 is more of a diet melo-death record, with the emphasis on soaring vocals, lots of synths and a pace that’s reminiscent of female-fronted gothic metal acts like Delain, Epica, After Forever, Theatre of Tragedy, etc. Granted, Älvestam delivers some of his patented deep growls here and there (i.e., “For Aeons Past”), but much like gothic metal, they are secondary to the lead vocals.

“Through Night Kingdomed Gates”, “For Aeons Past”, “Bladed Vaults”, “Wirethrone” and opener “The Close Beyond” are Solution .45‘s manliest ― even aggressive ― tracks, whereas “Gravitational Lensing”, “Clandestinity Now”, and “On Embered Fields Adjust” play off predictable rock-based verse-chorus themes; safe and sugary sounding. For Aeons Past tempers a bit on semi-ballads “Leathean Tears” and “Into Shadow”, but, if anything, the performances are top notch. While Solution .45 is songwriting-cautious, production-wise For Aeons Past slacks nowhere. It’s robust and powerful.

Even though For Aeons Past is an entertaining and very polished effort, Solution .45 still manages to underwhelm. But then again, with Älvestam’s voice front and center, fans are certain to believe the frontman can do no wrong. And he’s been a Dan Swanö rip-off for years.

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Written by Erik T
June 2nd, 2010


  1. Commented by: gabaghoul

    oh well at least their logo is cool, looks like the old At the Gates logo

  2. Commented by: Staylow

    I love this album, but most would probably expect that as I’m a huge Alvestam fan – I have a serious weak spot for virtually anything the man involves himself in, especially vocally.

    You’re right in saying this is his most commercialized effort, but I got more of a Soilwork/Scar Symmetry vibe from this, though it’s certainly more candy coated than his work with Scar Symmetry. Oh well, I still jam it.

  3. Commented by: Staylow

    Oh, forgot to mention I’m a huge Swano fan too. Go figure, right?

  4. Commented by: Facial La Fleur

    I resent the Epica comparison. Epica is far more exciting than this shit. And I loved Scar Symmetry… what the fuck, Christian?

  5. Commented by: mike

    “The standard melo-death of Miseration”

    Obviously you haven’t heard The Mirroring Shadow?

  6. Commented by: stiffy

    All this stuff sounds the same to me. Everything he does sounds like Scar Symmetry. I don’t get how you all see the difference.

  7. Commented by: faust666

    Epica ?? I mean wtf are you people smoking ?

    Of course it sounds like Scar Symmetry(and thats never a bad thing) – when Scar Symmetry didn’t suck and didn’t have members who look like Popeye.

    The new one rules, love the catchiness and accessibility of the album without compromising on the heaviness.

  8. Commented by: Staylow

    Stiffy – while this does sound a good deal like Scar Symmetry, I can see the differences. But really, do you honestly think Miseration, Unmoored, Torchbearer or Incapacity sound anything like this or Scar Symmetry? Come on now, seems like you might be too easily dismissing alot of stuff.

  9. Commented by: gabaghoul

    only Scar Symmetry I hear here is the dual vocals and the poppy, even sweet-sounding choruses.

    music is not as technical though, which raises the question, unless you are a diehard Alvestam completist, why listen to a band that sounds like 60% of Scar Symmetry’s elements when you can listen to 100% of Scar Symmetry instead? (That said I wish Alvestam had not left Scar in the first place).

  10. Commented by: Juan Pinto

    Which one looks like Popeye?

  11. Commented by: Apollyon

    Probably R.Karlsson. Dude does the silliest faces on the Noumenon and Phenomenon video:

  12. Commented by: faust666
  13. Commented by: mccumberv

    Old Scar Symmetry was badass, new stuff is sort of lame, the two new singers just don’t cut the mustard, they also pose like there’s no tomorrow, the growler makes a total mockery of himself and all thing growly and the crooner just reeks of gheyness, he does that Justin Timberlake shit with his hands, total douche. To me it’s just a complete gimmick. The old singer WAS Scar Symmetry, now they are mediocre at best….anyways… just my two cents.

  14. Commented by: Staylow

    music is not as technical though, which raises the question, unless you are a diehard Alvestam completist, why listen to a band that sounds like 60% of Scar Symmetry’s elements when you can listen to 100% of Scar Symmetry instead?

    Well from my point of view, it’s just more of the same good shit. But I suppose I am a bit of a Alvestam completist/fanboy. :D

  15. Commented by: stiffy

    Jordan you basically made my point. But Larry you are right, those other bands do not sound like Scar Symmetry.

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