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Solution .45

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Below is our complete Solution .45 news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Solution .45 Releases "Built On Sand" Lyric Video

Sweden's Solution .45 - featuring ex-Scar Symmetry vocalist Christian Älvestam - released the first single from the upcoming new album "Nightmares in the Waking State - Part II." The album drops on August 26th via AFM Records.

Commented the band: "Nightmares In The Waking State - Part II" is in fact not a 'new' album in the strict sense of the word. Both Part I and II were actually recorded at the same time, as 'one' long album, but since we did not want to release it as a regular double album, we decided to split it into two separate releases instead to make it a bit more interesting. Compared to Part I, Part II has a slightly more melodic touch.

"Lyrically it's core matter is based around 'struggle' and the art of fighting your way through the tough times in life. We've all been there and we will all most likely end up there again some day. Life is often a really dark and nasty place and we'd like to see 'Nightmares In The Waking State - Part I & II' as our soundtrack to that!“

The track list for the album is:

1. Dim Are The Pathways
2. The Faint Pulse Of Light
3. Mind Mutation
4. Built On Sand
5. Inescapable Dream
6. The Curse That Keeps On Giving
7. Chain Connector
8. What Turns The Wheels
9. Misery Mantra
10. Heavy Lies The Crown More...

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AFM Records Announces 20 Year Compilation

2016 marks the 20th anniversary for Germany-based metal label AFM Records. Being in the business for two decades now and working with the “who's who” of the scene, the company is proud to present a special compilation of highlights and new tracks titled “20 Years - Metal Addiction."

Of course all the big names who were (and are) crucial for the label’s evolution during the years are featured here: Doro, U.D.O., Fear Factory, Evergrey, Avantasia, Rhapsody Of Fire, Danzig, Leaves’ Eyes, Edguy, Destruction, Masterplan, D-A-D, Ministry and many more.

Two brand new, previously unreleased songs by Iron Mask and Eden’s Curse perfectly round off this extensive release, which comes up with a total of 52 tracks on 3 CDs. More...

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Solution .45 Will "Bleed Heavens Dry"

Swedish modern metal act Solution .45, featuring ex-Scar Symmetry vocalist Christian Älvestam, released a new music video fro the track "Bleed Heavens Dry." The song appears on the band's latest release "Nightmares in the Waking State - Part I," which is available now through AFM Records.

Check out the clip here:

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Solution .45 Releases "Alter" Music Video

Solution .45 issued a new music video for the track "Alter (The Unbearable Weight Of Nothing)." The song appears on the band's new album "Nightmares In The Waking State - Part I," which is available now through AFM Records.

Check out the clip here:

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Solution .45 Is "Perfecting The Void"

Swedish melodic death metal act Solution .45 released a lyric video for the new track "Perfecting the Void." The song is the first look into the long awaited sophomore effort "Nightmares in the Waking State, Pt. I," which is scheduled for release on November 20th via AFM Records.

The track listing is:

1. Wanderer From the Fold
2. Perfecting the Void
3. Bleed Heavens Dry
4. Winning Where Losing Is All
5. In Moments of Despair
6. Second to None
7. Targeting Blaze
8. After (The Unbearable Weight of Nothing)
9. Wield the Scepter
10. I, Nemesis

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Solution .45 Announces New Album, Reveals Artwork

Swedish modern metal act Solution .45 - featuring ex-Scar Symmetry vocalist Christian Älvestam and Stratovarius drummer Rolf Pilve - announced the impending release of the sophomore album, which will be entitled "Nightmares in the Waking State - Part 1." The album is set for release on November 20th via AFM Records.

It will be available as a CD, Gatefold Blue 2-Vinyl (strictly limited to 500 units) and digitally via most platforms. The artwork (shown below) was created by Par Olofsson and the layout design by Ogino Design. More information is expected soon.

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Solution .45 Splits With Bassist

Solution .45 has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with the band's bassist:

"As of 11.12.2012 we have some very unfortunate news to share. Solution .45 and Anders Edlund have decided to part ways. This is very much a mutual split, based on a mutual understanding. With that said, we'd like to thank Anders for his contributions and years in the band, wishing him good luck in his future endeavors. Although our musical journey ends our friendship will stay intact."

Anders also commented: "Ladies and Gentlemen! A sad moment has appeared in my musical life. This is the moment when I say farewell to the job as bass player in Solution .45 . I entered the band in spring 2008 after being asked to join by my good, old friend Christian Älvestam. When he played the demo-tapes, that would later lead to the album 'For Aeons Past,' I knew instantly that it would be a real privilege for me to handle the pulse in this band. Great songs with diversity and epicenes mixed with Christian’s fabulous voice. Amongst the best I´d ever heard.

"Solution .45 started out as a 'not-knowing-what-will-happen' band. Five guys that didn´t have a clue how people would react to the music. But with time we received new members ( Patrik ) new fans and opportunities. Now, all of us have come to the conclusion that we need to put more effort into Solution .45. Meaning more rehearsals, gigs e.t.c. It´s just that…for me it´s impossible right now. My private situation makes it impossible to put as much effort into this machinery needed and as I would want to in order to make the best possible outcome. And in order not to be a hindrance for the other guys on their journey I simply choose to stand aside. I have to state that I´ve loved every moment throughout the years with this band and I had the privilege to sum it all up with the show at Progpower USA in September 2012. Where we, not only made a hell-of-a show, also met fans and new friends that I hope I will have for the rest of my life. More...

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AFM Records Releasing New Compilation

The AFM Records label compilation "All For Metal" now continues with part 3. This time "All For Metal III" includes 26 video clips on DVD and a bonus CD with 15 tracks. The compilation will see release on November 30th, 2012 and the track listing is:

DVD
01. Orden Ogan - The Things We Believe In
02. U.D.O. - Leatherhead
03. Kissin’ Dynamite - Money, Sex & Power
04. Masterplan - Time To Be King
05. Heavenly - Fullmoon
06. Shakra - Back On Track
07. The Last Vegas - Evil Eyes
08. Morton - Weeping Bell
09. Triosphere - Marionette
10. Brainstorm - In These Walls
11. Iron Mask - God Punishes, I Kill
12. Crystal Viper - Witch’s Mark
13. At Vance - Facing Your Enemy
14. Wolfpakk - Reptiles Kiss
15. Sinner - Back On Trail
16. Oz - Dominator
17. Elvenking - The Loser
18. Nightmare - Sunrise In Hell
19. Epysode - Obsessions
20. Stahlmann - Tanzmaschine
21. A Life Divided - Heart On Fire
22. Eisbrecher - Eiszeit
23. The Murder Of My Sweet - Unbreakable
24. Lake Of Tears - House Of The Setting Sun
25. The New Black - The King I Was
26. Lyriel - Leverage
27. All Hail The Yeti - The Art Of Mourning
28. Black Messiah - Windloni
29. Ektomorf - The One
30. Solution .45 - Gravitational Lensing
31. Fear Factory - The Industrialist
32. Ministry - Ghouldiggers
33. Suidakra - Dowth 2059
34. Korzus - Truth
35. Onslaught - The Sound Of Violence
36. Tankard - Rules For Fools More...

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ProgPower USA XIII: Day Two

The morning of September 15th was a bit hazy for most attendees, as the Artmore post-show celebrations had famously ensued when Epica finished up Day One's show at 2:30 in the AM. Really, where else were you going to go after getting 12 straight hours of show time, knowing that the bands you just saw on stage would be mingling with you in the courtyard? It just didn't make sense to go home. Nightwish and Kamelot were off on their tour after playing the pre-ProgPower show on Thursday.

One of the other fun things about ProgPower is that it brings out members of other bands who aren't playing, but just want to see a great show. In the courtyard later in the day, I would run into Pyramaze vocalist Urban Breed (ex-Tad Morose) as well as Oklahoma-based progressive metal band Vangough. I met the members of Vangough at a Mexican restaurant a block up from the venue for lunch and an interview about their most recent album, "Kingdom of Ruin," and their future. Festivities for Day Two kicked off at 2:30 in the afternoon. Brace yourselves, because this is going to be a long write-up. More...

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American Heavy Metal Tradition: ProgPower USA

The ProgPower USA festival is approaching its thirteenth year, but if you were to look at the number of international bands who have made the Atlanta-based festival the site of their US debut, you would find that number even more impressive – a solid eighty-two. That number includes bands such as Nightwish, Blind Guardian, Edguy, Gamma Ray, Pagan’s Mind, Circus Maximus, Stratovarius, Riverside, and more. The US is not known for heavy metal festivals – at least not of the level that Europe is known for, with Wacken, Hellfest, and all sorts of other open-airs. In the US, ProgPower is the longest-running and most well-known of the handful of festivals we do have. Moreover, as evidenced by the title, this is a pointedly progressive- and power- metal themed festival, with performances by an average of 14-16 bands over several days.

Last year, I had the privilege of attending the festival and contributed a series of write-ups about each of the days afterwards. The experience was much like a Comic-Con or anime convention, only geared around highly amplified sound aimed at rattling my brain and rocking my soul. It was like another world altogether, given that everyone I interacted with on that three-day stretch could talk for hours on end about the juxtaposition of synthesizer and guitar solos with no reservations. It felt like a family reunion. More...

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Eclectic Song Mix Hitting The Rock Band Network

There's quite the eclectic lineup for Xbox 360 users of the Rock Band Network this weekend, from the pirate metal of Alestorm to the prog metal of Halcyon Way and even onto the black metal of Watain. These tracks are now available on the Xbox 360:

Christian Death - "Narcissus Metamorphosis Of" (160 MSP)
Alestorm - "Shipwrecked (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Codex Alimentarius - "Baptised" (160 MSP)
Halcyon Way - "Inside Looking Out (The Icon & The Ghost) (2x Bass Pedal)" (80 MSP)
Machinae Supremacy - "Force Feedback" (160 MSP)
Solution .45 - "Gravitational Lensing (2x Bass Pedal)" (80 MSP)
Watain - "Underneath the Cenotaph (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Powerman 5000 - "Do Your Thing" (160 MSP)

Unfortunately PS3 users have much less new material to look forward to, with only the following single metal track hitting the Rock Band Network this coming Tuesday, February 14th:

Amberian Dawn - "My Only Star" ($1.99)

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Pirate Metal Invading The Rock Band Network

Pull out the rum and the plastic guitars, because Scottish pirate metallers Alestorm are finally coming to the Rock Band Network with the track "Shipwrecked." If pirates aren't your thing, there's new tracks now available from Devin Townsend, Halcyon Way, Morbid Angel and more.

The complete list of newly added Xbox 360 songs are as follows:

Alestorm - "Shipwrecked" (160 MSP)
A Plea for Purging - "Heart Of A Child" (80 MSP)
Coldera - "Melodicus Counterpointus" (160 MSP)
Devin Townsend - "Planet Smasher (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Halcyon Way - "Inside Looking Out (The Icon & the Ghost)" (80 MSP)
Halcyon Way - "The System" (80 MSP)
Machinae Supremacy - "Indiscriminate Murder is Counter-Productive" (160 MSP)
Morbid Angel - "Existo Vulgoré (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Psychostick - "BEER!!" (160 MSP)
Pythia - "Heartless" (160 MSP)
Pythia - "Heartless (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Solution .45 - "Gravitational Lensing" (80 MSP) More...

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ProgPower XIII Band Announcement Video Posted

ProgPower XIII posted the band announcement video for the event in Atlanta, Georgia. The event lineup is:

ProgPower USA XIII
September 12-15, 2012 at Center Stage Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia USA

Friday, Sept. 14, 2012:

Sinbreed (Germany) +
Kingcrow (Italy) +
Amaranthe (Sweden) +
Serenity (Austria) +
Primordial (Ireland)
Redemption (USA)
Epica (The Netherlands & Belgium)

Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012:

Above Symmetry (Norway) +
Lanfear (Germany) +
Solution .45 (Sweden & Finland) +
Mystic Prophecy (Germany & Greece) +
Mayan - with special guests (The Netherlands & Belgium) +
Pretty Maids (Denmark)
Symphony X (USA)

(+ USA Debut)

Tickets are now on sale at this location.

Check out the announcement video here:

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More Bands Announced For ProgPower USA XIII 2012

ProgPower USA XIII is shaping up to be the event of the year in the United States in 2012. The current lineup for each day is as follows:

Friday:

Epica (Headliner)
Redemption
Primordial
Serenity
Solution .45
Kingcrow
Sinbreed

Saturday:

Symphony X (Headliner)
Pretty Maids
Mayan
Mystic Prophecy
Amaranthe
Lanfear
Above Symmetry

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Solution .45 Reveals "Lethean Tears" Video

Metal Injection has teamed up with Solution .45 to premier a new video for the track "Lethean Tears." You can check out the video in the player below. Here is what frontman Christian Älvestam has to say about the video:

"This video is basically a visual wrap-up of everything we've done so far, as a band, since the start. Several shots featured come from footage filmed a long time prior to the video (material that will re-appear in their entirety, in the 'the making of For Aeons Past'-clips that will follow, in time) and some of it was filmed exclusively, with the video in mind! Style-wise, we wanted to try to capture that naked old-school feeling that a lot of rock-videos and 'behind the scenes' documenteries used to capture so well back in the day. Many videos of today I think lack that genuine feeling, being more just about green-screens, computer-animations and whatnot and not so much about trying to get the heart and soul of the band across!

"Personally, I've always been a sucker for the more raw and honest stuff, where you get the feeling of almost being a part of the band - where you get to experience all the different sides, regardless of its nature. For example, I've always loved videos like Metallica's 'Nothing Else Matters,' their two documentaries '1½ years in the life of Metallica' and the three Vulgar videos that Pantera put out. The stuff where you get to see and know the band, as they are, doing what they do! In short, this video is just us being who we are and whether you like it or not, you just have to deal with it! Enjoy!"


Click Here To Watch The Video

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Solution .45 Posts Second "Making Of" Video

Solution .45, which peddles melodic death metal with a motley crew of Gothenburg vets, has posted another "Making Of" video for the song "Gravitational Lensing," as a follow up to the first "Making Of" video.

The band has recently started a YouTube Channel, and the debut Solution .45 album "For Aeons Past" dropped last spring.

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Solution .45 Posts Two New Videos

Swedish melodic deathsters Solution .45 have posted two new videos to their YouTube Channel for the song "Gravitational Lensing" from debut album "For Aeons Past" (reviewed here). Solution .45 is a supergroup of sorts, featuring Christian Älvestam (Miseration, ex-Scar Symmetry) on both clean and harsh vocals, guitarists Tom Gardiner (Hateform) and Patrik Gardberg (Torchbearer, The Few Against Many, Ammotrack), bassist Anders Edlund (Angel Blake) and drummer Rolf Pilve (Miseration, Essence of Sorrow).

The music video for "Gravitational Lensing" can be found after the jump, and a "making of" video for the music video can be found on Solution .45's YouTube Channel. More...

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Metalunderground.com's Best of 2010 Awards

The Grammys have been awarded, February is winding down, and we are officially late with our Best Of Year in Metal acknowledgments. So let's get to it. Like every year, I polled our diverse staff of metalheads to obtain their picks in several categories for 2010.

2010 was an interesting year in metal. Was it good? Yes. But not what one might expect at the outset. There were a lot of releases by big names, but most did not make the splash one would expect. Iron Maiden, Rob Zombie, Fear Factory, Dimmu Borgir, Dark Tranquility, and Living Sacrifice all put out decent albums, but nothing too bold or worth raving over. 2010 was one more year removed from the fading metalcore trend; a year in which we could savor thrash's second life, and melodic death metal is still living strong. When the trendiest things are a return to thrash and technical metal (despite losing much of its death metal influences), that's not too bad from a metal perspective.

It's hard to say 2010 was a year for the underground to shine. The true underground bands rarely get widely noticed. But there were quite a few lesser known bands making names for themselves and grabbing their fair share of attention last year. Why is this? Is it a sign of a changing of the guard in light of the aging greats, and perhaps despite the thrash revival? It's hard to say, but personally, I discovered a lot of new bands that I thoroughly enjoy, so I am all for continuing along this path.

Let's get down to the details and talk about those bands that made 2010 a solid year for heavy metal by announcing the Metalunderground.com staff picks for 2010. The staff picks include the following categories: Best Metal Album of 2010, Best Metal DVD of 2010, Best Metal Newcomer of 2010, Best Live Act of 2010, and Most Anticipated Release for 2011. More...

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Universum Posts Mix of New Song Online

Australian metal band Universum has posted the first mix of their song "Sum Of The Universe" on their MySpace page. The track comes off their upcoming album "Mortuus Machina." The tracklisting for "Mortuus Machina" is as follows:

01. Fractured Archetype Feat. Christian Alvestam (Ex-Scar Symmetry, Solution .45)
02. Morte Noir
03. Sum Of The Universe Feat. Christian Alvestam (Ex-Scar Symmetry, Solution .45), Marios Iliopoulos (Nightrage) And Olof Morck (Nightrage)
04. Genetic Sequence Distortion
05. Asymmetric Dimensional State Feat. Ola Frenning (Ex-Soilwork) And Tommy Tuovinen (Mygrain)
06. Slaves To The New Order
07. Aeon Displacement Feat. Paul Wardingham
08. Transcendence 0.0
09. 2.0 - Feat. Christian Alvestam (Ex-Scar Symmetry, Solution .45)
10. Take Another
11. Blank Infinity

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Universum Reveals New Album Details

Australian melodic death metal band Universum has revealed the tracklisting and cover art to their new album "Mortuus Machina." The tracklisting for "Mortuus Machina" is as follows:

01. Fractured Archetype Feat. Christian Alvestam (Ex-Scar Symmetry, Solution .45)
02. Morte Noir
03. Sum Of The Universe Feat. Christian Alvestam (Ex-Scar Symmetry, Solution .45), Marios Iliopoulos (Nightrage) And Olof Morck (Nightrage)
04. Genetic Sequence Distortion
05. Asymmetric Dimensional State Feat. Ola Frenning (Ex-Soilwork) And Tommy Tuovinen (Mygrain)
06. Slaves To The New Order
07. Aeon Displacement Feat. Paul Wardingham
08. Transcendence 0.0
09. 2.0 - Feat. Christian Alvestam (Ex-Scar Symmetry, Solution .45)
10. Take Another
11. Blank Infinity

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