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Review: Solstice (USA) - Casting the Die
Solstice (USA)
Casting the Die

Label: Emanzipation Productions
Year released: 2021
Duration: 41:43
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death/Thrash

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: May 28, 2021
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
Casting the Die

Rated 4.22/5 (84.44%) (9 Votes)

I've been a fan of Floridian Death/Thrash act Solstice since their debut, and their latest album, Casting the Die, hasn't changed that in the slightest. There's never any surprises with this band, as they always stick to their technical, hard-boiled Death/Thrash sound that's in the same vein of acts like Exhorder, Demolition Hammer, and Malevolent Creation without being imitators in the slightest. The Malevolent Creation comparisons are a bit stronger now thanks to the inclusion of vocalist/guitarist Ryan Taylor and bassist Marcel Salas, both of which are more than capable of keeping up with the remaining members of the band. The musicianship is unsurprisingly tight, with Salas' excellent bass work in particular standing out on "Who Bleeds Whom", and the rest of the band is perfectly comfortable kicking your teeth into the back of your throat with meaty, punishing riffs and vicious, attitude-ridden vocals on tracks like "Ignite" and the spine-snapping "Outlast". Frankly, every Solstice album has been equally great since they started, so fans of the band can still marvel at Solstice being Solstice while newcomers can easily start their introduction to one of Florida's lesser-known greats here. Highly recommended.

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