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IN SOLITUDE
THE WORLD, THE FLESH, THE DEVIL
METAL BLADE

In Solitude’s sophomore effort THE WORLD, THE FLESH, THE DEVIL showcases the young Swedish quintet’s comprehension of the occult 80’s metal style with a hearty helping of NWOBHM’s twin guitars exploding with captivating riffs and alluring solos. Heavily inspired by the likes of Mercyful Fate, Candlemass and early Iron Maiden, lead singer Pelle Ahman does an admirable job of recreating King Diamond’s chilling vocal delivery without attempting the King’s sacred and fabled higher register while the band dispenses a dastardly traditional metal vibe radiating with the right levels of intrigue and suspense to accentuate the music’s power and glory on “Serpent Are Rising” and the 13-minute closer “On Burning Paths”. While In Solitude are not going to win any awards for originality, their stark recreation of the menacing gallop and sinister songwriting from metal’s days of yore are bound to impress both old and new fans alike.
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