The Fall of Rome (Metal Blade)
By: Mike SOS
Virginia's Winter Solstice is a bruising quintet whose debut 10-track release THE FALL OF ROME can proudly stand right beside the current wave of churning metalcore. While songs like "Watcher" and "Following Caligula" contain the kind of crushing rhythms, relentless drumming, and blood curdling screaming vocals that illicit massive moshpit activities, there's about 200 other bands out there playing with the same style, which makes it very hard for these guys to establish a unique identity, sans the band's Christian beliefs. Sounding like Earth Crisis meets Darkest Hour with hints of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden inside the stellar guitar work (check out the stunning acoustic title track), Winter Solstice's debut is as tight and pronounced as anything you're going to get out there in the fiercely competitive metalcore genre today.
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