Solenoid - Self Titled (IMPORT) (CD) Cover Art

Solenoid - Self Titled (IMPORT) (CD)

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Origin: Belgium
Released: 2008
Catalog number: BUZZCD027
Now, that's an opener. Opening song 'Out in the Cold' sounds like an unpolished collaboration between Motörhead and Orange Goblin, and sets the expectations for the rest of the album high. And most of those pay off. The influences of the first song stand firm, albeit that the emphasis is put more and more on stoner and technical metal. With catchy songs, wailing leads, lots of variation (listen to the very heavy metal in Slayin'!) and excellent vocals Solenoid may very well become the pole bearer of Belgian stoner. In any case they leave their most famous brothers in the genre, Cowboys and Aliens, miles behind.

First and foremost there are two guitarists who, apart from solid riffs, apparently manage to play fantastic dueling guitars and fierce solos without a hint of effort, without ending up in endless noodling. The drummer and bass player at hand are pounding like madmen and singer Frank Homolka has humungous pipes. But the genre itself has a lot to be excited about too. Songs like 'Out in the Cold' and 'Down the Dream' are fast adrenaline bombs with strong riffs, which make me shake my fists in the air and swill down imaginary pints, even when I'm behind my shitty computer. God damn!

The band knows how to lay back and in those cases brew heavy loads of music with reminiscences of solid stoner rock. At times there is also metal like Iron Maiden or Anvil on the record and personally, I think there is a lot that reminds me of the Dutch band Powervice, unfortunately disbanded too early. Whatever the blueprint or setup for a song is, whether it's stoner, thrash metal, dirty rock or what have you, the whole record bursts with intensity, power and craftmanship. Whoever likes steaming stoner rock, metal and balls out rock 'n' roll and therefore the later work of Alabama Thunderpussy better buy Solenoid right away.