Finnish quintet SOLOTHUS presents their third album, Realm Of Ash And Blood. Their first album for extreme metal juggernaut 20 Buck Spin is out today and streaming on all platforms.
Realm Of Ash And Blood drops a dripping broadsword of Cimmerian carnage and staggering death-soaked doom delirium on the scorched landscape from which only mounds of skull dust and obsidian shards shall remain. SOLOTHUS’ oppressively heavy mid-paced slaughter maintains a sense of unstoppable momentum even when slowing into the glacial. Yet the land of a thousand lakes has also infused the band with an ear for eerie melodic sorcery and tastefully ripping guitar solos to compliment the riff after riff of hammering granite.
Touching upon all things doom, the Realm Of Ash And Blood luxuriates in both the somber elegance and pained heaviness of the genre, it’s theatrical virtuosity and crushing simplicity. SOLOTHUS has stormed the gate, stained it with blood of pretenders, and taken the jeweled throne. Fans of Runemagick, Hooded Menace, Coffins, My Dying Bride, Krypts, Derketa, Ossuarium, Crowbar, and Celtic Frost, do not miss this.
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Realm Of Ash And Blood’s drums, guitars, and bass were recorded and mixed by Lauri Laaksonen, and the vocals recorded and edited by Tommi Ilmanen at Sounds from Below Studio. The album was mastered by Dan Lowndes at Resonance Sound Studio and completed with cover art by the ever-prolific Adam Burke (Hällas, Eternal Champion, Angel Witch).
“…this Finnish quintet’s strengths are perfectly signposted by their third album’s opening one-two, ‘Father Of Sickness’ and ‘The Watcher:’ gritty, head-caving death-doom hung with melancholy melodies, but also packing an irresistible groove and swagger that should prick the ears of any who miss Cathedral more each year…” – Decibel Magazine
“It’s a mammoth and merciless crusher that features macabre roaring vocals, spleen-rupturing drums, and gargantuan gut-gouging riffing… the band also set loose flurries of gut-punching, head-bobbing sonic jabs, while the vocals occasionally segue into fearsome screams.” – No Clean Singing
“…Realm Of Ash and Blood enjoys the typical blend of doom’s plod with death metal’s edge but successfully amplifies both to the extremes.” – Invisible Oranges
“…this album is incredibly balanced… one of the finest examples so far this year on how to do death/doom right—a worthy addition to 20 Buck Spin’s ever-growing roster of kick ass albums and bands.” – Metal Temple
“…everything that makes death metal exciting more than thirty years after it first reared its ugly, vomiting skullhead—a triumphant mixture of abrasion and melody, impenetrable density underscored by an elegant atmosphere, and even a bit of rock ‘n’ roll badassery…” – Treble
“Awful times often call for music that conjures the most depressing and sullen of moods, and SOLOTHUS nail that on Realm Of Ash and Blood. – Meat Mead Metal
“There is a real magic to Realm Of Ash and Blood. You do not hear too often the perfect marriage of sledgehammer death metal and the atmospheric qualities of doomy melancholy, but here you have it full on and side by side. 5/5” – The Metal Wanderlust
“This is a band who clearly treasure the masters of old but are trying to put their own spin on things… Realm Of Ash And Blood grabs listeners and forces their heads underwater to soak in the endless volume.” – Two Guys Metal Reviews
“…Realm Of Ash And Blood holds nothing back, dropping monstrous and explosive riffs with guttural and unlovable vocals all over the place… it’s a record that comes damn close to depicting what a post-apocalyptic wasteland should feel like.” – Indy Metal Vault