SOLEKAHN - NIGHTLIGHTS (Mighty Music)
(Review by Patrick De Sloover)
In 2002, I received an EP from this band from France. They just released ‘Suffering Winds’, and that 8-track EP took 18 minutes. It seems like I missed their full length debut album ‘The Great Divider’ (2004), as I just received their second full length album ‘Nightlights’, released on Mighty Music Records. Solekahn is a trio from Strasbourg that present 8 tracks on this new release that will be available on October 14th. 2013. It took 6 years to write and record this album, and during that period the band had time to transcend their own dark atmosphere in order to deliver material that should be the best material so far.
Opener ‘Haste To Decline’ opens furious, but after one minute, the pace and speed decreases and it’s like this song has a flat tire, as this song ends up totally dead. ‘Silence until Chaos’ has a totally different approach as it has a well driven riff and the vocals are dirtier and more messed up. This track takes about 9 minutes, so there is a lot to explore. The title track ‘Nightlights’ contains a lot of rock and roll influences, but Solekahn adds experimental ingredients as well and ultimately, they just do what they are aiming for: Death Metal in the end.
‘As Raw Hell’ opens furious again with great drumming of Cédric LK, while Olivier DB takes care of the vocals and guitars. Olivier is also the producer of this album and occasionally he plays bass and is responsible for the special effects as well. As this band is only a three member band, it’s admirable that they can create such a profound and heavy sound. It has a very dark vibe and the lyrics add a little more to that, as they deal with the obscure world interpreted through dreams and nightmares, focusing on the fact that for some individuals, the dark can be seen as light. ‘Emissaries’ is a slow down track that has so many different angles that it could end up as a mishmash for some.
The musical direction of Black Metal isn’t present in this track, as it has a more Avantgarde Dark Metal style. The same goes for the next track ‘Seven More Needles’ that is best described as special. The album appears as a dark glow in the night, a dark sound from below that enlightens the minds, is the final quote that the record label mentioned, and that might be partly true. I just wonder if this band is going into the Death Metal direction in the future, or will they choose a darker, ambient and avant-garde style.
This album ‘Nightlights’ indicates that the band is on a crossroad, without knowing if they will turn left or right. Next album will reveal the chosen path, so far, I can only finish this review by saying that this vagueness and unresolved situation is creating doubt and shilly-shallying for the listener and fan. Solekahn Official / Solekahn FB
My rating: 75 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish