Molotov Solution – The Harbringer
2009 Metal Blade
In the rising popularity of the lifestyle known as deathcore, Molotov Solution helps bring much needed power, strength, sincerity, and aggression. Now we all know if something new (and not "new," meaning original) is entering the scene, it is the lifestyle that’s going to sell now-a-days, and these guys are coming at just the right time with their blistering Metal Blade debut, The Harbringer. With guitar tones as deep as the abyss, deep guttural growls controlling the masses, and frantic drum blasts that tear down the walls, Molotov Solution has found their sound. They do make me like deathcore a little more, for they add in some death metal blasts, unbreakable breakdowns, and yes...even some atmospheric touches that layer their sound very well.
Molotov Solution blasts out of their cage with the album opener, “Warlords”, and like the song title, the band gives a warlord feel as they stomp into battle. The song gives some good time changes, some great double bass drum accents, and a pretty solid guitar solo with shimmering melody. But the main point in The Harbringer remains that pounding brutal tempo of the tritone breakdowns. Yes, the tritone breakdown approach is highly overused in today’s scene, but I love the way Molotov Solution does it – they just make it work well.
Moving deeper into The Harbringer, I can say the band has some extremely killer intros, for example the proggy and brutal guitar counter attacks in “Corpus Imperium,” and the Meshuggah-influenced guitar tones and layers in “Enslaved,” but possibly their one fault point would be using those breakdowns a little too much, for the verses sometimes lack those knockout punches the band is very capable of. But rest assured, because there are plenty of knockout punches Molotov Solution delivers like the destroying machine in “Atrum Inritus.” The song continuously builds up while mixing those powerful melodies with the tritone breakdowns, which is the path I'd like to see these guys on more. Also the mood swing is pretty good where the band shows glimmers of hope in the closing, though I do like hearing a more pissed off Molotov Solution (in their music, of course) than a happy Molotov Solution. And for a seriously brutal beating, the band slays the listener with the title track, “The Harbringer.” From the melodic breaks, the brutal chugs, and the well-placed guitar solo, this one has mosh written all over it. Same with the anthem “Living Proof,” for this one proposes itself as a mosh favorite, too.
Molotov Solution has truly put themselves towards the top of the deathcore chain, and thinking upon the integrity of their sound, there are no broken links. The production is great, and the band will be able to attract many newcomers as well as old loyal fans within first listen. The Harbringer proposes a solid structure with more tricks than the average deathcore band, and Molotov Solution definitely has the potential to grow, as well as to take over the scene. They have a very marketable sound, while I still see them as keeping it real, making their music in the most brutal ways they want and can. Molotov Solution I see as having a big future, and I’m super-stoked to see where they go next!
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Molotov Solution – The Harbringer