Solium Fatalis originate from New Hampshire, quite possibly the best and most gorgeous state in New England. They are described as melodic blackened death metal, which is way too many words to describe a genre I simply love and refer to as heavy metal.
Genetically Engineered to Enslave is Solium Fatalis‘ fourth album, and it features guest vocalists Matt McGachy (Cryptopsy) and Haydee Irizarry (Carnivora), as well as a guest guitar solo by Phil Tougas (First Fragment, Chthe’ilist). The current lineup is Jeff DeMarco (vocalist/bassist), Jim Gregory (guitarist), Ryan Beevers (guitarist) and Jeff Saltzman (drummer). The concept of the album is based on genetic engineering and artificial intelligence.
The album rips with aggression and pure calamity with “Threshold,” and you can’t help but beat your own feet to the blast beating of those drums. Blast beats aside, I hear a hint of doom in the song “Servile”; heavy, glowering, threatening to overturn something wicked. It slows down just a touch to boost the magnificent vocal prowess of Haydee Irizarry on “A Gathering Of Storm,” and alongside Matt McGachy’s fierce vocals, they form a storming duo. (Side note: if you have a chance to see Carnivora live, Haydee is just an amazingly talented female vocalist.)
On “Factor Red,” an Epidemic cover, Saltzman’s drumming is absolutely pure perfection and thoroughly sadistic. The closing song, “A Tongue to Taste the Collapse,” deepens the labyrinth within which Solium Fatalis roam with respectful presence.
Genetically Engineered to Enslave will be released on October 13. Buy it here!