SOLITARY - The Diseased Heart Of Society

Solitary - The Diseased Heart Of Society

10 songs
32:59 minutes
***** **


Hard to believe that British thrash metal band Solitary has been active since 1994, considering that The Diseased Heart Of Society is only the band’s third album, with approximately ten years between albums (1998. 2008, 2017). There were moments when the band wasn’t so active, but they never really broke up. One reason for the long breaks might be numerous line-up changes, and even now the band is only a trio, still looking for a bass player.

Solitary may not have left yet such a big impression on the international music scene, but the band considers their perseverance as their biggest strength. In all that time Solitary have never let themselves be influenced by trends but always stayed true to their own sound. The band writes rather short songs that rarely are longer than four minutes so that they can always get directly to the point. The songs are played at a high pace with occasional melodic parts. The two guitars are harmonising quite well and have a dominant role, but we shouldn’t dismiss the rhythm section powerhouse either. Richard Sherrington’s rough vocals reminds me of Forbidden’s Russ Anderson and Exodus’ Steve Souza. There are some really great tracks, like Anthem Of Regret with some progressive elements, and also the title track with its Exodus flair is one of the album’s highlights.

Although there are no weak tracks on The Diseased Heart Of Society, it has to be said that Solitary lack the certain something to play in thrash metal’s top league. Some tracks, like the first single Unidentified, are very rough and could have taken some fine-tuning. The album’s length of only a good half hour is also rather short for a longplayer.

Three years ago, Solitary released a live album titled I Promise To Thrash Forever, and that is certainly the leitmotif of this band that has been doing this for nearly a quarter century already. All in all, The Diseased Heart Of Society is a very solid piece of thrash metal, but I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a milestone.

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