I'm not really sure what's in the water in Sweden that they keep churning out band after awesome band and album after awesome album. For metal fans especially Sweden is heaven (or hell, I suppose) on Earth. Today's Album of the Day focuses on one of those amazing Swedish metal band - In Solitude.
The World, The Flesh, The Devil is the second full length release by In Solitude and their first for Metal Blade Records. There are a lot of bands right now trying to do this whole retro-80's thing. They spend hours trying to conjure up the ghosts of every obscure thrash and speed metal band they can Google. To be honest the whole thing has become as watered down as death metal, black metal, hardcore and every other popular metal sub-genre eventually did. It's annoying but it's the natural, cyclical order of things I suppose. You get to a point where you are weeding through a lot of generic crap to find the true gems. That's why I'm here to help you, good people. In Solitude is one of those true gems that comes along once every so often and with every killer riff and every well-crafted song systematically blows away the competition. There's a reason why this album made my cross-genre list of the most essential albums of 2011.
Upon first listen the one influence that grabbed me right away was Mercyful Fate. The vocals (to an extent), the lyrical content, even the band visuals all have that dark, occult feel that could both fascinate and frighten upon first listen that the first handful of Mercyful Fate albums possessed. Upon further listens though it's clear to me that they've cast their net far and wide for influences (Tell me some of the riffing during the song "We Were Never Here" doesn't have an early black metal feel to it). Fans of such metal legends as Candlemass, Saxon, Iron Maiden, Bathory, and Angel Witch will find a lot to love about this band.