To Find Solace – The Place

Rating: 3/5
Distributor/label [URL]: Self-released
Released: 2018
Buy Album [URL]: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Place-Explicit-Find-Solace/dp/B07B1ZHV13/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1525782331&sr=8-1&keywords=to+find+solace+the+place
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/ToFindSolace/

Band Line-up:

Mattia Trovato

Tracklisting:

1. Mental Tattoo
2. Heartsease
3. Hiraeth
4. Limerence
5. At Sixes & Sevens
6. The Place
7. Pure Love
8. Despondent
9. The Perfect Room
10. The Worst Room

Review:

To Find Solace are an experimental one man rock band, and its sound is modern with very polished production. Somewhat strangely, the vocals in this alternate between having boy band-like deliveries to more typical metalcore, loud executions. It makes one wonder who this music is for. Is it aimed at just teenage girls as it’s easy to assume in places, or is the project trying to appeal to a wider audience? It’s hard to imagine many metalhead/rocker men liking this stuff on the whole. Perhaps that’s at least part of the reason why TFS describes itself as experimental.

What is also strange is the way a few songs end a fair bit earlier than one would expect or want. Whatever minimalist or possibly surprising effect the band is aiming for, it hasn’t pulled it off. All it will do is disappoint and confuse the audience. The singing whilst often mushy in tone isn’t bad in terms of melody, in fact it has an intriguing, dreamy sound with tasteful, mild dissonances. However, the notes have a tendency to sound similar in most songs, and indeed they sound similar to many groups of today. There are no real classic tunes to be heard, either.

So, the music arguably has a strange target demographic and some songs seem rushed in the composition process. On the plus side, the way the typical metal instrumentation gets fused with electronica beats, keyboards and even string parts sounds very natural. The clean guitars sound nice and sparkly and have awesome tone, which creates a great contrast with the high distortion parts. Impressive songwriting skill is frequently demonstrated.

In conclusion, this is actually pretty good in many ways. However, the way some pieces sound unfinished does spoil things. It isn’t just a matter of the material fading away or stopping suddenly, it’s at times as if whole sections are missing. No amount of orchestral and harmonic taste can rectify that fact. It is a possibility that younger fans may like the way these songs don’t ‘go on and on’ (at least to their ears), though. Each to their own, and all that. To get a taster of the music and to find out if it’s too sentimental for your tastes, check out the following link… Enjoy! (Hopefully).

Review by Simon Wiedemann
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