I've given Death's Crown is Victory another listen, and while the music hits all the right notes, I just can't really get past the vocalist. He's not terrible, but really lacks the majestic melody of Simon and Morris on the two full-lengths who flowed along Richard's fantastic leads so well. Maybe their next release, whenever that'll be, will work out better for me. I hope so.
I like both the doom Solstice and the death/thrash Solstice. As for which one I prefer, it depends on my mood but I will say I prefer the self titled debut of death/thrash Solstice than anything doom Solstice as released.
Fair enough, super_rubeno09, I think my real shot is at Last FM. I guess at my grand old age, I have a longer time horizon...
WasNotWhyNot - nice sentiment - I have nothing against metal at all, I was brought up with it. My general point is that often bands take themselves (and their self-image) too seriously and this afflicts all genres...
Even if the metal Solstices knew about the prog Solstice, they were broken up in the time both of them formed (meaning the name was not being used at that point in time). I'm sorry if they didn't foresee the original Solstice reforming or music nerds bitching about it 22 fucking years later, but I'm sure they'd change their name immediately if they knew that you had to look at the picture of a band you don't listen to on last.fm.
man, it must be terrible that people represent the music they like and ignore the kind they don't have time for. I thought everyone was balanced and open minded on this planet, but I guess we're all actually selfish.
Not another miserable bunch of earnest metal bands unable to check if a band was first to the name - in this case, the prog band! No excuse for it, even pre-Internet. I speak from bitter experience. Made worse by Last FM's inability to differentiate the bands so I get the ugly mug-shot of some grim metallers posing in a graveyard/winter landscape, etc.