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Solace of Requiem


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The original members of Solace of Requiem (Jeff Sumrell, Chris Young and Luke Downing) actually began playing together as teenagers in 1990 under the name Sarcophagus. After slowly drifting apart in 1993, the members were reunited in 2001 and began playing again under the name Solace of Requiem. SOR decided to record their first self-titled album in 2004 (featuring the cover song “I Need You” by Grave, courtesy of Century Media Records) at Master Sound Studio in Virginia Beach, VA. Shortly after, the CD was released on the internet and had gained international distribution after receiving some very encouraging responses. A video was eventually made for the song “Beyond Grace” and the band began to play shows and festivals more frequently, expanding their tour route to include other states on the U.S. east coast besides their home state of Virginia.

In 2005 SOR had new material they wanted to record, but had a very limited budget, so the band decided to send their first album to various record labels in the hopes of getting a contract offer. The band negotiated a contract to record their new material and eventually signed with Ruptured Silence Records in late 2005. However, the drummer (Luke, who had just finished college and started his own business) didn’t feel he could put his own life’s dreams on hold, so the band was forced to pursue a new drummer (Joe Walmer, PA) from the progressive death metal band Aletheian. Joe agreed to play with SOR as a session drummer during his band’s downtime, so Jeff, Chris and Joe began recording SOR’s second album “Utopia Reborn” (featuring guest vocalist Bret Hoffmann of Malevolent Creation) at Worlds End Studio in Kall, Germany in January of 2006.


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  • los_garrador

    Casting Ruin isn't bad, surprisingly catchy for tech death. It somehow seems to sound somewhat original, yet without sacrificing brutality. Not sure if it'll grow on me or stick with me as an essential must listen album, but it sure seems like it at this point.

    Yesterday 8:12am Reply
  • negaoix

    Casting ruin 10/10. Highly destructive and obscure

    14 Sep 4:11am Reply
  • iPowder

    Bandcamp Casting Ruin: Totally dig the mix of tech death with a blackened flavor of vocals and keys that this new album contains! The band brings an unrelenting pace and sick riffage to Casting Ruin as well. This reminds me something between Belligerent Intent, TBDM, and SoP. My album purchase of the week...or month! |m|

    29 Aug 6:16am Reply
  • Aggelos7

    Solace Of Requiem – Casting Ruin (Vicisolum) -

    31 Jul 11:59am Reply
  • iPowder

    v If you think that logo is bad, check out Cerebral Effusion's logo! It's horrendous!

    22 Jul 9:23am Reply
  • BeerThrower

    Horrible logo

    14 Jul 8:16pm Reply
  • iPowder

    Sick couple of new tracks off the upcoming fourth album! Casting Ruin drops on August 29th!

    13 Jul 8:06am Reply
  • TakenUponArival

    These guys kick so much ass!

    24 Mar 12:05am Reply
  • wecouldreason

    The real fucking deal!!!

    27 May 2013 Reply
  • The_Counsellor

    jus found these... AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    23 May 2012 Reply
  • Loucifer

    Fantastic band!

    16 Aug 2010 Reply

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