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Sunday, 21 December 2014

White Horse Hill

Friends and comrades,

On this Winter Solstice, 2014, we are happy to update you all on our current activities. As the more sober amongst you may have noticed, we have just completed the first of our next records pre-production demos featuring two brand new songs. The results were of course, more than satisfying, but as this is only a pre-production demo, by the time we get into the studio in 2015 the songs will no doubt have mutated slightly in all manner of wonderful ways, as they do.

We recorded the title track, "WHITE HORSE HILL" and a radically different song, "FOR ALL DAYS, AND FOR NONE". The reason why the latter is not online, is that we want to be able to offer some surprises when the physical record is actually released in 2015.

So, for today at least, we are happy to air the title track and unveil the next records artwork (Once again created by the incredible Chris Smith of Grey Aria studios - Thankyou Chris!).

Naturally, the main question that everyone will be wanting answering, is when will the finished record be released, our reply would be, "When it's completed!". Our schedule is to honour our live commitments for the first third of 2015, record a second pre-production demo in April of more new songs, a few more gigs, and then the recordings of the full six track mini LP in the Summer. Barely any time at all. Naturally, things could change, and we'll only update news about this when we have something of real interest to say, rather than that we've been voted number 54 in an online poll of the 54 most popular bands who wear leather jackets, or something equally as ludicrous.

For now though, you can either listen to the song on our Bandcamp page in high quality, and purchase a download of it if you so please (It will only be available until we commence the final recordings), or listen to it in slightly lower quality on our youtube channel




Sunday, 26 October 2014

Forthcoming Gigs

November 15th 2014, Glasgow, Scotland (+ Atlantean Kodex, Dark Forest)
January 24th, 2015, Brussels, Belgium (+ Primordial, Malthusian & More)
January 25th, 2015 - Athens, Greece (+ Wrathblade, Doomocracy)
March 7th 2015, Hamburg, Germany (+ Midnight, High Spirits & More)
March 14th 2015, Edinburgh, Scotland (+ More bands)
April 5th 2015, Limerick, Eire (+ More bands)
August 2015, Bradford, UK (Battles in the North II - date TBC)
September 19th 2015, Selby, UK (+ Old Corpse Road & More)

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Operational Update September 2014

As we approach the Autumnal Equinox, it seems fitting that we can offer a small update into our activities of the last 6 months, aside from travelling to play some shows around Europe, and tidying up some loose ends with the vinyl pressing of "DEATH'S CROWN IS VICTORY", we've been working on songs for our next record pretty much full time. The results are more than satisfying, and with this next release we aim to gain more ground and momentum. The hard work of the past 3 years by myself, Andy and Paul, and the past two years by James and Izak have reduced any previous incarnations of SOLSTICE to formless shades from the past. This truth will become self evident very soon, if it is not already. Not only are the band finally comfortable with each other, but the sense of comradeship grows stronger all the time ; In a way, the band today reminds me of the very first inception with myself, Dave, Brenny, Paul and Gary such are the levels of creativity and the urge to push ourselves harder. Thanks indeed though to MONOLITH CULT and DECEPTOR with whom we share James and Izak with, without the support of both these bands and their understanding we would not have achieved as much.

Looking back, the last 20 copies of "DEATH'S CROWN IS VICTORY" from the second pressing will be available at our show in Glasgow with DARK FOREST and ATLANTEAN KODEX in November. We will also have as ever shirts, patches and CD's We look forward to seeing you all there, it's been too long since we played in Scotland, and with a show in Edinburgh in March 2015 as well, two visits in less than 4 months suits us fine.

Looking forward, there should be rehearsal audio samples online for your listening displeasure in December, of some very epic new material, prior to the full recording of the next record. The artwork for it is pretty much complete, and is simply put, breath-taking. Matching the music we have composed was always going to be a task in itself, but we feel that our chosen artist has outshone himself this time. The contents of the record will be six tracks in total (3 full length heavyweights, and 3 shorter instrumentals) weighing in at about 35 minutes or more.

No doubt the online bottom feeders will again work themselves up into some sort of apoplectic rage at our refusal to surrender to their bullshit. We thank them though, for their bitterness, their jealousy and their childish malice. They bit the hand that fed, and now starve in a desert of mediocrity. Every poisonous bout of their hysteria is proof alone that we wear death's crown as the victors, not the vanquished. And everyone of these utterly ridiculous bouts only serves to spur us on harder to craft finer songs and grander lyrical concepts.

Until December. Watch the skies.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Monday, 3 March 2014

Operational Update 3.3.2014

And so, it's been a hellishly busy few months for us shipping orders, a few gigs around Europe, and generally putting the house in order for future endeavours. But before we go any further, we would like to thankyou everyone for their support the last 6 months, it's been truly incredible. Thankyou to the countless people who have sent us messages with links to reviews, and especially to all of you who bought a physical copy of the record, tape or Compact Disc. The response surpassed our expectations, and we are now down to our last 20 or so copies of the vinyl. Once these are gone, they are gone, and we do not forsee a repress anytime in the immediate future on the vinyl format.

The Compact Disc version is now available from INTO THE VOID Records, and you can order it directly from them, or numerous other mail orders such as Black Tears in the UK. We ourselves will have a small amount of copies at future gigs as long as it stays in print. 

Also, after much fucking around, we finally have our online merch store running, the link is to the left listed as unsurprisingly, "Solstice merch". The settings however still need to be tweaked a little, but all should be working fine anyway. We would like to say though, that we always refund postage and packing differences if we see that folks have been charged too much shipping costs. The refund will be made before orders are actually shipped.




In the store, we now have the new "DEATH'S CROWN IS VICTORY" full colour shirts, you can actually order them slightly cheaper by contacting us directly rather than using the store, but if you hate the idea of typing emails like most people do then the store is for you!! The shirts are a work of art in themselves, beautifully printed to a standard barely seen in Europe, and we feel they stand head and shoulders above most other bands merchandise in quality, and they are cheaper!! North American customers have the option to order a shirt of this design directly from Nightgaunt Graphics where the ever reliable Mr. Adam Grimm has been toiling away in his screen print dungeon to recreate Chris Smiths artwork on a fine garment.

Finally, as well as announcing some more gigs shortly, we are pleased to say that we will reissue 1996's "HALCYON" Mini LP as a one time pressing of 500 copies on Black Vinyl shortly, featuring all new Martin Hanford artwork, the record will have all 5 tracks from the session and a sixth bonus track in the form of the Chiswick Reach Studio Demo version of "Winter Moon Rapture" From 1994. For us, this is our favourite version, recorded in a vintage studio using all analog equipment, it oozes warmth and heaviness. Killer stuff to be sure, and never pressed onto vinyl mysteriously!




Staying with the 1990's incarnations of the band, we've finally got around to uploading all the demo and rare tracks onto Bandcamp as two volumes, under the titles of "Sinistral History" Vol.1 & 2. From the origins of the band in those first few years as pure Candlemass/Saint Vitus worship, to the mid to late 90's when we found our own identity - all of the tracks were remastered by Michael Hahn at Rosenquarz Studio in Germany. Cheaply priced, because they are not only just a collection of old recordings, but only a  digital download for now, if you ever wanted these tracks in better quality then this may interest you. The SOLSTICE bandcamp page is linked on the right also....

So until the next update, remember to drink Grumpy Johns Cider, and watch the skies!!



Friday, 7 February 2014

DCIV 2nd press

The second vinyl pressing of "Death's Crown Is Victory" is now out and on its way to various distributors, for the collectors, and those who like this kind of thing we made 200 copies as well on Transparent Orange vinyl, which should retail at no more than the standard black vinyl. The outer sleeve also has two amendments for the 2nd press.  We have only a very small amount of these Orange vinyl records left though (Less than 60) and we do not foresee a repress of the record in this format.

We should have the SOLSTICE big cartel store online and running in the next 7 days where you can order T-Shirts (Never surrender or DCIV), patches or a copy of the release on CD or Orange vinyl. Stickers and badges are usually available, and if we remember, we usually put one or the other in with orders for free.


Thursday, 23 January 2014

Operational Update 23.01.14


We are currently in the process of having the new shirts made, the above depicts the new shirt design on a test print. Though we have still to receive two more tests which will decide which print process we will use on the finished shirt, the final product will have the logo in black not orange.

Though we are not taking pre-orders, as we hold strictly the ideal that no one should pay in advance for something that is NOT actually made, we will happily take advance payment from anyone wishing to obtain a shirt in sizes above XL, as these will be made to order only. Contact the Solstice command bunker at metalculte@hotmail.com

All other shirts will be available in the standard, Small, Medium, Large and X-Large sizes



The larger strip patches will be ready early next week, and we'll happily combine shipping on shirts and patches, a full breakdown of shipping costs will be published very soon for the UK, the EU and one standard rate to cover everywhere else across the metal globe. Payments can be made via the medium of paypal.

Finally, thanks to everyone who came to last weekends Italian show, we had a great time courtesy of our hosts at MG productions!! Naturally, Dark Quarterer were simply fucking amazing live as always, and we will attempt to get them to the North of England very soon!!