Comparing any band to another always feels like someone’s being cheated out of their unique style and signature. So when I say that Argentina’s Solsticio brings to mind a Latin tinged Within Temptation, Epica or Nightwish, understand the group has plenty of its own unique character to set it apart. That said, they are impressive enough to be spoken in the same breath with those goth, symphonic metal masters.
The Buenos Aires based quartet is fronted by vocalist and keyboardist Carolina Guedes along with guitarist Pablo Ruiz, drummer Sergio Prieto and bassist Javier Davalos. The first seeds of the band were planted in 2006, but it wasn’t until 2008 when the band began to find its sound, and its voice.
The name Solsticio means solstice, and the winter solstice in Buenos Aires starts on June 21st. Coincidentally the birth date of vocalist Caro Guedes.
The band has already recorded an EP aptly titled Winter Solstice which can be heard below. The EP has three tracks, “Free”, Lost Souls” and a cover of Loreena McKennitt‘s “The Mummers’ Dance”, which came from the singer’s 1997 release, The Book of Secrets.
“Free” is an instantly addictive number that recalls the female fronted symphonic metal legends listed above, most notably Sharon den Adel and Within Temptation.
On “Lost Souls” the band gives the listener an abundance of various atmospheric elements, including of all things an accordion (trust me, it works). Caro’s vocals are grand sweeping and mellifluous. The guitars and rhythm section lift you up and inspire the ear.
For “Mummers’ Dance” the band picked up the temp just slightly from the original, adding rock guitar to the intro, and giving it some extra edge. But beyond that the band remained true to the original, with its folksy vibe, and Caro recreating McKennitt’s haunting lilt.
Upon first listening to any new unsigned act you want to be impressed. You want to feel like your time is well invested. Not only was I impressed with Solsticio‘s Winter Solstice EP, I’ve been listening quite readily, and eagerly await their full length effort which the band is currently busy recording.
Granted, three songs only gives the listener a taste of the band, but if the songwriting and performances on Solsticio‘s full length effort can equal or better what they’ve done here, they have a huge future in music.
Someone sign these guys quickly, so they can be properly produced and launched on the world!