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  • Solitude Aeturnus are a doom metal band from Texas who began their career with this 1991 release INTO THE DEPTHS OF SORROW. The title would suggest that this is likely melancholic, suicide-obsessed music, but nothing could be further from the truth.

    Yes, the music is heavy and doomy, but it’s more mid-paced than slow, and it’s interspersed with beautiful acoustic pieces. Floating over it all are the soothing and passionate vocals of Rob Lowe. His voice is so inimitable it’s hard to compare, but if pressed I’d say he’s similar to Messiah Marcolin of Candlemass, albeit not operatic at all. (This similarity, incidently, explains why Rob replaced Messiah in 2007 to play in BOTH bands).

    The lyrical themes are largely spiritual and mature in nature. One glance at the song titles shows that these guys’ minds are focused on things that transcend the mundane — “Dream of Immortality,” “Where Angels Fear to Tread,” “Transcending Sentinels,” etc. So the listener shouldn’t expect superficial, nihilistic or vulgar themes like “Rock and Roll All Night,” “May Death Reign” or “Gutted Like a Fish.” Interestingly, most of the lyrics were written by their bass player at the time, Lyle Steadham.

    It’s useless to cite favorite songs because this is the type of cd where you just press ‘play’ and allow Solitude Aeturnus to take you on a journey to other realms. The band is so unique because, despite being metal, the music is more trance-inducing than jamming, if you know what I mean — trance-inducing in a good way, of course.

    INTO THE DEPTHS OF SORROW is not a cd I put on often, but when I do I always enjoy it, from beginning to end.

    Posted on November 18, 2009