Daily Album Premiere Tuesday: THE ANSWER – Solas

by Jude Cossey

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    THE ANSWER - Solas - 8/10


Napalm Records
October 28, 2016

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theanswersolascd Solas is the soundtrack you need for driving across the country. All songs have that feel-good cruising sentiment and vary from focused to playful. Southern Rock is definitely felt, and there is also plenty of Jam Band and ’70s sway. Basically, The Answer is one of those bands that everyone can like. Jimmy Page has been to several shows, and Joe Elliot even said that The Answer may well have some influence on the next Def Leppard album.

Solas is the Celtic word for light, which backs The Answer’s Northern Irish origin. Light is certainly what the band was reaching for after a lot of personal hardships before this album. That darkness is hidden in the undertones, but for the most part you’ll get something positive—like the armored optimism of anything that properly matures.


About Jude Cossey 39 Articles
Hello! 你好. I'm Jude, living in Taiwan but originally from the great state of Ohio. I first got into music when a fellow weirdo in my Catholic high school needed someone to play guitar with. We jammed on some Grunge Rock, but soon I got hooked on the blisteringly-fast shredding of Randy Rhoads and other greats. Later, I bought Metallica's Ride The Lightning as my first album purchase. During that time, my friends and I would end up at local metal shows--always in some rented venue with plywood walls, exposed piping, and awful bathrooms. It was great. After playing in some bands myself, and stumbling through all kinds of jobs, I ended up teaching English in Taiwan. Metal isn't as big here as in my home country of America, but there is a loyal following if you know where to look. Favorite album in recent years: World on Fire by Slash w/ Myles Kennedy Album that surprised me: UNI by Awe to Low Best band seen live: Columbine Worth a mention: Apocalyptica (cellos and metal!) Favorite guitar solo: Vivian Campbell on Dio's “Rainbow in the Dark” Metal pet peeve: over-usage of the lyrics “sands of time”, “reason”, or “insane” Guilty pleasure: Austrian Death Machine Dream: a Jason Becker signature guitar and the ability to play as he did. 2016 Top Ten Albums: 1. FAKE IDOLS - Witness 2. MERIDIAN – Breaking The Surface 3. GRAHAM BONNETT BAND – The Book 4. VANEXA – Too Heavy To Fly 5. CRYSTAL BALL – Deja Voodoo 6. SOLITUDE – Reach For The Sky 7. AMARANTHE – Maximalism 8. INIRE – Cauchemar 9. AETERNITAS - House Of Usher 10. DUMB HOLE – Bravest Of The Galaxy

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