Sound — 9
Winter Solstice was a hardcore act out of Lynchburg, VA. They were a Christian act signed to Metal Blade Records. Winter Solstice combined coarse, almost too harsh vocals with shreding guitars and an all out assualt on the drums. The guitar work is masterful and fun to play. Unlike many hardcore acts in the scene lately, Winter Solstice did not play harmonies in octaves, which was pleasantly surprising. Though there are no solos, the guitar work during the verses and chorus's more than attest to the guitarists' skills.
Lyrics — 9
Lyrics on the album often follow no rhyme scheme, frequently not rhyming at all. The lyrics were deep and introspective, not focusing blatantly on a normal topic, but using poetry and delving into a sort of gothic sense. By far, this album sports the bands best vocalist. The vocalist screams in a very specific manner, pulling his voice into his upper register (or his head voice) and then adding the grundgey screaming to it. This manner of screaming is devestating to the throat, but it has an awesome affect, and one that is not heard often in the music world.
Overall Impression — 9
'The Fall Of Rome' is arguably their best album, mostly because of the singer. Previous albums on Harvest Records such as 'The Pulse Is Overrated' and 'Dwell Beneath/Winter Solstice Split' simply weren't as good due to a singer that was seriously underpar. "Calibrate the Virus", "Courtesy Bow", and "To The Nines (featuring singer from As I Lay Dying)" are the most notable tracks. 'The Fall Of Rome', though it marks the end of an amazing metal act, is an excellent album, and one that is available for 5 or 6 dollars on ebay. it is more than worth the purchase. but be ready to feal unfulfilled when it dawns on you that you'll never ever be able to see winter solstice live, it sucks.