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Solace Of Requiem is pleased to announce that The Flaming Arts Agency will now be representing the band as their booking and management company. We are all expecting great things from the new album (Casting Ruin), that has been slated for release this August. And now, with the help of TFA, things are looking better than ever!

Be on the lookout for tour announcements, various promotional endeavors, as well as new audio and video media, as we get set to kick this whole thing off. We hope you're all ready for the onslaught?! SOR would like to sincerely thank Jon Knight for believing in them and giving them this opportunity!
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May 31st @ Trick Shot
1602 Route 9
Clifton Park, NY 12065
(518) 383-8771
Assault On The Living, Cognitive, Declension, SOR, Protocol 7 and King Pariah
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Solace Of Requiem Signs Deal With ViciSolum Productions!

Coming this August on ViciSolum Productions, Solace Of Requiem's fourth album, Casting Ruin, will be released! A very special "thank you" to Thomas Hörnkvist and ViciSolum Productions for giving us this opportunity. The album contains 9 tracks and will be available in digital formats, as well as on CD and Vinyl. Before its release, we will have a video made for one of the tracks. We will also be doing presales for the album, so stayed tuned for more info. Casting Ruin was recorded, mixed and mastered by Brian Elliot at Mana Studios in St. Petersberg, Florida, 2013.

"We are looking forward to releasing our new album and showing the world what can be done with music when one is not conformed to the status quo. Originality is our objective! And with our new music, no one will be able to deny that synopsis. You will never hear anything like this from another band. We do not create what has already been done. Although we are not the Omega... We are the Alpha! HAIL SCIENCE!" - Jeff Sumrell, Solace Of Requiem
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Solace Of Requiem Signs Deal With ViciSolum Productions!

Coming this August on ViciSolum Productions, Solace Of Requiem's fourth album, Casting Ruin, will be released! A very special "thank you" to Thomas Hörnkvist and ViciSolum Productions for giving us this opportunity. The album contains 9 tracks and will be available in digital formats, as well as on CD and Vinyl. Before its release, we will have a video made for one of the tracks. We will also be doing presales for the album, so stayed tuned for more info. Casting Ruin was recorded, mixed and mastered by Brian Elliot at Mana Studios in St. Petersberg, Florida, 2013.

"We are looking forward to releasing our new album and showing the world what can be done with music when one is not conformed to the status quo. Originality is our objective! And with our new music, no one will be able to deny that synopsis. You will never hear anything like this from another band. We do not create what has already been done. Although we are not the Omega... We are the Alpha! HAIL SCIENCE!" - Jeff Sumrell, Solace Of Requiem
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June 6th @ Saint Vitus
1120 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222
SOR, Immortal Suffering, Dying Eyes of Sloth, Headrot and Witch King
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May 30th @ Roger's Pub
2002 Bainbridge Blvd.
Chesapeake, VA 23324
(757) 200-9069
SOR, Dethroned, My Own Vice, Barter For Punishment and an opener
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ANNOUNCEMENTS: New Album, New Label, New Videos and Much More COMING SOON!

A lot has happened since the new album was first recorded at Mana Studio last year! There are plans to shoot a new video for one of the songs, as well as create an album trailer. There are also some shows and tours being planned. And perhaps most importantly of all, there are plans to promote and release the album on a New Label!

That's right! We finally found a suitable label to release the new material! Obviously, we're very happy to have found a label that is as committed as we are to seeing this album do well. But the thing that we're most happy about, is no longer having to weed through all the bogus "labels" that wanted our album for absolutely nothing in return! We found a company that is an actual label, and not a wanna-be label, like it seems the industry is currently teaming with. This was no easy task! But, it's over now. And boy does it feel exhilarating!

Unfortunately, we can't go into too much detail about who it is and all that stuff. The contract is still pending and as the saying goes, anything can happen! So, for now, all we can say is that the album is scheduled to be released in late August 2014. So some really good things are going to start happening soon and we're excited as hell to tell you all about it once it's finalized.

The album promotion will start soon. So that means reviews, radio and all that stuff will be visible shortly. As well as a new video and an album trailer. We also have some show dates in the USA and in EU that will be posted soon. Rest assured, that as soon as we finalize a single aspect of this endeavor, it will be posted accordingly. In other words, a whole lot of posts are going to be made over the next few months. We will make each post in the same way we take our bong rips.... One at a time, brothers and sisters! One at a time!
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Solace Of Requiem is happy to announce that SOR's own Jeff Sumrell will be taking over bass and vocal duties for Florida old school death metal legends, Resurrection, during their tour of Europe this March. In 2010, Jeff had taken over vocal duties for the band when their original singer, Paul Degolyer, had a family emergency and had to leave Europe unexpectedly at the beginning of the tour. The band had since acquired a new member, but things didn't work out between them and it ultimately left Resurrection without a bassist and singer for their upcoming tour dates in Europe. Jeff was contacted directly by the band and asked to fill the role. Jeff has agreed and so he will be hitting the road with the band in the next month.
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The EU Tour is over now :( You know, the musicians are the only ones in today's society that love their craft so much, that they actually spend their own hard earned money just to go to work again! We love the road! Through thick and thin, the good and the bad, all the screaming, fighting, drinking and smoking, we fucking love every single minute of it!

It's just a sad and somber moment when the realization kicks in that there's no show tonight. And we have so much work ahead of us in order to be able to spend another crazy few weeks eating bad food (or not eating at all), driving extremely long hours under cramped conditions and suffering through all the other wonderful hardships that make up the stories that we could never tell our grandchildren.

We love it so much that we will do everything in our power to get back on the road ASAP. We're just in the process of submitting all our press kits containing our new album. So, hopefully we'll get some management, label support and/or booking assistance soon that will ultimately lead to us getting back out on tour this summer?!

We thank every single one of you that helped us do this 2013 tour in one way or another. We might forget to mention a few people, but we don't mean it in a bad way! After all, you were probably as ripped as we were! And we were pretty ripped! So if we forget you, just recall the foggy memories of the fun we had together!

Firstly we have to thank Kevin Heiderich for playing second guitar for us live. He did a great job! He was a fun guy that was a bit moody sometimes, yet, made up for it with his epic ability to say the weirdest shit while wearing women's shoes! We also have to give a preliminary "thank you" to Andreas Maierhofer and Lost Dreams, as well as Fabio Riaudo and the awesome guys with Unknown - The Southern Cockblasters, for being a part of our tour. Than you guys so much!

Thank you to Sebastian Mischitz, Wolfgang Reutz and the Dornbirn Crew for all their hospitality! The tour would have really sucked without all of you! Etze, Ann and the Iron Eagle Crew for not only having a spot for us on their festival, but allowing us to crash in their bar (The Iron Eagle) during our downtime in Germany. Patrick Roscher, Markus, Päskill and Chains Of God, Roman Meixner and all our awesome friends and fans from Germany! You are all deeply appreciated!

Mihai Coro Caraveteanu, Florin Bunget, Traian and Romanian Thrash Metal Club, Florescu Paul Lucian, Guilherme Miranda and all the great guys from Krow, Federico and the guys from Riul Doamnei, Corny Hammer and Ahab, Pontus Arvidsson and all the other great promoters, bands and AMAZING fans and friends in Romania! You are all forever in our hearts! We can only hope to come back to see you again for another great time in your beautiful, lively and poorly understood country! You guys were the best part of the tour! And that's saying a lot, considering your roads FUCKING SUCK! :D

Thank you to all our Holland friends! Some of you I can't tag. Some of you, well, we just can't remember your names! SORRY!! But you do live in a place where weed is legal and junk food is the national specialty! You guys are all awesome! Especially the people that let us crash at their places! Bas Wijnbergen, Rene Brugmans and Burning Hatred! Thanks sooooooo much guys! Wilco de Vries! Thanks man! All the guys from Waco Jesus and their incredibly funny tour package! All you guys were awesome, it's just too bad we didn't have more time to spend together!

Dirk (our awesome friend with Dreadlocks)! THANK YOU MAN! And do let us know about hooking us up with a certain booking agency you said you could help us send our new album to! Not saying any names ;) And also our other friends from Drachten who let us sleep at their places, fed us, kept us baked and ultimately had a shitty experience with us because you lost your wallet. That really sucks bro! I hope you find it because it was more than slightly awkward to be guests in a house where a wallet is missing!

All the amazing people in Steenwijk at the De Buze! You took excellent care of us, housed us and made us breakfast! The bad news is now we want to move in! How much is rent? Twan Sibon and his hospitality! And the one gift that we could really appreciate.... A package of Stroopwafels for each of us! And again, all the amazing friends and fans from around the EU that have supported us! THANK YOU ALL!!

Now it's time for us to go back to work! We'll do whatever we can to make it out to you all again soon! Hopefully this whole "press kit" thing will work out for the best?! We can't predict the future, but we can tell you this.... Our belief is that the only viable way for us to succeed in the music industry is to play live! Music is no longer a product, it's promotion! So we can guarantee you all that if/when we do contract some help, it's going to be help for getting us on the road as close to 365 as possible! See you all again soon! You were all amazing and we miss you already!!

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Epic Fucking Brutality! Classically Composed / Brutally Rendered
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Epic Fucking Brutality! These are the only words that can accurately describe Solace of Requiem. The band is from the United States and plays a most unique and original form of extreme metal. Sometimes labeled as "Technical Blackened Death Metal", SOR's music is not only instrumentally technical, but is also technical in composition. Blending together an array of haunting technical passages, classical movements, grim ambience and relentless brutality, with a diverse assortment of highly intelligible extreme vocals. Making it is easy to hear the vast collection of influences that are incorporated within Solace Of Requiem's music.

The band's lyrics are based in philosophy and are very poetic in nature. Often times showing alternating perspectives of themes such as science, psychology and secular thought. Painting bleak landscapes of the torment and oppression caused by religion and the rise of science over fantasy. Intelligently putting the disturbing images of these landscapes deep in your mind and challenging you to strive for the hidden wisdom within each passage. These lyrics are not blatant in any direction. All interpretations are left to the beholder. Yet, the emotional interpretation of the words are targeted toward the grief and misery caused by a nonsecular view and highlighting the empowerment of having secular thought.

SOR is comprised of well-rounded musicians, who strive for technical proficiency on an individual level, so as to best perform music that requires a high level of instrumental prowess to execute. However, meticulously composing their material to properly express their aesthetic vision. This vision is of music that is very dynamic, focused, and written in forms that are closer in nature to those of classical music. As opposed to the overdone "riff 1, riff 2, chorus, repeat" format, or simply juxtaposing a string of so-called "brutal" riffs with no rhyme nor reason, Solace Of Requiem has created music that is unique in sound, as well as in structure. Making extreme metal that is in a genre all its own.

Classically Composed / Brutally Rendered . . SOR's newest album, Casting Ruin, will prove to be a benchmark in brutal, atmospheric and technical song writing. Incorporating the study of binaural audio into their already complex structures, Solace Of Requiem has used this knowledge to facilitate the unorthodox poly-rhythms and complex writing style found in their latest work. If you were to hard-pan your speakers left, and then right, you would practically hear two separate songs. Combining these two songs creates the illusion of a third (main) song. This is the technique from which SOR has created it's original sound, unique to any known genre of death metal or black metal.

As veterans of the scene with over 10 years of making music and touring, Solace Of Requiem has always managed to stay ahead of the times, as opposed to getting stuck in a rut. Many would listen to the first and last SOR albums and assume it's not the same band. When one listens to their newer work, it is easy to hear the progression of advanced rhythmic and melodic compositions within their albums. Even a short listen to their catalog will prove to anyone that this ever growing band is not a one trick pony.

SOR's first (self-titled) album was released in 2004. The album is pure old-school death metal, containing only brief glimpses of what the band has become today. Although the production quality is very low, the album is ridden with great old-school death metal classics.

The second album (Utopia Reborn) was released in 2006. This album is a great piece of progressive death metal. It still has somewhat of an old-school feel, but is far more advanced in composition than the previous album. Utopia Reborn was mastered by Andy Classen at Stage One Studio in Germany and features Bret Hoffmann of Malevolent Creation on backing vocals for one of the tracks. All this helped to give the band's second release a label deal, worldwide distribution and underground recognition.

After some lineup changes and a big writing process, Solace of Requiem's third album (The Great Awakening) was released in 2010 and was produced solely by Andy Classen at Stage One Studio in Germany. This album is pure technical death metal with a bit more of the black metal influence heard on their prior releases. The result led to The Great Awakening not only being far more technical than the previous albums, but also more advanced and diverse.

In 2013, Solace Of Requiem set forth with a new guitarist and recorded their latest album (Casting Ruin). With their new material being the most advanced music they had ever tried to record, an immaculate sound and professional environment was definitely needed. So the band teaming up with producer and perfectionist, Brian Elliott (Mana Studio), was only necessary for SOR to succeed in completing its latest project of unrelenting technicality and musicianship.

Casting Ruin, will be released in the late summer of 2014 by Solace Of Requiem's new label, ViciSolum Productions. Please support the underground music scene and purchase a copy of the album. Pop stars make millions of dollars and the majority of them don't write any of their own music. Support true talent and buy SOR music, merchandise and/or come to their live shows! Solace Of Requiem is a band that you will never regret seeing live. Their energetic performance will leave you wanting more. Playing off the energy of the audience, the band reciprocates it, augments it, and this goes back and forth between band and crowd until there is only one entity, and the single experience of an SOR show. This is a band who truly submerges their lives into their music. Please show your support in any way you can!