“A few years down the line, if they stay this course, Woccon could develop into one of the strongest Death/Doom bands to come out of American soil. “Solace In Decay” is definitely worth diving into, a tight album with compelling songwriting spanning a wide range of disheartening atmospheres”
I got a tip on this band a year ago from someone who knows my musical preferences pretty well. This was before the actual album release, meaning I had only 1-2 tracks to go by and truth be told, they did strike me as a bit disjointed. Being in constant berserk mode, which I tend to be regarding my music wanderings, I moved on to other bands and albums.
Fast forward a year and I´m loving this album, having had the chance to fully explore it. This band has acquired superlatives like “future leaders”, “seasoned veterans”, “intelligent musicianship”… the list goes on. With an EP prior to “Solace In Decay”, which did well in magazines and radio stations, Woccon is name being mentioned increasingly in the roaming murmurs of the underground as something that needs to climb higher up, a Death/Doom Metal prodigy on the rise if you will.
The music on “Solace In Decay” is firmly planted in the Death/Doom Metal field. I´m picking up some serious Daylight Dies influences, although this band has a more aggressive front and more tempo dynamics. This means a wide array of lush, sensuous clean guitar arrangements circling the rich leads and diverse riffs creating that engulfing atmosphere of potent misery with just a dash of hope. The memorable intro piece, incredibly well done with cinematic beginnings, great guitar leads, epic keyboards (and incidentally cowritten with Barre Gambling of a certain band just mentioned), gives a taste of the oncoming lauded musicianship and songwriting. Advancing into the combo of “Giving Up The Ghost” and “Atrophy”, both treading that solid rocking lead guitar template with sturdy and pulsating rhythms that are so thrilling and emotive.
Tim Rowland comes off as an aspiring and talented musician. Having written most of the material, plus engineering, producing, mixing and mastering the whole affair (also doing the graphical design), he´s pretty much at the helm, running the show. He´s also clearly a student of the old school of lead guitars (Katatonia, Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Swallow The Sun, Daylight Dies, Rapture etc), where melody is carrying the song. A different set of influences shine through the instrumental “Valadilene”, one of the album´s highlight, opting for blackened post/shoegaze Rock and/or Metal atmospheres that heave and drop, imposing a touching resonance within this listener´s heart.
A few years down the line, if they stay this course, Woccon could develop into one of the strongest Death/Doom bands to come out of American soil. “Solace In Decay” is definitely worth diving into, a tight album with compelling songwriting spanning a wide range of disheartening atmospheres. 8/10
2. Giving Up The Ghost
4. This Frozen Soil
5. And The World Wept
8. An Enduring Remorse
9. Behind The Clouds
10. Where I May Be