RR24 Sól - Upheaval
Formed in Oregon in 2013, Sól is a five-piece band from Portland that combines elements of post-rock, post-metal, and doom to create an atmospheric calm and a brooding heaviness that explores the beauty and the fear of the natural world. The band reinforces their narrative with a sound that reflects the dense and expansive landscape of the Pacific Northwest.
On March 6, 2017, Sól released their sophomore album, Upheaval, through Replenish Records. 100% of the proceeds from the digital download of the album will be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center at http://www.splcenter.org in order to help fight hate and bigotry and to seek justice for the most vulnerable members of our society through litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy.
"Ambient post-metal with a progressive edge and depth-charge bass tone. Five of Portland’s finest make bringing the most out of this sound look so easy." Invisible Oranges
"Sól is a five piece band from Portland, Oregon who formed in 2013. Musically, Sól can be loosely compared to bands such as Year Of No Light, Pyramido, Amen Ra, and other like-minded bands. On Upheaval, Sól offer up five tracks of ominous, oppressive, and atmospheric post metal, post rock, doom, and sludge. Overall, Upheaval makes of amazing listen and should not be missed. Highly recommended!" Dead Air At The Pulpit
"Discreetly released and first independently, Upheaval is the second studio effort of the Americans of Sól. An equally discreet group originally from Oregon who had nevertheless started strong with a debut album very strong in 2014. For this new opus, we always navigate between atmospheric sludge and doom metal. Their compositional talent has something to charm with these long pieces and this guitar sound abrasive. Kingdom is undoubtedly the best example: throbbing riffs, screamed song and growls, melancholic breaks and rise in dark power." Horns Up
"In Portland it’s raining again and it’s not even on Iceland, our spring sun will also come out someday. Impressions of weather aside, let’s focus on the connection between Portland and Iceland. Simply put, the band has aptly chosen the designation Sól, which on the frozen cold island has previously represented nothing else other than “sun”, which there is always a shortage of. In the bleakness of their music, Sól represents this entirely. This music feels as though it’s looking for the sun, between thick growing rows of trees, only to catch a short glimpse before it (the sun) disappeared somewhere again. Probably behind a wisp of cloud or perhaps the music was covered by a thick blanket of fog. These guys from Portland however, will want to see it again (the sun) no matter what I’m sure, thanks to the persistence of their classic sounding post metal production. It’s not surprising on the topic of the genre in question, but Sól strives to impress with their sound. They don’t give the runaround, they don’t try to approach from different angles, but instead they are straight to the point and without detours or excess words. This describes their Upheaval album, which has found its place in the sun (yep, we’re back to that), precisely because these two counterparts just had to meet and exchange words. Sól presents itself in an extended composition that makes time for slow accelerations and atmospheric crashing through the haze only to part ways for the frontman as he furiously bellows from the stems of trees whose morose approach generates the same dense fog that then blankets the guitar riffs and hazily uplifts the effected synths. His head then disappears back into a hollow in the tree, which gives way to a clearing where maybe somewhere in the distance one can catch a glimpse again. Sól truly does not destroy borders, they concern themselves with what belongs to them and what works. Upheaval is an album that listens very well, even if it’s not inherently unsolvable. It’s plot unweaves and slowly it leads beads of coral one after another, quietly it gurgles in wrathful groans, but in a welcoming partnership. Although, the weather (thanks to it being in Portland), is unlikely to improve." Echoes Zine
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