Nightmares in the Waking State, Pt. 2
Genre: Heavy Metal/ Experimental
The sequel album to Solution .45’s 2015 album, ‘Nightmares in the Waking State, Pt. 1’, intrigues the audience early on with a mysterious, surreal introduction before ‘The Faint Pulse of Light’ explodes into action with a surging wave of rage and Metal aggression. Captivating guitar riffs and an electrifying tempo help the blood chilling vocals to arise as a superior entity within this track. This brutal face-melting experience is followed by the Industrial Metal tainted ‘Mind Mutation’. An expert contrast between harmonious Rock and ruthless Thrash vocal styles creates an empowering atmosphere as Solution. 45 continue to impress.
Guitar experimentation has been a key and crucial aspect to ‘Nightmares in the Waking State, Pt. 2’s success up to this point but, this influence is increased significantly by the mind-blowing, awe-inspiring play encased within ‘Built on Sand’. Once again, an epic vocal range fuels the Metal diversity and originality of this stunning Heavy Metal track. After the boundaries of this expansive album have been broadened by ‘Built on Sand’, ‘Inescapable Dream’ persists to advertise this albums variety of Metal. Outstanding vocals deliver a well-structured lyrical narrative as the incredible pace floods the song with adrenaline and excitement, while also adding a slight hint of Power Metal.
An unexpected twist in the story of such a fired up, emotive album is to have its vibe and tone slowed by ‘The Curse That Keeps on Giving’ as it flows between smooth, excellent key changes. This truly astounding song highlights every positive component of ‘Nightmares in the Waking State, Pt. 2’ and it is a huge achievement for Solution .45 to have produced this excellent track. ‘Chain Connector’ returns to the foundations laid out by the earlier tracks on the album, giving the listener the sense that, although Solution .45 like to experiment, they refuse to stray from their roots.
‘What Turns the Wheels’ endorses a surprising element of Symphonic Metal within the source of its impactful instrumental support, before evolving into a superb Alternative Metal record. ‘What Turns the Wheels’ precedes the penultimate track, ‘Misery Mantra’, which plays safe in terms of experimentation and goes for a great Heavy Metal approach to Solution .45’s core sound.
Such an amazing album can only be concluded by an equally as amazing song in the form of ‘Heavy Lies the Crown’. The inclusion of various Metal stances, not just on this track, but the album in general has allowed ‘Nightmares in the Waking State, Pt. 2’ to blossom into an unrivalled, admirable success. Overall, this is a brilliant release which should be merited with mountains of praise.
Review Rating: 8