'Sister' by In Solitude wasn't on my watch list for 2013, because In Solitude fell out of my scope in the past. I classified In Solitude as one of the so called NWOTHM (New Wave Of Traditional Heavy Metal) bands, which mushroomed up since 2008 especially in Sweden. Enforcer, RAM, Helvetets Port, Steelwing, Bullet, Portrait and In Solitude are the spearhead of this wave in Sweden among others.
They take their cue for their musical inspiration from a diverse range of bands like Angel Witch, Mercyful Fate, Manilla Road, Iron Maiden and Motörhead. Accordingly to their heroes the results of their musical output varied pretty much.
Due to the fact that I'm not a Mercyful Fate fan, I ignored the MF copy-cats Portrait and In Solitude till of late. Not so long ago it has been brought to my attention that In Solitude changed their sound completely and strayed from the path of MF worship. And with these good news and their uber-song 'Sister' in mind I pilgrimed to the record dealer of trust and bought 'Sister', In Solitude's third album.
Wow, what a bombastic and minimalistic new sound! Unfathomable song structures, voluminous and catchy at the same time, progressive and non-harmonic notes combined to pop songs - unbelievable! In Solitude's vocalist Pelle “Hornper” Åhman sings with a deep voice and gives all songs this gothic feeling. But don't think that this is a Gothic Metal album. Or a Heavy Metal album, or a Retro Rock album... or whatever.
It is none and all of them. It is the past, the present and the future.
The innovation award 2013 goes to In Solitude. The next big thing!!! (10/10)