I recently had the chance to review Solium Fatalis’s sophomore album, and was pleasantly surprised with not only the lineup, but the songs were great. I wanted to reach out and talk to Jim Gregory guitarist and song writer for Solium Fatalis, and Neuronic Saw. I managed to get him on the phone and talk to him about Solium and find out where they are right now.
So I am on the phone with Jim Gregory from Solium Fatalis, What was your inspiration for the last album “The Undying season”?
Jim-Well mostly my military career, some of it touches on politics and stuff like that but a lot of it had to do with the things I saw while I was deployed in the desert and various places. Real life shit.
So that album got released about 9 months ago, are there still any physical copies left.
Jim-Yea actually there are about fifty out of the five hundred that we pressed. I still have more of the first album.
So you have both of them up on Bandcamp, has that been a great resource for you to be selling the albums in digital format?
Jim-So we have a full outlets, we don’t actually sell a lot on bandcamp, I don’t really even know why. I know other bands sell on bandcamp and it works out very well, but we haven’t had a lot of success. It’s being sold on our website, Amazon, iTunes, Google play, CD baby and the record label site. I mean you can go on your Xbox and get it.
So who does the writing for the albums?
Jim-I do all of it, the thing is I write all the songs by myself, and I have already written a few songs for this new album. I wrote 20 songs for the last album. And don’t get me wrong, I can go to Oli or Flo and get their input but for the most part I do all the writing.
So for the most part it sounds like the melody and rhythm are there, and you can go to Flo or Oli and get their opinion.
Jim- Yeah, I mean we know where Flo comes from but Oli was also in Neuraxis, and they were a killer band. Underrated in my opinion but a great metal band.
How did you end up getting involved with Jeff on vocals?
Jim-So I will do my best to give you the short version of the story, haha I’m not great with brevity. I could talk metal with you all night
Hahaha and we have,
Jim-Yea I could totally bullshit with you and talk metal for hours, you’re a cool dude and I love the website and your format for reviews. So I had four vocalists for the first album, and I had them all from one point to another and they would not get back to me, or stop talking. But Jeff would come in to the studio, because he and Ehren have been friends since I think they were kids so I said I think my vocalist is going to quit and I think I might need to ask you to do it. And he said ok I’ll do it. So when we did the second album, I knew exactly how he was going to sound, and what I had to work with, and I knew Flo and Oli can really do whatever they want. These guys could do this stuff in their sleep ha-ha so that’s why Seasons comes off far more focused.
So it was the right place and the right time
Jim-Yea he is a wicked cool guy all the guys are great, they don’t have any egos, they are really cool and great
So you are working on new material, are we going to see the same line up as on The Undying Season?
Jim-Yea totally they are all doing it, ha-ha I just talked to Oli the other day and he asked if he was slated to be doing the 3rd album and I was like uh yea dude. You know I am a fan of this music, and I hate seeing lineup change. So yea we are going to stick with the original line up, well the lineup for the second album. The first was based on necessity, and then the second basically came together. Especially when I was at the grid and Christian Donaldson said” hey would you like to use Flo?” and I was like uhhh yea!” and I asked about bass players, and Chris said “well you can use Forest from Beyond Creation, or you can use Oli” and I felt Forest is a great player, but I just dint think he would fit perfectly, and Oli was a fan of extreme metal so I felt he was the one.
So you are working on new material,
Jim-We have three songs written so far, I wrote a new song every one to two days
So the rumor is that this is going to be a concept album, is this is true that you are doing a tribute album to the proclaimers?
Jim-Hahahahaha WTF, hahahahahahahaha no, I mean yea it is a concept album, I have eleven tracks slated, and I do have a working title, but it is about mankind. It’s not going to be like the first and second album, I mean you will hear it and know its Solium Fatalis. So when I came up with the concept of the third album, I wanted to tell a story. I think empires die, you know I think somebody could hit the big red button and blow the whole world population up, wiped out. The world will continue, but it won’t be the world that you and I know. A lot of this is based on the world that I have seen, and being in a combat zone, and what people are really like as humans.
So is there anything you want the people to know about the undying season, or the new material
Jim-Well when it comes to The Undying Season, there is more to it than you realize, but the new music is going to be conceptual, complex esoteric, poetic, artistic and heavy!
So there you have it, Solium Fatalis is working on new material, and the line up will be the same. For those of you who don’t know much about this band let me give you the run down.
Jim Gregory is an experienced guitar player, who has served in the U.S armed forces, and loves metal.
Ehren Hill is the other guitarist for Solium Fatalis. He comes from Excrecor where he plays guitars and keyboards, and he runs things over at Iron Hill studios in New Hampshire.
Jeff Demarco does the vocals for Solium as well as for Excrecor.
Flo Mounier is a (legendary) name you should be familiar with, he is an original member of a pioneering extreme/technical metal band Cryptopsy, he has been blowing peoples minds with his percussion skills for the past twenty years, and has been in various other projects including Digital Doomzday.
Olivier Pinard is the bassist for a few metal bands including Cryptopsy, he has played with Neuraxis, and Akurion.
SO when you look at that line up its a no brainer that Solium Fatalis is a band you should familiarize yourself with.
To give you a taste of what each member brings to the table here are videos of each member in action.
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