Origin: Sweden  
Genres: Melodic Death Metal
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Page online: November 26, 2011
Last update/review: August 30, 2016

Solution .45

Solution .45 is the latest band featuring vocalist Christian Älvestam, who's sung in several bands over the years but might be best remembered for his work in Scar Symmetry, a band he left in 2008. For Aeons Past is the 2010 debut album here, and in many ways the Scar Symmetry blueprint is in place -- this is prototypical modern melodic death metal through and through. Älvestam continues to impress with his seemless transitions from deathy growls and screams to a quite competant clean vocal (mostly on the choruses). There's even one song ("Lethean Tears") that's practically a power ballad, and really showcases his clean voice. Elsewhere, there's the typically crystal-clear modern Scandinavian production that keeps everything in check, and to their credit there are some influences from outside the melodic death scene to keep things interesting. This genre has been crowded for years now, but there's no reason why Solution .45 can't grab their piece of the pie.

Current Members

Christian Älvestam

vocals (ex-Scar Symmetry, ex-Torchbearer)

Jani Stefanovic

guitars (ex-Divinefire, ex-Renascent)

Patrik Gardberg

guitars (ex-Divinefire, ex-Torchbearer)

Rolf Pilve

drums (Stratovarius, ex-Torchbearer)

Former Members/Guests

Tom Gardiner


Anders Edlund

bass (ex-Angel Blake, ex-Solar Dawn)

Mikko Härkin (guest)

keyboards (ex-Cain's Offering, ex-Kenziner, ex-Sonata Arctica)


For Aeons Past  
2010 AFM
  1. . The Close Beyond
  2. Gravitational Lensing
  3. Through Night-Kingdomed Gates
  4. For Aeons Past
  5. Lethean Tears
  6. Bladed Vaults
  7. Wirethrone
  8. On Embered Fields Adust
  9. Into Shadow
  10. Clandestinity Now
  • Christian Älvestam
  • Jani Stefanovic
  • Tom Gardiner
  • Anders Edlund
  • Mikko Härkin
  • Rolf Pilve

Nightmares In The Waking State - Part I  
2015 AFM
  1. Wanderer from the Fold
  2. Perfecting the Void
  3. Bleed Heavens Dry
  4. Winning Where Losing Is All
  5. In Moments of Despair
  6. Second to None
  7. Targeting Blaze
  8. Alter (The Unbearable Weight of Nothing)
  9. Wield the Scepter
  10. I, Nemesis
  • Christian Älvestam
  • Jani Stefanovic
  • Patrik Gardberg
  • Rolf Pilve

Nightmares In The Waking State - Part II  
2016 AFM
  1. Dim Are the Pathways
  2. The Faint Pulse of Light
  3. Mind Mutation
  4. Built on Sand
  5. Inescapable Dream
  6. The Curse That Keeps On Giving
  7. Chain Connector
  8. What Turns the Wheels
  9. Misery Mantra
  10. Heavy Lies the Crown
  • Christian Älvestam
  • Jani Stefanovic
  • Patrik Gardberg
  • Rolf Pilve

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