SOLSTICE COIL - "Commute"
Founded in late 2001, Solstice Coil is one of the most veteran bands currently operating in Israel's progressive rock and metal scene. Dedicated to the notion of combining intellectually challenging music with reflective lyrics and high production values, the band draws its influence from artists such as Radiohead, Muse, Porcupine Tree, Oceansize, The Mars Volta and Dream Theater. In 2011, Solstice Coil released its sophomore album, 'Natural Causes', under US-based label Melodic Revolution Records. In this album, the band presented a darker and heavier sound alongside a more mature songwriting style, while maintaining their previous level of sophistication and innovation. Natural Causes fared well with the critics, receiving dozens of favorable reviews that cited it as a formidable follow up to the band's debut album. In 2012 the band embarked on its first two of India, playing various festivals such as Rendezvous, Synchronicity, and NH7, which featured veteran metal band Megadeth. After returning from India, the band commenced work on developing songs for its third album, Commute. In this album, the band takes a stab at the epic while mixing classic progressive rock influences with heavy metal tendencies and even some elements of electronic music. Commute is also the first studio album to feature bassist Mihael Galperin and drummer Yakir Fitousi. The album was produced and mixed by Shai Yallin and mastered by the legendary Jens Bogren (Opeth, Haken, Katatonia) at Fascination Street Studios. The cover illustration was created by upcoming artist Pavel Postovoit.