Released on 28 Oct 2013 by Esoteric Antenna
* remixed by Steven Wilson
My first contact with Solstice was with their 2010 live CD that I reviewed for ProGGnosis. I liked that album but also had some reservations, mostly with the singing. Perhaps a low budget live album was not the best way to get to know this very talented band.
Three years later Solstice have put out their first studio recording, Prophecy, in quite a while. Well I must say I am very much impressed by this album. Sure they do not try to reinvent Progressive Rock. This band is more than thirty years old, and even then (reading Doug's review of their first album) they set their music more in the early seventies than their then currrent period of the eighties.
What you should expect on Prophecy is great early seventies inspired Folk/Prog, with some excellent lead electric guitar (David Gilmour and Andy Latimer being good references), acoustic guitar, nice relaxed keyboards and a very good female lead singer. Think of the best stuff by Renaissance, or Yes tracks like "And You and I" or "I've Seen All Good People" to give you an idea of what to expect. The band also can get pretty heavy some time to time, so Prophecy is clearly an album that has much to offer to the attentive listener.
It also should be underlined that all the songs are very good. Prophecy offers a group of very strong and original compositions, even though it is in a style of another era. Three remastered tracks (by no less than Solstice fan Steven Wilson) complete this excellent CD, and they fit very well with the rest of the album. There is also a 2013 recording of "Earth Song" available as a download to those that purchase their album from the band's website. I did not listen to this new recording.
I highly recommend Prophecy by Solstice to any fan of the Classic Prog sound of the early to mid-seventies. Great album, most certainly in my Top 10 list of 2013.