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SOLTERRA

Crossover Prog • United States


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US band SOLTERRA was formed in the summer of 2011, initially a studio based improvisational project consisting of Ryan Bannigan (drums) and Tanner Lichty (guitars). Following an intial demo EP Chris Dreiling (bass) joined the band, and in February of 2012 the threesome released theur debut album "Soul Earth Sun". Following this the band started performing live when occasion allowed, following the addition of Ryan Sims (guitars) to the line-up. And in November 2012 the first production by this revised incarnation of Solterra was released in the shape of the seven track EP "Umbra".

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3.00 | 1 ratings
Soul Earth Sun
2012
4.73 | 2 ratings
Future Man
2014

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Umbra
2012

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 Soul  Earth  Sun by SOLTERRA album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Soul Earth Sun
Solterra Crossover Prog

Review by Lear'sFool

— First review of this album —
3 stars Looking back on Solterra's first LP, it becomes obvious how far they've come. Their initial fusion was very soft, devoid of other genres, and often comes out as muzak. It is enjoyable enough, but there wasn't much to it, and they don't even do any kind of wonderful, unique take on the more muzak sections that, for instance, Trout Cake did. "Lounging" I liked particularly, but this is rather bland stuff. They play their instruments well, but not with the energy and love that they clearly would show later to maximum effect. Just listening to this, I would've taken Solterra for an easy listening band. Nice, but rather plain, and would be massively improved upon by time of the excellent "Future Man".

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 Future Man by SOLTERRA album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.73 | 2 ratings

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Future Man
Solterra Crossover Prog

Review by Lear'sFool

5 stars Solterra's 2014 release lies somewhere between modern takes on fusion and heavy prog, and turns out as an excellent year ender. The band place themselves first and foremost into the realm of fusion when describing themselves, but the very modern, at times pretty heavy, leanings are immediately apparent on the spectacular opening title track, which also of course shows off their fusion side. Throw PT, Machine Mass Trio, and "Turn On The Bright Lights" into a blender set to "progressive" and you get this wonderful combination. Going forward, there is an interesting and enjoyable mix of the two styles, and no track particularly sticks out only because every track is pretty good. I will mention "Enoch" as the best track, with particularly heavy sounds amongst the quieter and wonderful fusion material, and it leads into "Soliloquy", a small but beautiful track, very well. This is just an enjoyable mix of seemingly disparate modern trends played excellently. Post-2000 PT fans may find most to savour here, but modern prog fans in general should all find enjoyment in this record.

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