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Solar Flare


Solar Flare

SOLAR FLARE STREAM ENTIRE ALBUM

Ohio’s SOLAR FLARE have teamed up with Sleeping Village Reviews to stream the entirety of their self-titled album. The album is set to be released tomorrow.

Listen in full: https://www.sleepingvillagereviews.com/premieres/solar-flare-solar-flare-exclusive-album-premiere

Ohio power metal band SOLAR FLARE have released their new single “Born to Burn”. The song is from their upcoming self-titled EP which will be released on May 23 2020.

Listen to the song/Pre-order the album here: https://solarflareofficial.bandcamp.com/album/solar-flare

These days, Ohio’s metal scene is brimming with sub-genre diversity, but one which has yet to be fully explored is power metal. Taking up this mantle are five-man crew Solar Flare, whose six years of toil have yielded a self-titled début album honed from playing an array of concerts, opening for such diverse names as Anthrax and Sonata Arctica to Crobot and Joe Lynn Turner. The band’s own style is 80s-driven from both sides of the pond, combining European power and flair with American speed and rock-out nature.

It’s clear that a lot has been packed into Solar Flare. Opening salvo “Medieval” blows the trumpet of its own arrival, kicking right in with heavy metal riffs and Euro-style synths (courtesy of guest keyboardist Peter Danielsen from Legend of Valley Doom), and making a strong first impression. The musicianship shows tight chemistry, especially between guitarists Mark Greene and Garian Perry; the former riffs in that 80s German style such on “World In My Head”, the latter shreds through his strings in technical soloing. All seven songs have an instant feel-good and fun factor to them, and it’s easy to imagine them going down a storm onstage, especially the Judas Priest-esque “Born to Burn”.

Standing on the helm of the ship as it sails forward is frontman Ethan Jackson. He is a classically trained vocalist, whose resonating tone commands attention whether in the theatrical singalong choruses or the higher register wails. He channels the energy of Geoff Tate and Bruce Dickinson in their respective primes, though there’s more than enough of his own style to avoid cries of mimicry. “Pharaoh” is but one highlight to showcase his pipes, as he switches from shouting to singing while the band weave a fist-pumping soundtrack around him.

As far as début releases go, Solar Flare have pulled out a firework that is sure to ignite their success. Combine the quality of the songs and the supportive nature of the Ohio metal scene, and it won’t be long before we start seeing the guys taking things to the next level.

Solar Flare are:
Ethan Jackson – vocals
Mark Greene – guitars
Garian Perry – guitars
Cody Bowling – bass
Jordan Cavalaris – drums

Guest: Peter Danielsen – keyboards (“Medieval”)

Tracklisting:

1. Medieval
2. Under the Sun
3. Born to Burn
4. Pharaoh
5. Nous Sommes
6. Taken to the Other Side
7. World In My Head

Solar Flare – Born To Burn

 

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Band/Artist location – Amelia Ohio
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