2022 has seen British thrashers Solitary deliver their critically acclaimed album 'XXV Live at Bloodstock' and supported the release with a UK Tour ahead of preparing album number five with producer Simon Efemey (Paradise Lost, Napalm Death, The Wildhearts).
Since forming in 1994 Solitary have stood firm in their commitment to Promise to Thrash Forever, proudly hoisting high the UK Thrash flag throughout the pre millennium lean years, Solitary continued to deliver the goods when everyone else gave up. Over almost three decades their commitment has been unflinching, their integrity unquestionable and the comparisons to the 80s Thrash legends humbling but in all honesty truly deserved.
With their first two albums 1998’s Nothing Changes and 2008’s Requiem they proved they had what it takes to match the genre’s best. Upon the resurgence of the Thrash scene in the UK, Solitary played a number of shows with the likes of Xentrix, Lawnmower Deth, Toranaga and D.A.M and decided to celebrate their twentieth anniversary, in 2014, with the release of a live album. The album I Promise To Thrash Forever, was mastered by Darkane vocalist Lawrence Mackrory once more confirmed Solitary’s total dedication to pure thrash metal.
2017 kicked off with the release of The Diseased Heart Of Society. With the help of world renowned producer Simon Efemey, Solitary created a monster of a release praise poured in from the world’s metal press and prestigious shows followed, with the band appearing alongside Destruction and Napalm Death at Hammerfest. They also played with Onslaught at Thrashersaurus, as well as their own headline shows across the UK and in the Netherlands.
25 years of Promising to Thrash Forever came around in 2019. Such a milestone could not be allowed to slip by unnoticed; the band headed out to Europe once again, to perform at the Czech Republic’s Aggressive Music Fest, and returned to the UK for a triumphant performance on the Sophie Lancaster stage at Bloodstock Open Air. To coincide with the anniversary Solitary also released a limited edition, celebratory EP entitled XXV.
German label Metalville Records, home to rock legends such as Lee Aaron, Ugly Kid Joe and Dog Eat Dog signed Solitary for their next release, “The Truth Behind The Lies” despite being released in the midst of a global pandemic, the deadly combination of Solitary and Simon Efemey managed to eclipse the sales of previous releases and batter their way into the Top Ten of the Amazon Thrash Metal Charts. The album received critical acclaim from major publications such as Metal Hammer, Aardshok, Rock Hard, Zero Tolerance, Powerplay and many more. They hit the road post lockdown for a series of dates with Acid Reign ending 2021 with the release of their fifth promo video from the album.
In late April 2022 Metalville Records released XXV Live at Bloodstock, a CD/DVD package containing the 2019 Bloodstock show plus interviews and all of Solitary’s promo videos. The CD also includes remixed versions of the XXV Studio tracks. Solitary embarked on a tour of the UK in June to support the release of both The Truth Behind The Lies and XXV Live at Bloodstock upon their return they commenced pre-production with Simon Efemey for album number five.
“Solitary’s ‘The Truth Behind The Lies’ is a real insider tip for thrash metal connoisseurs.”
“Solitary are one of the UK’s tightest and meanest thrash acts, there are tidal waves of surging riff action.”
“‘The Edge Of Violence’ and the ridiculously aggressive ‘Unidentified’ epitomise why this band are so good.”