Archive for the ‘9mm solution’ Category

9MM SOLUTION – The Dream is Dead

August 25, 2009

Label: Rock Ridge Music
Rating: 3 Guns

Buy On:
9mm Solution

Written By: John Rabb

Special thanks to Hobbes Caltous

The second album from Milwaukee’s 9MM SOLUTION, “The Dream is Dead,” is a diverse compilation of metalcore, groove metal, and Nu metal. As always, 9MM’s work demonstrates the band’s ability to cover the spectrum of the modern metal sound. The record comes out of the gate swinging with screaming vocals and pounding guitars on their self-titled track, while songs like “One in the Chamber” and “I Can Only Hurt” have a straight up metalcore sound. Interestingly enough, the band also demonstrates a real pop-influence in the melodies and vocals (some of which are almost emo-ish) on “Below,” “Hate This Place,” and “Suicide Letter.”

While the band brings an intriguing concept and a ton of talent to the table with its latest offering, “The Dream is Dead,” may be best suited for fans who like different sounds and genres on the same album. At its heaviest, the record keeps up with the best metalcore and groove metal in the business, while at the same time layering in melodic elements that keep the album from falling apart at the seams. Some killer songs on the album would play perfectly alongside metal icons such as Lamb of God and Killswitch Engage, while others might work better with bands with a more alternative metal sound. 9MM SOLUTION may be the exception to the rule, perfecting a heavy sound balanced with melodic vocals.

In the end, you’ve got an ambitious bunch of guys that aren’t afraid to combine every facet of the metal genre into one uncompromising album.
Once again, 9MM SOLUTION has teamed up with SOiL bassist Tim King to produce their latest offering. Ulrich Wild (Pantera, Static-X, Deftones) and Chris Djuricic mixed and mastered the tracks on the record. The majority of the album was completed at Mercenary Studios with Scott Creekmore, and all but two songs were mastered at Belle City Studios.

9MM released its first full length album “One Shot… One Kill” in the summer of 2006 through King’s Mortal Music. The record gained popularity through college and mainstream radio, and the band has played shows alongside Five Finger Death Punch and Hellyeah. 9MM SOLUTION is currently touring in support of the new album, including a number of upcoming shows with fellow Rock Ridge labelmates Psychostick.

9MM SOLUTION is: Dave Gregor (guitars, vocals), Chad Novell (bass, vocals), Joe Thillman (drums), and Hobbes Caltous (lead vocals).

Like 9MM SOLUTION? Check out: Killswitch Engage and Disturbed

9mm Solution – Hate This Place

August 18, 2009

Download “Hate This Place” by 9mm Solution
Off “The Dream Is Dead” – From Rock Ridge Music

9mm Solution

August 14, 2009

For years, the fearsome foursome known as 9mm Solution has been turning heads and eradicating eardrums, leaving bloody, barely-moving masses as they tore across the Midwest’s music scene. After the physical intensity of their performance, it’s easy to see that this band is on a mission to prove themselves as one of the hardest-working stage acts in the biz.

One of the many things that has always set 9mm Solution apart from other acts has been their seemingly effortless ability to cover the spectrum of today’s heavy metal sound. With songs like “Suicide Letter” and “Below,” you get a very real sense of loss with a hint of hope. Add to that the guttural, smashing assault of “One In The Chamber” and “Belly Up,” and you have the total package.

When the band formed in 2003, it was clear that these boys had a very real goal in mind. In the spring of 2006, the band shocked fans, reintroducing themselves by taking the stage at Milwaukee’s Rave dressed in matching suits. It was around this time when SOiL bassist Tim King came into the picture and kicked things up a notch by producing the band’s music, which piqued the ears of industry greats like Ulrich Wild (Static X, Deftones, Tool), and Sterling Winfield (Pantera, Hellyeah), who also signed on to mix various projects for the band.

9mm SOLUTION released their first full length album, “One Shot… One Kill,” in the summer of 2006 through King’s Mortal Music. It gained wide recognition throughout college and mainstream radio. It wasn’t enough. The band set their sights even higher. They turned up their game, playing even more shows alongside bands like Five Finger Death Punch and Hellyeah.

These days, it’s business as usual for 9mm Solution. Whether it’s one person or entire crowds, these guys will take out anyone and leave them screaming. When these crowd killers suit up, stand back: when they’ve got a job to do, there’s not a force in the world that’s going to stop them. Just ask their fans, the Bulletheads.

This summer marks the culmination of the band’s efforts. They’ll take aim on the world when they release their second album, “The Dream Is Dead,” through Rock Ridge Music. But, rest assured, the dream is never dead with these guys.

9mm Solution is: Dave Gregor (guitars, vocals), Chad Novell (bass, vocals), Joe Thillman (drums), and Hobbes Caltous (lead vocals).