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A Prescription for Paper Cuts

by Solstice Coil

A combination between the sound and emotional charge of alternative rock and the precise compositions and arrangements of progressive rock.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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1. Photosensitivity
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2. Caveat Emptor
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3. Selling Smoke
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4. Deep Child
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5. Even Poets Die
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6. Accidents
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7. Enjoy the Ride
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8. Anyone Can Be (A Porn Star)
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9. Brilliance
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Solstice Coil's debut album, titled 'A Prescription for Paper Cuts', was officially released on to on the 21st of September. The album was produced by the band without any outside interference, and is the product of two years of intensive composition, arrangement, selection of materials, recordings and performances.

Solstice Coil's music blends the powerful sound and emotional charge of alternative bands such as Radiohead, Muse, The Mars Volta and Porcupine Tree, with the precise compositions and arrangements of classic prog bands such as Genesis, King Crimson and Yes, as well as influenced by modern prog and prog-metal groups Dream Theater, The Flower Kings, Pain of Salvation and Anekdoten. Despite all the influences, Solstice Coil's music has a distinctive and unique style, the result of a mature band creating music together for almost 4 years, uncompromisingly striving for excellence.

'A Prescription for Paper Cuts' carries the vision of the band, providing a 50 minutes long journey through a mesmerizing and intense world of lyrics, sound and melody. The album's booklet contains 16 pages of graphic art by Ofer Vishnia, including a graphic novel relating to the main concept of the album

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Shir Deutch

Adam Baruch from Jazzis had this to say about the album
1st album (recorded 2005) by the Israeli Prog ensemble, which is surely the most important release on the local scene in many years, if not ever. This is the first Israel Prog album that can be honestly classified as being 100 % Prog. The five young musicians, who are the members of SC, are all accomplished players and the lead singer (singing in English) shows great vocal range and sensitivity. The compositions are complex and well developed, ranging in style from classic Sympho-influenced to Metal Prog. Definitely a superb debut, which hopefully will represent the Israeli Prog worldwide with honors.
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Progressive Rock & Progressive Metal - E - Zine

The music on this disc comes from several different perspectives,
Its quite good surprising to find an outstanding band coming from a country with no tradition in Progressive Rock, this is the case of Solstice Coil, a Progressive Rock band that comming from Israel. The music on this disc comes from several different perspectives, the Guitars and Bass create a really interesting ambient, a perfect musical balance between traditional Progressive Rock, with the Dark Melodic Rock, where the vocals are really 'within' the songs, giving an intense light to the music and creating a real difference, but the main energy come from the symphonic Keyboards sounds, with an exceptional feel and intense atmospheric inspiration. There's also evidence of the main musical influences, seventies rock around "King Crimson", "Yes" and "Van der Graaf Generator" with the actual, modern and bombastic Progressive Rock from "Porcupine Tree", "Spocks Beard" and "Pain of Salvation". The band has a very original approach to intense Instrumental music, and they are clearly one of the best bands around many new revelations. Brilliant amazing and an indispensable work, highly recommendable for all Progressive Rock fans around the world...
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Julien Monsenego


C'est en apprenant la participation de cette jeune formation au festival Progrésiste, organisé par notre confrère papier belge, que nous nous sommes penchés un peu plus sur Solstice Coil. Après les turbulents Sympozion, toujours en écoute dans nos pages (oui, c'est possible!), Israël nous offre un second talent local en matière de progressif, dans un genre sans doute plus accessible. Car les compères de Shir Deutch, au chant, évoluent dans un style bien personnel mais toujours mélodique, entre Van Der Graaf Generator et… Jeff Buckley!

On pourra s'étonner d'un rapprochement à première vue incongru, mais c'est à la fois une réalité, grâce à la voix polymorphe de Deutch, et l'une des grandes forces de Solstice Coil, à savoir une capacité à brouiller les pistes musicales. On ne sait en effet pas souvent sur quel pied danser avec A Prescription for Paper Cuts, sensation d'autant plus étonnante que l'on parle de la première œuvre d'une formation composée de jeunes musiciens (moyenne d'âge sous les 25 ans). Sur le premier titre, « Photosensitivity », on note immédiatement cette schizophrénie musicale qui renvoie tout autant aux guitares déstructurées de King Crimson et au sax de VDGG qu'aux envolées lyriques du compositeur de Grace! Idem sur le pavé du disque, le long « Selling Smoke », doté d'un final en canon, ponctué d'un solo de guitare furieux dont on ne sait plus s'il est rock ou prog! Les arrangements sont réussis et complexes (la deuxième partie d'« Enjoy The Ride », presque RIO dans l'approche), et viennent encore renforcer le professionnalisme de l'ensemble. Les climats, comme la musique, sont changeants: on passe de ballades tristes à des parties beaucoup plus dures, voire lourdes, tandis que le groupe ne tombe jamais dans la démonstration. Vocalement, Deutch rappelle lui aussi Buckley, mais dans un genre plus maniéré, à la Andre Matos (Angra), qui peut lasser. C'est d'ailleurs seulement sur « Deep Child » que le chanteur contrôle sa voix sans heurts tout du long et Solstice Coil, étant conscient des possibilités actuelles de son vocaliste, l'a opportunément choisi comme « single » du disque!

Avec ce premier album, Solstice Coil dévoile une fusion encore inachevée mais dont le but est très ambitieux: assembler à sa façon le rock indépendant des Radiohead et des Muse avec la musique progressive la plus traditionnelle. Un exercice de style périlleux, qui rappelle, dans un tout autre genre, celui auquel s'essayait un certain Opeth il y a quelques années, en jouant avec les frontières du death metal et du rock progressif. On sait aujourd'hui combien fut fructueuse la démarche des suédois, et on est en droit d'attendre tout autant des jeunes israéliens. Pour y arriver, reste à concocter des transitions plus habiles entre chaque passage, pour donner à l'ensemble une connotation plus fluide et naturelle, et à faire varier les tonalités vocales de Shir Deutch.

Rendez-vous en octobre/novembre pour constater de visu ces impressions très positives, au festival Progrésiste mais aussi en France, au Relais de la Côte de Beauté (à confirmer cependant, compte tenu des évènements dramatiques en cours au Moyen-Orient)! Terminons par la surprise du chef, maintenant que nous avons peut être attisé votre appétit musical: ce disque est entièrement téléchargeable sur le site du groupe depuis le mois de juillet!! Pour se faire, il suffit de suivre le lien ci-dessous, et de promouvoir le groupe si vous l'appréciez, l'unique contrepartie de cette généreuse initiative.
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Jurriaan Hage


Summary
It's not often that I review a band from Israel. Trespass was the first and last thus far. Now here we have Solstice Coil, who cite as their influences the big prog names from the past, but also Dream Theater, Radiohead, Muse and The Mars Volta. The band has existed since 2001, and this is their debut, recorded and produced wholly by themselves.
The music
Photosensitivity opens with sensitive piano play. The vocals of Deutch are on the high, ethereal side, echoey and slightly accented in places. There is a certain tension in this song, while the vocals go from high to low, a bit like with Muse, but less extreme. Then the powerful guitars set in, and the song obtains a strong drive, also from the saxophone. There are some surprising elements here: VDGG, Magma. An excellent beginning. Caveat Emptor is a short and dark instrumental, somewhere between dark ambient and industrial.

Tension is also to be felt on Selling Smoke, immediately from the opening guitar lines. The guitar is doubled, a wailing one comes to accompany the repetitive riff. In between we get question and answer singing (a bit Gentle Giantish), and the guitars can be quite heavy here. In the doubled vocal parts, the music is more ethereal, but the doubled vocals are that strong. From my first listens I remembered especially similarities to Radiohead, but to my ears, these seem to have gone now. The band is certainly more symphonic, a bit like Riverside, but more adventurous without giving up on good songs and melodies. The song has a powerful finale, with the vocalist going the direction of Muse, but with excellent backing vocals. Although I am reminded of the Belgian band The Same, the reference is likely to obscure to help anyone (sorry for that).

Deep Child is a bit more proggy still, largely due to the strong presence of organ. Later, the music tends to adventurous progmetal. Again, the band shows excellence on this song with some powerful, climactic progrock that does not owe much to anything, although can spot family ressemblances to the likes of Porcupine Tree and Muse.

Even Poets Die is a somber and relatively quiet tune, with subtle guitar work and the bass line repetitive and plainly audible in the other ear. Then the power sets in a bit more, and we obtain a noisy sound, a bit in the vein of the likes of American alternative rock. In between, the quieter passages are strongly atmospheric and slighly reminiscent of Radiohead. For the progpeople: we do get a keyboard solo towards the end, lined by some strong rolls on the drums. For the finale, the guitar goes all out, but we end in (s)low style.

Accidents opens lightly with repetitive play and a tragic vocalist. The first few minutes are relatively atsmopheric, but then the music is infused with energy, for instance by the drummer, and some female vocals that set in wailingly. Afterwards, the guitar takes the fore, repetitively, while the keyboard sound is really dated (but in a good way). The vocals are raw and aggressive here. Again, an excellent piece of work, rich in tension.

Enjoy The Ride is a moodier, softer track with tragic vocals. Again, I am reminded of The Same, because of the relatively alternative approach, and the use of many different voices in the vocals. The piano is the dominant element here, on this relatively quiet, but not easy track. At the end, the band takes a ninety degree turn, and the sax, drums and guitars make sure we have a pounding finale. Again, I am reminded of VDGG.

Anyone Can Be has the combination of acoustic guitars and a flamenco style, wailing electric guitar part. A sharp piece of music, somewhat psychedelic overall, with very proggy keyboard solo's. Brilliance is a stately piece, with rolling drums, and rather vague vocals. The song is among the softer ones, slightly ethereal even with vibes and some nice cello to establish the ambiance.
Conclusion
This band lies somewhere between some relatively popular bands in the rock genre: Anathema, Porcupine Tree and Muse. In between, the band has not forgotten its heritage from the past and I hear echoes of VDGG and even Magma. The end result, is a progrock take on Muse, but with the songwriting style of bands like Porcupine Tree and Anathema (including progmetal guitars). Their are pure pieces of symphonic rock as well, including a number of full keyboard solo's. The music is rich in tension, richer than for instance Porcupine Tree, and not as over the top, vocally for instance, as Muse. As such, I expect this band to make quite a name for itself in the near future. Hopefully, a good label will pick them up, or at least I hope their album will have the right distribution.
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Spulit


Solstice Coil is a brand new Israeli band which was first born as a Radiohead tribute project. Soon they stepped into a new adventure and dived into the Progressive music deepness, putting into practice all the Progressive music influences these musicians share. Shir Deutch on vocals and guitars, Ofer Vishnia on guitars, Shai Yallin on keyboards, Diego Olschansky on bass and Uri Goldberg on drums are the creative minds behind this debut "Prescription for Paper Cuts". Opening with PHOTOSENSITIVITY, this album soon reveals that there still are some reminiscences of their Radiohead tribute times. The melancholic piano setting the atmosphere, quiet passages with suffering vocals and enraged guitar playing are the key elements for this track as well as for some others ahead. SELLING SMOKE introduces some new ingredients like some complex rhythmic structures and aggressive instrumental interplay. Strong guitar riffs provide some nice emotive moments when supported by some coloured keyboard textures. DEEP CHILD is similar in its concept and structure but reach an even stronger climax when two guitars flush all their expressive potential! ACCIDENTS touch some harder edges but never lose the melodic sense that has been a nice feature of the album until now. ENJOY THE RIDE shifts towards the classic progressive rock standards and adds some more colour to the album. However, this track, as well as most of the others, still reveals an edge of insanity that definitely is part of this band's profile. Some eastern music influences can also be slightly noticed. Concluding, this is a good debut from this band and they just need to be a little more pragmatic in their composition since some tracks sound a bit inconsequent.
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Derek Blackmon

"Very well produced, considering there weren’t any suits telling them it needs m
Israel isn’t the first place you might think of when it comes to Prog-Rock, and Solstice Coil isn’t like their current counterparts either. A Prescription For Paper Cuts, their debut DIY, is a near stunning journey into influences ranging from Radiohead’s OK Computer, The Mars Volta and operatic grandiosity of Queen. Paper Cuts attempts to tackle themes of human annihilation due to our own wretched excesses and manages to do all that without adding the unnecessary trolls and magic roads of Hobbit-Rock.

“Selling Smoke” becomes a rather elaborate forecast of things to come. Working out in an almost “Bohemian Rhapsody”-sized tribute to all those who have experimented before them, there is a bizarre pleasantness to the overindulgence. Including the instrumental interlude that is “Caveat Emptor,” all nine tracks are anchored in a din of sonic flourishes that seems to come from within the music. As a whole, A Prescription For Paper Cuts is very well produced, considering there weren’t any suits telling them it needs more cowbell.

“Anyone Can Be (A Porn Star)” comes with the air of pretension that left Dennis DeYoung out in the cold. This may be a great song when performed live, but it almost comes out too big. If this is part of a larger concept, it may well have life, but here it tends to shadow the rest of the canvas.

“Brilliance” makes for a beautiful ending with its slow, delicate intro and a cello that gilds the most honest and heartfelt lyrics. Concise and elegant, this is the most radio-friendly track in the Solstice Coil oeuvre and certainly worthy of our airwaves.

Solstice Coil prove that even on a DIY level, grandiosity has no limits, and only poor US policy and personal desire work as deterrents.
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Antonis Maglaras


I don't often receive releases from Israel, so when i have an album from this country i am always extra curious to hear the music. I have heard from black metal to doom metal and now the turn is Solstice Coil. The band recently released their newest album with the title "A prescription for paper cuts" and they have included nine tracks and about fifty minutes of pure melodic, progressive metal music. Solstice Coil worked on this album for over two years and you can see by the development of their compositions which are excellent. Of course the style that they have to follow isn't the easiest to hear but if you pay attention you will see the beautiful world from Solstice Coil. Believe me i didn't expect to receive such good album; i think in the end of this year i will hear all the surprises. I am sure that the big progressive labels should check this band and to signed them in order more people to have the chance to hear the stuff from Solstice Coil. I am really happy that i have this opportunity and believe me the fans of progressive music will adore Solstice Coil. Well done guys.
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Analysis. Many true connoisseurs of progressive rock have probably paid attention to the fact that the emotional content of some musical works looks from time to time pale and weak despite the complexity and diversity of their compositional structures. Even the most inventive tracks in this case leave the listener tired and bored. A certain balance between intricacy and expression should always take place in progressive music. The young Israeli band Solstice CoiI certainly knows that. Their debut album, "A Prescription for Paper Cuts", is a result of their intensive efforts through the last two years and is saturated by the atmosphere of sadness, bitterness and infinite sorrow from beginning to end, without exaggeration. There is no place for joy, happy serenity or lucid calmness here. Both the instrumental arrangements and vocal parts render a sense of the autumn depression and a fatality of the approaching finale. Structurally the music is versatile and intricate, with classical influences appearing in different fragments. The sound is more powerful and energetic than that, which we are used to hear in the art-rock releases, but it's not as heavy as that in the metal projects. So I think it wouldn't be incorrect to define the group's style as an academically oriented progressive rock. The voice of Shir Deutch is clean, without overtones; its traditional range combines with falsetto very naturally, not contradicting with the general music texture. The vocal parts aren't sugary as in the case of Bee Gees, for example. On the other hand, they are devoid of hysterical screams, which take place in King Diamond's compositions. The first track, Photosensitivity, begins with a classically influenced keyboard solo, which soon turns smoothly into a vocal section. The chord progression develops dynamically and is very interesting, the saxophone passages coming in useful very much. All the melodic lines are impressive and original. Caveat Emptor is short enough; it is performed in the space-rock style, though its atmosphere is full of disturbance and anxiety. This is an intro to the next track, Selling Smoke. The odd meter changes together with the content's thematic development make the piece really complex, in the best progressive meaning. The presence of a spoken part enhances the emotional tension. It's fairly easy to recognize the arrangements' accuracy in this composition, but the over-measured prolongation of the final fragment is an evident failure. Deep Child isn't as much depressing as the previous works, and nevertheless, it sounds rather sad. The introduction to the piece has been played in 3/4, but then the rhythmic meters change often, as well as melodies and arrangements. The usually dominating keyboards give way to the guitars, whose passages' virtuosity increases closer to the culmination. The palette of sounds becomes more exquisite towards the end. The part of Grand Piano crowns this lively musical story. The following two tracks, Even Poets Die and Accidents, can be described almost analogously, with negligible differences. They are also diverse and atmospheric in a great measure. The first of them is less intense than most of the tracks, while the second one is notable for the addition of one more vocal part. Anyone Can Be is probably the most intricate and lavishly arranged composition in the program. The themes, moods and rhythmic constructions follow one another with astonishing frequency and unpredictability. The art-rock traditions are evident on Enjoy the Ride and, in the bigger measure, on Brilliance. The specific coloration of keyboards on the former evokes comparisons with a discordant piano, while the vocal melody is almost Doom-metal-like. The saxophone passages introduce a freshness and originality into the composition, as it also takes place on the first track, Photosensitivity. The final opus, Brilliance, is the most academically oriented, contrasting with the previous pieces in a certain measure. Its conception reminds me of one of Alice Cooper's sentences: "If everything's red, nothing's red". The string arrangements make this composition marvelously elegant; the vocal melodies are vivid and exquisite.

Conclusion.The history of progressive music incorporates a large number of absolutely unique and authentic masterpieces, and it might be difficult for beginners to create something really vigorous and without relationship to achievements of the past. The young Israeli quintet Solstice Coil has fulfilled this project successfully. Their debut effort leaves a forceful impression and can be recommended to all the connoisseurs of complex, emotionally saturated progressive-rock.
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