Feb 162018


Purest of Pain is a Dutch melodic death metal band led by guitarist and principal songwriter Merel Bechtold of Delain (and also a member of MaYaN and The Gentle Storm, with Anneke van Giersbergen and Arjen Anthony Lucassen). In Purest of Pain, her bandmates now include Delain drummer Joey de Boer, guitarist Michael van Eck, vocalist J.D. Kaye, and bassist Frank van Leeuwen.

Purest of Pain’s debut album, Solipsis, will be released on March 1st, building on the band’s 2013 single, “Momentum”, and their 2011 EP, Revelations In Obscurity. Today we present a lyric video for a song from the album called “The Solipsist“.



Merel Bechtold has commented on the album in these words:

“‘Solipsis’ is a guitar-oriented record, and it has been recorded as organically as possible: partly at home, partly at Mantis Audio Studio. The song ‘E.M.D.R.’ was written by fellow guitarist Michael van Eck. All the other songs were summoned by myself. The lyrics were written by vocalist J.D. Kaye. And even though the music is at times technical and challenging, it’s undeniably driven by relentless groove, enhanced by hugely melodic passages, wonderful tone and moments of ambient clarity.”

Apart from the album as a whole, “The Solipsist” is indeed a guitar-oriented song, but one that definitely drives with relentless groove, moving in and out of passages anchored by pneumatic, jackhammering riffs and pummeling drum rhythms. This turbocharged track is further enhanced by bouts of jabbing chords and rumbling drum fills, and by J.D. Kaye’s bestial growls and nerve-abrading shrieks. But the song is also home to catchy hooks and  swirling melody. It’s guaranteed to get your blood rushing


Solipsis was seven years in the making, from the writing process up to the final mastering (by Jens Jorgen, who has worked with the likes of Opeth, Arch Enemy, and Soilwork), and to launching a successful online crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. Check the links below for pre-order info, and enjoy “The Solipsist“.


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