„Nightmares In The Waking State - Part II' is in fact not a 'new' album, in the strict sense of the word. Both Part I and II were actually recorded at the same time, as 'one' long album, but since we didn't want to release it as a regular double album, we decided to split it into two separate releases instead, to make it a bit more interesting. Compared to Part I maybe Part II has a slightly more melodic touch. Lyrically it's core matter is based around 'struggle' and the art of fighting your way through the tough times in life. We've all been there and we will all most likely end up there again someday. Life is often a really dark and nasty place and we'd like to see 'Nightmares In The Waking State - Part I & II' as our soundtrack to that!“ – Solution .45
When Christian Älvestam (Miseration, Torchbearer, Unmoored, ex-Scar Symmetry) and Jani Stefanovic (Miseration) got together to write some modern-metal jams in 2007, nobody expected that only a few years later would yield the avalanche that is SOLUTION .45. “For Aeons Past" (March 2010) - SOLUTION .45's first full-length effort was unanimously praised by critics and fans as a triumphantly infectious, yet meaty release that the metal scene needed.
The first sketches for demos for „Nightmares In The Waking State – Part I & Part II“ began in early 2013 and were promising. It was clear from the very start that the new album would give fans what they expected and then some, as well as a lot more unexpected elements. The band had a unified vision for the new album. They wanted it to be darker and more aggressive. They wanted to develop the sound found on “For Aeons Past”.
The band entered The Dug-out studios in September 2014 with will-reputed Daniel Bergstrand (Meshuggah, In Flames, Soilwork, Darkane) behind the wheel to record the drums. Nineteen songs were tracked by Rolf Pilve. The band was finally on the move. Guitars, bass and vocals were being tracked at full speed. Deadlines were established, mixing and mastering dates were booked, and cover designs were being drafted by the well-reputed Pär Olofsson. In June 2015, the band finally entered The Panic-Room Studios with their friend and long-time collaborator Thomas "Plec" Johansson (Watain, Mattias Ia Eklundh, Night Flight Orchestra, Scar Symmetry, Eskimo Callboy).
At the beginning of the process, the band desired to develop their sound from “For Aeons Past”, but the end result turned out to be so much more. After hearing the final results, the band quickly realised what they had accomplished. The new direction contained all the ingredients “For Aeons Past” was known for but with added groove, aggression and darker elements. A dynamic journey from soft moody parts to soaring aggressive, darker elements. The end result was something that older fans would find familiar with a heavy dose of “and then some”.
Christian Älvestam - vocals
Patrik Gardberg - rhythm/lead guitar
Jani Stefanovic - rhythm/lead guitar
Rolf Pilve - drums
01. Dim Are The Pathways
02. The Faint Pulse Of Light
03. Mind Mutation
04. Built On Sand
05. Inescapable Dream
06. The Curse That Keeps On Giving
07. Chain Connector
08. What Turns The Wheels
09. Misery Mantra
10. Heavy Lies The Crown