Solution .45

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Solution .45
Origin Sweden
Genres Melodic death metal,[1][2] alternative metal,[2][3][4] progressive metal,[2] power metal[2]
Years active 2008–present
Labels AFM
Associated acts Scar Symmetry, Miseration, Sonata Arctica, Mikael Stanne, Dark Tranquility, Divinefire, Hateform, Kotipelto, Mehida, Stratovarius, Essence of Sorrow, The Few Against Many, Torchbearer, Ammotrack, Angel Blake, Incapacity, Unmoored, Solar Dawn, Scorched Earth Tactics
Members Christian Älvestam
Jani Stefanovic
Patrik Gardberg
Rolf Pilve
Past members Mikko Härkin
Anders Edlund
Tom Gardiner

Solution .45 is a metal supergroup from Sweden, created by guitarist Jani Stefanovic (Miseration, Divinefire, Essence of Sorrow). Their current lineup includes vocalist Christian Älvestam (Miseration, ex-Scar Symmetry), guitarists Stefanovic and Patrik Gardberg (Torchbearer, The Few Against Many, Ammotrack), and drummer Rolf Pilve (Miseration, Essence of Sorrow, Stratovarius).


In late 2007 Jani Stefanovic formed Solution .45, with Christian Älvestam (who had left Scar Symmetry in 2008) joining as one of its last members. Jani stresses that despite Christian's presence in the band, it will not be a Scar Symmetry clone and that songs had been ready for some time before his arrival.[5] In the fall of 2008 an 8-track demo was produced by Tomas "Plec" Johansson (Unmoored, Scar Symmetry), with a demo track titled "Clandestinity Now" available over the internet.[citation needed]

Solution .45 entered Panic Room Studios in September 2009 to record its first full-length album For Aeons Past, with Dark Tranquillity vocalist Mikael Stanne writing lyrics for the majority of the album. The record was finished and mastered in December 2009,[6] and was issued by AFM records in Europe and Marquee/Avalon in Japan;[7] released on 9 April 2010 in Europe, and May 11 in North America.[8]

On 23 January 2010, it was announced that the band was parting ways with keyboardist Mikko Härkin. Mikko still contributed keyboards to the record, but he is regarded as a guest musician on the album, rather than a permanent band member.[9] Furthermore, it was announced on 29 May 2010 that Jani Stefanovic was leaving the band amicably, and Patrik Gardberg (from Torchbearer, The Few Against Many, and Ammotrack) would be his replacement. The band still wishes to involve Jani in future work, including future albums.[8]

By 25 August 2010, Solution .45 had released a music video for "Gravitational Lensing".[10] The video for "Lethean Tears" was released on 30 July 2011.

On 11 August 2011, it was announced that Stefanovic had returned to the band, which would now feature three guitarists (Stefanovic, Gardiner, and Gardberg). It has since been announced that Anders Edlund, the groups bassist, has departed from the group on mutual terms.[11]

As of mid-2014, the group is working on their second and third studio albums. On 9 July 2014, the band announced that Tom Gardiner had left the band[12]

On August 31, 2015, on the official Facebook page, the band announced November 20, 2015 as the release date of Part 1 of their new album, which will be released worldwide through vinyl, CD and most digital platforms. The album was later titled Nightmares In The Waking State: Part I. Following the release of Part I, the band announced that Nightmares in the Waking State: Part II will be released in 2016.



Former Members


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  5. "Solution .45 Guitarist: We're Not a SCAR SYMMETRY Copy", Blabbermouth.Net, Published Dec. 26, 2008. Accessed on July 20, 2009
  6. Neilstein, Vince (November 23, 2009). "SOLUTION.45 ARE ABOUT TO OFFER UP A EURO-METAL EXPLOSION!". Retrieved 26 November 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "SOLUTION.45 Signs Japanese Deal With MARQUEE/AVALON - June 29, 2009", Accessed on July 20, 2009
  8. 8.0 8.1 "SOLUTION .45 Parts Ways With Guitarist, Announces Replacement". Roadrunner Records. 29 May 2010. Retrieved 23 June 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "SOLUTION .45 Parts Ways With Keyboardist"
  10. "SOLUTION .45's 'Gravitational Lensing' Video To Premiere This Friday". 25 August 2010. Retrieved 22 January 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "The Return!". 11 August 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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