Solitary formed in June 1994 and signed to UK label Holier Than Thou Records in 1997, they made their first appearance on the HTT compilation “Genetically Fresh” which attracted interest from the JMG Agency who lined up support slots with Kill 2 This, Reign and Deranged from Sweden. May the following year Solitary record “Nothing Changes” Solitary then embarked on two UK tours to promote the album, which was released in November 1998. The reviews of “Nothing Changes” were very favourable; the music press compared Solitary to the likes of Fear Factory, Machine Head and Pantera. UK Metal Magazine Terrorizer stated “Solitary could even help break the long-standing British impasse.
Solitary toured the UK again on the back of “No Reason’s” inclusion on Terrorizer’s cover mount CD in December 1999. June 2001 saw the bands mailing list now over six thousand strong handled by Copro Records issue a free CD, featuring “The Downward Spiral” Solitary kick-start their live career again on the Rocksound sponsored Nu Titans Tour. April 2002 “A Second Chance” toped the mp3 Metal Charts having on average been downloaded four thousand times per month. The band return to Assembly Line Studio’s to demo four new tracks one of the tracks “15 Years” is included on the compilation CD for the Rock detector “A-Z of Thrash Metal” book. October 2003 sees the new line up tour the UK again prior to the visit of Danish Metal band Lipid with whom they depart on a co headlining tour the following March. November 2004 Casket re release a repackaged “Nothing Changes” with bonus tracks, which include the Sacred Reich classic “The American Way”.
2008 Solitary released their second full length album “Requiem”, over a four-year period fraught with personal highs and lows the band created a Thrash Metal Monster. “Requiem” contains a guest vocal appearance from Chris Astley of 80’s Thrashers Xentrix on the track “Hatred” the CD also has cover of Testament’s “Into the Pit”.
Requiem received phenomenal reviews from all the UK and European metal press Kerrang and Rocksound hailing the release as one of the strongest of the UK genre and Germany’s Legacy gave the band a slot on their cover mount CD, Solitary embarked on a number of UK shows in support of the release combined with appearances on Zero Tolerance and Terrorizer’s cover mount CD’s.
2010 saw the band support Lawnmower Deth in a Download warm up show at the same time the video for “Keep Your Enemies Closer” was included on the Sky channel Lava TV, the video receiving heavy rotation over the next six months.
Solitary does the Big 4, in late 2010 the band played what they thought was a one of show the set comprised of 4 songs of each of the Big four, Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth from their 80’s albums. Following the success of this show the band agreed to do a few more gigs the appeal snowballed and they spent the next two years doing Big 4 shows.
In 2013 Solitary were asked to play two shows with Thrash metal legends Xentrix, given the strong links between the bands it was fitting that they were involved when Xentrix reunited. Following the success of these shows the band were invited play with Xentrix again on the Headbangers Balls tour for the teenage cancer trust which resulted in them hooking up with Intune PR. Solitary recorded a live show a Selby in late 2013 and kicked off a pledge music campaign to help fund the release.
June 2014 Solitary commemorated their twentieth anniversary by releasing a live album entitled “I Promise to Thrash Forever” via Copro Records. The album was streamed on the Terrorizer website and Predator also appeared on the Cover-mount CD. The album art work featured all of the UK thrash bands from the 80’s on the cover and was mastered by Darkane Vocalist Lawrence Mackrory. Solitary appeared at the “Out of the Ashes Festival” and are also headlining a number of their own shows before the end of 2014
In 2017 Solitary released a new studio album “The Diseased Heart Of Society” is so much more than ‘just another album’. It represents the complete rebirth of one of the UK’s most enduring thrash metal outfits and sets new standards in the process. Solitary have rediscovered the passion and anger that first inspired them to take up arms and rage at the world around them. Coupled with their hard earned experience, musical aptitude and the unquestioned skills of producer extraordinaire Simon Efemey (Amorphis, Paradise Lost, Napalm Death etc) the results are nothing short of staggering.
From the unbridled fury of first single, ‘Unidentified’ to the accomplished majesty of epic album centrepiece ‘The Anthem Of Regret’, via precision thrash masterpieces like ‘Trigger Point Atrocity’ and ‘The Edge Of Violence’, Solitary have created an album of overwhelming power and focused force. The Diseased Heart Of Society will take you by the throat and shake you ‘til you’re broken. The band’s allegiance to the thrash metal cause has always been unflinching and from the heart; their 2014 live album setting out their manifesto in clear and simple terms – I Promise To Thrash Forever.
They’ve ridden out the ever changing tides of fortune without wavering in their dedication and now is their time. The Diseased Heart of Society is the greatest album of Solitary’s career, casting long shadows over all they have released before – even their acclaimed 2008 album Requiem. This album is not just a personal pinnacle though; it can take on anything released by the big names in thrash in recent years – take them on and win.
2017 proved to be one of the most exciting years to date for Solitary – kicking off with the release of a brand new album, The Diseased Heart Of Society. With the help of world renowned producer Simon Efemey, Solitary had created the heaviest and most intense album of their career. Praise poured in from the world’s metal press and prestigious shows followed, with the band appearing at Hammerfest/HRH United with Hammerfall, Destruction and many more. They also played at Thrashersaurus, with Onslaught, supported Acid Reign in London and played their own headline shows across the UK and in the Netherlands. Ever present band front man, Rich Sherrington, also put pen to paper and wrote the band’s biography, I Promise To Thrash Forever: The Solitary Story, praised by Zero Tolerance Magazine for its “sheer bloody honesty”.
Heading into 2018 there was no let up for Solitary. The band signed with Dutch label Doc Records, with the first fruits of this new arrangement being the release of a special 20th Anniversary edition of Solitary’s debut album, Nothing Changes. Remastered and with some bonus demo tracks Nothing Changes saw Solitary back in the press spotlight again, with the influential Metal Forces branding the album a ‘cult classic’. 2018 also saw Solitary snapped up by the FAT Angel booking agency which meant another busy year on the road, in the UK and mainland Europe, including a headline slot in Scotland at the Hordes Of Belial festival. The final days of 2018 saw Solitary return to London, where they joined old friends Lawnmower Deth and Xentrix for a thrashing Xmas classic of a show, ending the year on a real high.
2019 marked 25 years of die hard metal for Solitary, a quarter of a century of staying true to the principles they hold dear and the music they love. Such a milestone could not be allowed to slip by unnoticed and in the summer the band headed out to Europe once again, to perform at the Aggressive Music Fest, alongside the legendary Root. Following that they returned to the UK for a triumphant performance at the UK’s premiere all metal festival – Bloodstock Open Air. Solitary lined up alongside metal gods the Scorpions and thrash heroes Metal Church, Death Angel and Anthrax, giving one of the fiercest displays of relentless metal of their entire careers. To coincide with their Bloodstock appearance Solitary also released a limited edition, celebratory EP. XXV featured three re-recorded classics from the band’s back catalogue and two live tracks captured at a London show with Darkane. With artwork from legendary artist Koot (Girlschool, Saxon, The Almighty etc) XXV proved that Solitary’s star is continuing to rise, selling faster than any other release in their history.
In the later part of 2019 Solitary focused on writing for the follow up full length album to The Diseased Heart Of Society. In January 2020 they returned to Foel Studios, with Simon Efemey once more at the helm. When they emerged, after a grueling work schedule, they had something quite stunning on their hands; an album to eclipse everything in the Solitary back catalogue. German label Metalville, home to rock legends like Lee Aaron, Ugly Kid Joe and Foghat saw the huge potential in the new Solitary album and were quick to sign the band up.
Finally Solitary have the label backing they have been searching for throughout their career – this is where a whole new story begins.all the Solitary social media apps to follow