|Genres||Drum and Bass, Electronica, heavy metal, hip hop, Industrial|
|Labels||Tech Itch Recordings|
|Associated acts||Deftones, Richie Londres, Stephen Carpenter,|
|Website||Sol Invicto on Facebook|
|Members||Richie Londres, Stephen Carpenter, Technical Itch|
Sol Invicto is an underground cinematic electronic metal group formed by Richie Londres & Stephen Carpenter of Deftones. The group are totally independent and send all music directly to fans via their private mailing list "The Sol Invicto Comiti". In recent years drum & bass producer Technical Itch joined the project.
Sol Invicto is mainly an instrumental project which mixes Richies atmospheric soundscapes with Carpenters signature melodic heavy riffs.
As of 2014 Richie brought in UK drum & bass producer Mark Caro (Tech Itch) to co-produce Initium III with him. Richie informed fans (via mailing list) that Sol Invicto will have two sounds in 2015, one more electronic driven for DJ sets & one more metal driven for live shows.
Early years: Unidose, Carrion & Tech N9ne (2006–2009)
The project came together after Carpenter recorded guitars for Londres in 2006, the group released the tracks Unidose & Carrion in 2007 as well as bootleg remixes of Saul Williams & Tech N9ne tracks in 2008/09. The tracks were well received so it was decided to make the project official, Sol Invicto was formed and they began working on material.
Deftones Remixes & Initium I EP (2010-2011)
Sol Invicto began working on their first EP (Initium) in 2010 which was released on 6 August 2011 for free, direct to fans. The EP reached 5000 downloads in the first 10 days and went on to hit 15000 downloads in the first month, without any press/radio or videos. The EP featured Hella/Team Sleep drummer Zach Hill Londres called Initium "a low-fi and experimental EP" and mentioned that the follow up EPs would be "(sic) more metal"
Sol Invicto were commissioned to remix 2 tracks from the up and coming Deftones 2010 album, Diamond Eyes, the title track Diamond Eyes & You've Seen The Butcher, with 100% of the proceeds going towards bassist Chi Cheng and his treatment. In 2011 they released two remixes for the Asking Alexandria remix album Stepped Up and Scratched.
Initium II EP (2013)
Initium II was released over September to October 2013 to the fans directly via soundcloud, it features drums by Dan Foord and a special track feature 50 audio samples submitted by fans. It features far more guitar work from Stephen compared to the first EP and retains the low fi approach of the first.
Initium III EP & Technical Itch (2014)
Initium III is being produced by Richie and British drum and bass / techstep producer Mark Caro a.k.a. Technical Itch, they have so far released 3 tracks off the EP, Diaz Brothers & French Toast & MVP, two more tracks are due before the entire Initium series is put out as a limited edition physical release due out in 2015.
- Unidose Single (2008)
- Carrion Single (2008)
- Diamond Eyes (Official Remix) 2010 Warner
- You've Seen The Butcher (Official Remix) 2010 Warner
- "Morte Et Dabo" (Official Remix) 2011 Sumerian Records
- "A Lesson Never Learned" (Official Remix) 2011 Sumerian Records
- "Initium" (EP 2011)
- "Initium II" (EP 2013)
- "Initium III" (EP 2015)
- "Sol Invicto". Facebook. 2011-11-08. Retrieved 2011-11-12.