So-called shorecore" heavyweights Solace emerged from their South Jersey basement as Godspeed in 1994 and entered Electric Lady Studios (built by Jimi Hendrix) to record their Atlantic Records' debut, Ride (1994). Featuring future Solace members Tommy Southard (guitar) and Rob Hultz (bass), Godspeed's two-year major label run included an appearance on "Columbia's Nativity In Black: A Tribute To Black Sabbath compilation backing Bruce Dickinson (of Iron Maiden); their video for Houston Street was featured on MTV's Beavis and Butthead and Headbanger's Ball; and they toured the U.S. and Europe with Black Sabbath, Dio, Sugartooth, and Cathedral.
Following stints as lead guitarist for Sugartooth and Slap Rocket, Southard re-started Godspeed in 1997 with Hultz, former Glueneck singer Jason and The Atomic Bitchwax drummer Keith Ackerman, naming the revamped outfit Solace. Further, their debut, followed in 2000 with Bill "Bixby" Belford on drums.
Solace combined the influences of Godspeed and Glueneck with grind, psychedelic power and ferocious drumming styles. Their second album, 13 (2003) featuring John Proveaux (drums), saw the band taking their "Hendrix-meets-Soundgarden" brand of heaviness to a new level. The album included ten Solace originals and two covers. Track five, Common Cause, featured doom legend Wino (of The Obsessed/of Saint Vitus/of Spirit Caravan), a long time fan of Solace, on guest vocals and guitar.