|Review: Solisia - Ordinary Fate|
Label: Underground Symphony
Year released: 2010
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: December 18, 2010
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Rated 4.29/5 (85.71%) (7 Votes)
Rejoice, female-fronted metal fans! Oh, yes, we have another clone to join the mountains of others, but rather than jacking off over old Nightwish records, Italy's Solisia have focused their sound more on the Prog-Power movement, which makes their debut Ordinary Fate a very enjoyable slog indeed. Featuring the significant talents of DGM bassist Andrea Arcangeli, Solisia fill in the blanks between Operatika and Triosphere, borrowing the thick guitars and charismatic vocals of the latter and fusing it with the symphonic magic of the former. It's not the most original recording I've come across, but it's one of the most listenable, as it dances with soft pretension beneath an impeccable, state of the art production that made me wonder why this was released by Underground Symphony and not someone like Napalm or even Metal Blade.
With oh-so-hot singer Marilena Stigliano leading the band through some choice Power Metal numbers, Solisia keep you hooked with plenty of charging riffs and epic choruses. The keyboards have a real synthetic sound which gives tracks like "Lightning Of Reality" a high-fantasy touch, taking you away to some distant, weather-beaten cliff. Marilena has a smooth, well-controlled voice, and she gives us some strong hooks during "Fictions", arguably the best cut here, and the rampant title track, which opens the record with style. There's a lot of double bass drumming but Ordinary Fate is more of a mid-paced collection, not unlike Triosphere's The Road Less Travelled. There's more insistence on keyboards here, and quite a few prog workouts find their way into the mid-sections, bringing to mind Dream Theater when they try and be all creepy and cruel.
The quality wavers in the middle with a lukewarm ballad and standard instrumental, but things pick up with the catchy "Inner Will", another of the album's stronger moments. Fans of the genre might not rush out to get this, but it should make its way into your rotation at some point. It's typical of the style, but very impressive all the same.
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