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Review: Solisia - UniverSeasons

Label: Scarlet Records
Year released: 2012
Duration: 49:41
Tracks: 11
Genre: Progressive Power Metal

Rating: 1.75/5

Review online: December 31, 2012
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Readers Rating

Rated 2/5 (40%) (5 Votes)

Solisia are a band from Rome, Italy, who produced a very enjoyable debut back in 2010, which found its way onto the Underground Symphony label, even though it could've been released by a much bigger company. Now, after recruiting a new vocalist, this female-fronted horde is back with their sophomore effort, and while it sounds even more professional than the impossibly professional debut, it represents a huge step down.

What I liked about Ordinary Fate was its use of the Prog-Power template; Solisia do count members of DGM in their ranks, after all. What would you expect? But UniverSeasons almost completely cleaves the band of their original sound, leaving us with a lukewarm and all too predictable recitation of poppy, candy-ass Gothic Metal in the shape of Delain, Nemesea and The Murder Of My Sweet. Now, there are a few memorable Prog moments, a couple of decent Power Metal licks (the synth-drenched intro to "The Guns Fall Silent" is particularly good), but how many times do we need to hear tunes like "Kiss The Sky", with its tinkling piano behind distorted chords and a morose soprano whining over the top of it? Another thing I dislike about this release is the guitar work; the debut was much lighter in tone, whereas this one features guitars tuned so low they make the walls shake. I'd expect that from a DevilDriver album, but not from something like this.

UniverSeasons could've taken Solisia to the next level. Instead, it has left them in the dust along with all the other copycats and wannabes.

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