Apathia Records

TLDR: Melodic melancholy akin to Paradise Lost, except this one is just dull.

Review: US-based Sollertia has been recommended to fans of such bands as Paradise Lost and Katatonia. It’s much said considering Sollertia was founded 2017 and this is their debut album. Unfortunately for these guys, the newbie status is very much heard.

Light tries to emulate Paradise Lost’s rather unique way to channel melancholy, darkness and sadness. Unfortunately, compared to these British legends, Sollertia manages to sound like a bunch of high school kids trying to say how gloomy everything is. Yeah, boo-fucking-hoo.

Bluntly put, Light is a dull album. It isn’t exactly melancholic enough, and the songs are more boring than catchy. In me these songs don’t evoke a feeling or two, whereas Paradise Lost and (early) Katatonia does exactly the opposite. So, if you’re looking for a band to take over after those two long-timers, sorry to say but Sollertia isn’t that one. At least not with this album.

Track list:
1. Adducantur
2. Abstract Object Theory
3. Pascal’s Wager
4. Enter the Light Eternal
5. Praying at the Chapel Perilous
6. The Devils Seethe
7. Mathematical Universe Hypothesis
8. Dark Night of the Soul
9. Sisyphean Cycle
10. Positive Disintegration
11. Light