Solarisis - _Illuminations_
by: Adam Wasylyk (4 out of 5)
Pretty impressive stuff. Solarisis is the brainchild of one Gijs van Ouwerkerk, who's responsible for all the sounds heard on _Illuminations_. Reminding me a bit of _Ceremony of Opposites_-era Samael, the music is best described as symphonic metal with some dark metal influences. Good musicianship can be found on all eight tracks, which consists of some well played instrumentals. Keyboards are used all throughout the demo which help enhance Solarisis' sound, but the guitars were left a little too weak. The production, aside from the guitars, is pretty good and the demo layout is top notch. The lyrics are well written (something rare these days), which deal with struggles between God and Satan. Although I disagree with Gijs's views on veganism, he's put out a good demo and I hope to hear more from him in the future. A copy of this demo can be obtain by sending $7.95US to the address below.

Contact: SOLARISIS, c/o Gijs van Ouwerkerk

(article published 13/5/1997)

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