SORROWS PATH - THE ROUGH PATH OF NIHILISM
ROCK IT UP RECORDS
Metal To Infinity
again Rock It Up records surprised me! I had never heard of Sorrows Path before
but a few weeks ago I received their CD from the label and ever since I kept on
listening to it. Nor the CD cover nor the booklet showed that something special
was coming! But the first notes, this intro…. Amazing! I’m into this CD
since I received it, kept on listening to it ever since and I suppose I will
keep on listening forever and a day I suppose…
me tell you what Sorrows Path is all about! This is first class Progressive
Power / Doom Metal from the kind I haven’t heard in such a long time!
Especially the atmosphere is ideal in this snowy weather, perfect! I don’t
even have to imagine the cold landscapes, they’re already there when I look
outside… At least it brings me in the right mood to describe this album. The
opening track “All Love Is Lost” keeps on playing in my mind and I assure
you I have listened to it time after time. It spooks into my mind and the
melancholy is dripping out of it! The choruses and refrains are constantly in my
mind and this is just the beginning…
over the years Doom Metal has maintained several faces but to especially the
traditional kind of Doom Metal has been interesting, has been a genre I could
listen to for hours. Solitude Aeturnus, Krux, Candlemass on the on hand but a
Progressive injection into this kind of music has always been well tasted by me.
Veni Domine for example is a band I really adore! Sorrows Path is a band that
goes into the direction of Veni Domine and that’s enough to get me under their
spell. Maybe you can add a bit of Slough Fegg to get the entire picture of what
this band really is about.
Sorrows Path weaves melancholic elements into their music, an angelic voice, a
peaceful acoustic piece, some bombastic choirs or classical intermezzos… But
these elements are not standing alone, the band constantly plays with them, goes
into duel with them, uses them to sound even more impressive! It’s the main
reason why “The Rough Path Of Nihilism” takes the listener by the throat but
I would be simple to explain why this album touches my soul so hard! Musical
wise the band constantly offers rhythms that calms you down, that sucks you into
the story of each single song!
Path keeps of course the tempo slow but yet the music is so varied that every
detail is more than interesting. The guitars are constantly in front, by heavy
loaded riffs or by the fact the solos are leading their own life. No shredding
or uncountable played notes but solos that are played with an immense emotional
touch, another brand for this CD.
Ioannidis is the band’s singer and his clean voice fits the music perfectly.
It’s especially his vocal sound that lifts the band up to a higher level,
making the music more convincible. His vocal lines makes the music sound melodic,
on a way this kind of music deserves. No high pitched vocals as in main
Progressive bands but clean, touching… This guy has no problems laying all his
emotions into his vocal lines, aggressive at the one kind, touching and even
theatrical at the other!
I have heard once more this CD and I am pushing the play button once again. This
means this release has its owns strength, has some kind of attraction that not
that many bands are able to produce. These guys are from Greece but the
atmosphere on this CD makes them universal, makes them a kind of band that is
ready to conquer a part of the world wide Doom Metal scène! Without any doubts
one of the best releases I’ve heard this year! Order this masterpiece at http://www.rockitup.org
My Points: 95 / 100 (Review by Officer Nice)
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