SORROWS PATH - DOOM PHILOSOPHY (Iron Shield Records)
Lovely Greece has a lot of uncommon bands like Rotting Christ, Septic Flesh, Descending, Necromantia and Nightfall, but there are also bands that like their music in the Doom and Epic style. One of the best acts in Greece is probably Sorrows Path who released already a debut album in 2011 (‘The Rough Path Of Nihilism’) by Rock It Up Records. This time, they signed a contract with Iron Shield Records and mid-September 2014, their second album ‘Doom Philosophy’ will be released! It hasn’t been that easy through the years, as the band was formed around 1993, they were on hold from 1998 until 2005. In the year 2006, the band released a compilation album with the aptly title ‘Resurrection’. More mature and blessed with more wisdom the band wants to focus on the new album and songs and are eagerly waiting on the overall reaction of press, fans and zines!
The album starts very atmospheric with ‘First Beam Of Darkness Into Light’ followed by opener ‘Tragedy’. The info sheet mentions that this band is Doom/Epic Metal and I must agree that this definition fits perfectly. The vocals of Angelos Ioannidis fit to the arrangements and add something to the music. It’s a little lackadaisical and dreamy but at the same time the moony elements brings you into the perfect mood! When the guitars deliver some solos, my heart started beating faster! This opener is a perfect track to introduce you into the world of Sorrows Path!
If you want your metal heavier, they know how to react with the track ‘A Dance With The Dead’ that starts really deadly! Of course, it’s an Doom / Epic band, so the pace slows down to create the desired atmosphere. This is a nice Candlemass approach anno 2014, and believe me, that’s a compliment as I have deep respect for Candlemass since their magnum opus Epicus Doomicus Metallicus! The album of Sorrows Path contains really outstanding moments, as you definitely have to listen to the track ‘The King With A Crown Of Thorns’, which has all elements that a Doom/Epic hymn needs! The slower parts are welcome and guide you to the intended vibe, but at certain moments, they deliver crushing parts and utter heavy elements in the songs that we can easily say that Sorrows Path is in winning position. The song ‘Darkness’ is another highlight and is preferable for those that want it a little heavier.
Those that want a rather unusual album should take some time to explore Sorrows Path, and I advise you to give it some time and a few spins to get into the deeper meaning of the songs. There is a lot to discover and those albums are the strongest of all! https://www.facebook.com/SorrowsPath
My rating: 83 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish