|Review: Pathosray - Pathosray|
Label: Sensory Records
Year released: 2007
Genre: Progressive Metal
Review online: November 8, 2007
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
This has been a good year for prog (with the exception of Pagan's Mind's atrocious new release). Symphony X and Anubis Gate have both released excellent albums, and now newcomers Pathosray add their debut to the list. I have no idea what 'Pathosray' means, but this is an Italian band making their debut on Sensory records, and it's easily the best thing this label has yet released.
Pathosray are of the more traditional school of prog metal, with heavy use of keys, open melodic vocal lines, and a lot of shifts and changes in the music. They wear their Dream Theater and Pagan's Mind influence proudly, and they don't sound a million miles removed from other modern prog bands like Anubis Gate or Circus Maximus. But what they do, they do very well. Pathosray indulge in all the expected prog excesses, like keyboard/guitar dialogues and multiple time shifts, but they do it all with a sense for memorable melodies and more hooks than prog bands usually bother with; thus this band gets their high rating not just through grudging admiration for instrumental density, but through being compulsively listenable. The catchiest song on here is undoubtedly "Scent Of Snow", but it's not the best one, and repeated listens will reveal the esoteric pleasures of "Faded Crystals" and "Strange Kind Of Energy". This is definitely the strongest prog metal debut I have heard in years, and fans of the style should make room for Pathosray on the shelf, as this band has the potential to be huge. Highly recommended.
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