|Review: Sorrows Path - Resurrection|
Label: Eat Metal Records
Year released: 2006
Genre: Doom Metal
Review online: April 10, 2010
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Sorrows Path are a Greek Doom band you have never heard of. They put out some demos back in the 90s and then folded up their tent in 1998. Now they are apparently back in business, and this is a compilation of their two demos. The single tune from the 1996 promo "No Possibility", and the entirety of the self-titled demo from '95. This is all in preparation for their new album, which is recorded and due out soon.
I have to say the opening track "No Possibility" is pretty lackluster. The recording is weak, with no oomph to the guitars, and the band cannot seem to stay in time with each other. It's not a bad tune, but it just kind of lies there. I was hoping the other tunes would have more spark to them, but "Flower" is also rather dull. The recording is rough, but the guitars sound a lot better on the '95 demo tracks. Vocalist Angelos Ioannidis seems to have a hard time staying on key here and there, and his vocal lines wander all over the place, so sometimes it's like he's singing a whole different song. His voice is not bad, but I think he just needed more takes to get this right. "Prince of the Night" is a bit darker and catchier, but it soon devolves into numbing repetition. That seems to be an overall problem here: the band will wring out a good opening riff, get a nice doomy vibe going, and then they end up in this same kind of mid-paced tempo and just repeat themselves until you itch for the skip button. Overall, Sorrows Path don't create any really good music here, and that sucks, because I can hear that they could, but they just don't have any compelling riffs or vocal melodies, and the so-so ones they have they feel compelled to beat into the ground with repetition. I will check out their new album, as there is potential here, and the rough mix samples I have heard sound promising, but this compilation is just not worth your time.
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