|Review: Pathfinder - Fifth Element|
Label: Sonic Attack
Year released: 2012
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: August 12, 2012
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 3.05/5 (61.05%) (19 Votes)
Pathfinder's debut got a lot of good press, but for the life of me I couldn't see why, as it was Power Metal so generic it would have been rejected by Rhapsody. This album is a little more distinct, but it still does nothing to prove that this band can write a song worth a shit.
This is some kind of concept album - you can tell because there are too many lyrics crammed in and singer Szymon Kostro keeps doing "voices" as if he were playing characters rather than fucking singing. When he just calms down and sings he sounds okay, but all too often he is overselling this so hard I can barely stand to listen to him. Even when he is not hamming it up, the melodies he has to work with are trite and soggy in the extreme. These compositions are baggy and shapeless, just kind of charging all over the place and then stopping, with no feel of build, tension, or melodic resolution. There is too much keyboard wanking and not enough riffs, but that's kind of what this band was going for.
Even if you like this kind of thing, this is not one of the shining examples of the genre, and if you are looking for any heaviness, catchiness, or proficiency, you will look in vain. Annoying.
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