|Review: Sorrows Path - Doom Philosophy|
Label: Iron Shield Records
Year released: 2014
Genre: Doom Metal
Review online: January 12, 2015
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Greece's Sorrows Path plays a light-hearted, happy style of Power Metal. With a name like "Sorrows Path" you weren't buying that for a second, right? Nah, course not. And with an album titled Doom Philosophy how could you not know these guys play Doom Metal? The style is reminiscent of Candlemass more than Sabbath/Pentagram, so it moves along pretty well and never gets bogged down or labors under the assumption that slow = Doom. The guitars aren't overly fuzzy, either, so the music is fairly accessible to even non-Doom fans. What don't jive are the vocals. The singer mainly employs a higher-pitched voice and seems to be speaking the lines more than singing them, at times, almost like a Doom version of Jello Biafra. That is, when he isn't adopting a faux low gothic growl ("Everything Can Change"). The vocal lines themselves also aren't particularly catchy and the whole experience of listening to Doom Philosophy comes across as "quirky."
I don't think what Sorrows Path have come up is any great shakes but it is different, something a definitely applaud them for. This is a case, however, where different doesn't mean entertaining so I think Sorrows Path needs to head back to the drawing board.
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