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Review: Warrior Path - The Mad King
Warrior Path
The Mad King

Label: Symmetric Records
Year released: 2021
Duration: 52:09
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: March 31, 2021
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 4.11/5 (82.11%) (19 Votes)

Once more of a studio project, Greek band Warrior Path have been catapulted into the spotlight for their second album. Originally this was a project of guitarist Andreas Sinanoglou, but now with the full-time addition of Greek metal impresario Bob Katsionis the whole profile went up a notch, but it was the return of legendary Lost Horizon singer Daniel Heiman that really got people's attention. After Heed folded in 2007, Heiman has only appeared as a guest here and there, seeming to devote most of his time to his alt-rock band Lavett. In 2019 he turned up in prog band Dimhav, but no one really heard about that, so this is a definite high-profile return to metal.

Heiman's presence alone would be enough to get my attention, but I am glad to say this is a first-rate metal album even apart from that. It has that definite Greek crunch along the lines of Firewind, with the twin-axe Maiden harmonies and a definite kick of Manowar epic styling. Katsionis is a pro in the studio, and it shows in the outstanding production. The guitars sound huge, the mix is fucking heavy but clear as a bell, and this may be the best-sounding metal album of the year already. Heiman sounds huge, and while he does not commit to the high-flying vocal acrobatics of the Lost Horizon days, he hasn't lost a step, and he sounds as much like a vocal thunderbolt as he ever did. I do think his vocal melodies could be better, as they are not as memorable as they should be.

Pretty much every song on here is solid, and there are no weak tracks. If you like pounding, blistering Heavy Metal with killer leads, thunderous riffs, and the best vocalist alive, then this is a must-have album.

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