Released: 2007, Laser Edge
Progressive metal has enjoyed a bit of a resurgence in the last couple of years. Where there used to be a glut of Dream Theater clones, a number of original-sounding bands have made their presence known recently: Communic, Pagan’s Mind, Anubis Gate, and Andromeda to name but a few. Now we have Italians Pathosray joining the fray with this, their debut album.
My colleague Anders has already reviewed this album (check the link below) and has given a good overview of the band’s history, so I’ll skip all that and get right down to business with the album. Once the intro is out of the way (yawn), the band jump into the 8+ minute technical feast of “Faded Crystals”. Yes kids, this is a prog-metal album! However, the band quickly erases any doubts with a staggering display of integrated chops and hooks. Yes, this is progressive, but the band has not forgotten to make the music catchy enough to latch onto for repeated listens. It helps that vocalist Marco Sandron has an absolutely stand out voice that is instantly recognizable. He puts in a star-making performance throughout the entire album.
Of course, being that Pathosray is a progressive group, the rest of the band are no slouches on their instruments either. As I said, this is a technical album through and through, but in truth I barely noticed. These are such strong songs that you almost forget the progressive aspect and just sit back and enjoy the ride.
While “Scent of Snow” and “Sorrow Never Dies” are the two immediately catchy songs on the album – “The Sad Game” is the heaviest – you will want to listen to the whole album again and again to uncover its less obvious pleasures. That, my friends, is the mark of a truly great album. All prog-metal fans should check this band out – you will not be disappointed.