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REVIEW OF THE ALBUM “DOOM PHILOSOPHY” BY SORROWS PATH

Sorrows Path has very long history in metal scene.They was formed by the guitarist Kostas Salomidis and the bassist Takis Drakopoulos in 1993. After Angelos Ioannidis (vocals) and Kostas Farmakis (drums) joined to the band. In 1995 the band was released their first demo but the drummer Kostas Farmakis leaved the band.In this year the band tragically lost their former member Takis Drakopoulos who died from brain disease. On 1996 joined to the band Stavros Giannakos (bass) and Gregory Vlastos (drums) and they was released a promo demo  . In 1998 the band take a break for 2 years because of their military service. But in 2000 the co- founder Kostas Salomidis had a motorcycle accident.For 5 years Kostas try to recovered and start again to play guitar and in the same year Fotis Mountouris replaced the drummer Vlachos.So in 2006 the band released a compilation with the title ” Resurrection”. In 2009 a new guitarist Giannis Tziligkakis  joined to the band and the group in 2010 finally managed to release their first album “The Rough Path of Nihilish” This was the second beginning  and great  back up  of the band.

The album “Doom Philosophy” is the second Full-length album.Let’s see track by track what  offer to us this album:

1.First Bean of Darkness into Light (INTRO):

This is a short instrumental intro to the album with some whispering words in the end.

RUNNING TIME: 1.17

RATING : 8/10

2.Tragedy:

Beginning with pounding drums and riffing guitars as the singer come into play.The tempo is slow with many progressive elements.Some nice guitar solos near to the end of the song.

RUNNING TIME: 3.58

RATING : 8/10

3.A Dance with the Dead:

The track starts with heavy guitar riffs and thumping drums and enters to the song the clean male voice.The sound has again many progressive elements .In the middle of the song we hearr some echo vocals and follow long guitar solo under the sound of the drums.In the end the vocals for few seconds became harsh to turn again in clean.

RUNNING TIME: 5.56

RATING : 8/10

4. Brother of Life:

This is another track with lots of different sections going from high power to doom sections.The guitar riffs are good but the sound follow the path of progressive rock without keys.

RUNNING TIME: 5.41

RATING : 8/10

5. Everything Can Change:

Here the track sounding more dark and doom.The growls work well and are wretchedly hateful.Bigger doomier  riffs that mixes with progressive  riffs.

RUNNING TIME: 5.42

RATING : 8.5/10

6.The King with a Crown of Thorns:

Melodic guitar with slow drums sound start the track and enters the male voice with poetic feeling.The number changes with heavy guitar solo before the singer ends the song in the same as the start way.A well constructed number.

RUNNING TIME: 6.01

RATING : 9/10

7.The Venus and The Moon:

The track follows the same motivo as the previous songs>Clean vocals with some growls without here something important solo.

RUNNING TIME: 3.55

RATING : 6/10

8.Epoasis:

Maybe the best song of the album.The doom metal influences are more here.The open gothic dark style is pretty much good.The heavy guitars work well but still the track transfer some progressive elements to the whole sound.

RUNNING TIME: 5.33

RATING : 9/10

9. Clouds Inside Me:

The piece starts with lyrical vocals and enter the electric guitars.The track rolls along as some guttural  growls continue to savage you and the clean vocals soar after.

RUNNING TIME: 5.03

RATING : 8/10

10.Darkness :

Heavy guitars begin the song with thumping drums in the same vocal way the singer join into the track. A long in time piece with some monolith sound.In the middle some experimental riffs try to level up the song and one vocal dialogue offer to the track something new element. The solos are as always progressive and heavy.

RUNNING TIME: 6.19

RATING : 9/10

11.Damned (O) fish L.S.D. :

The last track of the album has it’s moments as well.Finding some good guitar work under the monotonous sound of drums.The song slow down for while to continue with experiments progressive solos and ends with some growls.

RUNNING TIME: 6.53

RATING : 8/10

Finally the album “Doom Philosophy” has some well constructed tracks with lots of variations through out and excellent musicianship and good vocals which goes to prove that Sorrows Path are a good band but… but they are stuck some way in the old progressive sound  and in my opinion they must refreshing their sound to gain the place that they deserve in the musical scene.

RATING : 8.14/10

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