But let's introduce the band first. Sorrows Path hails from Athens, Greece and has been around since 1993. However, over the years the band faced numerous problems, including a motor accident, the death of drummer Takis Drakopoulos after a severe brain disease and military obligations. Yet, blood is indeed thicker than water and the band resurfaced several times. Now the splendid album 'Doom Philosophy' shows a strong, solid band which will hopefully find the way to the big stages all over Europe and beyond.
When I first started listening to metal, bands like Iron Maiden, Queensryche and Halloween often appeared in my playlists. Later I discovered a band named Thought Industry which did something highly progressive with the genre. From there on I started digging deeper into the vast world of metal and ended up listening to bands like November's Doom, Moonspell, Opeth and Amorphis. Well, Sorrows Path reminds me of all of them.
After a short intro, these Greeks treat us to a highly varied array of riffs, drums, clean but strong vocals and loads of symphonic arrangements. Influences from heavy metal and power metal are being blended into a very progressive and usually quite slow sound, one that is distinct and unique to Sorrows Path. In fact, guest appearances by Snowy Shaw (King Diamond, Therion, Dream Evil...)and Edgar Rivera (ex-Solitude Aeturnus) seem to add a lot to this unique sound.
With great songs like 'Everything Can Change', 'Tragedy' or 'Epoasis', this band clearly proves that originality isn't dead. I can only recommend checking this out if you're into either old school doom metal, melodic power metal or progressive rock. I do have to warn you though, this is something to get used to but once you get to know Sorrows Path, you will probably have to add a new name to your favorites-list.