must be one the best kept secrets in metal for years. Out the blue
comes an album that manages to blend influences like Nevermore,
Fates Warning, Evergrey, Dream Theater and Symphony X into a
wonderful mixture that never sounds like a mere rip-off.
This is their debut album simply entitled: 'Pathosray' and they have
prior to this only released 2 demos, before focussing on this
release. I know it is some big names I am throwing into the pot, but
Pathosray have the aggressiveness of Nevermore, the technical
level of Dream Theater (well almost, no band reaches them), the
musicianship of Symphony X, the flair for a strong melody line of
Evergrey and innovativeness of Fates Warning.
Big praises for such a young band, but believe me they have the
music to prove you right. Each of the eight songs (and a short
intro) has the energy, the technical level and the maturity to stand
on its own. The musical talent is at such a high level that you
often completely forget that we are dealing with a debut album -
very impressive. No weak links at all from the brilliant vocalist
Marco Sandron (no weird Italian accents here), thru the powerful
riff attack by Alessio Vellisgic and he delivers some great duels
with keyboard player Gianpaolo Rinaldi, who keeps the fine balance
between showing off and just playing just right, and to the rhythm
section (Fabio D'Amore on bass and Ivan Moni Bidin on drums), which
is tight and well founded in the sound.
Recorded back home in Italy, they felt the need for something
special was needed for the mix, so they turned to one of the best in
the business: Tommy Hansen. And the sound is well balanced, crystal
clear and powerful, so they chose wisely. Another fantastic Matttias
Norén art work rounds this impressive debut album from Pathosray
has delivered a great cornerstone for a promising career, and there
is room to grow for them and with their abilities I am sure they'll
be able to top this album with their next one. While we wait for
that to happen do get this awesome debut album, which I am sure will
go down as one of the best debut albums of 2007.