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Pathosray - 2009 Sunless Skies



ARTIST: Pathosray
ALBUM: Sunless Skies
LABEL: Frontiers
SERIAL: FRCD 412
YEAR: 2009

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Marco Sandron - vocals * Alessio Velliscig - guitars * Fabio D'Amore - bass, backing vocals * Gianpaolo Rinaldi - keyboards * Ivan Moni Bidin - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Crown Of Thorns * 02 Behind The Shadows * 03 Aurora * 04 Quantic Enigma * 05 In Your Arms * 06 Sons Of The Sunless Sky * 07 The Coldest Lullaby * 08 Perpetual Eclipse * 09 Poltergeist * 10 For The Last Time (bonus USA, Europe) * 11 Rainfall (bonus Japan)

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WEBLINKS: www.pathosray.com


Background
Back in 2007, we introduced Italian band Pathosray to GD readers. They came from the heavier end of the prog spectrum, with Dream Theater as major reference points.They were signed to the American label 'The Lasers Edge', and wowed audiences at Prog Power USA and Prog Power Europe. Seems the bigwigs over at Frontiers liked what they heard, and signed them on to their roster. Unfortunately the new release 'Sunless Skies' is just too far tech metal for the average Frontiers fan/listener. A great band in my eyes, it's full of brim and bravado, and sounds very similar to American band Stride (where are these guys btw?), but it's also very dark. I know the album title refers to 'Sunless Skies', but with lyrical terms such as shadows, eclipses, aurora and the sons of the sunless sky, this just exemplifies everything about the album. The riffs are mine-diggingly deep, and I guess we should keep in mind that Pathosray are a prog metal band, not an AOR band - despite the Frontiers connection. In saying that though, there are brief glimpses of light and shade, if you blink long enough, you might see one of them.


The Songs
'Crown Of Thorns' is a monster beginning, perhaps too monstrous upon first listen, but if you're a prog-metal fan then this would be second nature. It's played at near brutal pace and strength. No fluffy pink melodies to be found here.

New guitarist Alessio Velliscig stamps his authority on 'Behind The Shadows', with his growling riffs prominent amidst the progressive backdrop.

There's an interesting intro to 'Aurora', filled with jazzy streaks and modern sounds before the inevitable prog onslaught arrives.

I liked the flamenco entrance to 'Quantic Enigma', which adds colour though it is all too brief. There are a heap of changeable styles throughout this track, include also the tempo changes.. If you can get to the bottom of this track, then good on you. An enigma for sure, but all good.

The first ballad 'In Your Arms' is pretty nice - especially Rinaldi's piano lines, and it reaches 'power' levels by the time we get to the end.

Complex is an understatement on the immense 'Sons Of The Sunless Sky', which takes you on a journey of Issac Asimov proportions.

'The Coldest Lullaby' is the most commercial track on offer here, there are added female vocals from a young lady by the name of Klaaire, which is used to add contrast, but this is no Nightwish sell-out by any means as the track is still quite heavy.

'Perpetual Eclipse' is the second ballad, featuring the dulcet vocals of Silvia Marchesan, it is actually the introduction for the next track 'Poltergeist', which is another prog metal fest - perhaps the best track here. The best elements of Pathosray are wrapped up in 8 minutes of prog wonderment. Marchesan chimes in with her vocal accompaniment toward the end, in inspired Pink Floyd fashion.

The closer 'For The Last Time' is the third and final ballad, just Sandron's soaring and impressive voice alongside acoustic guitar and piano. A nice way to finish up.


In Summary
Let's make it clear - Pathosray are a very technical band, and will appeal to those of you into the likes of Seventh Wonder and Pagans Mind. 'Sunless Skies' as per the title is not the sort of CD to be playing on a fine fun-filled summers day with the kids in tow. If you want to spend time with it, grab a bottle of Scotch, and settle back for an hour or so, and get lost in their universe.


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