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Review: Desolate Pathway - Valley of the King
Desolate Pathway
Valley of the King

Label: Independent
Year released: 2014
Duration: 38:07
Tracks: 8
Genre: Doom Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: October 14, 2015
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Valley of the King

Rated 3.8/5 (76%) (5 Votes)

Is there any genre more British than Doom? I had high hopes for this band, coming so obviously from the tradition of bands like Solstice or Witchfinder General. That said, while this is okay, it's not going to really excite you either. Desolate Pathway have some decent riffs and melodies, but the whole thing is recorded so weakly, with such restraint and fussy politeness, that it's impossible for it to catch fire. The songs are decent, but the performances are bland and the vocals lack range or dynamic. Doom needs heaviness, riffs and atmosphere, and this band does not really manage to so any of those things. This is not offensively bad, it's just blah.

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