Warrior Path
Warrior Path
(2019)
Crank this to 9 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre:
Power metal
Sounds Like:
Iron Maiden, Rainbow, Helloween
Monday, April 29, 2019
Melodic and anthemic to the core, born of Grecian soil and blood we unveil to you Warrior Path. The backbone creation of one Andreas Sinanoglu (guitarist and composer) who is buttressed by the valor of Yannis Papadopoulos (Beast In Black) on vocals and Bob Katsionis (Firewind) on guitars/keyboards and head of production. The debut album carries with it tremendous clarity and crisp sonic fury along side some of the most inspiring harmonies of the year. The album packs a shit ton of early power metal, harkening back to the core Maiden years as artist Dimitar Nikolov paints Bolt Thrower-like album art to further our fervor. Interestingly enough the testosterone is defused a bit alongside some acoustic pleasantries in "Black Night" and a very soft closing in "Dying Bird of Prey" and "Valhalla I’m Coming". We appreciate the vision and ability to infuse some pretty stark contrast. Ultimately the album thrusts you into the battle early and slowly infuses some softer majestic melodies.

Track Listing:
1. Riders of the Dragons (7:13)
2. The Hunter (5:54)
3. Sinnersworld (3:41)
4. Stormbringers (3:59)
5. Black Night (8:21)
6. The Path of the Warrior (9:59)
7. Fight for Your Life (3:54)
8. Mighty Pirates (6:33)
9. Dying Bird of Prey (6:25)
10. Valhalla I’m Coming (6:24)

Standout Track:
"The Path of the Warrior" is an epic track, nearly 10 minutes of patience and bliss. Papadopoulos delivers in a big way as his voice is most poignant on this track. Sinanoglu and Katsionis wield pinpoint precision with some terrific range and pedal-work. The track its planted dead center and really catapults the album to its summit.

Adult Beverage Pairing:
Siris Microbrewery from Greece has some goblet filled beauty in its Voreia I.P.A.A beer with generous additions of American hops and three kinds of malt, citrus aromas and coniferous amber color, long aftertaste and 7% ABV well behind its perfumes. The taste, rather bitter, the caramel from the malt to get into a game with balanced hops and together create a beautiful, harmonious result. Also, as the temperature increases beer, the feeling in the mouth is more velvety, while the body is proportionally more dense and distinguished. The body and head built to quench the warrior after battle.

ROTATION RECAP:
Vocal Performance
8.8 out of 11

Captivation and Variety
9.0 out of 11

Weight of the Heavy
9.1 out of 11

Fretwork Prowess
9.2 out of 11

Percussion Prowess
8.5 out of 11

Overall Album Flow
8.8 out of 11

Contrast
9.1 out of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics
9.4 out of 11

Production Value
9.2 out of 11

Final Thoughts:
Power metal fans need this in their collection. Classic harmonies and heartfelt valor will resonate with old school fans of shrill vocals and medieval landscapes. We highly encourage you to give this one a gander. A path well-taken and refreshing amongst all the weak metal acts out there hoping for a provocative cover to save the day. Warrior Path is the real deal and we look forward to future releases as they revitalize barren landscapes.

Warrior Path is:
Andreas Sinanoglou: Guitar
Yannis Papadopoulos: Vocals
Bob Katsionis: Bass, Keyboards & Guitars
Dave Rundle: Drums

Follow Warrior Path: Bandcamp / Facebook
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