Review of Wanderer on Brain Damagehttps://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=281897488603503&set=a.276409779152274.64568.276395019153750&type=1&theater
Self-Released, Demo 2011
Second Demo from this band formed in 2008 in Italy, land of great musicians and Metal bands and Secretpath is not the exception.
This guys has a very strange style to play Metal, you can hear lots of influences on their music which makes them have a "kindda" unique sound. They are labeled as Melodic Black/Death Metal and there is no doubt they have some influences of the quoted styles but this is far away from have Black Metal influence.
The opening track "Essence of Chaos" starts with this acoustic intro which makes you think that the music will be at slow speed but its just the beginning of what comes. Guitar riffing its really complex and out of the ordinary because the most of riffs are a combination of tappings with some distorted acoustics which gives
this particular sound to the band. Sometimes to much tapping on the riffing can be a sword of double-blade.
Singer Paolo Ferrante tried to deliver varied and different type of vocals along the songs, a mix between Guttural, Gothic, Opera (which reminds a lot of Snowy Shaw style) and Death which I consider a nice combo but not at all, I always have thought that Metal and Operistic, Tenor or Soprano vocals is the worst combination, its another sword of double-blade.
The songs "In Praecipiti Esse" and "I'm Your Guide" are the perfect example of what and excellent drumming its about, Francesco Borrelli shows his capacity with this really tight drumming, he is nothing but a beast on Drums, I think he could (and should) play a more extreme style without any problem.
The production its really good and its very far from the Demo sound, Secretpath needs to work more to develope their style and to focus on what kind of Metal they want to play. When you mix to many styles its not the best way to go, I may sound repetitive but its a sword of double-blade, you love it or you hate it.
The band image its a spot that every "serious" band needs to handle with care too, so, keep that in mind guys If you want to surf into the seas of Metal.
Great second demo of Secretpath no doubt, Im looking foward to listen their full lenght album.
Points: 4 of 5