5 out of 5 Stars!
For anyone who enjoys Symphony X (especially the V album), then this album is geared for you. The musicianship on The Pathway is terrific, the songwriting is top-notch, and the vocals are powerful, gruff in the appropriate places and mellow where required. The music is complicated yet melodic, highly orchestrated, and covers a wide variety of moods. There’s not a filler track in the bunch, and the production shines!
It’s almost hard to believe that this is only Anthriel’s debut full-length release, that’s how seasoned and professional this Finnish band sounds. I can’t wait to see what these guys come up with in the future, and if the new material is half as good as what appears on this release, then the long delay between albums will have been worth the wait.