Paths are a band from Victoria B.C, Canada that plays a Scandinavian inspired form of black metal and this is a review of their 2018 album "In Lands Thought Lost" which will be released in September by Bindrune Recordings.
Acoustic guitar playing starts off the album before going into a very fast and raw musical direction which also utilizes a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats while the vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams along with the guitar leads being done in a very melodic style.
All of the tracks are very long and epic in length while the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with the music also getting very atmospheric at times as well as all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them and the riffs also utilize a great amount of melody and as the album progresses clean playing, melodic chants, synths and psychedelic elements are added onto the recording.
Paths plays a musical style that takes the cascadian atmospheric style of black metal and mixes it with the raw energy of the Scandinavian approach to the genre, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover society, struggles, spirituality and nature themes.
In my opinion Paths are a very great sounding atmospheric black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "To Brave The Storm" and "South Ever South". 8 out of 10.