Perdition Splits the Skies (Intolerant Messiah)
By: Jeb Branin
From their moniker you might think PATHOS is a doom band and the ethnic Romanian/gypsy flavored intro track will only add to that misconception. But as soon as track number two "Descent Into Aphelion" begins ripping the flesh from your skull, you'll realize that instead of having a BLACK SABBATH shrine in their rehearsal space, PATHOS is far more likely to have memorials to bands like ATHEIST, CANDIRIA, and various post-black metal units like MENTAL HOME. Their complex and technical interpretation of extreme music borrows equally from many genres of underground metal (death, grind, black, dark, etc) but without a doubt, they leave their own distinctive mark on the final product. Unlike many other bands trying to use a virtuoso's flair, PATHOS also manages to keep their music harsh and violent throughout "Perdition Splits the Skies." Their adventurous use of melody, density and intricacy does not impede their obvious desire to shred. I love it.
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