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RockmusisRaider seems to be on the Power Metal train these days. It always amazes me that Cyprus seems to have this ability to churn out metal bands that keep on getting on my radar. Arrayan Path is one of them and with their 2013 and 4th full-length record IV: Stigmata they have created another metal laden delight that should for sure retain your attention.
I just did a review on Unleash The Archers, which pissed me off to no end. Reason being that these guys endlessly rehash the same already badly executed concept. Not realizing it does not work, like beating a dead horse all over again. In contrast, Arrayan Path boast a pretty simple, but crystal clear and precise approach to Power Metal. And it is skillfully and thoughtfully done. Methinks that they are detaching themselves somewhat from underneath the vile mainstream and reach their own territory. Yet they don’t do this lightly: From song writing to lyrics, they almost put scholarly attention behind details and it shows.
A lot of the power and quality goes to Nicolas Leptos, the lead of this outfit. His very gummy-flexible vocal powers perfectly lend themselves to their style overall. And this goes from belting them lyrics at a very high reach to melodious interludes in some of the ballads. [...]