Arrayan Path – Thus Always to Tyrants (2022) – Review

Listen on Apple Music
RockmusicRaider - Spotify Logo
Arrayan Path - Thus Only To Tyrants - Album Cover

2022 was a pretty proliferate year for Power Metal. A remarkable number of records made it onto our review roster, some with pretty excellent fare, others – well – didn’t quite convince.

So, into this lusty fray, Arrayan Path decided to add yet another of their records. The RMR review committee actually vowed to abandon the quest to wring some sense out of this band’s musings. You know, those Power Metal folks from Cyprus that will drive Kiske to tears with their cheese-dripping fare.

Now, the 2020 piece The Marble Gates to Apeiron didn’t quite impress us1)[...] Click to raid more!

Arrayan Path – The Marble Gates to Apeiron (2020) – Review

Listen on Apple Music
RockmusicRaider - Spotify Logo
RockmusicRaider - Arrayan Path - The Marble Gates to Apeiron - Music Reviews

Surprise reigned supreme at the RMR office suite when we discovered all those pretty sturdy bands that roam the limited reaches of the island of Cyprus. Lots of Power Metal, Thrash, and some genuine Punk Rock already crossed our hawse over the years. And that’s pretty wild. All that makes me wanna go visit there and mingle with the metal crowd a bit. But – alas – I can’t these days.

Arrayan Path1) suffered our scrutiny for some time now. The band, led by the Leptos brothers, that churns out these spiffy refrains just fascinates us. And still … [...] Click to raid more!

Arrayan Path – Dawn of Aquarius (2017) – Review

Listen on Apple Music
RockmusicRaider - Spotify Logo
RockmusicRaider Review - Arrayan Path - Dawn of Aquarius - Album Cover

Many a metal wizard is already active in the Power Metal arena, with many more trying to get a foothold in a very crowded genre. And this breeds uniformity, which – by definition – shuns progression and evolution to anything new.

Methinks, that the ‘typical’ sound and style now ingrained themselves into the minds of fans and pros alike. So much so, that a certain expectancy arose with the fan community as to how Power Metal ought to sound.

Known values are good for the soul, are they not?

So, to avoid swimming up mainstream creek without a paddle, bands … [...] Click to raid more!

Ghost Avenue – Impact (2017) – Review

Listen on Apple Music
RockmusicRaider - Spotify Logo
RockmusicRaider Review - Ghost Avenue - Impact - Album Cover

This sounds like a homecoming, folks. Good, soothing old Heavy Metal with no holds barred. The metal equivalent of motherhood, apple pie, and the flag. 

Listening to this sound gives you this warm, cozy feeling of past good times, doesn’t it? Well, maybe not, if you are not old enough to remember.

This latest offering of Ghost Avenue harkens back to the times when the ’80s were deliriously high on NWoBHM and all its bands. Many of them are still around, alive and kickin’ to this day. Well, then again not quite that many anymore, as we just saw a few important departures in 2016. 

This specific [...] Click to raid more!