"Demo 2002" (Self-produced)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Path is yet another unsigned act out of the American Midwest that seems ready to knock down some doors if they can get their act on the road and their sound out to the masses. Path's three-song demo showcases this band's sound as a crafty mix of classic and modern metal sounds.

The first track hints at Path's ability to groove along with a deft mix of death metal's relentless crunch and nu-metal's heavy breakdown approach. The second track sticks more closely to the death metal side of things by raging non-stop through its three-and-a-half minutes. The third track, by far the most interesting song on this demo, adds a little horror-tinged sound effects/keyboards along with a bevy of high-pitched Machine Head-like guitar droning - a tried and true sound for sure, but a neat trick nonetheless.

If a demo is designed to showcase a band's best material quickly and expertly then I think Path have crafted something that should attract the attention of labels, producers, and promoters everywhere.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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