Mike's drums kick-start a kinetic joyride of wild motion. The headlong rush, "Shadows of Giants," utilizes Skott's intricate guitar webs weaving delicate spidery patterns behind Andrew's slithery bass and insinuatingly seductive vocals, the harmonies of which trail up and disappear at the end of each line like wisps of smoke. Andrew, Skott and Mike began playing together three years ago so their ascent to the top of their creative powers is nothing short of amazing. Energetic, atmospheric, aggressive, organic, sophisticated, cynical, dark, edgy and intense, yet still melodic and accessible, you could call Path Aesthetic alt-prog. The dichotomy between "Little Window"'s inherent heaviness and it's technical highly enigmatic elusiveness (think Pink Floyd on uppers) is it's strength. Building it's trap to ensnare the ear with it's soulful catchiness, the song shifts incessantly between heavy and progressive, actually containing an evocative whistling-in-the-dark passage to calm the fear...and an acoustic guitar solo in the midst of the metal. Defying easy categorization of a time signature, "So Good Seeing You" is deliciously complex, the most out-there of all five. You could call it psychedelic Stoner Rock if singer/songwriter/bassist/keyboardist Andrew wasn't working on his 8th year drug & alcohol free. As it is, though, it's forceful as hell, almost puzzling, as if daring the listener to repeat the experience, then rewarding the listener with unheard detail upon repeated exposure. Guitarist Skott positively shines on this one. "Perfect Gentleman" is Hendrixian with a ripping vocal, and an almost Brit-Rock appeal in these three Pennsylvanians from the Lehigh Valley. It drones, bubbles and entices with it's mathematic complexity, culminating in a free-for-all band solo-all three instruments-bass, drum and guitar-wildly exhibiting their collective latent talent for improvisation...like Cream back in the day...three simultaneously combusting solos...each in it's own orbit...yet somehow miraculously grooving together...like a Texas twister growing in spiraling strength. This incendiary debut EP ends with the perfectly titled, "What Next?." Mike rides the hi-hat with rat-a-tat-tat precision befitting that of a jazz ensemble. It's easily the most avant-garde of the five, Skott floating betwixt crash chording, creative feedback and alluring mysterioso improv. There's no telling what the future may bring for these three supremely talented musicians. Yeah, they're on the Path Aesthetic alright, but will it be enough to seduce the corporate suits of what has become in recent years an ugly business? Will pure talent win out in the end? Stay tuned. - Mike Greenblatt Editor Metal Maniacs.
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