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Pathfinder (PL) Beyond the Space, Beyond the Time
CD, data de aparición : 24 Agosto 2010 - Media Factory
Style: Symphonic power

NOTA : 17/20
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Tracklist
1. Deep into That Darkness Peering... 03:23
2. The Whisper of Ancient Rocks 05:53
3. Vita Reducta Through the Portal 01:00
4. Pathway to the Moon 06:52
5. All the Mornings of the World 05:04
6. The Demon Awakens 06:10
7. Undiscovered Dreams 05:00
8. The Lord of Wolves 06:40
9. Sons of Immortal Fire 05:12
10. Stardust 08:30
11. Dance of Flames 01:02
12. The Island of Immortal Fire 05:06
13. Beyond the Space, Beyond the Time 10:34
14. What If ... 01:27
Total playing time 1:11:53

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    darknessguide, Lunes 27 Septiembre 2010 habla de eso a tus amigos  
When it comes to the Polish scene, many fans inevitably nourish a genuine respect towards certain names like Vader, Behemoth, Decapitated, Hate, Vesania, Darzamat and many other extremists. Because Crystal Viper’s heavy metal strive is by no means match for the smashing artillery of their aggressive countrymen, the newcomers Pathfinder decided to join their contingent with a debut album which was more or less of a “blind shot in the dark”, to use their own words. Hardly did the band expect this shot-to-nothing to cause such a huge impact on the admirers of the neoclassical power metal, not to mention an eventual prognosis of “the debut of the year”. Nevertheless, if there’s a candidate out there worthy enough in order to raise its claims over all others for the top position in such a chart, that’s “Beyond the Space, Beyond the Time”. Beginner’s luck? Not even close. Because it’s an absolute bliss for the ears, sincerely open, detailed and professionally realized. And with a hell lot of Music.

The Magnificent Six is yet to bear the burden of comparisons, but for good or bad, they are inevitable here. Pathfinder may not be DragonForce, but the guitarists Gunsen and Mania often tend to aim for the light speed space jams of the fury Herman Li. They’re not Blind Guardian in order to pay tribute to their own favorite fantasy classics and shape them in flourishing, complex records. They’re not even the new Rhapsody of Fire yet (despite they want to be), but after a year or two we might just as well witness the logical successors of the Italian symphonic masters in their Polish colleagues. The first studio album consists of every representative of the exemplary power metal style which features lately started to fade away under the endless pressure of the ephemeral bands. And if you dislike melodies, coming straight from the heart, string-key attacks, majestic symphonies and orchestrations, or let’s say you’re just an anti-fan of the genre, do yourself a favor and don’t read this review further. The rest are certainly aware of what lays ahead – an imaginary flight away from any mortal bonds through a conceptual story situated in the band’s fabulous ideas, delivered via unique soundtrack following the example of the aforementioned grandeur formations.

If you think the works of Edgar Allan Poe can’t cope well enough with Beethoven’s music, film score themes from movies such as “The X Files” and ideas from “The Time Machine”, Pathfinder will show you how exactly wrong you are in about an hour or so. The story of the protagonist begins with slight “Pirates of the Caribbean”/ Irish elements from the introduction “Deep into that Darkness Peering…” with a clear soprano voice rising over a background of sublime symphonies before the real deal “The Whisper of Ancient Rocks” rushes in with a firm unison between keyboard and guitars. Ever since the very start it’s clear why the instrumentalists admire the master skills of Luca Turilli, to whose style they often look up for an inspiration. The Moonlight Sonata from the prelude gives way to “Pathway to the Moon” with a tremendous work by the guitarist Matias Kupiainen (Stratovarius). It’s namely there where the main character leaves his mortal body behind and the actual adventure finally sets on in his never-ending dreams, shaping the music around that sweet, steadfast neoclassical power metal for which we’re all ready to sell out both heart and soul. My personal champion, “All the Mornings of the World”, sets in with crystal clear melodies, moving lyrics and chorus, performed perfectly by Szymon Kostro in a way, reminding of the vocal lines from the last Dark Moor album. A merry-go-round of endlessly alternating guitars and orchestrations mark the evil spirit of “The Demon Awakens” and the striking ballad “Undiscovered Dreams” – a vocal duet with the soprano Agata, crowned with a sublime choral chorus and a violin, repeating the beautiful melody for one last time.
With the record advancing, the songs get longer and heavily charged, no matter if we’re speaking about “The Lord of Wolves”, the progressive digressions in “Sons of Immortal Fire” or the jewel “Stardust”, ferociously escalating with a lot of instrumental work, complex guitars and vocal interpretations based on a theme from Mark Snow’s infamous “extraterrestrial” soundtrack. “Dance of Flames” offers one last chance to get a breath of fresh air before “To the Island of Immortal Fire” and the 10-minutes long homonymous composition in which we can hear the voice of Roberto Tiranti (Labyrinth) and the cosmic keyboard of Bob Katsionis (Firewind). Just like the entire album, the song proudly bearing its name is being constantly diverted with long solos and outstanding vocals, chasing away every thought of monotony far away in advance. The time machine brings us back under the sound of the outro “What If…”, which links ideally to the introduction and embraces everything in a delicate, yet logical sequence – something more common for a high-class progressive album.

A flying debut start with an innovative level close to the freezing point, yet still worthy of the hopes and expectations of many people out there if they feel at least a bit open towards power metal. The uncompromising music in “Beyond the Space, Beyond the Time” doesn’t even leave a chance to wonder “what’s new here”, but we speak of a sub-genre, deprived of unused opportunities long time ago already. The scariest thing is that Pathfinder seem to have really found something more than just fiction between the pages of H. G. Wells’ novella, for there’s simply no other explanation of how 70 minutes full of music pass as if in one instant.




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    PowerMetalManiac, Miércoles 13 Febrero 2013 habla de eso a tus amigos  
Just no Limits!

If you are into power metal, you will know that there are tons of bands. If you want to be noticed, you have to bring some refreshing and new elements to the genre. Does Pathfinder have all that?

Answer: HELL YES!

First, let’s have a look at the statistics of the album. The regular version contains 14 tracks, and a massive playtime of almost 72 minutes! If you own the Japanese version it’s even longer, over 77 minutes. This was reason enough to have a closer look at the band.

When I first listened to the complete album, I was utterly speechless. I’ve been into symphonic/power metal for quite some time now and wasn’t expecting anything outstanding. Nothing that could impress me. But… surprise!!! This was a mind-blowing experience!

The album is orchestrated so massively, it sounds as though a full orchestra was recorded. Unbelievable but most of the instruments were arranged by Arkadiusz Ruth. Besides that, most tracks feature a great amount of typical high-speed drumming, and a lot of guitar solos. This may sound a bit overwhelming at first, but it all fits together perfectly. The job that was done on mixing and mastering this record is absolutely incredible.

Not only are the instruments great, the vocals are remarkable as well. There are many different styles of singing. This type of orchestration demands a choral sound and lead singer Szymon Kostro is doing an awesome job. There are so many extremely high pitched screams during this record, you’ll ask yourself how is this possible being a man? Shouting is no problem either. The female voice is also represented by a guest soprano. Especially during the ballad “Undiscovered Dreams” the combination of these voices produce a lot of goosebumps.

The composition and structure of the songs are very complex. If you use it for background music, you will miss a great deal. All in all, every fan of symphonic/power metal should listen to this record! It’s an outstanding masterpiece and will be stuck in your CD-player for a very long time!




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