Chuck Schuldiner Project

Friday, January 26, 2018

Owl Maker - Paths Of The Slain


Straight from the voids of Connecticut comes Owl Maker, a metal band with spunk, moxie, a hard rocking sense of purpose. There is something strangely addictive about Owl Maker and what they bring to the table with their debut offering Paths Of The Slain. This is a band who understand the inherent fun of rock and roll and deliver it with a sense of grace and style. For a hyped up heavy metal dweeb like me it's hard not to be mesmerized by the grand creation laid out here, in all of its triumphant six tracks.

Of course this is still a debut release, the production isn't as full as I might like. The songwriting, while usually fairly punchy, doesn't always feel super developed. It's a huge part of what makes this particular offering so fascinating. These guys understand the magic and triumph that heavy metal can have and there is something strangely addictive about even their corniest moments. Each member is individually so talented and they are just starting to really bring everything together. It turns them into a band who aren't just rock and rollers. They are gods in the making. But with an emphasis on 'in the making'. I'm curious to see how these guys develop with more time spent in the studio and stronger production, because the potential is delicious. 

Paths Of The Slain is the sort of record that heavy metal bands use as the jumping off point for triumphant careers. It shows us the inherent musicality of the group, their raw talent and why so many people in their local scene have dug so deeply into them. Then they bring in layers of rich orchestrations and potent songwriting, never daring to overstay each songs welcome but instead There is something undeniably fun about the huge choruses, shreddy solos and tight riffs. If you're looking for metal - you've come to the right place. 

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