Ataraxie
The Other Path


3.5
great

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
November 19th, 2008 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Other Path is a study of how Ataraxie found their identity.

Even though Ataraxie’s recent album Anhedonie was largely a disappointment after their groundbreaking 2005 debut Slow Transcending Agony, it was good in the fact that it gave me more reason to put on The Other Path. The Other Path is officially a demo, but at seven songs (8 on the reissue) and forty five minutes, the band is really pushing the term ‘demo’. The Other Path shows an earlier form of Ataraxie, a slightly naïve form perhaps, one which is still oblivious to the horrific and agonizing end of the world that funeral doom preaches. Essentially, the style utilized by the band is death/doom, but certain elements that would later be expanded upon are here in their primordial structure. If I were to draw a comparison off the top of my head, Autopsy’s Mental Funeral definitely fits in place, with the condition that as Mental Funeral is death metal with a thick and crusty doom feel, The Other Path is a doom album coupled with the energy and brutality of death metal.

Much in the same vein as Slow Transcending Agony, Ataraxie make sure to give a very emotional performance with The Other Path. However, instead of the crushing aspect that came to light on their next release, the album maintains a strong sense of melody throughout its length; in a way it’s reminiscent of Garden of Shadows’ brand of melodic death as seen on Oracle Moon, albeit slightly more doom focused. The eponymous track itself is the epitome of Ataraxie’s grasp over such a variety of different styles; starting off in a very typical death/doom fashion, the song builds into some heavy low end riffing that’ll make you punch your friends in the face, before moving onto a beautiful harmonized melody which fluidly works its way into a very tasteful display on a church organ. The rest of the songs are all varied in similar ways; weaving in and out of a plethora of moods and styles, the assortment of influences keep The Other Path from becoming stagnant and unappealing.

As seen on pretty much any Ataraxie work, vocalist/bassist Jonathan Thery leads and shapes the songs significantly with his vocals. From gutturals so deep you’ll shit your pants, to gurgling shrieks taken straight out of the darkest pits of black metal, Thery easily matches the musical diversity found on The Other Path with his voice. What is most interesting about The Other Path is how it shows the band in a stage where they were yet to completely decide which path they had to take. The demo encompasses a variety of styles, all of which were possible paths the band could have followed, and as we know from Slow Transcending Agony, Ataraxie did indeed follow the ‘other’ path; not only making a funeral doom album that distinguishes itself from all others belonging to the genre, but making an incredible piece of music that sticks out like a sore thumb from the general levels of mediocrity one finds in music these days. The Other Path is a precursor to this greatness; it is a great listen in its own right, but the worth one can attribute to it is infinitely higher taken in context to the band’s later releases.



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rasputin
November 19th 2008


14546 Comments


Review is rather short and undetailed, and I wanted to explore the whole 'other path' thing a lot more, but it's late and I really needed to just get this out.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 19th 2008


16410 Comments


"Slow Transcending Agony" is immense. Good review, I'll put this on my list considering I already know how good this band is capable of being.

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rasputin
November 19th 2008


14546 Comments


yeah if you liked STA you could probably appreciate this. it's rather different though, if you hadn't already gathered that from the review.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 19th 2008


16410 Comments


Change is usually good, though, especially for a band who can actually pull it off.

rasputin
November 19th 2008


14546 Comments


well yeah, they definitely changed for the better with STA, but this is still pretyt cool.

fireaboveicebelow
November 19th 2008


6837 Comments


this looks pretty cool, I'll be getting this soon

Essence
November 19th 2008


3585 Comments


Like the summer sunshine, Your sweetness over me

Willie
Moderator
November 19th 2008


16019 Comments


I don't think I've ever heard these guys. So, STA is the place to start than? Nice review, too.

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rasputin
November 19th 2008


14546 Comments


. So, STA is the place to start than?

yeah man, you definitely need to hear it.
review is bland, rating isnt high enough. im very tempted to give you a neg, you australian version of a spic

ohok ill just go kill myself now or something

SKUDstorm
November 19th 2008


136 Comments


review is bland, rating isnt high enough. im very tempted to give you a neg, you australian version of a spic

ITT eliminator alt accnt

charlesfishowitz
November 19th 2008


1794 Comments


good review. whys your rating different though?

rasputin
November 19th 2008


14546 Comments



ITT eliminator alt accnt

that's not elim

good review. whys your rating different though?

a bit of objectivity, so to speak. the album is good and i love it, but 3.5 is more fittingThis Message Edited On 11.19.08

rasputin
November 19th 2008


14546 Comments


also, i dare negger to show his face

Pebster49
November 20th 2008


2992 Comments


Nice review, I have both these albums on my computer but I really have yet to really listen to it because Mourning Beloveth is hogging my funeral doom addiction right now

rasputin
November 20th 2008


14546 Comments


While you get props for digging Mourning Beloveth, it'd do you well to get onto both Ataraxie albums as soon as possible.

Wizard
November 20th 2008


19443 Comments


Much in the same vein as Slow Transcending Agony,


Bought. I'm loving STA at the moment. Excellence as always. My boss is always telling to me to master any program I'm working on with my new job. You sir, are the master of short reviews!This Message Edited On 11.20.08

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rasputin
November 20th 2008


14546 Comments


Thanks man, it's appreciated. I'm glad you're enjoying Slow Transcending Agony, it's one of my favourite albums.



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