Fifth Element



by FictionalFlames USER (64 Reviews)
December 5th, 2012 | 9 replies

Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: After a debut that comes very close to the edge of being a ground breaking album for the symphonic power metal realm, we see Pathfinder strike back in 2012 with an even stronger effort.

Before I get started with this review, I have to stress the fact that Pathfinder is practically a Rhapsody (of Fire) rip off – but the execution of different characteristics within their music, and overall general performance, actually makes up for their lack of innovation in the power metal genre. Having said that, this doesn’t mean that you should write them off so quickly. Instead, Fifth Element, or even their debut are still exciting albums, that captivate the listener with epic fantasy based themes. However, the nature of the beast that lies within the band is solely to have fun. And that’s what Fifth Element, and Pathfinder are all about – cheesy, fantasy that’s solely meant for fun.

Basically, Fifth Element is a follow up to its predecessor. However, there isn’t genre defying moments that show quality of improvement in the aspect of absurd creativity. Nevertheless, there is improvement. The kinds of improvement that fans or observers witness before a band outdo themselves and create a potential classic within their subgenre of playing style; the kind of classic that they can live off for years. Compared to their debut, Fifth Element starts to shift gears melodically away from orchestration to rely on more melodic input form Karol Mania and Gunsen on guitars. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t tasteful symphonic/orchestration moments. But Karol and Gunsen don’t stop there. They show a more balanced approach to limited melodic moments, to full blown out solos in practically every song. However, the balance of their playing doesn’t isolate the other band mates, and focus on them and only them per se. But if we do compare Beyond the Space, Beyond the Time and Fifth Element we do see improvement from Karol and Gunsen. So they deserve the improvement award without a doubt.

Ultimately, what makes the Fifth Element so great is the balance of power. The album presents a combination of well-executed guitars, electronic keyboard solos, orchestrations, and the ever evolving vocal trends that are portrayed by their ever-so talented singer, Szymon Kostro. I hate to do this, but I personally have to stress the claim that Szymon is an extremely talented singer. From raspy screams, to mid-range singing that can possibly jump to a Geddy Lee pitch anytime is quite impressive and enjoyable by maintaining interest throughout the album for the listener.

In Conclusion, the Fifth Element is a significant step forward in the right direction for these happy-go-lucky Polish power metallers. And despite any criticism of Pathfinder being a Rhapsody (of Fire) rip off, is blatantly false. Especially when we consider their age, their current maturing sound, and their already developed signature sound of the “beauty-and-the beast” vocal style. At the end of the day, the balance of power that was incorporated by everyone’s input is what makes this album great.

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December 5th 2012


Album Rating: 4.0

Top 30 in my list for 2012.

Tell me if I need to revise something.

December 5th 2012


Nice descriptions in there gives a good sense of the music but some phrases seem a bit off.


"actually makes up their lack of innovation"
actually makes up for their lack of innovation

"Having that said, that doesn’t mean that"
Having said that, it/this doesn’t mean that

December 5th 2012


Album Rating: 4.0

cool, this needed a review. this is definitely making it in my year end list.

December 5th 2012


Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks guys, and thank you menawati will fix immediately.

December 5th 2012


I found this rather boring compared the previous release

December 6th 2012


Album Rating: 4.0

Captain it's extremely cheesy man, don't know if you might like it or not, but if you like Rhapsody then go for it.

August 11th 2013


Album Rating: 3.5

my jam

December 30th 2015


man this album rules. 16 votes and 1 page slacking

May 30th 2016


Album Rating: 2.5

It's cool, but there's too much stuff going on at the same time, Beyond the Space has much more songwriting.

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