“Paths of Glory”, a self-described rock/alternative/metal genre band headlined Seattle’s 2 Bit Saloon on Friday Aug. 30, 2013.
The eclectic mixture of different genres of music within each song of the live music by “Paths of Glory” [POG] was an interesting listen and started with a bang.
The band members are: James Francis, Norman Scott, and newcomer, Frankie Grausam. Progressive metal undertones were laden in a couple songs.
The drummer, Norman Scott, kept the band together with a lot of eye contact to Frankie Grausam whenever she glanced at him for reassurance; it appeared by their body language that Norman was keeping it together in their live music performance.
Friday night was Frankie’s first time playing live with “POG”. Kudos to Frankie as it was a thinned out crowd and she kept her energy up, nerves and all.
Who really shined Friday night was James. He sang like he meant it and held the remainder of the audience captive with their live music. Those who left early missed out on raw talent with this rock/metal band.
On the other hand, what “POG” had to work with in terms of the size of the stage and moving around in was limited. James tapped the cymbals with his right hand a couple times by accident in the tight space while taking a step back to kill it on his guitar.
After the first three songs, the energy faded a bit from Frankie. However, she revved it up again with the last couple songs of their set. The crafty lyrics were a breath of fresh air, and James belted them out strong, understandable, and meaningful.
In contrast to the live music performance Friday night, the CD, “Paths of Glory” Always On Fire has a tight sound with a connected band. The members on the CD are the same with the exception of Carlos Salazar on bass. It has a great quality; believability. If you need that extra boost of rock/metal energy this is your CD.
“Paths of Glory” album, Always On Fire was produced and mixed by James Francis, and Chris Hanson, © 2010. Rock/metal fans should give a listen this CD and will be swept away in rock/metal bliss. Always On Fire is available on iTunes worldwide, Amazon and Zune.
Final verdict: “Paths Of Glory” killed it. A larger stage that wouldn’t be so confining to them, as well as a bit more practice for the talented newcomer will send this band soaring. They are almost there. Take the time to check them out at their next performance.
The CD, Always On Fire, will be listened to again and again. It’s original, creative, sparked with passion, and has songs you’ll find yourself humming soon after you listen to it.