There are times when I find gothic metal a joy to
listen to. The uplifting melancholy beauty of Type O Negative, the soaring
metal darkness of Tristania and The Sins of Thy Beloved, or the shadowy,
sexy grooves of Moonspell. Officium Triste, on the other hand, are a pile
of shit that I would wish to forget as soon as may be.
Steeped in goth cliché at every turn, The
Pathway offers little in the way of atmosphere, and nothing in the
way of memorable tunes. This Dutch mob manage to make the music (paying
special attention to the vocals) so mundane, it's almost painful. Not
the worst effort I've come across, but as there isn't a single track that
earns a positive comment (believe me, I've tried). The Pathway
is something of a disaster. But to look on the bright side, it can only
get better. At least, I hope so...