As soon as Through The Dusty Paths Of Our Lives begins you're greeted to a short instrumental (“Alpha) that leads into the first track “Neptune of Sorrow.” It has this eerie and dark feel to it, as if Alice in Chains wrote it. The songs bring me back to my grunge loving days of the early to mid 90's. As the album progresses it becomes quite obvious that the band's decision to change from a “rock” band (then known as Alcohsonic) to a more harder and edgier stoner rock band was a good decision. Nothing against their old material but the newer stuff and the new identity, has certainly done them good. The album is like a roller coaster. One moment your slowly going to the top then you hit the top and it's a fast ride down into the loop then up another hill. It's the difference between songs, the fact that no two songs are alike, each has its own personality, and the range at which each note is played really sets this one apart from the rest. One minutes your rocking out to (and probably trashing whatever room you're in) to “Big Black Cloud” then the next minute you're tripping away to “The Maze.” Even the song “Oceans on Sand,” as slow and mellow as it is, has a bit of mystique about it.
Through The Dusty Paths Of Our Lives is huge. It's massive. It's exploding in sound. The album is long too clocking in at 70 minutes. It's a lot of music to take in but once you're sucked in, you're in for the long haul. Small Stone has had some huge releases this year, and is promising more later. Through The Dusty Paths Of Our Lives is certainly going to stand out among them. Listen to “Neptune of Sorrow” below and grab the CD from Small Stone Records.