Review from Forgotten Path Magazine

June 17, 2013
From: Forgotten Path Magazine; Issue 5 
Published: November 2013
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It seems that the debut album of Silent Path tries to continue the traditions, which have been started by “Filosofem” of Burzum and it is typical to the underground Black Metal of the Middle East (for instance, we can remember Animus or Avinar and so on). We hear the music here, which is being performed in a very slow and repetitive way, having almost whispering vocals because of pain and despair. Something that we could call Metal is heard just sometimes, often in climatic places and most of the sounds remind us of Ambient more than Metal, I mean those guitars and interludes of nature. Indeed, if we call Ambient/Black Metal such bands as Paysage d’Hiver, then this music should be called as Ambient with some poor Black Metal nuances. The situation is very similar to mentioned Burzum’s work.
The music distinguishes itself with quite huge mesmerism though it is strongly monotonous and sometimes even pisses me off. If the most of Atmospheric/Black Metal bands can’t create a particular mood, which wouldn’t be chopped off by heavy riffs and would affect the listener by fragments, then here everything is vice versa - almost every song extends over primitively and this is the way how an ongoing image of a desperate melancholic human is being maintained. Of course there are some songs which are not really lengthy, but that musical thread makes the CD very predictable; after listening to the first song you already know what is going to be next. But it is not a disadvantage in any way. Exactly that genuine frustration is so rare in such music nowadays and often it follows behind the miscellaneous sophisticated variations and techniques and in this case it is expressed in such a simple and continuous way that I even have nothing to add on. From the very beginning a desire to talk about exaggerated simplicity and lack of originality completely disappears in the second part, when you dive into Zen and plainly repetitive consonances of sounds. In the end, it’s quite a good CD for the listeners of such bands as Death Aura, Xasthur, Austere, Lyrinx or Elysian Blaze. 

Rating: 7.5/10
Reviewed by: Bloodie


Review from Melting Album Reviews

May 13, 2013
From: Melting Album Reviews
May 13, 2013
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Emotion is incredibly hard to convey; what we feel inside is intense and sometimes hard to express, even to someone that we trust. There is this nagging feeling that anything said is inadequate and invalidates the emotion that is churning inside of us because it’s simply not enough. Whether it be positive or negative, it can be incredibly debilitating and frustrating to try to convey these feelings. Silent Path have created an a...

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Review from Necomance Webzine

March 29, 2013
From: Necromance Webzine
Published: March 27, 2013
*Google translation of Spanish review
The truth is that there are few reviews I've done of bands coming from Iran, and this is one of them, this is the SILENT PATH and back albumsm "Mourner Portraits" , released through Hypnotic Dirge Records brings us almost 53 minutes of cutting depressive black metalsimilar to what we have offered bands like Burzum , early My Dying Bride , Morgh and Nortt. 's compositions SILENT PATH is characte...

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Review from Pitchline 'zine

March 19, 2013
From: Pitchline Webzine
Published: March 15, 2013
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*Google translation of Spanish review

Acedia - Greek avkhdi - as psychological pathology or deadly sin, understood by the Catholic cosmology, representing a total unrest and unease at both the material and spiritual of the sufferer. The total absence of the great void and will go on to become the only eco ecstatic soul. Only a few courageous beings are capable of lancing chains and squeeze these nihilistic disdain and complex emotion...
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Review from Alarm666 Webzine

February 14, 2013
From: Alarm666 Webzine
Published: February 13, 2012
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*Google translation of Danish review

When talking about metal bands from Iran, it is not exactly musical projects as Silent Path that first pops up in mind. The band, which is a one-man project makes in ambient doom metal with a large dose of black metal atmosphere about it. The result is a fairly interesting but also rather special release out.

From the beginning, you get the depressing hearing steaks, and the atmospheric melanchol...

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Review from Burning Black Webzine

January 17, 2013
From: Burning Black Webzine
Published: January 16, 2013
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*Google translation of Spanish review

"Mourner Portraits" is the debut album of this Irani one man Black Metal band formed by Count De Efrit only ... As you probably expected, judging by the name of the band and title of this album, Silent Path plays Depressive Black Metal, not the ultra-bitter and anguished kind of DBM, but an introspective, atmospheric and relaxing form of obscurely Black Metal, where ghostly atmospheres crea...
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Review from Sonic Abuse

November 25, 2012
From: Sonic Abuse
Published: November 25, 2012
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Silent Path is the name taken by Saman N. (also known as Count De Efrit) for his solo work. Hailing from Iran, Saman takes his cues on this release from the icy, crystalline riffs of black metal and the dank atmosphere of doom.  ‘Mourner Portraits’ has had a long and painful gestation, the album originally having been written and recorded in 2009, with label problems leading to the record not actually being released despite having ...

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Review from Miasma Magazine

November 5, 2012
From: Miasma Magazine
Published: November 5, 2012
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*Google translation of Finnish review

Islamic countries are known to have been quite strict in terms of cultural liberty or death threats towards artists have always just sananhelinää. Iranian Nu same alias Count De Efrit has been working on this debut album, despite a one-man black metal project they are involved Silent Pathille. The band is not the lord of the first, nor the nationality of not even in this case, the music of no i...

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Review from Ave Noctum

November 4, 2012
From: Ave Noctum
Published: November 2, 2012
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Iran, not the sort of place you would expect to find a black metal band hailing from is it? Looking on Metal Archives out of interest I see that Iran has 47 bands listed. To be honest even with a handful of those having split up that is still more than I expected. Can this be topped? How about S. Korea; 187 bands, Afghanistan does not even have an entry but that is still not really surprising. I guess Iran would definitely be in the top ...

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Review from Metal Delirium

November 4, 2012
From: Metal Delirium
Published: November 1, 2012
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Silent Path is a one man metal project. More to the point, a one man black metal project. Those make me nervous. One man metal projects of any kind tend to be the result of one person having so many “great” ideas that they just have to get them out. Some are great, but in a lot of cases the ideas fall short of actual musical ability(see Satanic Tony and Wintercold ). 

Silent Path falls somewhere in the middle. There is a lot of po...

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Released: July 21, 2012
500 Copies
Depressive Black Metal/Funeral Doom