Pathos & Logos: Laden with lots of ideas!

Pathos & Logos - Cult

Pathos & Logos is an instrumental progressive power duo with very nice shredding on the agenda. For guitarist Kyle Neeley and drummer Paul Christiansen, celebrating art as a system of spirituality and magick was a way of life long before they formed Pathos & Logos, the band opening up new avenues for exploring these themes. The track Novitiate,

The band`s last album is entitled Cult. In regards to the Tarot Card packaging (referred to as The Codex). The track Regnum,

Cult track-listing:

1. Initiation

2. Novitiate

3. Regnum

4. Ivdex

Pathos & Logos comments: «We devised this for several reasons…People are using their devices – phones, tablets, etc – to consume music much more than CDs, so The Codex is in part a response to that. It comes in a book format and also as individual cards. Each song on the album has a Tarot-like format that has Art on the front, the name of the song, and a brief statement at the bottom explaining the steps for participating in The Order (our term for like-minded individuals who are serious about art and find meaning from it – including, and hopefully, our art!); the back has QR codes that take the user either to a play-through video of the song, the merch or the tour dates portions of our website. Another reason why we decided to create it was just to do something new and creative that people haven’t seen before. This band, its music and its meaning are a long time coming for us, and we really want to do everything we can to make a mark».

Formed in Denver, Colorado in 2018, Pathos & Logos – featuring guitarist Kyle Neeley and drummer Paul Christiansen – had worked together in numerous acts previously, celebrating Art as a system of spirituality and Magick long before they created this band.

 Since the beginning, the instrumental progressive duo aimed to create complex and involving pieces, dropping their Pathos & Logos debut, Glory To The Order, in 2020, and now returning in 2022 with Cult – a far heavier release that still contains all the energetic peaks and valleys integral to their unique sound, but delving deeper into that which they are channeling.

«Cult’ is laden with lots of ideas», says Christiansen. «There’s a recurring melodic theme that appears throughout the recording, and it’s also our initial foray into working in some of our Magickal concepts. The Magickal/spirituality work that we do is also recorded in books that we make. One of them, ‘The Sanctum Innan’, has a section with sigils [symbols considered to have magical power] that we created, which we then assigned specific rhythms to. By incorporating these rhythms into the songs, they’re vested with the energy of our intentions. Even the keys of the songs carry certain meanings and energy for us. It’s safe to say that ‘Cult’ has several layers of meaning for us, and that is absolutely by design».


About Ulf Backstrøm (7413 Articles)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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