Sawyer Path, hailing from Montreal Canada, released their 3rd album on April 13th, 2018. This full length record called, Toxic Temptation is accompanied by a video for the song “Blind”. which is the third track of the nine total. This song is about a toxic relationship that is difficult to get out of. The title of this compilation gives us insight into the overall theme for many of the songs. The band says that “This album is about rising up, finding your way and letting go of all the toxic temptations holding you back.”
This new release is an evolution in sound from their original beginnings in 2009. This can be attributed in large part due to line up changes which transitioned the band more towards alt metal rather than the early punk roots of founding members. Today you will hear heavy grooves and melodic guitars from Sean Mackay – Vocals, Olivier L’Heureux – Guitars, Olivier Veilleux – Guitars, Alex Samson – Bass, and Pierre “Pete” Richard on Drums. The band cites influences of Papa Roach and Bullet for my Valentine which were prevalent in the 90’s as part of their youth.
Toxic Temptation track four, “Through the Lies”, and track six, “Crawl”, are examples of songs that stick out due to their combination of melody and angry screams punctuating the messages of change and taking control. The final three songs on the album which includes the title track “Toxic Temptation” build up the frenzy of emotion showing their powerful guitar licks and double drum kicks. This album is cathartic and should be listened to as part of any repertoire of those trying to break free of demons and self-doubt.