Definitely not what I expected from a slam band recommendation. Musical complexity on another level for the genre, combined with top notch production, and monstrous yet understandable vocals. These all combine to make this a must have in any extreme metal collection.
Pathways really just took everything I knew from them and liked and took it to a new level. The songwriting is incredible, with beautiful and technical leads carried on by crushing grooves. Both clean vocals and screaming are done incredibly well. This is how you use 8 string guitars. My only complaint is that I want more.