Release Day Roundup – 11/10/17

Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open the floodgates and unleash a seemingly endless stream of quality new music. But while some of our Editors and Contributors sit down gleefully each week to dive into this newly stocked treasure trove, others find themselves drawing a blank at the end of the month due to the breakneck pace needed to keep up to date with what’s been released. Which brings us to this Heavy Blog PSA: a weekly roundup of new albums which pares down the the week’s releases to only our highest recommendations. Here you’ll find full album/single streams, pre-order links and, most importantly, a collection of albums that could very well earn a spot on your year end list. Enjoy!

Path of Might – Hallowed Gate Style

Path of Might can serve as an excellent example of the blending between light and heavy; this St. Louis based band first made its appearance on Heavy Blog on the merit of their insanely thick riffs, high octane composition and overall blistering aggression. However, their most recent, Hallowed Gate Style, is a clever departure from all of this. We say “clever” because it’s not a clean break; some of the main sensibilities of the band’s original sound have been maintained, creating a heavy and muscular take on progressive stoner metal/rock.

Tread The Path of Might Once Again With Chapels To the West

A while ago, we told you to listen to Path of Might. Let me refresh your memory: the riffs are insane. The vocals are all raspy glory. The drums are mountains collapsing. The name of the game is stoner metal and good one at that, perhaps some of the best we’ve heard in a while. Near the end of that post, we mentioned that, unlike their sister band White Fire, they were very much alive and that more material was coming. Well, lo and behold! As this editor rose from his slumber an email was waiting from Bandcamp: “Path of Might just released Chapels to the West [EP], check it out here”. Of course, being the Internet Metal Nerd that I am, I complied immediately and boy, was I pleased.