Last year, we told you to listen to Path of Might not once but twice. They had this heaviness about them that’s rare even within their stoner/sludge sub-genres; both releases were chock full of riffs and sheer awesomeness. Well, rejoice! Path of Might are back/still around and this time, they have a full release for us! Hallowed Gate Style sees the band preserve much of their chunkiness and dominant tones but lean much more heavily on their desert rock, Witchcraft influenced roots. The first released track, “Mega Magicka”, is a perfect example of this newfangled direction for the band. Head on over down below to check it out!
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The track’s opening riff tells you a lot of what you need to know about the track and the album in general. It still has that Path of Might punch, seeing as the bass is turned up to eleven, but both it and the immediately present vocals really, really shout out Witchcraft’s name. It’s like a meatier version of their classic stoner rock, a modern take on smoke and fuzz. The entire album is like that; while it’s less immediately crushing than their first release, you’d be wrong to think it’s any less powerful. There’s something immediately convincing about Path of Might’s approach on this one, “Mega Magicka” and Hallowed Gate Style at the same time.
Look also to the middle passage for those desert rock sounds we mentioned above and a more progressive segment. This part is more alike to a spaced out Elder, leads playing above agile bass and drums, creating a reverb laden ambience that serves brilliantly as a center piece. If this track doesn’t get you hyped for this release, I don’t know what will. Head on over to Encapsulate Records, who are releasing this little beauty on November 7th, to pre-order it. Time to walk the path again, friends. It’s the only path you know.