PATH OF MIGHT: Hallowed Gate Style: CD

Woah. Heavy. In the line of Iron Lung, but then they’ll throw in a really melodic breakdown à la Metallica and Black Sabbath. I assumed they were a Japanese band. Their cover has Japanese writing with Asian-influenced art on the front and back cover, an album awkwardly titled Hallowed Gate Style, songs like “Tea and Oranges” and “Chapels to the West,” and have a koto-like meditative ballad at the end of “Locust Fuge,” but—low and behold—they’re from St. Louis… go figure. Not sure what that angle means stylistically—fetish/appropriation or none of the above. Their music is both lead-heavy yet honeyed at the same time. Not a bad listen. –Camylle Reynolds (Encapsulated, encapsulatedrecords.com)