"Tides of War" is the disc of heavy / power metal that makes you forget all heavy / power metal discs edited recently.
"...one of the most compelling albums of heavy / power metal in recent months."
— Misantropia Extrema
"...I would like to recommend these Germans to any lovers of traditional Metal music. I guess that the fans of ICED EARTH would like them the most but also the fans of traditional school would be indeed pleased by SACRED GATE."
“Great record from the German heavy metal underground.”
"...generally an album that has no flaws and moments that the listener's interest is reduced. I had my doubts about how much they would reach the excellent result achieved in their debut "When eternity ends", but with "Tides of war" they raise the bar even further ...
Rock Hard Greece
“The whole disc is full of excitement and ends with the 13 minute epic "The Battle of Thermopylae" which is as if sprung from the "Seventh son of the Seventh Son" album ... Ultimately it is a unique album which violently invades my personal favorite -Best of 20- of this year and should concern all lovers of good Heavy Metal.”
“100% Pure Heavy / Power Metal, perfectly composed, played, sung, and with good sound and production. Being more than enough and worthy to enjoy and recognize their worth.”
— The Sentinel
“This is pure, well-played Heavy Metal with a good production, executed in an ear-pleasing and entertaining way.
THE METAL CRYPT
“Sacred Gate zählen mit ihrem neuen Output definitiv zur Oberliga der Szene.”
“I've just heard a fantastic album by a band which clearly continues to grow. From what I’ve just experienced myself, the whole band has seriously moved ahead, improving in all regards. Thanks to the great musical skills and the song structures, Sacred Gate is one of my favourite Heavy Metal acts at the moment. In the last years, we have been flooded by Euro Power Metal acts but – thank God – Sacred Gate has absolutely nothing to do with that. They hoist the flag of Traditional Heavy/Power Metal up high and I salute them for that.”
— METAL TO INFINITY
“Tides Of War is a great heavy metal album which touches the traditional values of this art of music, while it sounds modern and fresh, a combination that can lead Sacred Gate to stand out from the current multitude of bands, this album is highly recommended to every friend of power / epic sound and generally anyone who does not need explanations when he hears the term heavy metal.”
— METAL ZONE
“SACRED GATE wrote something proud, victorious, partly anthem like, and somewhat diverse. “Tides Of War” has its way with catchy phrases, melodies and tunes, it is its main power source, I am positive that fans of melodic Metal will lunch this one, it sure satisfied my craving for a piece of class.”
"Iron Maiden hasn’t written an album like this in over 20 years"
— THE METAL ARCHIVES
““When Eternity Ends“ brings on the ultimate beauty of Heavy Metal music.”
— METAL TO INFINITY
“…I bet you love the trademark twin-guitar work of Mr. Smith and Mr. Murray, the epic and sinfully catchy songwriting of Mr. Schaffer and all the other nice and cool things that we all love in Heavy Metal, don't you? Some melody, some nice hooks, catchy choruses and enough aggression form the basic recipe for what hooked us on Metal music. That's what these five Germans are able to offer us on When Eternity Ends.”
— THE METAL CRYPT