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THE GATES OF SLUMBER / Press

“While most of the newer bands in Metal are struggling to release something average after a couple of albums, THE GATES OF SLUMBER at their thirteenth year existence, after three demos, four EP’s, five full length albums and three split records, are able to release something that can easily turn into an all-time fan favorite. THE GATES OF SLUMBER is what is best in life next to crashing all enemies, seeing them driven before you and listening to the lamentation of their women…”

“I don't know a damned soul who drives a Scion, but I sure do know a lot of folks who've reaped the rewards of their completely bizarre heavy metal marketing scheme. Whatever the reason(s) behind their handshake with the Devil, we're all obviously pleased some crafty headbanger sneakily masked their Show No Mercy shirt beneath a nice button-down and snuck into Toyota HQ in order to convince the suits that "Generation Y" consumers include the sort of individuals most likely to airbrush a wizard onto the side of a van. Which brings us to another addition of "Six Thoughts On…" Follow the link to read the 'SIX THOUGHTS ON STORMCROW'”

“Imagine, if you will, walking through a deep, dark forest. The sky is black and the rain is falling so fast and hard the ground you are walking on has turned from mud to quicksand and every footstep is not only a challenge but almost an impossibility. The night is alive with sounds all around you and the feeling of the nocturnal predators watching you are quite evident. With every labored footstep and every painful inch you move the overarching feeling of dread and despair will not go away. While trying to navigate through this dank, foreboding forest the only thoughts that go through your mind is “will I make it to see the light of day again?” Maybe you will and maybe you won’t but you know that taking this trip has been as heavy and pounding as any you have ever taken before.”

“While I was away covering 70,000 Tons of Metal, Indiana doom kings The Gates of Slumber released the Stormcrow EP, which has been released as a free download by, you guessed it, Scion A/V. Consisting of five songs recorded with producer Sanford Parker, it’s doom metal like only Gates can do, dirge-like tunes that creep at a Sabbath-style gait, singer Karl Simon howling away mournfully. It’s been nearly two years since their excellent album The Wretch came out, so this is a very welcome release from the trio, made all the better by the fact that it’s free.”

“American doom trio THE GATES OF SLUMBER just released a brand new EP on free download through thee heavy and picky music provider Scion A/V. “Stormcrow” is their first record since “The Wretch” (released in 2011 on Rise Above Records). And because it’s free doesn’t mean it’s not valuable, Karl Simon and his colleagues give us five incredibly brilliant songs, which could be part of their best creations ever. If you don’t know The Gates Of Slumber yet, you’ll soon get that these three tough guys are without the shadow of a doubt the worthy heirs of the great American doom family.”

“So. Doom fans should be assured that The Gates Of Slumber are currently going from strength to strength. Everybody else really needs to put some Crom worship in their lives.”

“The Gates Of Slumber follow up their excellent thudding opus of 2011 “The Wretch” with this five track EP of pure doom. For “Stormcrow” 'Iron' Bob Fouts is back behind the kit in place of Cool Clyde and his playing works well with the new material, just as Clyde's more straight ahead approach worked well with “The Wretch.” Other than this line-up change, it is business as usual in TGOS camp.”

“Rife with unfuckwithable plod and thickened miseries, The Gates of Slumber this week unleashed five new tracks as a Scion A/V Metal-sponsored EP called Stormcrow. The collection, produced by Sanford Parker, feels even more weighted in the low end than did their last album, 2011′s excellent The Wretch (review here), and the Indianapolis-based trio have kept the ultra-despondent vibe of that record alive while expanding the scope a bit musically, crushing as much with tone as with emotionality”

“These battle ready warriors Hail from Hellish Outlands. Okay, TGoS are three Doom-Metal dudes from Indianapolis, but CONQUEROR's huge riffs, demonic growls, and sword sharp solo's might convince you other wise.”

SPIN Magazine

"Fervently old-fashioned doom, the Gates Of Slumber know exactly how a heavy album should sound. Euphorically gargantuan, the band's third full-length backs up that fabulous analog sound with first-rate tunes."

Decibel Magazine

““It can’t get any truer than this””

Terrorizer Magazine

““The Gates Of Slumber are something of a revelation and are on a mission to kill stone dead any false metal foolish enough to cross their path””

Nick - KERRANG!

““Axe smashing, bare chested, mega muscled, mighty thewed, old school DOOM metal””

AQUARIUS RECORDS
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