THE GATES OF SLUMBER
Doom Metal • United States

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The Gates Of Slumber is a doom metal band from Indianapolis, USA. They play old school style of doom metal in the traditions of Saint Vitus, Cirith Ungol, Candlemass and the likes. Their band name is taken from the Cianide song Gates of Slumber from the album A Descent Into Hell.
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.. Album Cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
The Awakening
Doom Metal 2004
.. Album Cover 4.52 | 2 ratings
Suffer No Guilt
Doom Metal 2006
.. Album Cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Conqueror
Doom Metal 2008
.. Album Cover 3.10 | 2 ratings
Hymns of Blood and Thunder
Doom Metal 2009
.. Album Cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
The Wretch
Doom Metal 2011

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.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Like a Plague Upon the Land
Doom Metal 2005
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
God Wills It
Doom Metal 2006
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Ice Worm's Lair
Doom Metal 2008
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Hyena Sessions
Doom Metal 2010
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Stormcrow
Doom Metal 2013

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THE GATES OF SLUMBER Suffer No Guilt

Album · 2006 · Doom Metal
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Riders of doom...

Doooooom metal

Originally released in 2006, The Gates of Slumber's Suffer No Guilt is released this year on Deepsend records. I do not think that there has been made any changes to the album production-wise, so you might ask yourself "why the hell rerelease it?". Well, the answer is that it is a bloody good album, so why not reissue it so more people will become familiar with it? That's quite simple logic to me.

Anyway, it is also a great chance for people to experience some old school doom metal amidst the swamp of sludge- and stoner-metal releases that pass for doom metal nowadays. Well, I dislike neither sludge- nor stoner-metal, but I know that a lot of old school doomsters are critical towards the take on slow and heavy music that is associated with sludge- and stoner-metal, and the reissue of this album should no doubt be good news to them.

True to the old school doom metal genre, The Gates of Slumber start of their album, following the Candlemass formula, with an uptempo rocker in the form of 'Angel of Death' which gallops its way straight into your inner caveman's headbanging genes, before the slow and wonderfully doom-laden title track kicks in with a slow and heavy riff. Slightly similar in style is the 12-minutes long aptly titled 'Riders of Doom' which features an atmosphere-setting intro with the sound of hoves and midnight storms, followed by a slow bass riff eventually accompanied by a bluesy lead guitar some two and a half minutes into the song, a heavy guitar riff spells doom and gloom in a fashion not dissimilar to Saint Vitus' simple but effective riffs. As if to remind us that, in doom metal, things are not rushed, the vocals only kick in after six minutes, as the tempo is also sped up a bit. Even more epic is the 22 minutes long 'God Wills It' which takes the listener on a journey through all kinds doom and gloom.

In addition to the doom tracks "proper", the album features several interesting little intermezzos, some of which are strangely psychedelic (like 'Wyrmwood), while others are melodic and melancholic acoustic pieces (like 'Children of the Night'), and others again have an almost epic like feel to them (like 'Gemini' and the outro 'The Woe of Kings').

In essence, everything about this album spells old school doom metal – from the Saint Vitus-esque riffage over the Black Sabbath-inspired heavy bass and the Pentagram-like psychedelia to the Cirith Ungol-informed fantasy-inspired cover art. And nothing could be more awesome than that. Fans of said doom metal artists should, if they are not already familiar with The Gates of Slumber's Suffer No Guilt, invest in it with no hesitation.

(review originally posted at seaoftranquility.org)

THE GATES OF SLUMBER Hymns of Blood and Thunder

Album · 2009 · Doom Metal
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"Hymns of Blood and Thunder" is the 4th full-length studio album by US doom metal act The Gates of Slumber. The album was released through Metal Blade Records/Rise Above Records in September 2009.

The three-piece band play a traditional form of doom metal deeply rooted in the music of the likes of Black Sabbath, Saint Vitus, Candlemass. Add to that some more traditional heavy metal elements and you´re just about there. It´s all delivered with ballsy attitude and conviction, skillful playing (the vocals are suits the music well but they do leave a bit to desire) and packed in a suitingly raw sound production. There are only two longer tracks on the album, so the vast majority of the tracks are between 2 and 5 minutes long. That´s a bit unusual for a doom metal release but a nice move as the tracks never overstay their welcome. There´s also pretty good variation between the tracks. Songs like the instrumental "Age of Sorrow", the medieval folky "The Mist of the Mourning" and the driving heavy metal tunes "Chaos Calling" and "Death Dealer" create a good balance to the more slow- to mid paced and heavy material on the album. The 8:35 minutes long "The Doom of Aceldama" is an example of the latter.

"Hymns of Blood and Thunder" may not be the most original or innovative doom metal album out there and I´m pretty sure The Gates of Slumber weren´t exactly aiming at writing such an album either. What they have written is an effective, powerful and memorable traditional doom metal album well worth your time if you are a fan of the genre. A 3 - 3.5 star rating is warranted.

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