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Doom lords THE GATES OF SLUMBER will unleash their hotly anticipated fifth full-length album The Wretch on May 10, 2011 via Rise Above Records / Metal Blade. Featuring eight slabs of punishing metal, The Wretch boils doom down to its purest form, resulting in the Indianapolis trioís finest work to date. Today, Stereogum gives metal fans an advance listen of THE GATES OF SLUMBERís masterful new record, streaming The Wretch in its entirety. Check out one of the yearís best metal records today at this location!

Recorded during the cold British winter of 2010 at Londonís Orgone Studios and produced by Jaime Gomez Arellano (GHOST, ANGEL WITCH), The Wretch sees THE GATES OF SLUMBER pushing its trademark blend of skull-crushing riffs and pounding rhythms to new heights and marks a return to the slower all-out doom tempos of the groupís early albums combined with "true doom metal" lyrical themes. From the funereal crawl of opener "Bastards Born" and the all-powerful title track, to the pounding stomp of "The Scovrge ov Drvnkenness", the barbaric "To the Rack with Them" and the epic "Castle of the Devil", The Wretch is a future hall of fame metal classic. The albumís deathly cover art is taken from a watercolor and gouache painting by Arik "Moonhawk" Roper (HIGH ON FIRE) titled "Emerald Eclipse". The album is available for pre-order now at this location.

THE GATES OF SLUMBER just completed a triumphant European tour which included a headlining performance at the 2011 Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Holland where the band shared the stage with Voivod, SWANS, Shrinebuilder and more (check out live footage HERE). On May 28 in NYC, the band will launch a U.S. tour alongside doom legends Orange Goblin. The canít-miss pairing of doom metal royalty will make stops in Atlanta, Austin, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle and more along the course of the tourís trail.

The track listing for THE GATES OF SLUMBERís The Wretch is as follows:

1.) Bastards Born
2.) The Scovrge Ov Drvnkenness
3.) To The Rack With Them
4.) Day of Farewell
5.) Castle of the Devil
6.) Coven of Cain
7.) The Wretch
8.) Iron and Fire


Indianapolisí THE GATES OF SLUMBER was founded in 1998 by guitarist / vocalist Karl Simon and the bandís debut album: …The Awakening emerged in 2004. The following year the band recorded the EP Like a Plague Upon The Land and mounted their first European tour to positive acclaim. 2006 saw the release of both the God Wills It EP and the bandís second full-length album Suffer No Guilt which further increased its following within the doom and true metal scenes. The bandís third album Conqueror (2008) was released via Profound Lore Records. Produced Sanford Parker (Nachtmystium, Lair Of The Minotaur, Pelican), the LP met to rave reviews while the video clip for the track "Trapped in the Web" enjoyed rotation on MTV2. The band then staged an extensive U.S. tour before commencing work on their fourth album and Rise Above Records debut Hymns of Blood and Thunder which was released in 2009. Hymns of Blood and Thunder garnered the trio the best reviews of its career including "Album of the Month" in Decibel who stated "The Gates Of Slumber have quietly gone about the business of becoming one of the best heavy metal bands in the world." 2010 saw U.S. dates as hand-picked support for doom legends Pentagram and a full U.S. tour with Weedeater followed by UK and European treks supporting the legendary Cathedral. THE GATES OF SLUMBER has emerged as one of modern day metalís most critically acclaimed bands whose decidedly throwback sound both pays homage to and builds upon "Heavy Metal" in its truest form. The band has been hailed as "a breath of fresh air within the doom / true metal underground".

THE GATES OF SLUMBER features guitarist / vocalist Karl Simon, bassist Jason McCash and drummer Clyde Paradis.


U.S. tour with Orange Goblin & Naam:

May 28 - New York, NY - Santos Party House (buy tickets here)
May 31 - Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall (buy tickets here)
June 1 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl (buy tickets here)
June 2 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jack's (buy tickets here)
June 3 - Austin, TX - The Scott Inn (buy tickets here)
June 4 - Albuquerque, NM - The Launchpad (buy tickets here)
June 5 - Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse (buy tickets here)
June 6 - Hollywood, CA - The Troubadour (buy tickets here)
June 7 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill (buy tickets here)
June 9 - Portland, OR - Dante's (buy tickets here)
June 10 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven (buy tickets here)

"This is truly meat-and-potatoes metal at its best." - STEREOGUM

"huge riffs, demonic growls and sword-sharp solos…these battle-ready warriors hail from the hellish outlands" Ė SPIN

"Musically, GATES OF SLUMBER are tapping into a St. Vitus, Black Sabbath, Pentagram-style doom sound…a certified crap-free oeuvre" Ė PITCHFORK

"Fervently old-fashioned doom, THE GATES OF SLUMBER know exactly how a heavy album should sound. Euphorically gargantuan" - DECIBEL

"It doesn't get much better." Ė BLABBERMOUTH

"ripping doom…awesome" Ė BROOKLYN VEGAN

"Just as it eclipses the limiting "doom-metal" tag by emphasizing structural dynamics and occasionally playing fast, the group transcends conventional thematic trappings by focusing on the primary inspiration of countless mystical creations: author Robert E. Howard…excellent" - THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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