The Gates of Slumber: New Song Released via Decibel Magazine's "Flexi Disc Series"
DOOM METAL TITANS SET TO KICK OFF U.S. TOUR IN SUPPORT OF NEW ALBUM "THE WRETCH"
Doom lords THE GATES OF SLUMBER unleashed their fifth full-length album The Wretch on May 10 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 trio's finest work to date. As a special treat for metal fans, the band has contributed the song "The Jury" (2011 version) to Decibel's monthly "flexi disc series", which is free for subscribers of the magazine. Non-subscribers can purchase their copy of the extremely limited vinyl flexi disc HERE and enter for a chance to win a limited edition (1/1!) copy of disc autographed by the band by visiting this location.
Recorded during the cold British winter of 2010 at London's 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 group's early albums combined with "true doom metal" lyrical themes. The record's deathly cover art is taken from a watercolor and gouache painting by Arik "Moonhawk" Roper (HIGH ON FIRE) titled "Emerald Eclipse". The Wretch is a future hall of fame metal classic that has been called "without a doubt, their most compelling, complete album to date" and is available for purchase now at this location.
On May 28 in NYC, THE GATES OF SLUMBER will launch a U.S. tour alongside doom legends Orange Goblin. The can't-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 tour's trail and will include support from Brooklyn heavy psych trio NAAM.
THE GATES OF SLUMBER tour dates:
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)
THE GATES OF SLUMBER features guitarist / vocalist Karl Simon, bassist Jason McCash and drummer Clyde Paradis.
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"Listen from start to stop on repeat" – STEREOGUM
"huge riffs, demonic growls and sword-sharp solos…these battle-ready warriors hail from the hellish outlands" – SPIN
"Musically, GATES OF SLUMBER are tapping into a St. Vitus, Black Sabbath, Pentagram-style doom sound…a certified crap-free oeuvre" – PITCHFORK
"the group transcends conventional thematic trappings by focusing on the primary inspiration of countless mystical creations: author Robert E. Howard… excellent" - THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE