Karl Simon: Guitar, Vocals
Jason McCash: Bass
Clyde Paradis: Drums
Doom doyens The Gates Of Slumber are poised to unleash their hotly-anticipated fifth full-length album The Wretch on April 4th 2011. Featuring eight slabs of punishing doom metal, The Wretch is the Indianapolis trio’s finest work to date. Recorded during the cold British winter of 2010 at Orgone Studios, London and produced by Jaime Gomez Arellano, the album sees the band taking their trademark blend of skull-crushing riffs and pounding rhythms to new heights and marks a return to the slower all-out doom tempos of their early albums.
From the funereal crawl of opener ‘Bastards Born’ and the title track, to the pounding stomp of the ‘Scovrge ov Drvnkenness’ and ‘To The Rack With Them’, and the epic ‘Castle of the Devil’, The Wretch is a future classic featuring outstanding performances and some of the heaviest metal of 2011.
The Gates Of Slumber was founded in 1998 by guitarist/vocalist Karl Simon, and the bands 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 with Thee Plague Of Gentlemen.
2006 saw the release of both the God Wills It EP and the band’s second full-length album Suffer No Guilt which increased their following still further within the doom and true metal scenes. Various US dates with Earthride and Slough Feg followed. The band then headed back to Europe to support Reverend Bizarre on their Death March farewell tour.
In 2007 the band embarked on another European tour which included a headline appearance at Germany’s prestigious Doom Shall Rise festival, the biggest event of its kind in the world. Produced by the acclaimed Sanford Parker (Nachtmystium, Lair Of The Minotaur, Pelican), the band’s third album Conqueror was released in 2008 to rave reviews while the video clip for the track Trapped in the Web enjoyed rotation on MTV2. The band then staged an extensive US tour before commencing work on their fourth album and Rise Above debut Hymns Of Blood And Thunder which was released in September 2009. Once again produced by Sanford Parker, Hymns Of Blood And Thunder garnered the best reviews of the band’s 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 US dates with doom legends Pentagram and a full US tour with Weedeater followed by UK and European treks supporting Cathedral. Upon their return to the States drummer ‘Iron’ Bob Fouts left to be replaced by ‘Cool’ Clyde Paradis (ex-Sourvein) who made his live debut during an Autumn US tour.
“We’re stoked about the future of The Gates Of Slumber with the addition of ‘Cool’ Clyde on drums,” commented bassist Jason McCash. “All three of us are speaking the same language and have the same focus and drive; the legion has become one. It’s like having an adrenaline shot to the heart and exhaling for the first time afterwards, seeing new possibilities. For us as a band, the best is yet to come.”