Release Dates

August:
CANYON OF THE SKULL "The Desert Winter", self-release, 19/08/2017
CARONTE "Yoni", Ván Records, 25/08/2017
DEMON EYE "Prophecies And Lies", Soulseller Records, 11/08/2017
DEVIL ELECTRIC s/t, Kozmik Artifactz, 11/08/2017
FALSE GODS "Reports From Oblivion" EP, self-release, 18/08/2017
HELL s/t, Sentient Ruin Laboratories, 11/08/2017
HOWLING GIANT "Black Hole Space Wizard (Part 2)", Magnetic Eye Records, 25/08/2017
THE JUDGE "Tell It To The Judge", Ripple Music, 04/08/2017
LOW FLYING HAWKS "Genkaku", Magnetic Eye Records, 25/08/2017
OLDE "Temple", Magnetic Eye Records, 11/08/2017
TUNGA MOLN "III", Hevisike Records, 11/08/2017
September:
CHURCH OF VOID s/t, Argonauta Records, 15/09/2017
CITIES OF MARS "Temporal Rifts", Argonauta Records, 29/09/2017
CRAWL "This Sad Cadav'r", Black Bow Records, 01/09/2017
FACES OF THE BOG "Ego Death", DHU Records, 22/09/2017
HANDS OF ORLAC / THE WANDERING MIDGET Split, Cruz Del Sur Music, 08/09/2017
MAHARAJA "Kali Yuga", self-release, 22/09/2017
MINDKULT "Lucifer's Dream", Transcending Obscurity Records, 20/09/2017
MONARCH "Never Forever", Profound Lore Records, 22/09/2017
MONOLORD "Rust", RidingEasy Records, 29/09/2017
PARADISE LOST "Medusa", Nuclear Blast Records, 01/09/2017
SATOR "Ordeal", Argonauta Records, 01/09/2017
THREE EYES LEFT "The Cult Of Astaroth", Argonauta Records, 15/09/2017
UFOMAMMUT "8", Neurot Recordings, 22/09/2017
USNEA "Portals Into Futility", Relapse Records, 08/09/2017
WITH THE DEAD "Love With The Dead", Rise Above Records, 22/09/2017
October:
CRACKHOUSE "Ne No One. Be Nothing", Argonauta Records, 06/10/2017
R.I.P. "Street Reaper", RidingEasy Records, 13/10/2017

The Gates Of Slumber (Interview)

At the end of May THE GATES OF SLUMBER will release their third album "Conqueror" via Profound Lore Records (North America) and I Hate Records (Europe). Luckily we were able to listen to the new stuff before the official release date. Karl (Vocals, Guitar) was so kind to answer some questions via Mail:

Hi Karl! First of all all i have to congratulate for your new killer album with The Gates of Slumber. Big thanx for sending it to me before the official release date. How do you feel with the new material on "Conqueror"? 

"I'm very proud of the new stuff. We set out to take the epic and sprawling songs on Suffer No Guilt and boil it down to a digestible length. While we are all really, really proud of Suffer it was a long record, and it was our desire to capture an epic feel without going over the 10 minute mark... in the same way Rainbow was able to make music that was epic in scope and not in length, you know? I think that our efforts paid off in spades."

Where did the recordings take place and what can be said about the band's feeling and the workflow during the recording sessions?

"We recorded with Sanford Parker in his studio up in Chicago. We locked out 7 days and lived in there. It was 10 plus hours a day of work. The feelings were akin to being stretched out on the rack and burnt... to be blunt it was HARD work, especially the singing, that was the hardest. But at the end it was just awesome to hear what he did with our music... Sanford's a genius."

Listening to "Conqueror" I think about a strait Doom Metal album, but there are some very traditional Heavy Metal like songs on it too. Profound Lore Records describe it as "...a crushing and searing blend of traditional epic doom heavy metal essential". Do you agree with this and what do you think about putting The Gates Of Slumber into any music genres at all?

"I think it's as fair as any description that I've heard... the thing is that it's applied all along - since The Awakening. Doom Metal is Heavy Metal... the two can not be separated in my mind. You hear Black Sabbath, and you are hearing both; you hear Trouble and you are hearing both... .

While this might come as a bit of a shock to some dullards out there but I don't care about what someone else calls my music - never have. I know what I call it, and in the end that's all that matters to me. It's Conan, crushing doom metal..."

Who is mainly responsible for the song writing at The Gates Of Slumber?

"Jason and I pretty much split that duty up. But really the way we do things is we bring in a few riffs and just mutilate them, revising and re-revising until it's done."

Were all band members involved into the process of song selection and for what reason did the chosen songs make it on the album individually?

"We generally write for the record. Riffs or progressions that aren't worthy are exposed on a hillside early on. Our strongest point is that we have an instant and brutal quality control system, as a consequence we seldom ever introduce a song or proto-song that isn't going to make the record."

There are always little stories about your songs. How do real life experiences influence your lyrics? How about political, religious, mystical and fantastic contents?

"It's everything and nothing all at once really. Some songs are about trivial things, others are about deep social or personal issues this time out... in the past it's generally been me telling a story. This time though Jason's taken a bigger role in the lyrics and I've also broken my own rule and written a song about a personal issue. Generally, I start with a topic and I write the music to fit that topic and then craft the lyrics to fit the music. Sometimes it comes fast, and sometimes it comes slow. But almost every song is done that way."

Let all The Gates Of Slumber albums pass your mind and please tell us something about the musical development of the band. What is the evolution's key?

"A new drummer every time would have a lot to do with it... because I've had the same influences all along. I've really not changed my playing style too much. I'm more confident and I've toyed with newer scale forms that I base my soloing off of. And Jason and I have done this for so long now that I kind of know what he's going to do and I think he feels the same way. But with a drummer I try to play to their strong points and play along with them... so there are going to be slight differences with each line up."

What kind of music do you/the other band members prefer to listen to and what bands have mainly influenced The Gates Of Slumber's sound?

"Me personally, I listen to classic US metal mostly: Cirith Ungol, Saint Vitus, and Manilla Road: one of those bands will be played at least once a week. Also recently Late era Sabbath has been a huge obsession of Jason's and mine... we love the Tony Martin era. Also Deep Purple, Budgie, the Metal Blade era of Slayer, early Metallica. Cream. That's my kind of thing. Bob and Jason are pretty much the same... naturally they have their own tastes too - but we all rally around Sabbath and Dio solo stuff, Judas Priest... basically classic metal. I don't listen to a lot of new stuff anymore because I don't want to taint my own mind too much. But I do have my favorite new bands: Slough Feg, Orodruin, Ironsword..."

Enthusiasm is one clue for constantly making music in a band belonging to the so called Underground. How do The Gates Of Slumber manage solving typical problems like money, time and glory?

"I honestly don't know how the band keeps going. We just now had a budget that we could work with on this record! Before the deals were so slight that there was a lot of financial input from the band. Touring is not an issue really, between the door and merch we generally do pretty good... though in recent days we've had to become a bit more hardcore when it comes to money, as we just don''t have the flexibility we once did. In the end though, come hell or high water we'll be out on the road here in the US and in Europe."

The Gates Of Slumber were one of the main acts at the Doom Shall Rise Festival in 2007 (Göppingen/Germany). Did you enjoy playing the festival and listening to other Doom Metal bands? What was your favorite band and was there any musical surprise?

"Of course I loved closing the show, it was a big challenge to cap the evening off, one that I love the chance to take on, and I think the crowd was pleased with our performance. My favorite set of the fest other than ours was Forsaken... I also loved Earthride's set and Mirror of Deception, also Serpent Cult and Centurion's Ghost... Faith was really cool too! To be honest though I feel fests are cool, but not as cool as bands touring. For me I'd already done a full English tour and a couple of German dates by the time we got to DSR... the infamous play London then drive to Dover over night end up in France drive to Germany do a set pass out wake up and go bit had hit me hard. Two nights before I'd slept on the concrete of the parking lot! Touring creates a single mindset for me - I enjoy meeting people and talking to them and I like seeing the other bands, but my mind is always turning the set over and over. I''m on the road to play and that's the first and last thing on my mind all the time. I want to destroy the stage... hear the lamentation of the women as it were. So to a degree I can get lost in my own mind."

I think there is a special thing about the whole Doom Metal Underground and it's really true fans. How do you think about the scene and are there similarities/differences between the american and the european (especially the german) fans?

"As I really think about it the one thing that unites German and American doom fans is that they are willing to travel great distances to see shows. The last tours we did there were people who'd traveled hours by car to see us play, and that is why I think about the set so much... because if someone is going to take time out of their day to drive 4 hours to see The Gates of Slumber, it's our duty to play our asses off for them. But back to the question: the difference is that German doom fans are more rooted in true metal, they also give you more back. American fans seem to be reserved and withdrawn, as if you are being evaluated whereas European fans just want to headbang and get into it. I wish American fans could just let go, they'd get more out of shows. Maybe it's because it's more of a scene of musicians in the US? I don't know."

Unfortunately your whole european tour is cancelled and The Gates Of Slumber will even not play at the Hells Pleasure Open Air this summer. What are the reasons for this decision and are there further plans touring Europe with "Conqueror"?

"We were very broken hearted about this fact. But we had to face it: touring in the summer in Europe is very hard, and we need to hit a show a night - it's not an option for us to just play weekends and live in hotels the rest of the time... to keep the band on the road we have to play everyday. Hopefully we'll be able to make some of those fests up in the future, it was a very disheartening thing for me. We hope to be back on the road in Europe as soon as we can! Jason, Bob and I are constantly looking out for opportunities to tour both in the US and in Europe. But doing it with the backing of small labels that are REAL independents makes it very hard. Keep your eyes peeled, we'll be there soon."

What are your musical plans for the future? I think there are many freaks out there hoping for a few releases of The Gates Of Slumber to come out.

"Right now I'm working on songs for our next full length, the tone is darker than Conqueror... I want this next one to be the slowest, heaviest record we've done. Bob's strongest suit is assault and battery style drums and I want to focus on bringing out the most oppressive record we can make this next time out. I'd also like it to be a ''real'' concept record this time as well - in the past there have been natural similarities in the songs and in the lyrics that have spontaneously created a concept effect - this time I want the music and lyrics to mesh by design. I also feel that it's time to create a beast of a record that will kill fucking posers dead. Our 'To Mega Therion'."

At last I just have to thank you for answering my questions. What are your last words?

"Thank you for doing the interview, Mourner!!! Hope to see you on the road soon! Conqueror is going to be out in Late May on I Hate Records!"

Past Releases 2017

January:
AATHMA "Avesta", Underground Legends Records – Listen
BANTHA RIDER s/t, self-release, 07/01/2017 – Listen
DEMONIC DEATH JUDGE "Seaweed", Suicide Records, 13/01/2017 – Listen
DOOM'S DAY "The Whore", PRC Music, 13/01/2017
DSW "Tales From The Cosmonaut", Acid Cosmonaut Records, 15/01/2017
ENDLESS FLOODS "II", Dry Cough Records, 06/01/2016
EPHEDRA "Can'-Ka No Rey", Argonauta Records, 30/01/2017
FREEDOM HAWK "Sunlight" (re-release), Ripple Music, 27/01/2017
FROZEN PLANET....1969 "Electric Smokehouse", Pepper Shaker Records / Headspin Records, 11/01/2017
HEREM "III", Inverse Records, 13/01/2017
JOHN GARCIA "The Coyote Who Spoke In Tongues", Napalm Records, 27/01/2017
LIZZARD WIZZARD "Total War Power Bastard", self-release, 01/01/2017
MAGNET "Feel Your Fire", Soulseller Records, 27/01/2017
MANGOG "Awakens", Argonauta Records, 09/01/2017
MIRES "Loom", self-release, 13/01/2017 – Listen
PSYCHEDELIC WITCHCRAFT "Magick Rites And Spells", Soulseller Records, 27/01/2017
WRATH OF ECHOES "A Fading Bloodline", PRC Music, 13/01/2017
February:
1968 "Fortuna Havana", Black Bow Records, 10/02/2017
ASOFY "Nessun Luogo", Avantgarde Music, 22/02/2017
BATHSHEBA "Servus", Svart Records, 24/02/2017
BATTALIONS "Nothing To Lose", Black Bow Records, 27/02/2017
BURIED FEATHER "Mind Of The Swarm", Kozmik Artifactz, 10/02/2017
CONCRETE JELLY "Getting Noticed", Sliptrick Records, 07/02/2017
CRANIAL "Dark Towers / Bright Lights", Moment Of Collapse Records, 10/02/2017
DDENT "آكتئاب", self-release, 13/02/2017
ELECTRIC AGE "Sleep Of The Silent King", Argonauta Records, 27/02/2017
ESCAPE IS NOT FREEDOM "Goldsmith", self-release, 24/02/2017
GLOSON "Grimen", Art Of Propaganda, 13/02/2017
GRIM RAVINE "The Light Is From Below", Black Bow Records, 17/02/2017
HORISONT "About Time", Century Media Records, 03/02/2017
KINGNOMAD "Mapping The Inner Void", Ripple Music, 24/02/2017
KING WOMAN "Created In The Image Of Suffering", Relapse Records, 24/02/2017
MARCHE FUNÈBRE "Into The Arms Of Darkness", MFL Records, 20/02/2017
NULA "Kenoma" EP, Black Bow Records, 24/02/2017
RHINO "The Law Of Purity", Argonauta Records, 13/02/2017
R.I.P. "In The Wind", Riding Easy Records, 03/02/2017
RÜCKWATER "Bonehead", Inverse Records, 24/02/2017
SANTO ROSTRO "The Healer", Discos Macarras, 03/02/2017 – Listen
STINKING LIZAVETA "Journey To The Underworld", Translation Loss Records, 17/02/2017
STRANGE BROUE "Seance" EP, Sunmask Records, 24/02/2017
TETHRA "Like Crows For The Earth", Sliptrick Records, 11/02/2017
THE DARKHORSE "The Carcass Of The Sun Will Sleep", Attic Records, 24/02/2017
THERA ROYA "Stone And Skin", self-release, 17/02/2017
UNEARTHLY TRANCE "Stalking The Ghost", Relapse Records, 24/02/2017
VOIDCRUISER "Wayfarer", Argonauta Records, 27/02/2017
March:
ALUNAH "Solennial", Svart Records, 17/03/2017
ALASTOR "Black Magic", Twin Earth Records, 24/03/2017
CALLIOPHIS "Cor Serpentis", Solitude Productions, 27/03/2017
CLOUD CATCHER "Trails Of Kozmik Dust", Totem Cat Records, 13/03/2017
DESERT KINGDOM s/t, Black Bow Records, 04/03/2017
DOCTOR CYCLOPS "Local Dogs", Heavy Psych Sounds Records, 31/03/2017
DREAD SOVEREIGN "For Doom The Bell Tolls", Ván Records, 03/03/2017
DRUDE s/t, self-release, 03/03/2017
FANGE "Pourrissoir", Throatruiner Records, 17/03/2017
FORMING THE VOID "Relic", Argonauta Records, 17/03/2017
HOLLOW LEG "Murder" EP, Argonauta Records, 03/03/2017
ILLIMITABLE DOLOR s/t, Transcending Obscurity Records, 22/03/2017
KREYSKULL "The Bird Of Bad Weather", Sliptrick Records, 30/03/2017
MOTHERSLOTH "Moon Omen", Argonauta Records, 03/03/2017
MOUNTAIN GOD "Bread Solstice", Artificial Head Records, 24/03/2017
NUDIST "Bury My Innocence", Argonauta Records, 20/03/2017
OCEANWAKE "Earthen", VicSolum Records, 10/03/2017
OHHMS "The Fool", Holy Roar Records, 31/03/2017
OTUS "7.83Hz", Argonauta Records, 20/03/2017
PALLBEARER "Heartless", Profound Lore Records, 24/03/2017
SHOW OF BEDLAM "Transfiguration", PRC Music, 31/03/2017
SPACETRUCKER "Launch Sequence", self-release, 31/03/2017
TELEKINETIC YETI "Abominable", Sump Pump Records, 17/03/2017
TELEPATHY "Tempest", Golden Antenna Records, 31/03/2017
THE HAZYTONES s/t, Sunmask Records, 24/03/2017
WITCHSTONE "Mortal Fear Of Infinity", self-release / Sunmask Records (distribution), 03/03/2017
April:
ALTAR OF BETELGEUZE "Among The Ruins", Transcending Obscurity Records, 15/04/2017
ARCTIC SLEEP "Arbors" (re-release), The Church Within Records, 21/04/2017
ARCTIC SLEEP "Passage Of Gaia" (re-release), The Church Within Records, 21/04/2017
CRACKHOUSE s/t EP, Argonauta Records, 07/04/2017
CURSE THE SON "Isolator", Ripple Music, 07/04/2017
CURSUS s/t, Artificial Head Records, 28/04/2017
DARSOMBRA "Polyvision", Translation Loss Records, 14/04/2017
DAUTHA "Den Förste" MCD/EP, Ván Records, 21/04/2017
DEMON HEAD "Thunder On The Fields", The Sign Records, 07/04/2017
DEVIL "To The Gallows", Soulseller Records, 21/04/2017
ELEPHANT BELL "Gates Of Dawn", Argonauta Records, 28/04/2017
EVOKE THY LORDS "Lifestories", Solitude Productions, 24/04/2017
FUNERALIUM "Of Throes And Blight", Weird Truth Productions, 12/04/2017
GREEN METEOR "Consumed By A Dying Sun", Argonauta Records, 21/04/2017
IMINDAIN "The Enemy Of Fetters And Dwellers In The Woods", Weird Truth Productions, 12/04/2017
KITCHEN WITCH s/t, Kozmik Artifactz, 14/04/2017
LIFE OF AGONY "A Place Where There's No More Pain", Napalm Records, 28/04/2017
MOONBOW "War Bear", Ripple Music, 21/04/2017
OBELYSKKH "The Providence", Exile On Mainstream Records, 21/04/2017
THE OBSESSED "Sacred", Relapse Records, 07/04/2017
THE RIVEN "Blackbird", self-release, 14/04/2017
WITCHAPTER "Spellcaster" EP, Black Bow Records, 07/04/2017
May:
BEASTMAKER "Inside The Skull", Rise Above Records, 19/05/2017
BELOW "Upon A Pale Horse", Metal Blade Records, 19/05/2017
BELOW THE SUN "Alien World", Temple Of The Torturous, 26/05/2017
BLACKBIRD HILL "Midday Moonlight", self-release, 05/05/2017
DESCARADO "Odd", Oak Island Records / Kozmik Artifactz
DRUG HONKEY "Cloak Of Skies", Transcending Obscurity Records, 05/05/2017
FROM OCEANS TO AUTUMN "Ether / Return To Earth", Argonauta Records, 05/05/2017
HARVESTMAN "Music For Megaliths", Neurot Recordings, 19/05/2017
HEAVY TEMPLE "Chassit", Ván Records, 26/05/2017
HEAVY TRAFFIC "Plastic Surgery", Twin Earth Records, 26/05/2017
HUMULUS "Reverently Heading Into Nowhere", Oak Island Records / Kozmik Artifactz
MAHAKALA "The Second Fall", Supreme Music Creations, 26/05/2017
MERCHANT "Beneath", Black Bow Records, 12/05/2017
MONOBROW "The Nacarat", Trill Or Be Trilled Records, 30/05/2017
MORASS OF MOLASSES "These Paths We Tread", HeavySike Records, 19/05/2017
NORSKA "Too Many Winters", Brutal Panda Records, 26/05/2017
PYRESHIP "The Liars Bend Low", Black Bow Records, 26/05/2017
RED BEARD WALL s/t, Argonauta Records, 12/05/2017
RED MOON ARCHITECT "Return Of The Black Butterflies", Inverse Records, 19/05/2017
SAMSARA BLUES EXPERIMENT "One With The Universe", Electric Magic Records, 12/05/2017
STEAK "No God To Save", Ripple Music, 19/05/2017
SUMMONER "Beyond The Realm Of Light", Magnetic Eye Records, 12/05/2017
WARCRAB "Scars Of Aeons", Transcending Obscurity Records, 01/05/2017
June:
AKATHARTA "Spiritus Immundus", Pulverised Records, 23/06/2017
BURY THE MACHINES "Wicked Covenant" EP, Midnite Collective, 09/06/2017
CIRCLE "Terminal", Southern Lord Records, 23/06/2017
DEATH THE LEVELLER s/t EP, self-release, 12/06/2017
DEMONAUTA "Tierra Del Fuego", Kozmik Artifactz / Bilocation Records, 09/06/2017
ENTER THE SOIL "That Ember Lit Morning", self-release, 09/06/2017 – Listen!
FIRE DOWN BELOW "Viper, Vixen, Goddes, Saint", Ripple Music, 23/06/2017
HOLLOW LEG "Crown, Murder Edition", Argonauta Records, 30/06/2017
LÂMINA "Lilith", Raging Planet, 02/06/2017
MARS RED SKY "Myramyd" 12-inch-EP, self-release, 17/06/2017
SAPATA "Satanibator", Inverse Records, 02/06/2017
SPACE WITCH "Arcanum", HeavySike Records, 09/06/2017
VOKONIS "The Sunken Djinn", Ripple Music, 09/06/2017
WASTES "Into The Void Of Human Vacuity", Code666 Records, 15/06/2017
WEIRD TALES s/t, self-release, 01/06/2017
WITCHTHROAT SERPENT 7-inch-EP, Svart Records, 16/06/2016
July:
A STICK AND A STONE "The Long Lost Art Of Getting Lost", Sentient Ruin / Breathe Plastic / Spirit House, 21/07/2017
BORIS "Dear", Sargent House, 14/07/2017
BRUME "Rooster", DHU Records / Doom Stew Records, 15/07/2017
CAMBRIAN "Mobular", Taxi Driver Records – Listen!
CONTRA "Deny Everything", Robustfellow Productions / Shifty Records, 01/07/2017
DESTROYER OF LIGHT "Chamber Of Horrors", Heavy Friends Records, 14/07/2017
FLESHPRESS "Hulluuden Muuri", Kult Of Nihilow, 14/07/2017
GRAND DELUSION "Supreme Machine", Minotauro Records, 14/07/2017
GOD ROOT "Salt And Rot", Horror Pain Gore Death Productions, 11/07/2017
HAIR OF THE DOG "This World Turns", Kozmik Artifactz / Bilocation Records, 14/07/2017
KABBALAH "Spectral Ascent", Twin Earth Records, 07/07/2017
KING ZOG s/t, 28/07/2017
KROH "Altars", Minotauro Records, 14/07/2017
NIBIRU "Caosgon" (remastered), Argonauta Records, 07/07/2017
POSEIDON "Prologue", Ripple Music, 21/07/2017
SEER "Vol. III & IV: Cult Of The Void", Art Of Propaganda, 07/07/2017
SHROUD EATER "Strike The Sun", STB Records, 07/07/2017
THE MIDNIGHT GHOST TRAIN "Cypress Ave", Napalm Records, 28/07/2017

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