The GATES OF SLUMBER (U.S.) “…the Awakening” CD review by

The GATES OF SLUMBER (U.S.) “…the Awakening” CD review


By Walter Scheurer

What anno 1998 began as a solo project by Karl Simon, has now not only long developed into a band, but established himself in that form also as an institution within the scene. Although there were in all the years a lot of line-up changes noted, by the fact that Charles but has always holds the scepter in his hand and pulling the strings, we may well still make it THE GATES OF SLUMBER would be “Baby” even if we know that the good man is anything but a dictator.

Although these are at present Dreher no means the new unit of Indianapolis-heavyweights, by the fact that even the underground for the most part only by the 2006 album, “Suffer No Gulit” was aware of the troops, try the same part was sometimes mistakenly do referred to as the actual debut. Here, the formation had been two years earlier with “… The Awakening” made a first sign of life and they do not even need to bring in-house on the market.

Since the part was to get but not as good as you and from that small label (Final Chapter Records) is then nothing more, a re-release was almost at hand. Devoted fan of the band will know that THE GATES OF SLUMBER oriented over time a little of the ultra-heavy doom in the direction of something “hurtigerer” orientation, but the trio still operates in rather worn rich and powerful heavy metal climes.

By being aware of this development, it should surprise, then, that one to days of that debut still knee deep in the heaviest Doom reciting and this (also in dirty, mangy form most comparable with the year-old BLACK SABBATH, REVEREND BIZARRE or LORD VICAR if they all had the same attracted the handbrake a little stronger or have) been presented.

However, it can also detect “… The Awakening” by the concise voice of the head immediately and unambiguously as THE GATES OF SLUMBER album, from which I concluded would also still report that our band and label with this re-release “The Cloaked Figure “an old, almost ten minutes Lava sound demo song as a bonus present.

Therefore should not last even the few lucky ones who call the original their own, have a good reason to invest.

This review was originally written in German and has been translated using Google Translate. To view the original review in German click the link below.

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