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

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


By Childeric Thor

Originally published in August 2004 by Final Chapter Records, … The Awakening first anvil The Gates Of Slumber, now entitled to a second life, decorated for the occasion with another title as a bonus (“The Cloacked Figure”) nearly 10 minutes still , while his cover swapped “Triumph of Death” for an illustration of Bruegel Ken Kelly, Heroic Fantasy famous artist whose work has dressed many albums Rock, Rising Rainbow at those Manowar, the Open Fire by Alabama Thunder Pussy Suffer No Guilt to his successor, justly.

This choice is not trivial in that it clearly reveals the evolution of the Doom Americans known sabbathienne of obedience in its infancy, and more epic Heavy Metal then although still traditional, making the group version Empowered and telluric Manilla Road and Cirith Ungol. Having now established its identity, as well as audio visual, it is natural that the trio when repeat … The Awakening, offers it as a case his heart and mythological.

If that sounds less heavy metal disks to come, its contents remain eight years after its completion, a pure concentrate of leaden riffs that would not actually denied the original Black Sabbath, especially the singing guitarist Karl Simon is sometimes not so distant stamp of Ozzy Osbourne. Prepared from three demos scheduled between 2000 and 2004, this first attempt proved to be a masterstroke as, exuding an atmosphere of overwhelming Apocalypse, the end of the Middle Ages, that carve guitars mined by gravity petrified mammoth and rhythmic.

Between the two sentinels massive sabbathiennes that are the title track and “The Burial” over 9 minutes each counter, the album connects a handful of Heavy ums where the roots come to the surface, like the rapids ” The Executioner “and” Broken On The Wheel “that slays a solo enjoyable, but sediment does not really hide a base Doom thick and rough, as evidenced by the mammoth” The Judge “and” The Jury “where the Yanks never go second, trapped in a layer earthy.

First step in a very rich discography, The Awakening is a very good album, dark and stocky whose intensity falls at any time although the style of The Gates Of Slumber is still in gestation. Two years later, Suffer No Guilt, focusing more towards Heavy epic fix it permanently, confirming the place of his parents among the heralds of Doom U.S..

Rating: 7/10

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