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

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

by Destructive Music


Without a doubt, The Gates of Slumber are one of the truest metal bands of all time. These are men that appreciate the glory that is Black Sabbath’s mighty ‘Born Again’, that realise that Dio really is a god, and that Mob Rules should be the national anthem.

I saw The Gates of Slumber support Cathedral on their last Irish appearance in 2010, and they were excellent, I interview them too and they really were modest unassuming fellows, united in their love of metal.

They’d just released ‘Hymns of Blood and Thunder’ on Rise Above (something that actually got stick about! What is it about the internet that makes every coward feel he is suddenly the Terminator?). I reviewed ‘Hymns of Blood and Thunder’ when it came out and I still listen to it today, a fabulous heavy metal album (not as doomy as previous releases but The Gates of Slumber were never just a doom metal band, they encompass all the worthy aspects of metal, and besides, the follow up album The Wretch was total doom, I’d like to see them go back to the more up-tempo diversity of Hymns of Blood and Thunder for their next release), ‘Hymns of Blood and Thunder’ incorporated influences from Priest and Metallica amongst the St Vitus and Trouble influences, along with a superb production, great songs, great playing, it’s an album every metal fan should own).

So, to the reissue of ‘The Awakening’, awesome from start to finish, from the speed of the title track, to the Saint Vitus worship of Resurrection of the Underworld, this shows that the Gates of Slumber were always world-standard, (I feel that having someone who believes in them and loves all worth music like Lee Dorrian is a great plus factor in their higher profile, certainly if I see a record with the Rise Above logo it rarely disappoints.).

Just listen to the sound of ‘The Judge’, this is how metal should be, powerful and uplifting.

Stirring stuff, and I have no hesitation in recommending it whole heartedly.

Rating: 9/10

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