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

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


By Olivier ‘Zoltar’ Badin

I confess, I confess, I’ve never been a customer 100% satisfied with the GATES OF SLUMBER THE case. However, the group had anything to please me a plethora of literary references fly by ultra overused, but every time (Robert E. Howard, HP Lovecraft), a diehard attitude and unwavering faith against d a ‘real’ doom which at the time of the formation in 1998, was then far from being returned to the odor of sanctity, as is the case today. Yet, while having the chance to be friends with Frederic Caure (then a member of THEE PLAGUE OF GENTLEMEN and future Serpentcult) when the latter told me he rode his own label named FINAL CHAPTER RECORDS and more than a compilation, his first album would be one of the first of this trio from the depths of Indiana, I have not spit in the soup, while chronicling the beast to do HARD HEAVY then posing in a corner to do more (too much) to return. Until now … Today, nine years after its initial release and its disappearance from radar screens (FINAL CHAPTER having had, in the end, a life too short), what strikes me the most with this reissue of ‘… The Awakening’ is primarily how the style of the group was already in place. Despite a different line-up (we then found the APOSTLE OF SOLITUDE future Chuck Brown on drums), his total devotion and unrestrained in SAINT VITUS was then very firmly in place. Certainly, his influences, heavy metal the old ‘were already there too. But contrary to what happened on the following discs (with mixed results elsewhere enough), it is only a backdrop or a visit to a particular riff. And now with a new cover a hundred times more appropriate than the original (and signed by the great illustrator of fantasy and Conan, Ken Kelly), I realize that not only the time did nothing to blunt the blade their ax but in addition, it is perhaps still there, despite its flaws and its side a little broke, their best album to date. Sharper in the soul as ‘Conqueror’ (2007), less ass between two chairs that during the period of ‘Hymns Of Blood And Thunder’ (2009) and less pessimistic than in ‘The Wretch’ (2011), THE GATES OF SLUMBER then a warlike do so with no half measure. Even ring sometimes quite raw and not even try to use a rhythm guitar as a ‘carpet’ when Karl Simon solo part in the Dave Chandler. Moreover, even if this great mustache already balding on the head sounded OZZY OSBOURNE already as the poor, his texts then going straight to the point (everything you need to know about “The Executioner” or “Broken On The Wheel” is contained in the title) were so perfectly in tune with the doom absolute. And a bonus track taken from their third demo (“The Cloaked Figure”) in addition, as with Champomy, the party is even more crazy for 54 minutes. No wonder then that these barbarians were great friends with REVEREND BIZARRE mule for level heads and sure of their mission, it was the best thing since …

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

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