Metal Blade Records press release


The Gates Of Slumber has completed work on its new studio album, "Hymns Of Blood & Thunder". The album is slated to drop in North America on September 13, 2009 via Rise Above Records.

The band's hotly anticipated new album, "Hymns of Blood & Thunder", drops on the heels of the brightest and busiest year in the respected power trio's history; one that saw The Gates Of Slumber pack clubs during its first U.S. headlining tour and land atop many year-end media polls with "Conqueror", an album that was hailed as "a breath of fresh air within the doom/true metal underground." The record placed at the #5 position in Decibel's "Top 40 Albums of 2008" and made Village Voice Media's "Top 10 Metal Albums of 2008", joining an impressive list of some of the genre's finest including AC/DC, Judas Priest and Metallica.

Recorded in Chicago's Semaphore Studios with producer Sanford Parker (Nachtmystium, Pelican), The Gates Of Slumber unleashes its holy grail in the formidable "Hymns of Blood & Thunder". A mighty document of both powerful songwriting and instrumental skull-crushing, the album is heavy and chillingly bleak; in an almost unrelenting way that hasn't been heard since Judas Priest's heyday ("Sad Wings of Destiny", "Sin After Sin", etc.). Displaying a powerful focus and direction and demonstrating a very compelling emotional range, The Gates Of Slumber have upped its levels of both technique and melody, resulting in an album that is at once frighteningly dark in its effect, tight in its grooves and unrivaled in its sheer power.

"Just prior to the band's 2008 U.S. headlining tour, I started working on songs for the new record with the goal in mind that it had to be a step forward for us compositionally as well as production wise," The Gates Of Slumber front man/guitarist Karl Simon remarks. "I knew that I personally wanted to work on more integrated and composed solos to allow for different sides of me to come out - sides that are more influenced by Judas Priest and Scorpions, rather than the flurries of hammer-ons that I owe to Tony Iommi and Wino. The songs are more aggressive, more riff-y this time, but they also retain the musical elements that we've explored over the last couple of records. Lyrically it's a continuation of our obsession with war, and death and the fantasy worlds where those things are all so common and cool."

"Hymns of Blood & Thunder" is a sinister, muscular collection that ties the disparate strands of the band's style together while jacking the adrenaline rush up to previously undreamed-of levels. The group is at the absolute peak of its powers in terms of technical execution and the result is a hard, driving sound that is faster and louder. From the moment the album's battering-ram sound kicks in all the way through to its ominous title track closer, the group's fourth full length rocks with a classic heavy-metal vengeance and a hooky, driving momentum that's usually absent in metal's doomy end. Like it or not, heavy metal is here, there and everywhere and ," The Gates Of Slumber scores a head banger's bull's-eye with "Hymns of Blood & Thunder".

"I started working on "Hymns of Blood & Thunder" almost immediately after the "Conqueror" sessions," Simon continues. "From the first moment I began work on the music for this record, I knew that it was going to surpass everything on Conqueror; and it has. Each of the songs travels through its own movement. In place of "the epic song" or "the fast song" each of these tracks takes its turn being that: "Chaos Calling" is fast, but in the bridging mid-section you will be surprised by the feel change. "Beneath the Eye of Mars" is a grinding death march, until we invoke the deep influence of classic 70's metal in the song's "pause before the final fall". The album has its lush surprises as well. We've grown, and being true to that are not forgetting all that we have learned. Get ready to fail your saving throw v. shitting your pants."


The final tracklisting for "Hymns of Blood & Thunder" is as follows:

01. Chaos Calling
02. Death Dealer
03. Beneath The Eyes Of Mars
04. The Doom Of Aceldama
05. Age Of Sorrow
06. The Bringer Of War
07. Descent Into Madness
08. Iron Hammer
09. The Mist In The Mourning
10. Blood And Thunder


Source: metalblade.com
Band profile: The Gates Of Slumber
 
Posted: 25.07.2009 by Thryce



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Marcel Hubregtse - 25.07.2009 at 16:21  
Hopefully they can equal or top their brilliant last album Conqueror
BitterCOld - 25.07.2009 at 21:19  
Good news indeed.
Black Conundrum - 25.07.2009 at 23:33  
I am tempted to see this band live in Indianapolis next month, with Serpectcult and Zoroaster and those other bands; I need to perform research upon those bands that I don't know the names of currently. Congratulations to them concerning this new development.
Marcel Hubregtse - 26.07.2009 at 03:13  
Written by Black Conundrum on 25.07.2009 at 23:33

I am tempted to see this band live in Indianapolis next month, with Serpectcult and Zoroaster and those other bands; I need to perform research upon those bands that I don't know the names of currently. Congratulations to them concerning this new development.


Serpentcult used to be called Thee Plague Of Gentlemen until their vocalist got incarcerated for being a pedophile. Then they changed their name, retracted all their old albums and got a girld to do the vocals. Although musically I thiink the band is great I really do hate the powerless female vocals.
Black Conundrum - 26.07.2009 at 09:04  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 26.07.2009 at 03:13

Written by Black Conundrum on 25.07.2009 at 23:33

I am tempted to see this band live in Indianapolis next month, with Serpectcult and Zoroaster and those other bands; I need to perform research upon those bands that I don't know the names of currently. Congratulations to them concerning this new development.


Serpentcult used to be called Thee Plague Of Gentlemen until their vocalist got incarcerated for being a pedophile. Then they changed their name, retracted all their old albums and got a girld to do the vocals. Although musically I thiink the band is great I really do hate the powerless female vocals.


Yeah, I knew that backstory about Serpentcult. It sucks that the frontman of the first band did that. I've heard a few of their songs (and just the other day, I was listening to Thee Plague of Gentlemen on youtube). I've heard more of Serpentcult, and I enjoy what I've heard. However, when Thee Plague of Gentlemen was ditched, does that mean that the other three people are not selling the albums anymore? I heard somewhere that they ordered a few (maybe an understatement?) copies to be destroyed.
Marcel Hubregtse - 26.07.2009 at 13:25  
Written by Black Conundrum on 26.07.2009 at 09:04

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 26.07.2009 at 03:13

Written by Black Conundrum on 25.07.2009 at 23:33

I am tempted to see this band live in Indianapolis next month, with Serpectcult and Zoroaster and those other bands; I need to perform research upon those bands that I don't know the names of currently. Congratulations to them concerning this new development.


Serpentcult used to be called Thee Plague Of Gentlemen until their vocalist got incarcerated for being a pedophile. Then they changed their name, retracted all their old albums and got a girld to do the vocals. Although musically I thiink the band is great I really do hate the powerless female vocals.


Yeah, I knew that backstory about Serpentcult. It sucks that the frontman of the first band did that. I've heard a few of their songs (and just the other day, I was listening to Thee Plague of Gentlemen on youtube). I've heard more of Serpentcult, and I enjoy what I've heard. However, when Thee Plague of Gentlemen was ditched, does that mean that the other three people are not selling the albums anymore? I heard somewhere that they ordered a few (maybe an understatement?) copies to be destroyed.



All copies of The Plague Of Gentleman's album were retracted from the market and destroyed
Black Conundrum - 27.07.2009 at 01:53  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 26.07.2009 at 13:25

Written by Black Conundrum on 26.07.2009 at 09:04

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 26.07.2009 at 03:13

Written by Black Conundrum on 25.07.2009 at 23:33

I am tempted to see this band live in Indianapolis next month, with Serpectcult and Zoroaster and those other bands; I need to perform research upon those bands that I don't know the names of currently. Congratulations to them concerning this new development.


Serpentcult used to be called Thee Plague Of Gentlemen until their vocalist got incarcerated for being a pedophile. Then they changed their name, retracted all their old albums and got a girld to do the vocals. Although musically I thiink the band is great I really do hate the powerless female vocals.


Yeah, I knew that backstory about Serpentcult. It sucks that the frontman of the first band did that. I've heard a few of their songs (and just the other day, I was listening to Thee Plague of Gentlemen on youtube). I've heard more of Serpentcult, and I enjoy what I've heard. However, when Thee Plague of Gentlemen was ditched, does that mean that the other three people are not selling the albums anymore? I heard somewhere that they ordered a few (maybe an understatement?) copies to be destroyed.



All copies of The Plague Of Gentleman's album were retracted from the market and destroyed


Okay. So, I guess they aren't selling it anymore. I did hear that it was because they didn't want Steve to get anymore profit from it, so that doesn't surprise me they destroyed all copies.
Marcel Hubregtse - 27.07.2009 at 01:59  
Written by Black Conundrum on 27.07.2009 at 01:53



Okay. So, I guess they aren't selling it anymore. I did hear that it was because they didn't want Steve to get anymore profit from it, so that doesn't surprise me they destroyed all copies.


Yep, tht is the true reason. I have an orignal copy, goddammit, and in hindsight I am ashamed of it, but when I got it all that stuff wasn't known about Steve yet.
Btw, I hink you might have read about all of this in the interview Lucas and I did with the Dutch Doom Days organizers
Black Conundrum - 27.07.2009 at 02:23  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 27.07.2009 at 01:59

Written by Black Conundrum on 27.07.2009 at 01:53



Okay. So, I guess they aren't selling it anymore. I did hear that it was because they didn't want Steve to get anymore profit from it, so that doesn't surprise me they destroyed all copies.


Yep, tht is the true reason. I have an orignal copy, goddammit, and in hindsight I am ashamed of it, but when I got it all that stuff wasn't known about Steve yet.
Btw, I hink you might have read about all of this in the interview Lucas and I did with the Dutch Doom Days organizers


Maybe I did, but I have read it around. It's interesting that you mention that interview, since I was thinking about it just recently. I regretfully haven't finished reading the interview yet, although I've read a good portion of it. I should get to finishing reading that.
Marcel Hubregtse - 27.07.2009 at 02:29  
Written by Black Conundrum on 27.07.2009 at 02:23


Maybe I did, but I have read it around. It's interesting that you mention that interview, since I was thinking about it just recently. I regretfully haven't finished reading the interview yet, although I've read a good portion of it. I should get to finishing reading that.


Come on, the interview isn't that long. The one I did with Detonation had to be publsihed in two parts so that is a lot longer
Black Conundrum - 27.07.2009 at 02:36  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 27.07.2009 at 02:29

Written by Black Conundrum on 27.07.2009 at 02:23


Maybe I did, but I have read it around. It's interesting that you mention that interview, since I was thinking about it just recently. I regretfully haven't finished reading the interview yet, although I've read a good portion of it. I should get to finishing reading that.


Come on, the interview isn't that long. The one I did with Detonation had to be publsihed in two parts so that is a lot longer


Two parts, huh? That must've been a really long one then. I think I'll go to that interview in a little bit. Thanks for reminding me about it.
Marcel Hubregtse - 27.07.2009 at 02:44  
Written by Black Conundrum on 27.07.2009 at 02:36

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 27.07.2009 at 02:29

Written by Black Conundrum on 27.07.2009 at 02:23


Maybe I did, but I have read it around. It's interesting that you mention that interview, since I was thinking about it just recently. I regretfully haven't finished reading the interview yet, although I've read a good portion of it. I should get to finishing reading that.


Come on, the interview isn't that long. The one I did with Detonation had to be publsihed in two parts so that is a lot longer


Two parts, huh? That must've been a really long one then. I think I'll go to that interview in a little bit. Thanks for reminding me about it.


I think the interview itself with koen took more than 3 hours but quite some stuff wouldn't be interesting to the general public cause of the incrowd stuff we were taking about (hell, I think I am into the Utecht scene even a lot longer than him)

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