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The Gates of Slumber : Suffer No Guilt

This is the second full length by The Gates of Slumber from Indianapolis, IN (USA). I was expecting nothing more or nothing less than pure fucking Doom Metal from them, and this is exactly what they deliver in this specific release. They sound even heavier in their second album, and they seem to have been inspired even more by traditional Heavy Metal - something that is very positive. I am writing this comparing the material of their debut with the material of their second full length. As you may remember on their debut, they have mixed their Doom Metal with some touches of Hellhammer / Celtic Frost inspired Metal - something that was very interesting as well.

Well let’s check out the 'Suffer No Guilt' full length. Listen to the opening track of the album entitled 'Angel of Death', and you will notice some NWOBHM touches by yourself. Listen to the fourteen minute long title song 'Suffer No Guilt' that follows, and you will discover a great Pure Doom Metal anthem with some epic touches here and there; and if you want more, 'Riders of Doom' in the same album does well to satisfy you. 'Slay the Weak' is another great fast song inspired in classic Heavy Metal forms. The album contains more really great tunes ('Dweller in the Deep' for example) and it contains some very good instrumental pieces as well.

Finally, I would like to make a special reverence to a specific song that in my opinion is the OPUS of The Gates of Slumber. Those who have already listened to the album surely understand which song I am referring to. For the rest, I have to point out the title of this opus which is of course 'God Wills It'. Well, this is simply the best song that the band has written until now. 'God Wills It' is a dark, Epic Doom anthem that will be a classic for sure, and will be memorialized in the years to follow.

I would also like to make a comment about the FANTASTIC front cover of the CD, which is a creation of the mighty Ken Kelly (Rainbow, Manowar, KISS) and really adds to the final result of this great release.

The Gates of Slumber is a band that keeps the flame of Doom Metal alive, and this release is surely proof for what I am writing. First of all and more importantly, they are die hard Heavy Metal fans, so the music that they write is deeply inspired by all the Heavy Metal Gods we have loved all these years. They take all their influences from Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden, Manowar, Mercyful Fate, Cirith Ungol and many others. They mix them with their Doom Metal influences by Black Sabbath and Saint Vitus and produce an ultra Heavy, PURE Doom result. All hail to The Gates of Slumber! All Hail to True Doom!

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Angel of Death
2. Suffer No Guilt
3. Gemini
4. Riders of Doom
5. Slay the Weak
6. Wyrmwood
7. Dweller in the Deep
8. Children of the Night
9. God Wills It
10 The Woe of Kings

Duration : Approx. 75 minutes

Visit the The Gates of Slumber bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Chris Papadakis
Forever Autumn
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