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The Gates Of Slumber

Formed: 1998
From: Indianapolis, IN, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest The Gates Of Slumber News

Below is our complete The Gates Of Slumber news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Ripple Music Launches Benefit For McCash Family

Nearly a month ago, the metal community lost a brother, a father, a husband, a friend, and a comrade when Jason McCash of Indianapolis doom outfit The Gates of Slumber passed away at the age of 37.

Ripple Music has issued the following announcement about donating proceeds from a 2XLP release to the McCash family:

"The entire extended heavy-music family has felt the effects of the tragedy and, in times like this, it's more important than ever that we gather together to help one another and show the love and support we so vehemently stand for.

"Ripple Music has a long-standing tradition of donating all proceeds from auctions of its rare test pressings to charity, so when the time came to let go of this beautiful 2XLP test-press copy of Earthen Grave's debut album, it was clear that the money should go to the family of Jason McCash.

"For more information, or to bid on this gorgeous, rare test-pressing, head to this location."

You can also donate directly to the McCash family by clicking here. More...

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The Gates Of Slumber Bassist Passes Away

The Gates of Slumber called it quits last September when bassist Jason McCash suddenly departed the band.

Now vocalist/guitarist Karl Simon has posted the following brief message online via Facebook about McCash passing away:

"My best friend died last night. There will be no reunion - no more of TGoS. It's dead beyond dead, and I've lost a brother. Please be respectful or silent. It's a small world and I'm still alive. Remember that shit."

The band's "Stormcrow" EP came out last year and was also marked by a video for the track "Death March," which can be seen below. More...

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The Gates Of Slumber Calls It Quits

Karl Simon of U.S. doom metal act The Gates of Slumber has posted the following message online at the Hellride Music Forum about the band calling it quits:

"Some of you may have noticed that Jason quit The Gates of Slumber this past week.

"So, yeah. it's done. I always said I'd never go on doing TGoS without Jason, I don't think anyone ever really believed it, but yeah, it's done. I did start the band, but McCash has been my best friend for the last 20 years, the last 10 in this damn band. He wrote amazing music and was a killer person to be around on the road.

"Somewhere about 3 years back shit started to change, and it's ended with him quitting. I'm sure he needs the break, probably from me... I'm starting to *kind of* get the hint.

"So yeah. It's done."

Although there hasn't been an official announcement from any of the bands involved, The Gates of Slumber's tour with Church of Misery is presumably cancelled. More...

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Church Of Misery Announces New Tour Dates

Japan's Church of Misery has announced tour dates for this fall in the United States and Canada. The band's latest album, "Thy Kingdom Scum," features the return of original vocalist, Hideki Fukasawa.

To preview the live experience awaiting fans on this tour, watch the video for "Brother Bishop" below, and see a full list of live dates after the jump.

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The Gates Of Slumber Posts New Music Video

U.S. doom metal act The Gates of Slumber posted up a new music video for the track "Death March" from the band's new EP "Stormcrow." The video is showing over at Scion A/V's YouTube Channel (see below), which the band recently collaborated on to offer the special free EP as a free download. The EP download can be found over at this location.

The track listing for "Stormcrow" is as follows:

1. Death March (Devil's Grip)
2. Driven Insane
3. Son of Hades
4. Dragon Caravan
5. Of That Which Can Never Be

Check out "Death March" here: More...

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The Gates Of Slumber Offers Free EP Download

U.S. doom metal masters The Gates of Slumber have collaborated with Scion A/V to offer a special free EP "Stormcrow," as a free download. The EP download can be had by heading over to this location. The EP marks the band's first release since the 2011 LP "The Wretch" (see MetalUnderground.com's review here).

The track listing for "Stormcrow" is as follows:

1. Death March (Devil's Grip)
2. Driven Insane
3. Son of Hades
4. Dragon Caravan
5. Of That Which Can Never Be

Check out "Of That Which Can Never Be" here: More...

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Abyss Records Releases Free Compilation

Axis Of Metal and Abyss Records have teamed again to release a sampler - this twenty-five track compilation is a window into the audio madness that is Abyss Records. You can hear the songs below or over at Bandcamp here. Axis of Metal also comments:

"Throughout the course of this twenty-five track compilation you will make your way through a war-zone of extreme metal of the highest pedigree. This journey will consist of the many different incarnations of extreme metal ranging from black metal, thrash metal, death’n’roll, death metal among the many other varieties the fine folks at Abyss boast."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Astrophobos - Soul Distruptor 04:45
2. Dead Awaken - Carnivore 03:12
3. Septekh - Burn It To The Ground 03:09
4. Angrepp - Five Horned Formatiojn 03:43
5. Christ Beheaded - The Cleansing Ritual 02:46
6. Bane - World Of Desolation 03:24
7. Corrosive Carcass - Butchershop 03:48
8. Daemonicus - Inhabited 05:03
9. Desultor - Another World 03:37
10. Diseim - Insanity 04:19
11. Entrench - As Dawn Breaks 04:51
12. Erupted - In The Grip Of Chaos 04:29
13. Eternal Helcaraxe - Echoes Through Our Blood 06:18
14. Fetus Stench - Stillborn Son 03:35
15. Fester - The Black Tower 06:32
16. Humangled - Skinned, To Feel All 03:55
17. Hat - Tilintetgjørelsen 06:10
18. Maax - Fight With Fire 03:12
19. Hyperborean - The Last Stand of Leonidas and the Battle of Thermopylae 09:56
20. Noctis Imperium - Descensus Ad Inferos 04:28
21. Radiation Sickness - Tripping In The Seas Of Madness 03:57
22. Rocking Corpses - Necropolis 04:04
23. Southwicked - Green River Killing Fields 05:14
24. The Gardnerz - Don't Look Back 07:24
25. The Gates Of Slumber - The Judge 06:02 More...

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The Gates Of Slumber Streaming Re-Issue Track

The Gates of Slumber will reissue "The Awakening" this coming November 13th, 2012 via Abyss Records and Axis of Metal is now hosting a stream from that reissue. Check out "The Cloaked Figure" through Axis of Metal or in the player below.

The full album's track listing is as follows:

1. Resurrection from the Underworld
2. The Awakening (Interpolating the Wrath of the Undead)
3. The Judge
4. The Jury
5. Broken on the Wheel
6. The Executioner
7. Blessed Pathway to the Celestial Kingdom
8. The Burial
9. The Cloaked Figure (Bonus Track) More...

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Chaos in Tejas 2012 Day One

For some reason, Austin, Texas loves the good-time-party vibe of stoner rock and its sour faced, miserable brother, doom metal. These two related styles have a family reunion at SXSW, but the punk themed Chaos in Tejas is a less likely host. June 1st, the second day of Chaos in Tejas 2012, featured a doom metal dream lineup. Legends Saint Vitus took top bill, while Japan’s stoner-doom, serial killer fanatics Church of Misery made a rare North American appearance. Hail! Hornet, Magic Circles and The Gates of Slumber provided support. More...

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The Gates Of Slumber Splits With Drummer

The Gates Of Slumber has announced that former drummer "Iron" Bob Fouts will sit behind the kit on the band's next U.S. tour. The band has parted amicably with J. Clyde Paradis, who recorded and toured behind last year's "The Wretch" (Rise Above Records). Fouts drummed for the band on previous releases "Conqueror" (2008) and "Hymns of Blood and Thunder" (2009), which both landed in Decibel Magazine's "Best Albums of the Year" lists.

Band founder Karl Simon (guitar / vocals) and longtime comrade-at-arms Jason McCash (bass / backing vocals) invited Fouts to fill-in for their upcoming tour with Hammers of Misfortune, which kicks off July 18th in Chicago. "We had a lot of good times together with Cool Clyde and created a massive album that will last the ages however now we are just personally headed in different directions," said Simon in a statement.

"I'm really stoked to hit the road again with our long time friend and former member Bob Fouts and I am really looking forward to see what tomorrow may bring!" added McCash.

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Hammers Of Misfortune Announces New Tour Dates

San Francisco's Hammers of Misfortune will be touring throughout the Midwest and east coast this July with doom purveyors The Gates of Slumber.

The tour, which is being presented by the popular NYC-centric music blog, BrooklynVegan.com, will begin on July 18th in Chicago, IL and finish in Toronto, ON on July 27th. For Hammers of Misfortune, this tour follows an appearance at Holland's Roadburn Festival 2012 in April.

Fans in the band's hometown of San Francisco can catch Hammers of Misfortune with Grayceon and Wild Hunt on June 23rd at the Elbo Room. The Gates of Slumber is on tour now supporting Rise Above/Metal Blade label mates, Church of Misery, with headlining dates to run from June 11th-June 16th.

The upcoming Hammers of Misfortune and The Gates of Slumber tour dates are as follows:

07/18 Chicago, IL Reggies
07/19 Grand Rapids, MI Pyramid Scheme
07/20 Columbus, OH Ruby Tuesday
07/21 Baltimore, MD Golden West
07/22 Philadelphia, PA North Star
07/23 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus
07/25 Cambridge, MA TT The Bears
07/26 Montreal, QC Il Motore
07/27 Toronto, ON Courthouse More...

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Abyss Reissuing The Gates Of Slumber Debut

Abyss Records is slated to re-issue that out-of-print The Gates Of Slumber debut full-length "The Awakening" CD this fall. Originally released in 2004, the Abyss Records re-issue will feature cover art (from the limited-edition double vinyl edition) painted by Ken Kelly (Manowar, Kiss, Conan) along with an exclusive bonus track. The album, along with other The Gates Of Slumber merchandise including the "Coven Of Cain" and "To The Rack With Them" t-shirt designs (both in-stock now), will be available at Abyss Records' website. Below is the cover art and tracklisting of the reissue. After the jump, check out a series of May and June tour dates that The Gates Of Slumber has posted.


Resurrection from the Underworld
The Awakening (Interpolating the Wrath of the Undead)
The Judge
The Jury
Broken On the Wheel
The Executioner
Blessed Pathway To the Celestial Kingdom
The Burial
The Cloaked Figure (Bonus Track)

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Hail!Hornet Announces Headlining Shows

Southern metal supergroup Hail!Hornet has announced a short run of headlining tour dates in addition to the their two week U.S. tour with Church of Misery and The Gates of Slumber. The dates begin on June 11th in Denver, CO and wrap up on June 16th in Johnson City TN. The tour will feature direct support from The Gates of Slumber and will be the band’s second outing for latest album "Disperse The Curse."

Hail!Hornet is “Dixie” Dave Collins (Weedeater, Bongzilla) on bass, Erik Larson (Alabama Thunderpussy, Birds of Prey) on drums, Vince Burke (Beaten Back To Pure) on guitars, and T-roy Medlin (Sourvein) on vocals. The band released sophomore album, "Disperse The Curse," earlier this year on Relapse Records. The album can currently be streamed at this location.

Drummer Erik Larson commented on the upcoming tour: “All of us in H!H are super stoked to be touring with Church of Misery. T-Roy has spent time with them in Europe before so i'm sure there will be some reminiscing. Personally, the time I spent in Japan was the most eye opening experience I ever had, so I hope to repeat that experience for them here and show them how some grimey southerners get it done. Not to Mention we'll have The Gates of Slumber with as well to keep the smooth trail rolling...it's going to be a good time for sure. Hopefully Texas won't be too fucking hot, and melt the Japanese.”

A complete list of dates is included below. More...

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Church Of Misery Announces U.S. Tour

Japanese act Church of Misery (not to be confused with the U.S. act of the same name) has announced a U.S. headlining tour that will kick off on May 24th in Providence, RI. Presented by Brooklyn Vegan, the two week trek will showcase one of metal's most bizarre and exotic bands and one that Rolling Stone called "a dynamic articulated hell, like the Tokyo-Blue-Cheer crush of Boris but grounded in the British white-blues nightmares of early Seventies Black Sabbath."

The tour will include special Church of Misery appearances in Austin (as part of the 2012 Chaos in Tejas Fest) and Baltimore (as part of the 2012 Maryland Deathfest). Formed in 1996 by bassist Tatsu Mikami and guitarist Tomohiro Nishimura, the Tokyo-based Church of Misery's formidable sound melds early-era Black Sabbath style doom with powerful psychedelic rock. Dates are as follows:

# = support from The Gates of Slumber
% = support from Rwake & The Gates of Slumber
* = support from Hail! Hornet & The Gates of Slumber
May 24 Providence, RI AS220 #
May 25 Brooklyn, NY Cameo %
May 26 Philadelphia, PA North Star %
May 27 Baltimore, MD Sonar (as part of Maryland Deathfest)
May 28 Wilmington, NC Soapbox *
May 29 Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall *
May 30 Atlanta, GA The Earl *
May 31 New Orleans, LA Siberia *
June 1 Austin, TX Red 7 (as part of Chaos in Tejas)
June 3 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad *
June 4 Scottsdale, AZ Chasers *
June 5 Los Angeles, CA Satellite *
June 6 San Francisco, CA Elbo Room *
June 8 Portland, OR Branx *
June 9 Seattle, WA Studio Seven *

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The Gates Of Slumber Album To See Re-Issue

Deepsend Records has issued the following announcement about re-releasing the "Suffer No Guilt" album from The Gates of Slumber:

"We're proud to announce the reissue of The Gates of Slumber's 'Suffer No Guilt' album. This reissue features the original album and artwork in a glorious 6-panel, matte finished digipak.

"The Gates of Slumber should be a household name to all lovers of true doom metal. To the uninitiated, their magnum sophomore album 'Suffer No Guilt' is the perfect place to start your journey. A brilliant mixture of Sabbath, Vitus, Pentagram, and prime era Celtic Frost. A genre-defining statement of true doom metal, 'Suffer No Guilt' is a testament to what metal can and should be if pillaged and conquered at will.

"Vintage currents of crushing doom pulsate through like a plunging sword from the mighty Conan himself. Experience the sensation of being epically elevated and sonically crushed."

Pre-orders for the re-release of "Suffer No Guilt" can be found by heading over to this location. More...

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2011 Days Of The Doomed Fest Lineup Announced

The full lineup has been announced for the 2011 edition of the Days Of The Doomed Fest. Days Of The Doomed 2011 is set take place on June 17th and 18th at the P.L.A.V. in Kenosha, Wisconsin. You can view the festival lineup below.

Friday, June 17
THE GATES OF SLUMBER
KIN OF ETTINS
SLEESTAK
ADMIRAL BROWNING
BACKWOODS PAYBACK
ZEBULON
PIKE
SINISTER REALM
PALE DIVINE

Saturday, June 18
CARBELLION
RETRO GRAVE
PALLBEARER
APOSTLE OF SOLITUDE
ARGUS
BLACK PYRAMID
ORODRUIN
REVELATION
LAS CRUCES
EARTHEN GRAVE
BLACKFINGER
IRON MAN

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The Gates Of Slumber Posts Entire Album Online

The Gates of Slumber will unleash the band's fifth full-length album "The Wretch" on May 10th, 2011 via Rise Above Records / Metal Blade. Today, Stereogum gives metal fans an advance listen of the new record, streaming "The Wretch" in its entirety. Check out the album by heading over to this location.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Bastards Born
2. The Scovrge Ov Drvnkenness
3. To The Rack With Them
4. Day Of Farewell
5. Castle Of The Devil
6. Coven Of Cain
7. The Wretch
8. Iron And Fire

The band also has the following U.S. tour dates with Orange Goblin & Naam:

May 28 - New York, NY - Santos Party House
May 31 - Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall
June 1 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
June 2 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jack's
June 3 - Austin, TX - The Scott Inn
June 4 - Albuquerque, NM - The Launchpad
June 5 - Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse
June 6 - Hollywood, CA - The Troubadour
June 7 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
June 9 - Portland, OR - Dante's
June 10 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven

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The Gates Of Slumber Streaming Re-Recorded Song

The Gates of Slumber is set to release a new album titled "The Wretch" on May 10th, 2011 via Rise Above Records / Metal Blade. In the mean time, the band has now made a re-recorded version of the song "The Jury" available for streaming online. The track can be heard below. "The Jury" will be included on Decibel Magazine's new Flexi 7" series with this month's subscription.

The Gates of Slumber "The Jury" by Decibel Magazine

You can also stream the other songs being included in the Flexi 7" by heading over to this location. The other tracks are provided by Napalm Death, Lamb of God, Revocation, Enslaved, and Brutal Truth.

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The Gates Of Slumber Comments On New Album

The Gates of Slumber will unleash a fifth full-length album titled "The Wretch" on May 10th, 2011 via Rise Above Records / Metal Blade. Recorded during the cold British winter of 2010 at London's Orgone Studios and produced by Jaime Gomez Arellano, the album features cover art taken from a watercolor and gouache painting by Arik "Moonhawk" Roper titled "Emerald Eclipse." The cover artwork is available here. The new song "Coven of Cain" is also still available for streaming through Decibel Magazine.

"This record is frustration and disappointment put to music," said The Gates of Slumber frontman and founding member Karl Simon. "No heroics this time, no swords; no sorcery. No fantasy. That stuff is OK; it's fun...whatever, but we don't feel it these days. This one is all about others let you down almost as much as you let yourself down. It might not make sense to you, but then you probably only have the last two records as a digital download. That, or your world is summed up by someone else's soundbite."

The track listing for The Wretch is as follows:

1. Bastards Born
2. The Scovrge Ov Drvnkenness
3. To The Rack With Them
4. Day of Farewell
5. Castle of the Devil
6. Coven of Cain
7. The Wretch
8. Iron and Fire

Previous to the release of the new record, The Gates of Slumber will head to Europe for a two week tour with U.S. doom veterans Place of Skulls. The band will wrap the European trek on April 16th with a performance as one of the featured acts at the 2011 Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Holland where it will share the stage with Candlemass, Swans and more. The band's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...

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The Gates Of Slumber Reveals New Album Tracklist

Stoner/Doom metal act The Gates Of Slumber has revealed the track listing for its forthcoming full length album "The Wretch." "The Wretch" is set to be released on May 10, 2011 through Rise Above and Metal Blade records. You can view the album's track listing below.

1. Bastards Born
2. The Scovrge Ov Drvnkenness
3. To The Rack With Them
4. Day Of Farewell
5. Castle Of The Devil
6. Coven Of Cain
7. The Wretch
8. Iron And Fire

The cover artwork is also available for viewing at this location.

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