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The Gates Of Slumber

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

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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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The Gates Of Slumber Bassist To Miss Tour Dates

The Gates of Slumber has issued the following update about bassist Jason McCash missing two dates of their upcoming tour:

"A quick note in regards to the upcoming tour with Pentagram, TGoS Bassist, Jason McCash, will be missing the first two dates of the tour due to his mother passing on Tuesday Morning. For both Springfield VA and Philadelphia PA shows, Jared Southwick (The Dream is Dead) will be filling in on Bass. Jason will join the tour on Jan 17th for the NYC show and will finish out the rest of the tour from that point on. Thanks to everyone for understanding the situation."

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The Gates Of Slumber Posts Music Video

The Gates of Slumber have posted a new music video online for the song "Blood and Thunder," which can be viewed below. "Blood and Thunder" is off the band's latest album "Hymns of Blood and Thunder."

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The Gates Of Slumber To Tour w/ Pentagram in 2010

Two of doom metal's most acclaimed acts will team up for a two week U.S. tour this winter as the legendary PENTAGRAM joins forces with THE GATES OF SLUMBER. The 11 city tour will launch on January 15, 2010 in Springfield, VA.

Pre-sales for the PENTAGRAM / THE GATES OF SLUMBER 2010 U.S. tour went on sale Friday, November 13.

Here are the latest THE GATES OF SLUMBER tour dates with Pentagram:

01/15 Springfield, VA Jaxx tickets
01/16 Philadelphia, PA Polaris tickets
01/17 New York, NY BB King Blues Club tickets
01/18 Richmond, VA The Hat Factory tickets
01/21 New Orleans, LA The Howlin's Wolf tickets
01/23 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade tickets
01/26 Des Moines, IA Vaudeville Mews tickets
01/27 Madison, WI High Noon tickets
01/28 Cleveland, OH Peabody's tickets
01/29 Detroit, MI Blondie's tickets
01/30 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle tickets

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The Gates Of Slumber Posts New Music Video

The Gates of Slumber has posted a music video online for the track "The Doom of Aceldama," which is off their latest album "Hymns of Blood and Thunder." The video can be viewed below. Footage for "The Doom of Aceldama" was taken during the recording sessions for the album.

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The Gates Of Slumber Posts "Ice Worm" Music Video

The Gates of Slumber have posted a music video online for the song "Ice Worm," which is off their 2008 album "Conqueror." The video clip can be viewed below. More...

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The Gates Of Slumber To Release New Album On Vinyl

Rise Above Records will be releasing a limited edition vinyl version of the new album "Hymns of Blood and Thunder" by The Gates of Slumber on October 12th.

The track listing will be as follows:

Side One

1. Chaos Calling 5:31
2. Death Dealer 4:23
3. Beneath the Eyes of Mars 5:59

Side Two

1. The Doom Of Aceldama 8:36
2. Age Of Sorrow 2:50
3. The Bringer Of War 4:44

Side Three

1. Descent Into Madness 10:45

Side Four

1. Iron Hammer 3:48
2. The Mist In The Mourning 2:22
3. Blood and Thunder 4:34

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The Gates Of Slumber Cancels Chicago Tour Date

The Gates of Slumber have canceled their upcoming October 2nd tour date in Chicago due to "unusual circumstances." The band has stated that they are attempting to setup a replacement show.

The Gates of Slumber have the following update tour dates:

10/17 HAMMER OF DOOM II Würzburg Posthalle Würzburg
10/18 Z-Bau Nürnberg
10/19 KA6 W/ LORD VICAR Zerbst
10/20 Little Devil W/ LORD VICAR Tillburg
10/22 The Rainbow W/ LORD VICAR, THE DEEP BLUE Birmingham, Northeast

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The Gates Of Slumber To Debut New Song Online

The Gates of Slumber has issued the following announcement about debuting a new song from their upcoming album "Hymns of Blood and Thunder" on Friday, September 4th:



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Planet Caravan Line-up Solidified

The Planet Caravan line-up has been solidified and tickets are on sale now.

FRIDAY - Buy Tickets Here
SATURDAY - Buy Tickets Here

Here's the line-up:

Friday, September 18
Bison b.c.
Pick Up The Snake

Saturday, September 19
Orange Goblin
Taddy Porter
The Gates of Slumber

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The Gates Of Slumber Posts Live Video Clips Online

The Gates of Slumber have posted online two video clips from previous live shows, which can be viewed below. The band also issued the following statement about the video clips:

"Some things have found its way onto the internet as of late that were created during the last tour that TGoS embarked on. Below you will find the Embeds of them. New Song: BLOOD AND THUNDER performed in Montreal!!!" More...

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The Gates Of Slumber Reveals New Album Cover

The Gates of Slumber has issued the following update about revealing the cover art work and streaming a new song online from their upcoming album:

"Critically acclaimed ‘True Heavy Metal’ band 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 29, 2009 via Rise Above Records.

"Recorded in Chicago’s Semaphore Studios with producer Sanford Parker (Pelican, etc.., 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.

"A taste of what Hymns of Blood & Thunder holds in store can be heard now as the new GATES OF SLUMBER song ‘The Bringer of War’ premieres today via Decibel Magazine. The album’s merciless, Frazetta-esque cover artwork can also be viewed at the landing page. Check out all the action now at this location. More...

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Life Of Agony To Headline Damnation Festival

New York crossover legends Life Of Agony will be heading to the United Kingdom for the first time in four years this October to headling the Jager stage at the Damnation Festival which takes place on October 24th at the Leeds University.

Damnation Festival director Gavin McInally said: "Landing a headliner of Life of Agony’s stature is a major coup and the fact it’s the first time they’ll play the UK in four years, makes it all the more special.

"After playing some off the biggest and most respected rock and metal events across Europe this summer, they’ll fly in from New York for this one-off performance and we’re delighted to host what is sure to be a special show."

The lineup is as follows: More...

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The Gates Of Slumber Posts Instrumental Tracks

Indianapolis doom metallers The Gates of Slumber have issued the following update about streaming new instrumental tracks on their MySpace page:

"So over the years we have recorded a few instrumentals that were very short and only available on limited releases. Well, in buying some time until we release some new songs, we thought it best to put some of these old hard to find instros up for everyone.

"Hope you enjoy them, we did when we wrote and record them!"

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The Gates Of Slumber Comments On Upcoming Album

Indianapolis doom metallers The Gates of Slumber have issued the following statement about their upcoming album "Hymns of Blood and Thunder:"

"For my part I started working on Hymns of Blood and Thunder, almost immediately after the Conqueror sessions. It's an odd part of my personality that I tend to hate what I've just created and always look back at previous works longingly... strange, maybe but that's just how I am. Well, Conqueror was no exception to this rule, part of me hated it until we were out on the road in support and then on the stage the songs started to make sense and take on lives of their own... that's how it's always been. Writing and recording are a fucking chore... but the chaos of the live setting makes the songs jump to life.

"The odd thing here is that from the first moment I sat down to work on music for this record I knew that it was going to surpass everything on Conqueror; and in a sense it has. Even up through the challenging sessions, and they were a bitch, I knew that this material was in many ways stronger. Conqueror took some very interesting and for us, progressive turns. But for me it often seemed to get lost in a shuffle of not knowing who or what it was. The songs on Hymns know themselves and they know each other, if you follow. Chaos Calling's barking guitar is a cousin to Death Dealer's snarly chords, and in turn Death Dealer is a brother to Beneath the Eye of Mars... in the same sense that the songs on South of Heaven or Sad Wings of Destiny are related. Each of the songs goes through it's own movement. In place of 'the epic song' or 'the fast song' each of these takes it's turn being that: Chaos Calling is fast, but in the bridging mid-section you will be surprised by the feel change. More...

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Zoroaster Announces North American Tour Dates

Atlanta psychedelic metallers Zoroaster have announced an upcoming North American tour alongside The Gates of Slumber and Serpent Cult. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

8/1 - Chicago, IL - The Metal Shaker
8/2 - Lansing, MI - Mac’s Bar
8/3 - Toronto, ON - Wreck Room
8/4 - Ottawa, ON - Rainbow Bistro
8/5 - Montreal, QC - Katacombes
8/6 - Danbury, CT - Billy Baloney’s
8/7 - Boston, MA - O’Brien’s
8/8 - Baltimore, MD - Talking Head Club
8/9 - New York, NY - The Studio at Webster Hall
8/10 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
8/11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Howler’s Café
8/12 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody’s
8/13 - Columbus, OH - Ravari Room
8/14 - Indianapolis, IN - Emerson Theatre

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The Gates Of Slumber Signs To Rise Above Records

Indianapolis based doom band The Gates of Slumber have signed to England's Rise Above Records. Their as-yet-untitled album is set for a fall 2009 release.

Rise Above issued the following statement about the band:

"Weaned on Black Sabbath, Saint Vitus, the melodic might of Iron Maiden and a host of classic bands from Thin Lizzy to Rainbow to Mercyful Fate, THE GATES OF SLUMBER draws deep from heavy metal's most powerful blood and delivers doom in its purest form. The band’s high-potency live performances have garnered serious word-of-mouth kudos and built it a cult following amongst the die-hard traditional metal / doom community, resulting in fans literally driving hours to catch the band’s live sets." More...

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The Gates Of Slumber Announces US Summer Tour

Indianapolis doom metal band, THE GATES OF SLUMBER, will be embarking on a two week tour this summer with ZOROASTER and SERPENTCULT. The tour dates are as follows:

08/01 - Chicago, IL @ Now That’s Class
08/02 - Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar
08/03 - Toronto, ON @ The Wreckroom
08/04 - Ottawa, ON @ Rainbow Bistro
08/05 - Montreal, ON @ Katacombes
08/06 - Danbury, CT @ Billy Baloney’s
08/07 - Boston, MA @ O’Brien’s Pub
08/08 - Baltimore, MD @ Talking Head Club
08/09 - New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall
08/10 - Doyelstown, PA @ The Moose Lodge #1284
08/11 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Howler’s Café
08/12 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
08/13 - Columbus, OH @ Ravari Room
08/14 - Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theater

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Skeletonwitch Announce Headlining Tour Dates

Before joining the BLACKEST OF THE BLACK tour with DANZIG and DIMMU BORGIR on October 9 in Miami Beach, Florida, SKELETONWITCH will be playing some headlining dates. Bands providing support on select dates include TRAP THEM (Deathwish) and THE GATES OF SLUMBER (Profound Lore). The tour dates are listed below.

In addition, on October 30, SKELETONWITCH is teaming up with Dallas/Ft. Worth based Music Feeds People to raise monetary and food donations for the North Texas Food Bank. Fans in the area can hang with the band after their BLACKEST OF THE BLACK performance in exchange for donations. More details can be found here.

SKELETONWITCH continues to support the band’s Prosthetic Records debut, "Beyond The Permafrost," which saw an October 2007 release and features artwork from Baroness’ John Baizley and production courtesy of Corey Smoot (Municipal Waste, GWAR). The record is the follow-up to the band’s self-released EP, "Worship The Witch." Recently returning from a European tour alongside Hate Eternal, Cephalic Carnage, and Deaborn in May and June, having already toured Stateside this year with the likes of Hate Eternal, Soilent Green, Arsis, A Life Once Lost, Job For A Cowboy, The Red Chord, and more, in addition to a busy 2007 on the.

Here are the latest SKELETONWITCH tour dates: More...

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Indianapolis Metal Fest II Cancelled

The second day of Indianapolis Metal Fest II has been cancelled. Here's a statement from show organizers:

"Due to issues entirely beyond our control, the Saturday show at 5100 W. 38th Street, Indianapolis has been cancelled. More details will be available on our website soon.

"We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. Make-up dates are being considered, and we are certain to file legal action against the parties responsible for this situation.

"Thanks to all who came out to the show on Friday night -- it was a GREAT crowd and the bands were amazing. Though we were unable to give you the show we wanted to give you due to problems and code violations within the venue, I think we all pulled together as best we could and made the Friday night show one hell of a good show.

"Special thanks to Morgan and Mercedes Lander from Kittie for being so exceptionally cool. Extra special thanks to Dino Cazares for invaluable advice and support during the show.

"A major announcement and statement will be made concerning this issue in a day or so."

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The Gates of Slumber Announces US Tour Dates

The Indianapolis trio THE GATES OF SLUMBER is set to hit the road in support of their latest album, "Conqueror," with fellow comrades Demiricous on the "Conquest Of Poverty Tour."

The tour dates for the month long "Conquest Of Poverty tour" are as follows (the TBA's will be updated):

11/8/09 Lawrence, KS @ tba
11/9/08 Denver, CO @ tba
11/10/08 Boise, ID @ tba
11/11/08 Portland, OR @ Satyricon
11/12/08 Seattle WA @ Studio Seven
11/14/08 Oakland, CA @ The Metro w/ The Faceless,
Decrepit Birth
11/15/08 Bakersfield, CA @ Jerry's Pizza
11/16/08 Los Angeles, CA @ Black Castle (tentative)
11/17/08 Tempe, AZ @ Big Fish Pub
11/18/08 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad (tentative)
11/19/08 Abilene, TX @ Midnight Rodeo
11/20/08 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit w/ Anal Cunt
11/21/08 Austin, TX @ Red 7 w/ Anal Cunt
11/22/08 Dallas, TX @ Reno's Chop Shop w/ Anal Cunt
11/23/08 Houston, TX @ tba w/ Anal Cunt
11/24/08 New Orleans, LA @ tba
11/25/08 Tallahassee, FL @ The Engine Room
11/26/08 Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug
11/28/08 Gainesville, FL @ The Atlantic
11/29/08 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicon (tentative)
11/30/08 Baltimore, MD @ Talking Head w/ Strong Intention
12/1/08 New York, NY @ Lit Lounge - Metal Mondays
12/2/08 Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool (tentative) w/ Krallice, more
12/3/08 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
12/4/08 Columbus, OH @ Ravari Room
12/5/08 TBA
12/6/08 Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theater

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