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Twelfth Gate

Formed: 2000
From: Chicago, IL, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Twelfth Gate News

Below is our complete Twelfth Gate 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.

Twelfth Gate Reunion Show Scheduled

Chicago-based progressive thrash band Twelfth Gate has reunited with original singer Scott Huffman and guitarist Rich Knight, and has scheduled a reunion show to take place on Saturday, Dec 10th at Reggie's Rock Club (17+ event) in Chicago, IL. Rounding out the live lineup will be original bass player Rob Such, original live rhythm guitarist Gabe DeLaurie, and drummer Sean Scala. The band is planning on playing it's debut album "Summoning" in it's entirety, with maybe a select track or two off their sophomore album "Threshold of Revelation." Also performing will be some up-and-comers from the local Chicago metal scene - Trials, Clad In Darkness and Deadnight. More...

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Twelfth Gate Parts Ways With Guitarist

Chicago's Twelfth Gate has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new guitar player:

"Hey guys!

"Been a LONG time since any real update...well, we finally have one for you!! I know we've said that we'd have a new album finished by the end of the year, but unfortunately we've had some unforeseen circumstances that have come up which have caused some delays...like original guitarist Rich Knight quitting. No worries though...it happened on good terms, and we're still all good, close friends. Rich left to pursue other musical opportunities & we all wish him the very best!!

"Replacing Rich is Todd Scow (formerly of Chicago based death metal powerhouse Suspiria). Todd officially joined a few months ago & thanks to his added motivation and determination, we've already finished 4 new songs. Twelfth Gate is back on track & on pace to finish the album by early 2010.

"Also, I know we said that no more shows until the new album was finished, but we are technically going into the studio in a couple weeks to record our new songs...plus it's been too damn long since we've played out and we miss it!!

"So...if you live in the Chicago area, come check us out on Friday, Oct 30th @ Shark City in Glendale Heights, IL. We'll be debuting some new songs & also our new guitar player, Todd!!"

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Twelfth Gate Working On New Material w/ New Singer

Chicago-based thrash metallers TWELFTH GATE are very excited to report that the band has been working with a new singer, and is finally back on track. Of course, due to the fact that the band doesn't want to make another hasty decision regarding the vocalist position, nothing will be made official for quite some time. Most likely, not until the new album is ready to be recorded. So far, everything is working out great, and as a result, the band is back in writing mode for the next album, more motivated and inspired than ever before.

Also, for those of you who live in the Chicago area, TWELFTH GATE will be debuting their potential new singer at a show on February 10th at Legends (formerly Rory's) in Addison, IL. And as if that wasn't enough, they will also have their friend John Barr (EDEN'S FALL singer who filled in for 2 shows last year) as well as former singer Scott Huffman, joining the band on stage for a couple songs each. Also performing will be Scott's new band/project, MINDWARP CHAMBER.

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Twelfth Gate Still Seeking Frontman

Chicago-based progressive thrash metal band TWELFTH GATE is officially back on the lineup for the 2006 MadPower festival. As previously reported, TWELFTH GATE is currently seeking a new vocalist, which initially forced them to cancel, but have since recruited friend and EDEN'S FALL (also performing) vocalist John Barr to fill in for their performance at the fest.

MadPower is an annual event held in the Madison, Wisconsin area as a showcase for progressive, power metal and thrash metal bands. The all-day, 18+ festival will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 21 at The Warehouse Stage in Middleton, WI and will feature the following metal acts:


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Twelfth Gate Writing New Material

In addition to promoting their latest album "Threshold of Revelation", Twelfth Gate is also busy writing new material for their next full-length release. And as promised, the band is continuing their progression towards heavier & more intriguing songs, while also further defining their own style and sound. Twelfth Gate has also booked studio dates to re-record the vocals for a few select TWELFTH GATE songs and to record two brand new songs for a limited edition EP, which may also contain one or two extra treats. The EP, which is yet untitled, is targeted for release later this year.

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Twelfth Gate Get New Singer

TWELFTH GATE's vocalist Scott Huffman recently announced he has decided to quit the band. Replacing him in the group is Brent "Red" Erickson.

Commented bassist Rob Such: "This may come as a surprise to some, but it's actually something that Scott's been hinting at for well over a year now... Both for creative differences and reasons outside the band. At the time, even though we weren't sure whether or not our latest album ("Threshold of Revelation") would be his last, we made the decision to go ahead as planned... Mainly because we had a great album on our hands, and it deserved to be heard the way it was... With Scott singing on it. Then as suspected, once the album was finished at the end of last summer, Scott confirmed his decision to leave the band. However, he did make a commitment to the band and the new album until we found a new singer... To avoid any gap where the band did not have a singer at all. That definitely made everything much less stressful, but we still decided to start looking soon afterwards because we knew that it could potentially take a long time before we found someone we were happy with.

"Of course, with the release of the new album being pushed back to early 2006, the timing couldn't have been worse... But it happens, so we just dealt with it. Also, even before we started looking, we made the decision that our new singer needed to be someone with a different style, but whose voice would also fit the direction that the band was going in. Scott's got an absolutely AMAZING voice, and we knew that trying to find someone who sings in a similar style would just be futile... Not to mention that chapter of TWELFTH GATE had officially come to a close.

"Fortunately, we got lucky fairly quick, and found someone [Red] who fit us both musically and on a personal level. Red came highly recommended through a close friend of the band, and everything began to progress quite well after only a few rehearsals together. The only 'final test' was how well we would all perform together live... So as a recommendation from Scott, he thought it would be a good idea to debut Red at the Chicago Powerfest, and then make our final decision. We agreed...and needless to say, after our performance at the Powerfest we decided Red was the man for the job... Though we really already knew it even prior to the fest.

"Personally, even though I'm excited about what the future holds for TWELFTH GATE, I'm still a bit sad to see Scott go. Scott and I are very close friends, and have been ever since I joined the pre-SYRIS version of SPIRIT WEB back in 1995. And now, after over 10 years of being in bands together, our musical paths are going in separate directions... Although, at least we're fortunate enough to have this happen while we're still all good friends, and everyone's truly happy about the transition.

"All of the guys in TWELFTH GATE and I would like to wish Scott the very best and much success with his new project, MINDWARP CHAMBER. I know it's going to kick ass and I can't wait to hear it!"

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Twelfth Gate Singer Unable To Perform At Powerfest

Due to uncontrollable circumstances, singer Scott Huffman will not be performing with TWELFTH GATE during their performance at the Chicago Powerfest - held on April 7th & 8th. Guest singer and close friend of the band, Brent "Red" Erickson, will be handling vocal duties for the show. The band apologizes to anyone who may be disappointed because of Scott's absence, but at the same time promises to deliver an aural assault that no TWELFTH GATE fan has ever seen before.

The songs "Critical Elements" and "Inner Core" from TWELFTH GATE's upcoming "Threshold of Revelation" album (due March 20) have been posted on the band's MySpace page. Also available at both locations are two short clips of "Loyal" and "Come Alive", which will also appear on the new album.

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New Twelfth Gate Songs Online, Listening Party

Two songs off the upcoming TWELFTH GATE "Threshold of Revelation" album, to be released on March 20th via our label, have been posted online. You can check them out on the band's MySpace page - as well as on the "Music" page on TWELFTH GATE's official website. The songs are "Critical Elements" and "Inner Core". Also available at both locations are two short clips of "Loyal" and "Come Alive", which will also appear on the new album.

Bassist Rob Such will be guest DJ with Chris Lotesto (Ion Vein) at the EXIT in Chicago on Sunday, March 26th, previewing some of the music that the bands will be performing two weeks later (April 7-8) at CHICAGO POWERFEST 2006. Also, in addition to the Powerfest preview, TWELFTH GATE will be playing the new album "Threshold of Revelation" in its entirety starting at 9pm.

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Morgana Lefay, Agent Steel On Chicago Powerfest

Swedish metallers MORGANA LEFAY and California's AGENT STEEL have just been confirmed for Chicago Powerfest 2006. Due to an overwhelming response stemming from both last year's Powerfest performance and the success of their latest release, "Grand Materia", MORGANA LEFAY has been invited to return for a repeat performance. The last remaining band (headliner) will be announced in the next week or two, with additional ticket and event details to follow.

Chicago Powerfest, the fourth annual metal fest featuring both veteran and up-and-coming bands from various sub-genres of metal, will take place on Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8 at Mr. Kelley's Music Box in Chicago Heights, IL. Also scheduled to appear at the festival are ELDRITCH, BIOMECHANICAL, ION VEIN, TWELFTH GATE, GRACEPOINT, MIRROR BLACK and WITHERING SOUL.

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Lineup For Chicago Powerfest 2006 Announced

Chicago Powerfest 2006, the 4th annual metal fest featuring both veteran and up-and-coming bands from various sub-genres of metal, will take place on Friday, April 7th and Saturday, April 8th at Mr. Kelley's Music Box in
Chicago Heights, IL.

Due to the gaining momentum that the Chicago Powerfest has seen since it's beginning, the fest is moving to a brand new, much larger (600-700 capacity) venue in 2006, and will also be open to an 18+ audience, instead
of its previous 21+ restriction.

To date, confirmed bands include: More...

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Chicago Powerfest 2005 Final Line-up Announced

The third incarnation of Chicago Powerfest will prove to be one of the most exciting metal showcases this year in the US…period! Initially created to showcase the top up-and-coming underground metal acts on these shores, Chicago Powerfest has now gone one step further, bringing two of Sweden’s most exciting bands over to bring down the house! Tad Morose will be appearing as a headliner in the US for the first time, and Morgana Lefay will be making their first ever US appearance… so don’t miss this!!

The final lineup includes:
Tad Morose (Sweden)
Morgana Lefay (Sweden)
Twelfth Gate (IL)
Ion Vein (IL)
Archetype (OH)
Imagika (CA)
Silencer (CO)
Warmachine (Canada)
Katagory V (UT)

The event takes place April 8th and 9th at JJ Kelley’s in Lansing, IL which will provide an intimate environment to experience killer metal up close and personal. Tickets are only $32 for a two day pass and are on sale now via www.chicagopowerfest.com. Only 300 tickets will be sold so act fast because this show will sell out. Visit the site for all the latest news, event info., full band info., travel details, etc. Unfortunately, this is a 21 and over event so we apologize to those that won’t be able to attend because of this. Finally, very special thanks to John Coyne for coming aboard as a co-promoter and helping to get Tad and Morgana on the bill.

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