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The Gates Of Slumber Comments On New Album "The Wretch"

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:

March 31 Helsinki, Finland Kuudes Linja
April 1 Oulu, Finland Nuclear Nightclub
April 2 Turku, Finland Klubi
April 5 Nürnberg, Germany Kunstverein (w/ Magma Rise)
April 6 Lenzburg, Switzerland Met Bar
April 7 Vienna, Austria Arean (w/ Acid King)
April 8 Vicenza, Italy Sabotage
April 9 Parma, Italy Onirica Club
April 10 Martigny, Switzerland Les Caves du Manoir
April 12 Paris, France Théatre de Ménilmontant
April 13 Barcelona, Spain TBA
April 14 Essen, Germany Turock (*Gates of Slumber only)
April 16 Tilburg, Holland Green Room (as part of the 2011 Roadburn Festival)

U.S. tour 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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