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The Gates - …Of Pandemonium

The Gates
…Of Pandemonium
by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 02 June 2022, 10:45 AM

From their Bandcamp page, THE GATES play “Magik Metal,” combining their own interpretation of old school Occult Rock and Psychedelic Metal with additional Black Metal vocals. Visually, they use classic psych imagery such as colourful artwork and magic mushrooms in combination with occult symbols and occasional nods to the Nazisploitation movies of the 70s (which are to be understood as a tribute to old school B-movies and cult flicks and nothing else), while their lyrics also focus on classic forms of occultism and psychedelic experiences. The album contains eight tracks.

“The Cosmic Crypt” opens the album. It begins with some electronica that slowly builds. The main riff does indeed have both an occult edge and psychedelic properties. The vocals are done both harsh and clean, and old-school keyboards are present throughout. I get some THE CURE vibes here. “Unlock the Gates” is a slower moving song again with a heavy key presence, and a combination of harsh and clean vocals. This time, I get more of a GHOST vibe. “Funguss” presents a more jovial and fun-loving vibe. The contrast from the vocals with the music is interesting, because the two separate sounds are able to combine in a way that makes sense.

“The Wizard” begins with some catchy hooks and keys. The song moves at a solemn pace but also swings with some upbeat tones, and the clean vocals are very emotive. “The Reborn” opens with more electronic, staccato beats before the main riff comes jaunting in with attitude. The harsh vocals are horrid but the melodies and hooks come through strong. Here, I get some PARASIDE LOST vibes. “Dark Lord” begins with a BLACK SABBATH type riff…cold and slow along with some groove to it. The backing vocals have some nice layers in the chorus, and the song has a few hooks as well. “In the Gaze of the Beast” opens with some steady electronic keys and drums, almost as if you were playing in a retro arcade game in the 80’s. The harsh vocals are edgy and frightening, as are the cleans. The diversity presented in each song is strong.

“The Ghost of the Night” closes the album. It begins with solemn organ notes and a soft, thoughtful melody. The harsh vocals drip with sentiment, as the cleans are funereal in their approach. No drums appear in this final, despondent song, which speaks of the agony of regret. Take a look at the various bands that I heard in their sound. They range from BLACK SABBATH to THE CURE. This type of particular sound is both unique and modern sounding, to an old school facing band. Sometimes quite sad, while other time near jovial, the album covers a complete sound from a lot of angles. If you are up for something a little different, give this album a spin.

Songwriting: 8
Musicianship: 7
Memorability: 8
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

1. The Cosmic Crypt
2. Unlock the Gates
3. Funguss
4. The Wizard
5. The Reborn
6. Dark Lord
7. In the Gaze of the Beast
8. The Ghost of the Knight
Galigula – Vocals
King Baal – All Instruments
Record Label: Northern Silence Productions


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