Gates Of Slumber, The / Hymns Of Blood And Thunder
Album: Hymns Of Blood And Thunder   Collection:General
Artist:Gates Of Slumber, The   Added:Oct 2009
Label:Metal Blade  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2009-10-25 Pull Date: 2009-12-27 Charts: Loud
Week Ending: Dec 20 Dec 13 Dec 6 Nov 29 Nov 15 Nov 8 Nov 1
Airplays: 1 3 1 1 1 1 2

Recent Airplay
1. Dec 19, 2009: Bloodstains Across Atherton-Happy B-Day, Baby, Horus!
Chaos Calling
4. Dec 10, 2009: orangeasm: massage ginny
Chaos Calling
2. Dec 12, 2009: Bloodstains Across Atherton-Hail Abudaadeen!
Death Dealer
5. Dec 05, 2009: Bloodstains Across Atherton-Gutted 'gain
Beneath The Eyes Of Mars
3. Dec 11, 2009: The Songsmith Show
Age Of Sorrow
6. Nov 25, 2009: public noize racket
Descent Into Madness

Album Review
Ragnar of Ravensfjord
Reviewed 2009-10-24
CLASSIC HEAVY/DOOM METAL OF RIGHT NOW! Lots of colossal riffing, soaring & clear vocals and resonating epic tones from this Indianapolis trio. This is the kinda band who’s visage should appear on the back of many a headbangers denim (especially if they’re German or Greek). Taking elements of the classics such as: Cirith Ungol, Omen, St. Vitus, Manilla Road, Cathedral and even a bit of Dio-era Black Sabbath. All tied in with the classic lyrical influence of H.P. Lovecraft & R.E. Howard. If someone asks “what’s Heavy Metal like?” This! NOW TURN IT UP!

((((((1))))))) Fast & catchy with “Symptom of the Universe” variant riff and even handclaps (!) Rad.
(((((((2))))))) Starts with the riff in the distance then explodes with a real heavy low-end. Mixes classic US HM & NWOBHM like Saxon.
((((((3))))))) Flanger & drum intro, then a slow & HUGE sounding war charge of DOOM up the 7 hills of Rome.
(((((4))))) Classic Heavy Doomy Metal. Slight tempo change @ 6:33. Some trippy acoustic bits and Middle Eastern scales in here, too.
(((((5))))) Nice interlude. Slow, clean chords with sort of proggy-metalish solo.
(((((((((6)))))))) Quiet intro then PURE HEAVY METAL CRUSHING POWER!
(((((((7))))))) Winds o’ doom + sci-fi intro then another MONSTER RIFF! EPIC & DOOM AS FUCK! Then goes a little 70’s prog/slow burner @ the 7 min. mark and back again. HAIL!
((((((((((8)))))))))) IF YOU DON’T LIKE THIS – DON’T LIKE METAL! “Bastards will pay/the four horsemen ride/Screaming for vengeance…” \m/
(((((((9)))))) Whoa! Lovely medevael-styled neo-folkish female-male duet. Kinda like locals Hammers of Misfortune.
((((((10)))))) Super catchy, mid-paced, thundering (of course) with more influence from Omen, St. Vitus & Manilla Road. Some really cool little changes in the riffs & drumming.

Track Listing
1. Chaos Calling   6. The Bringer Of War
2. Death Dealer   7. Descent Into Madness
3. Beneath The Eyes Of Mars   8. Iron Hammer
4. The Doom Of Aceldama   9. The Mist In The Mourning
5. Age Of Sorrow   10. Blood And Thunder