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Gates Of Purgatory Review

by Matt Hensch

It always excites me to hear a great debut from a young band. A young band with a solid debut, all the more likely continue to make satisfying music during the band's lifespan. You're probably wondering why I'm talking about this "great debut" crap. Well, I just a heard a debut that rocked my f**king socks off. This debut is the self titled EP of the death metal outfit Gates Of Purgatory. This young band's debut is filled with stellar material that almost promises other great releases.

Gates Of Purgatory do play death metal, but there is a strong amount of melody in their songs. The most melodic song is "Frozen In The Ninth Circle," which is filled with melodic death riffs from beginning to end; "Frozen In The Ninth Circle" is also the best song on the EP. The other songs on this album are mainly death riffs. There is the occasional thrash influenced riffs on such tracks like "Watch Your Heaven Burn," but the death riffs rule this EP. The drumming is most noticeably good. Drummer Artur uses his talent on all the tracks with fast double pedal hits and decent drum patterns. He has some good pattern switches during "Frozen In The Ninth Circle" when he'll be double bassing and rapidly hitting his snare; Artus will then change into a slower pattern at the perfect time. Vocalist Ryan also has an important role in their debut. Ryan's vocals sound like a medium between a scream and a death growl. His aggressive vocal style merges properly with the swift music. Every now and then, Ryan will use some authentic death growls, but his vocal usually falls between the scream and the growl.

Musically speaking, Gates Of Purgatory are on the right track. I enjoyed this short EP from beginning to end. If you like death metal, you should try to get a hold of this album, it won't disappoint.

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