Recent Relapse signees GATECREEPER have just shared a full stream of their forthcoming full-length debut Sonoran Depravation ahead of its release this Friday. The record can be heard in its smoldering entirety via Noisey who hails an offering “raw with emotion and a pervasive ferocity.”
Hear the brutal slab of desert death metal now at THIS LOCATION.
The Arizona-based death metal newcomers also recently premiered a music video for “Desperation” via Bloody Disgusting, HERE.
Having devastated the underground since their formation less than three years ago, GATECREEPER‘s Sonoran Depravation was produced by Ryan Bram at Homewrecker Studios and mixed by Kurt Ballou (Converge, Nails, Black Breath) at God City Studios. The record tears and chugs through more than thirty minutes of crusty, doom-soaked death metal at its most infectious and uncompromising with a massive sound that calls to mind the classic Swedish buzz-saw attack of Dismember and Grave mixed with the impeccable groove of Obituary and Bolt Thrower.
Sonoran Depravation is set for an October 7th release via Relapse Records and can be preordered on physical and digital formats via this LOCATION.
In an advance review of the record, Cvlt Nation calls Sonoran Depravation, “a death metal masterwork that will begin carving GATECREEPER a place into the same pantheon from which they draw influence: bear witness and headbang with awe.” Two Guys Metal Reviews writes, “Everything about this record is immaculate… GATECREEPER understand the fundamental essence of death metal. They have taken the genre and refined it into something flawless and powerful with a diverse set of influences that will keep you coming back.” Metal Invader notes, “Sonoran Depravation might be a very traditional album in its ingredients, yet it is very fresh in its deliverance and catches you from the first riff to the melodic fade out. GATECREEPER‘s sound is neither anachronistic nor too modern; it is a natural sonic disastrous asset, as good as their songwriting. In a world without Bolt Thrower, our music needs more bands like GATECREEPER and more albums like Sonoran Depravation.” Adds Dead Rhetoric in an 8/10 score, “Proof that there’s still plenty of life left in the old school death metal formula if it’s used properly, GATECREEPER are worthy of the buzz bestowed upon them.”
GATECREEPER is currently in the midst of their US tour with Skeletonwitch and labelmates Iron Reagan through October 29th. Additional support comes from Oathbreaker. A complete listing of dates is available below.
GATECREEPER w/ Skeletonwitch, Iron Reagan, Oathbreaker:
10/04/2016 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
10/05/2016 White Oak – Houston, TX
10/06/2016 RBC – Dallas, TX
10/07/2016 Barracuda – Austin, TX
10/08/2016 The Sandbox – El Paso, TX *
10/09/2016 Rebel Lounge – Phoenix, AZ
10/10/2016 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
10/11/2016 The Roxy – Los Angeles, CA
10/12/2016 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
10/14/2016 Panic Room – Portland, OR
10/15/2016 Highline – Seattle, WA
10/16/2016 Wastelander Studios – Boise, ID *
10/17/2016 Metro Bar – Salt Lake City, UT
10/18/2016 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
10/29/2016 Within These Walls Fest – Mesa, AZ*