GATECREEPER: Arizona Death Metal Unit To Support Nails And Toxic Holocaust On Upcoming North American Tour

Photo by  Hayley Rippy

Photo by Hayley Rippy

“Arizona’s GATECREEPER stand out not by aping one particular style of death metal, but by acting as a polyglot of various classic bands. Sonoran Depravation is their unwavering debut LP.” – Pitchfork

Classic death metal newcomers GATECREEPER will begin their 2017 live takeover with a North American run supporting Nails and Relapse labelmates, Toxic Holocaust. Set to commence on March 16th in Orlando, Florida and ravage seventeen cities through April 1st in Los Angeles, California, the crushing tour package follows GATECREEPER‘s recent punishing performance at Power Of The Riff in Los Angeles this past December.


GATECREEPER w/ Nails, Toxic Holocaust:
3/16/2017 Orpheum – Orlando, FL
3/17/2017 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
3/18/2017 Motorco Music Hall – Durham, NC
3/19/2017 Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
3/20/2017 Broadberry – Richmond, VA
3/21/2017 Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
3/22/2017 Music Hall Of Williamsburg – New York City, NY
3/23/2017 Middle East (Downstairs) – Boston, MA
3/24/2017 Foufounes Electriques – Montréal, QC
3/25/2017 Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON
3/26/2017 Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
3/27/2017 Park Street – Columbus, OH
3/28/2017 Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
3/29/2017 Neumos – Seattle, WA
3/30/2017 Analog Theater – Portland, OR
3/31/2017 New Parish – Oakland, CA
4/01/2017 The Hi Hat – Los Angeles, CA

GATECREEPER will be touring in support of their Sonoran Depravation full-length released via Relapse Records last October. 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 available via Relapse Records on physical and digital formats at THIS LOCATION.

Writes Pitchfork of the offering, “Arizona’s GATECREEPER stand out not by aping one particular style of death metal, but by acting as a polyglot of various classic bands. Sonoran Depravation is their unwavering debut LP.” 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.” In a 4.5/5 rating, New Noise Magazine gushes, “Overall, this fast, furious, and fun debut might be one of the best death metal records you’re going to hear this year, and that’s actually a mighty feat in 2016. GATECREEPER know how to craft retro-styled Swedish death with just the right amount of hardcore influence to make it sound rather fresh.” Noisey notes, “the nine song album reflects the prickly intermingling of genres and cities, raw with emotion and a pervasive ferocity. Unlike bands like Power Trip or Xibalba, whose sound clearly melds thrash and punk, GATECREEPER‘s approach on tracks like ‘Sterilizing’ or highlight ‘Stronghold’ emphasize death metal as a primary style,” while Two Guys Metal Reviews points out, “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.” 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.”