I’m unfortunately part of a generation that came way after the closure of the old school of death metal, but that has not stopped me from searching out the ways of old, nor have the current times stopped bands from recreating the sound. Gatecreeper is one such group, and it is simply of those examples that are without a doubt a near perfect embodiment of the gory genre, and what better way than through a debut record?
Okay, Gatecreeper has put out an EP and multiple splits over the last few years, but that’s all completely shadowed over with the album that is “Sonoran Depravation”. This is an album that will thankfully see the light of day and reach many people unlike the unfortunate gems that will remain in the underground forever, but luckily Gatecreeper won’t succumb to such a fate. The main reason being that the whole of their work is just so fucking powerful and literally dripping with might it’s hard to ignore any of the monstrous tracks off “Sonoran Depravation” if you’re even a remote fan of death metal, old school or no. And to make this fresh album all the more diabolical and nasty, Gatecreeper managed to work in elements of doom metal to make “Sonoran Depravation” an absolute fucking crusher of a record that doesn’t just leave no survivors, but grinds up the corpses of those it’s destroyed, and spits the viscera onto those next in line. It’s just proof that Gatecreeper is nothing short than a force to be reckoned with as they are one of those new bands that came up quicker than anyone could’ve ever expected, and we love them all the more because of it, and they give us a whopping nine new reasons to love them even more in the form of “Sonoran Depravation”.
Without a doubt, this will be one of my favorite death metal albums to close out the year with. “Sonoran Depravation” has got everything from the crippling rage and monstrous presence to the point where we can only beg for more from the now all might titan that is Gatecreeper.
“Sonoran Depravation” releases on October 7th!
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