Critically acclaimed Arizona death metal band GATECREEPER return with their highly anticipated new album “Deserted,” coming October 4th on Relapse Records.
Listen to the first single “Boiled Over”
GATECREEPER comment on “Boiled Over”:
“The first song from “Deserted” we chose to share with the world is Boiled Over. With this song, we tried to capture the melodic side of Bolt Thrower mixed with the crushing heaviness and groove of bands like Obituary or Crowbar. There is a confident swagger to the song that any fan of heavy music can enjoy.”
“Deserted” was recorded at Homewrecker Studios in Tucson, where GATECREEPER co-produced the album with engineer Ryan Bram. CONVERGE guitarist Kurt Ballou handled the mix at Godcity in Salem, MA, and Brad Boatright mastered the album at Audiosiege in Portland, OR. Deserted’s hallucinatory cover art was created by Brad Moore (TOMB MOLD, MORPHEUS DESCENDS, and more.)
Additionally, GATECREEPER comment on “Deserted“:
“We are very proud to finally unleash our second full-length album. There are plenty of new and exciting elements mixed into our songwriting formula, but the most apparent evolution is simply getting better at what we have been doing since the beginning. Our experiences over the 3 years have made us a stronger band all around. With Deserted we wanted to solidify and define the GATECREEPER sound of memorable songwriting with both infectious hooks and crushing riffs.”
GATECREEPER Tour Dates:
Aug 30 Tucson, AZ HOCO Fest
Dec 13-14 Santa Ana, CA Decibel Metal & Beer Fest: Los Angeles
Deserted, a furious mix of snarling guitars and driving, rhythmic pummeling takes death metal from its 80’s Floridian roots and 90’s Swedish expansion straight into the here and now. In fact, the vanguard of death metal in 2019 can be found under Arizona’s searing sun. That’s where GATECREEPER members—Chase Mason, guitarist Eric Wagner, bassist Sean Mears, drummer Matt Arrebollo and guitarist Nate Garrett—make their homes.
Of course, the band nodded to their scorching home state with the title of their 2016 full-length debut, “Sonoran Depravation.” The theme continues on Deserted, which boasts songs like “Sweltering Madness,” “Boiled Over” and the double-meaning title track.
You can hear the results on “From The Ashes,” a crushing cut primed for the European festival circuit. Over on side two, “Boiled Over” fuses classic BOLT THROWER with the pulverizing power grooves of sludge titans CROWBAR. Album closer “Absence Of Light” upholds GATECREEPER’s tradition of finishing their records with a deathly doom dirge.
Chase Mason – Vocals
Eric Wagner – Guitar
Sean Mears – Bass
Matt Arrebollo – Drums
Nate Garrett – Guitar
Header photo by Pablo Vigueras