30-SECOND REVIEW: The Gates Of Slumber

‘Stormcrow EP’
Scion AV, 2013
After a decade of doom, The Gates Of Slumber went out on a high… or should that be a low? Having split up just months after the release of this five-track EP, they can be proud of what proved to be their swansong (available free from Toyota marketeers Scion). Slower and more morose than some of their previous work, Stormcrow doesn’t re-invent the Saint Vitus/Count Raven wheel but is powerful, tight and expertly constructed. During the final, misery-inducing song ‘Of That Which Can Never Be’, Karl Simon sings: “I’ve lost the will, I’ve had my fill…” RIP, TGOS.


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