Based in Bruges, GATEWAY formed in 2014 and soon began their ascent through the underground as one of the murkiest and most mysterious death-doom bands around. After a stage-setting demo, GATEWAY released their self-titled debut album in 2015, which established mainman R as an individual with a decidedly twisted vision: Gateway didn’t so much crush like most death-doom records did, but rather enwrapped the listener in a cocoon of mildew and moss. A few digital singles followed thereafter, before the release of GATEWAY’s second album, Scriptures of Grief, which further fleshed out the band’s torturousyet-alluring sound. In 2018, GATEWAY released the acclaimed EP Boundless Torture before going on indefinite hiatus.
A tragedy, that, as GATEWAY’s name had firmly and formidably entrenched itself in the underground… Now, at long last, GATEWAY rises from the slumber of the crypt with the aptly titled Flesh Reborn. Featuring four songs across 26 minutes, Flesh Reborn reanimates GATEWAY in a most dramatic fashion. This is R’s most ambitious effort – the songwriting winds and wends through labyrinths that are more uptempo than previous, with this uptick in speed also revealing a hitherto-unexplored catchiness, all before plunging to the abyss with the slo-mo destruction of the closing title track – resulting in a more focused sound and featuring deadly guest leads by M, a first for the band. Oozing atmospheric death-doom RIFF-worship for fans of Disembowelment, Coffins, Winter, Thorr’s Hammer, and Rippikoulu, GATEWAY can now stand tall in the hall of the ancients with Flesh Reborn!
2. Slumbering Crevases
3. Rack Crawler
4. Flesh Reborn
GENRE: Doom/Death Metal