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Review: The Seven Gates - Angel of Suffering
The Seven Gates
Angel of Suffering

Label: Heavy Artillery
Year released: 2009
Duration: 43:40
Tracks: 10
Genre: Death Metal


Review online: January 28, 2010
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
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Rated 4/5 (80%) (10 Votes)

This one slipped by in 2009, and undeservedly so. The Seven Gates play a style of Death Metal you could find around every corner in 1991 – although these days I guess it's okay most of the bands from that time having fizzled out or stopped playing Death Metal (although there are still a few masters of the genre ripping things apart). However I've found The Seven Gates a lot less faceless than the putrid swathe of DM over-populating the early 90's – but that's not to say they don't use nearly every convention of the genre – filthy guitar work, crushing tone, tasteful use of blasting, earth-shaking vocals, Trey Azagthoth pyrotechnics. The only thing I really found missing was the bass as it is a little too low in the mix – a minor niggle.

Fans of the early Death Metal scene should buy this without hesitation; I can assure you this is more than worthy. Tracks such as "Angel of Suffering", "All is in All", "The Serpent's Wheel", and "Quake of the Hammer particularly speak out to me as rip-roaring Death Metal assaults, especially "The Serpent's Wheel" sending a relentless onslaught of chaos in the direction of your ears. Besides a short breather in the form of "Selen" the pace never lets up, a constant barrage of furious riff work and insane drumming keep the head banging throughout. A very nice debut from a band I for one certainly hope to hear more from in the future. Recommended.

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