In October 2016,
delivered their stunning new album, 9 colossal tracks of low-end, old-school
death metal that would form the basis of their ferocious 'Sonoran Depravation' album. Arizona
Having devastated the underground since their formation less than three years ago, GATECREEPER unleashed their first full-length to widespread acclaim. Produced by Ryan Bram at Homewrecker Studios and mixed by the master Kurt Ballou (Converge, Nails, Black Breath) at God City Studios.
'Sonoran Depravation' is a 30+ minutes infusion of crusty, doom-soaked death metal at its most infectious and uncompromising, indeed when they use melodies they're more creepy than pretty. They seem to only be there to allow you to catch your breath before they sit on your chest and start punching you in the face again. With a sound that calls to mind the classic Swedish death metal bands Dismember and Grave mixed with the impeccable groove of Obituary and Bolt Thrower. Anybody into extreme music should be able to enjoy the simple brutality and groove this band offer.
With the band slowly carving a name for themselves within the scene, we caught up with front man Chase aka Hellahammer to talk through his top 5 Death metal albums, as we take things to the extreme, by cranking it to 11. Why do we go to 11, “It’s one louder, isn’t it?”
Grave – “Into The Grave"
Grave came out swinging with this debut LP. Caveman death metal from
heavy riffs with just enough groove on top of some very entertaining drumming.
This album taught me that it’s ok to throw in some low-key mosh riffs once in a
Dismember – “Massive Killing Capacity”
I know this one isn’t commonly considered Dismember’s finest work, but it’s definitely my favorite. They changed their song writing a bit on this one to adopt more of a “rock” approach and the vocals are a little more “shouty” but I think it all works perfectly. So many catchy riffs! Every song has multiple sections where I can’t help air guitar-ing or singing along. I listen to this album at least once a week and it never gets old.
Perfect death metal album. It’s blasphemous, hard, and most importantly, catchy! It’s not an easy feat to make things catchy in death metal without sounding corny and this record has hooks all over the place.
Sentenced – “Shadows of Past”
I feel like this album doesn’t get the recognition that it deserves.
Death – “Leprosy”
“Leprosy” is what I would consider THE classic death metal album. This album will continue to be emulated as long as death metal exists