Gatekeeper Posts New Music Video “Grey Maiden” Online

Canadian true metal force Gatekeeper have debuted a music video for the title track from their new EP “Grey Maiden,” set for release on February 22nd via Cruz Del Sur Music. You can check it out below.

Featuring two brand-new compositions, a cover song and a track re-recorded from their first demo, Grey Maiden picks right up where the band’s acclaimed East Of Sun first full-length left off. The groundswell of support in North America and abroad – including the selling out of the vinyl and CD pressing of East Of Sun within six months – spurred Gatekeeper to satiate their ever-growing fanbase with a new release.

“We’ve been working harder and faster than ever since all of this started happening,” says guitarist and founding member Geoff Blackwell. “If there’s one thing I’ve learned from spending the past ten-plus years in bands, it’s that momentum is your greatest resource and you’ve gotta pour gasoline on the little fires that pop up in your career.”

According to Blackwell, Gatekeeper (who are rounded out by vocalist Jean-Pierre, lead guitarist Kenny Kroecher, bassist David Messier and drummer Tommy Tro) has performed more shows in 2018 than all other years of the band combined, which has started to influence their songwriting. While East Of Sun is considered by many fans to get only better with each passing listen, the songs on Grey Maiden are some of the band’s most immediate compositions to date. However, there are some twists afoot.

“The title track might be our best song yet,” notes Blackwell. “It’s got a massive chorus, intricate vocal lines and catchy, pummelling riffs. We re-recorded the song ‘Tale Of Twins’, which is an old favorite that we’ve been playing lately. It’s finally gotten the recording and performance quality that the song deserves! JP did a great job with the singing on this one.

“‘Moss’ is a big departure from our other material,” he continues. “It’s a soft, finger-picked acoustic ballad featuring a lilting guitar pattern inspired by traditional folk music with fantasy-tinged lyrics. We also brought in a guest violinist to fill in the gaps. It’s much different than anything else we’ve done, but I think it makes perfect sense for Gatekeeper. Lastly, we covered an obscure Nwobhm song by a band named Tredegar called ‘Richard III’. They’re a very cool, but forgotten band from Wales who had ex-members of Budgie in their ranks. They were a very early example of epic metal and we decided that it would be a good match for us. Kenny and I took some liberties with the guitar arrangement.”

Gatekeeper’s future plans include a tour of Europe in support of “Grey Maiden,” including spots on key festivals such as Hell Of Hammaburg, Swordbrothers and Up The Hammers. In addition to more live dates in their home territory of Canada, Gatekeeper will buckle down and get to work on their second LP, which, according to Blackwell, will feature material contributed by the entire band. But, before the calendar jumps over to 2019, some reflection of 2018 is warranted, a year that saw Gatekeeper emerge as one of the best new traditional metal hopefuls in recent memory.

“Obviously we all hoped the album would do well and I figured that we’d make a few sales and play some fun shows here and there,” closes Blackwell. “But, I absolutely never expected us to sell out the first vinyl and CD pressing so quickly. That’s the kind of stuff that usually happens to other people. The outpouring of support from our new friends and fans on social media and streaming platforms like YouTube has been huge, too.”

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NYN Streams New Song “Maelstrom II: The Ignorance of the Gatekeeper”

As progressive/technical death metal project NYN moves closer towards the August 11th release date set for “Entropy: Of Chaos and Salt,” the time has come for another song from the release to be made public.

Check out “Maelstrom II: The Ignorance of the Gatekeeper” in the player below, which is the second part of a dynamic four-part song on the album.

This track, like the rest of the release, features performances from new members Tom “Fountainhead” Geldschläger (ex-Obscura) on fretless guitar and key/synth musician Jimmy Pitts (Pitts Minneman Project, Eternity’s End alongside NYN founding member and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Noyan Tokgozoglu.

Of special note in “Maelstrom II: The Ignorance of the Gatekeeper” is the inclusion of a guest spot from Brandon Morris, a member of renowned prog metal act A Sense Of Gravity.

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High Fighter Announces “Scars & Crosses” Album

Hamburg-based sludgy / power doom band High Fighter released “The Goat Ritual” demo EP back in late 2014 and now reveals details on an upcoming full-length effort.

“Scars & Crosses” is set to be released June 10th, 2016 via Svart Records. The album was recorded live at RAMA Studio in Mannheim, Germany (Ahab, The Hirsch Effekt, Fjørt & many more) by Jens Siefert, and is mixed & mastered by none other than Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Big Business) in Los Angeles.

Again the band worked with artist Dominic Sohor from the UK, who was already responsible for the stunning artwork of “The Goat Ritual.” The track listing for “Scars & Crosses” will be as follows:

1) A Silver Heart
2) Darkest Days
3) The Gatekeeper
4) Blinders
5) Portrait Mind
6) Gods
7) Down To The Sky
8) Scars & Crosses

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New Music Video “Unlock All The Doors” Released By Morning Dwell

Swedish power metal act Morning Dwell, featuring ReinXeed/Golden Resurrection drummer Alfred Fridhagen, released a music video for the new track “Unlock All The Doors.” The song appears on the upcoming self-titled debut release, which is due out in April 2, 2014 via Doolittle Group.

The track list for “Morning Dwell” is:

1. Introduction
2. Unlock All The Doors
3. Orange Moped
4. Strongest Of Them All
5. Forever And Ever
6. Predator
7. Spread Your Wings
8. The Pirate Song
9. The Gatekeeper
10. World Inside
11. The Story Never Ends

Check out “Unlock All Doors” here:

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Morning Dwell Posts New Album Teaser

Power metal band Morning Dwell – featuring members of ReinXeed and Golden Resurrection – has posted a teaser trailer for an upcoming album, which can be seen below. The album is due out in April, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Introduction
2. Unlock All The Doors
3. Orange Moped
4. Strongest Of Them All
5. Forever And Ever
6. Predator
7. Spread Your Wings
8. The Pirate Song
9. The Gatekeeper
10. World Inside
11. The Story Never Ends

The album’s lineup consists of:

Petter Hjerpe-Vocals
Michel Barréra-Guitars
Ulf Zetterman-Guitars
Martin Erneström-Bass
Samuel Olsson-Keyboards
Alfred Fridhagen-Drums

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