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GATECREEPER was formed in September of 2013 with members originating from both Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona. Bonded together over a mutual love of old-school death metal, GATECREEPER set out to write classic yet memorable songs for a new generation. The band recorded and released a self-titled 4 song EP digitally in April of 2014 which quickly garnered the attention of Pitchfork, CVLT Nation, and other notable music blogs. A music video for the song “Force Fed” was premiered on Invisible Oranges and the EP was soon released on 12” vinyl by King Of The Monsters and Protagonist Music in October of 2014. This short but satisfying release gained the band a large following of fans from both the hardcore and metal communities.

2015 saw GATECREEPER embark on their first tour of the West Coast, soon followed by the release of a split 7” with fellow Arizonans Take Over And Destroy. The song “Poisoned Mind” continued to propel GATECREEPER, who Noisey called the “one of the genre’s fresher, younger voices,” further into the spotlight. The band spent the second half of 2015 touring the East Coast, cultivating their rapidly growing local and national following, and recording more new material to be released on several different split releases throughout early 2016.

After returning from another West Coast tour, this time with Colorado’s Of Feather and Bone, GATECREEPER returned to Homewrecker Studios to record their debut full-length album with Ryan Bram in Tucson, Arizona. Sonoran Depravation was mixed by Kurt Ballou (Converge, Nails, Black Breath) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Obituary, Sleep, Magrudergrind), both of whom are known for their unparalleled work in the extreme metal world. The resulting record, a 9-song offering of monstrous death metal, is without a doubt GATECREEPER’s finest work yet.

GATECREEPER are: Sean Mears – Bass / Metal Matt – Drums / Eric Wagner – Guitars / Chase H. Mason – Vocals / Nate Garrett – Guitars

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  • RELAPSE CONTAMINATION TOUR RETURNS, HEADLINED BY DYING FETUS and FEATURING INCANTATION, GATECREEPER & GENOCIDE PACT Relapse Records is excited to announce the return of the Relapse Contamination Tour headlined by death metal heavyweights DYING FETUS with support from label-mates INCANTATION, GATECREEPER and GENOCIDE PACT! The tour will kick off September 19th in Flint, MI and travel through 35 cities across North America, ending October 29th in London, ON. All confirmed ...
  • FULL OF HELL & GATECREEPER Announce North American Summer Tour Photo Credit: Reid Haithcock (Top) & Hayley Rippy (Bottom) Relapse label-mates FULL OF HELL and GATECREEPER have joined forces for a co-headlining North American Summer Tour. Presented by Revolver Magazine, The Sweltering Ecstasy Tour kicks off on May 24 in Columbus, OH while GATECREEPER joins on May 28 in Phoenix, AZ. The pair will crush skulls ...
  • IRON REAGAN & GATECREEPER Premiere New Songs “Warning” & “Dead Inside” irgc_1500 IRON REAGAN & GATECREEPER have each shared another new song from their upcoming split LP due out on March 2nd via Relapse Records. “Warning” (Iron Reagan) & “Dead Inside” (Gatecreeper) can be listened to via all streaming services after exclusive premieres with Sirius XM Liquid Metal last week. Listen to IRON REAGAN’s “Warning” via YouTube ...
  • IRON REAGAN & GATECREEPER Announce Split LP; Both Bands Premiere New Song irgc_1500 East Coast crossover titans IRON REAGAN and rising Sonoran death metallers GATECREEPER unite for a split recording of cranium crushing proportions. Across 8 new tracks of auditory and lyrical venom, both bands showcase why they’re two of the most talked about groups in extreme metal today! The split LP, mixed by Kurt Ballou at Godcity ...
  • GATECREEPER: Share New Music Video For “Stronghold”, Begin European Headline Tour Next Month Photo credit: Haley Rippy Arizona death metal unit GATECREEPER have shared a new video for “Stronghold” off the 2016 released full-length Sonoran Depravation. The video features footage from the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project, better known as “Jonestown”, on November 18, 1978. Watch in full now via YouTube HERE. Additionally, GATECREEPER begin their European headline tour in two weeks. The tour commences on September ...
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