GATECREEPER Premiere New Song, Announce ‘Sonoran Depravation’ Album Details
Photo: Hayley Rippy
Arizona death metal newcomers GATECREEPER have announced their savage debut album Sonoran Depravation. Having devastated the underground since their formation less than three years ago, GATECREEPER now unleash their first full-length, produced by Ryan Bram at Homewrecker Studios and mixed by Kurt Ballou (Converge, Nails, Black Breath) at God City Studios. Sonoran Depravation tears and chugs through 30+ minutes of crusty, doom-soaked death metal at its most infectious and uncompromising with a massive sound that calls to mind the classic Swedish buzz-saw attack of Dismember and Grave mixed with the impeccable groove of Obituary and Bolt Thrower. The album’s lead track “Craving Flesh” can be heard now at this location or below.
Sonoran Depravation is set for an October 7th release via Relapse Records and can be pre-ordered on physical and digital formats here.
GATECREEPER recently announced a full US tour in support of Skeletonwitch and label-mates Iron Reagan, which will kick-off September 29th in Atlanta, GA. Additional support will come from Oathbreaker and a complete listing of dates is available below.
Stay tuned for more news and tour dates from GATECREEPER.
***All Dates with Skeletonwitch, Iron Reagan, Oathbreaker***
Sep 23 Tucson, AZ Club Congress*
Sep 27 Tulsa, OK SoundPony*
Sep 28 Memphis, TN RockHouse Live Midtown*
Sep 29 Atlanta, GA The Earl
Sep 30 Savannah, GA The Jinx
Oct 1 Tampa, FL Crowbar
Oct 2 Gainesville, FL The Atlantic
Oct 4 New Orleans, LA Siberia
Oct 5 Houston, TX White Oak
Oct 6 Dallas, TX RBC
Oct 7 Austin, TX Barracuda
Oct 8 El Paso, TX The Sandbox*
Oct 9 Phoenix, AZ Rebel Lounge
Oct 10 San Diego, CA Brick by Brick
Oct 11 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy
Oct 12 San Francisco, CA DNA Lounge
Oct 14 Portland, OR Panic Room
Oct 15 Seattle, WA Highline
Oct 16 Boise, ID Wastelander Studios*
Oct 17 Salt Lake City, UT Metro Bar
Oct 18 Denver, CO Marquis Theater
Oct 29 Mesa, AZ Within These Walls Fest*
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.
Sean Mears – Bass
Metal Matt – Drums
Eric Wagner – Guitars
Chase H. Mason – Vocals
Nate Garrett – Guitars