Gateway is a one man death/doom band from Belgium. The way in which the death and doom metal are fused is interesting. Most of the album is focused on the doom side of things, with mid tempo death metal peppered into the songs. The album is a long trek through barren waste lands of eviscerated bodies, and horrifying scenes of death and despair.
Gateway depicts medieval horrors and atrocities making the album as heavy as an anvil hurtling at your face from the atmosphere. From the beginning of the album Gateway paints a picture of acts of violence, sickening horrors and torture. The death metal infused doom makes for an unholy sound that you are not able to forget.
The guitars are crunchy and devastating adding to the depravity of this album. The slow crunchy riffs drag you along with them making for a wicked ride. The drums follow suit until the death metal aspect kicks in, then the songs pick up a little bit. Marrying death metal and doom work very smooth on this album and it never seems forced for one minute. The transition between to two contrasting genres mix and meld making the songs and the album clean and never chaotic.
What really struck me about Gateway, is the fact that even though the majority of the album is doom, he does not discard the ear bleedingly low growls. There is no clean singing what so ever on this album. The growls themselves sound like something coming up from the abyss to shred you and feast on your lifeless carcass. The demonic growls compliment the slow buzzing guitars almost matching each other in pitch. The raw power of the gutturals are not the only thing he does. When you don’t hear the the sledge hammer heavy gutturals there are some mid range shrieks thrown in the mix.
While being straight forward in its approach, Gateway bulldozes its way through people like they’re bowling pins. The self titled album is powered by the slow murky riffs that hit you in the chest like a shotgun. While you’re wading in the mist, the vocals grab a hold of your throat, strangling you until you lay lifeless. Gateway has put out an album that is both horrifying as well as intriguing. It’s heavy, dark, and soul sucking, just the way it should be.