The Gates Of Slumber are a band from Indiana that plays a very traditional form of doom metal and this is a review of their 2004 album "The Awakening" which was re-issued by The Abyss Records during the year of 2012.
Drums are all slow to mid paced playing with no fast drumming or blast beats being present on this recording, while the bass playing has a very strong and powerful sound with heavy riffing that dominates throughout the recording.
Rhythm guitars are all slow to mid paced traditional doom metal riffs that utilize a great amount of dark sounding melodies in the riffing, while the lead guitars are very old school sounding doom metal guitar solos and leads.
Vocals are mostly clean singing doom metal vocals with some more aggressive elements being utilized at times, while the lyrics cover Sword And Sorcery, Hate and War, as for the production it has a very strong, powerful, heavy, dark, professional and old school sound to it where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording with the songs being long and epic in length.
In my opinion The Gates Of Slumber are a very great sounding traditional doom metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Judge" "Broken On The Wheel" and "Blessed Pathway To The Celestial Kingdom". RECOMMENDED BUY.