Two of Doom Metalâ€™s most acclaimed acts will team up for a two week U.S. tour this winter as the legendary PENTAGRAM joins forces with celebrated â€œTrue Heavy Metalâ€ band THE GATES OF SLUMBER. The 11 city tour will launch on January 15, 2010 in Springfield, VA.
The pairing of PENTAGRAM and THE GATES OF SLUMBER aligns 2 generations of Doom Metal majesty and will undoubtedly be a tremendous treat for both long time loyalists and wide-eyed newcomers alike. Formed in 1971, PENTAGRAM has a long and storied history that continues to play out almost 40 years later. Let by wildly charismatic vocalist Bobby Liebling, the band has forged an indelible mark in the â€œHeavy Metal Rock and Rollâ€ pantheon and continues to influence scores of modern day acts. THE GATES OF SLUMBER has emerged as one of modern day metalâ€™s most critically acclaimed bands whose decidedly throwback sound both pays homage to and builds upon â€œHeavy Metalâ€ in its truest form. The band has been hailed as â€œa breath of fresh air within the doom / true metal undergroundâ€ and its latest studio album Hymns of Blood & Thunder (Rise Above) is in stores now.
Pre-sales for the PENTAGRAM / THE GATES OF SLUMBER 2010 U.S. tour go on sale Friday, November 13. The initial routing for the trek is as follows:
January 15 Springfield, VA Jaxx (* pre-order tickets at this location)
January 16 Philadelphia, PA Polaris (* pre-order tickets at this location)
January 17 New York, NY B.B. King Blues Club (* pre-order tickets at this location)
January 18 Richmond, VA The Hat Factory (* pre-order tickets at this location)
January 21 New Orleans, LA The Howlin’ Wolf (* pre-oder tickets at this location)
January 23 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade (* pre-order tickets at this location)
January 26 Des Moines, IA Vaudeville Mews (*pre-order tickets at this location)
January 27 Madison, WI High Noon (* pre-order tickets at this location)
January 28 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s (* pre-order tickets at this location)
January 29 Detroit, MI Blondie’s (* pre-order tickets at this location)
January 30 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle (* pre-order tickets at this location)
THE GATES OF SLUMBER is available to speak with interested media now. To chat with the band, simply contact ACTION! PR via any of the means listed below. Updated THE GATES OF SLUMBER news and tour information will be made available via the ACTION! PR website: www.action-pr.com, the Rise Above Records online home: www.riseaboverecords.com and THE GATES OF SLUMBER web domain: www.myspace.com/thegatesofslumber.
What the press is saying about THE GATES OF SLUMBER:
â€œHoly. This is truly meat-and-potatoes metal at its best.â€ – STEREOGUM
â€œhuge riffs, demonic growls and sword-sharp solosâ€¦these battle-ready warriors hail from the hellish outlandsâ€ â€“ SPIN
“Musically, GATES OF SLUMBER are tapping into a St. Vitus, Black Sabbath, Pentagram-style doom sound…a certified crap-free oeuvreâ€ â€“ PITCHFORK
“Fervently old-fashioned doom, THE GATES OF SLUMBER know exactly how a heavy album should sound. Euphorically gargantuan”- DECIBEL
â€œEasily one of the best doom/heavy metal albums of 2008, “Conqueror” is the sound of a band peaking. It doesn’t get much better.â€ â€“ BLABBERMOUTH
â€œripping doomâ€¦awesomeâ€ â€“ BROOKLYN VEGAN
“Just as it eclipses the limiting “doom-metal” tag by emphasizing structural dynamics and occasionally playing fast, the group transcends conventional thematic trappings by focusing on the primary inspiration of countless mystical creations: author Robert E. Howard…excellent” – THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE