Heralded Indianapolis, IN doom metal masters THE GATES OF SLUMBER have signed to England’s Rise Above Records for the release of their highly anticipated new album and follow up to 2008’s celebrated Conqueror. The as-yet-untitled record is slated for a fall, 2009 release.
The announcement is made on the heels of the brightest and busiest year in the respected power trio’s history; one that saw the band pack clubs during its first U.S. headlining tour and land atop many year-end media polls with Conqueror, an album that was hailed as “a breath of fresh air within the doom / true metal underground.” The record placed at the #5 position in Decibel’s “Top 40 Albums of 2008” and made Village Voice Media’s “Top 10 Metal Albums of 2008”, joining an impressive list of some of the genre’s finest including AC/DC, Judas Priest and Metallica.
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The signing of THE GATES OF SLUMBER further bolsters the North American roster of Rise Above — the London based independent record label owned by Lee Dorrian (vocalist of the band Cathedral and original lead singer of Napalm Death) — which has increased its stateside profile of late by also welcoming San Diego prog rockers Astra and Toronto doom-psyche band Blood Ceremony to its family of artists.