A wild, old-school death metal unit based in Arizona, Gatecreeper’s uncompromising blend of doom and death evokes names like Grave, Obituary, Bolt Thrower and Dismember .
Founded in 2013 around the talents of vocalist Chase Mason, guitarist Eric Wagner, bassist Sean Mears and drummer Matthew Arrebollo, the quartet released a series of EPs and splits independently before signing a deal with Relapse Records. Their 2016 debut album, Sonoran Depravation, was produced by Ryan Bram at Homewrecker Studios and mixed by Kurt Ballou (Converge, Nail, Black Breath ) at God City Studios. A split LP with Take Over and Destroy arrived later that year, and in 2018 the band released another split LP, this time with crossover/thrash unit Iron Reagan. In 2019, the band released their second full-length album, Deserted. Gatecreeper slimmed things down for their third album, 2021’s An Unexpected Reality, an adventurous set that lasts only 17 minutes launched by Closed Casket Activities.
~ James Christopher Monger, Rovi