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Tuesday, December 15, 2015
NEWS: Affliction Gate
NEWS: Affliction Gate
release: 5 January 2016
Affliction Gate (France) is traditional, classic-style death metal in the spirit of the late 80s. They have a brand new EP and you can hear a bit of it at the link below. This recording will be of interest to supporters of the original death metal forms that have memorable songs, and just a tad of melody in the guitar soloing. The band has dedicated time to writing songs that have the death metal heaviness and that also sound like songs, in the traditional sense: hooks and headbanging. It sounds like the band is a bit of gem and if you give them a chance, they might surprise you with their quality and skills.
The recording is:
1.Negative Lucidity 03:56
2.Devising Our Own Chains 04:34
3.Dying Alone 04:38
4.Manicheism Inertia 04:12
total time 17:20
AFFLICTION GATE was formed during Spring 2006 taking inspiration from late 80's / early 90's Death Metal classics of UNLEASHED, MASSACRE, MANTAS / DEATH, BOLT THROWER, ASPHYX, GRAVE etc...
The first EP "severance (dead to this world)" was released in late 2008 through French label FORGOTTEN WISDOM Prod. Then, the band inked a deal with METAL INQUISITION Records from Germany and the debut album "aeon of Nox (from darkness comes liberation) was released in December 2009. Vincent Crowley (ACHERON) is appearing as guest on the first track "after the red moon".
The band played their first 3 gigs during winter 2009 in their local area but between 2010 and 2012, AFFLICTION GATE played multiple gigs especially across France but also some in Germany (Festung Open Air), Spain,Holland and Belgium.
The latest release "shattered ante mortem illusions" is out since August 2012 still through METAL INQUISITION Records. This time, Eric Daniels (former ASPHYX guitarist, GRAND SUPREME BLOODCOURT) and Rogga Johansson (ex-EDGE OF SANITY, PAGANIZER...) contributed to it. The vynil version will be out in Summer 2014 via GOSPEL OF DEATH Prod (France).
Beside playing more live shows in Spring 2013 (France, Belgium & Germany), the band is also working on some new tracks for their upcoming release "dying alone" to be recorded in 2014.
In the meanwhile, AFFLICTION GATE the band hit the road again on early 2014 with 4 gigs (including DeathFest France and Une Nuit En Enfer Fest) in France and 2 more in Germany (including a PARTY SAN Warm Up gig).
AFFLICTION GATE shared bills with bands like PENTACLE, NECROWRETCH, MERCYLESS, SVART CROWN, LOUDBLAST, BENIGHTED, PROCLAMATION, BELENOS, WITHDRAWN, NECROBLOOD, KETZER, IMAGO MORTIS, UNAUSSPRECHLICHEN KULTEN, CADAVERIC FUMES, MALHKEBRE, GOSPEL OF THE HORNS etc...
Conceptually, AFFLICTION GATE deals with Darkness through its various shapes and manifestations. The one which can bring freedom, strength, wisdom... but also the one which can lead to downfall and chaos. Still for the better or for the worse. Lyrics are therefore the mirror of the negativity and the darkside that someone can behold or witness. Themes refer to death, despair, solitude, irreligion, war, destruction & self destruction...