Reviewed: June 2012
Released: 2012, Indie
When I hear a band like Gatekrashor I get a lump in my throat, filled with pride an in a weak moment I may have to wipe a steel tear from my electric eye. I am so pleased when young, new bands like Gatekrashor worship at the altar of steel. These dudes have been ripping around on the Calgary scene for a few years, playing dues by slogging it out in the trenches of half-empty rooms at crappy bars. Gatekrashor have pulled it together for a debut EP.
Gatekrashor easily fit with a small pack of elite (in my mind anyway) Canadian bands like Cauldron, Striker, Hrom, Untimely Demise, Midnight Malice, Skullfist, and Excavator who keep the classic era of ‘real Metal’ alive. No pretention, no bullshit can be heard on this five track EP. The production is loose and raw. For those of you with delicate ears who need everything in Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound 50 track digital, go somewhere else. This sounds analog right off the garage room floor.
When I talk to these young guys and we talk music every thing is ‘old’. Eg. I like (old) Priest. (old) Maiden. (old) Riot (old) Saxon. When I hear these five cold shots of classic era speed/thrash I get the same excitement I got when I was listening to (old) Iron Angel and (old) Warrant the first time around.
‘Blastwave’ starts off and the band never looks back. Vocalist Slutfukk I would guess is not a classically trained vocalist by any stretch but his delivery harkens back to the day of 80’s speed Metal when barks, growls, cries and shrieks punctuate the songs that are more often spoken and growled than actually sung. It’s awesome to listen to the youthful energy and enthusiasm in delivery which makes up for lack of formal training! The drums are fast, loose and sloppy and the guitars rip along as only true Speed Metal can. All the songs are great but I think ‘Heavy Metal Rangers’ will be a staple of the live set and crowd favourite with a truly ripping solo.
As a grizzled and jaded veteran of the Metal wars and I salute these guys who ‘get it’. There is no need to invent the wheel, just capture the sound, the vibe, the feel, the attitude (or whatever other intangible concept you want to name) and FEAR OF ATTACK delivers the goods of well-executed, speed metal.
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