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The Gates Of Hell

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The Gates Of Hell
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Type: EP
Release Date: January 29th, 2021
Label: Independent
Genre: Death
1. Into The Tombs
2. Blinding Horrors
3. Cellar Dweller


Review by Alex Grindor on April 4, 2021.

From the UK, Seven Doors has come to spread their brand of old-school, horror-inspired death metal that will please both old and new fans of the genre. Taking direct inspiration from the classics of death metal and horror thematic, Seven Doors presents The Gates of Hell. Four tracks of old-school worship done to remind us what death metal once was.

Ryan Wills, the sole member of Seven Doors shows great songwriting in this short, but beautifully sweet EP. There's something here for every fan of death metal, from fast-paced headbangers ('Into the Tombs'), to mid-paced tracks ('Blinding Horrors') and even some more furious moments with slight technical sections ('Cellar Dweller'). All tracks have leads as well, so you'll be in for quite a treat here.

Ryan Wills (also a member of Born Undead, among other projects) has taken charge of everything on this record, and has done a marvelous job. Musically, it is an exquisite ode to the old ways of death. Production wise, everything is in its proper place, no instrument overtakes the other. Guitars have a very thick sound that's complemented by the bass, drums (which may be programmed but matters little if so) are well executed and his vocals are more of a deep grunt rather than a monstrous growl, which honestly is a great choice for me as it is a great throwback to albums like "Scream Bloody Gore".

Although the band's lifespan has been very short, the impression of their work is outstanding. Influenced by early Gorguts and Death, Asphyx and Skeletal Remains, this is an offering to those early years, while being original all on its own. Catchy, brutal, vicious and with a horror thematic, this is a great EP from start to finish. While it is already available in digital format, cassette will be released on April 16th through Redefining Darkness Records, so stay tuned for that day if you want to get your copy of this amazing work.

As for me, I shall be watching Seven Doors closely.

Rating: 9.2 out of 10

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