THE GATES OF SLUMBER announce new drummer 'Cool Clyde' Paradis, who is a New Orleans native and Hurricane Katrina survivor, Paradis joins THE GATES OF SLUMBER hot off stints in Sourvein, Substance Abuse and the New Orleans blues act T-bone and The Rhythm Makers. "We’re stoked about the future of TGoS with the addition of 'Cool Clyde' on drums,” commented THE GATES OF SLUMBER bassist Jason McCash. “All three of us are speaking the same language and have the same focus and drive; the legion has become one. It’s like having an adrenaline shot to the heart and exhaling for the first time after wards, seeing new possibilities. For us as a band, the best is yet to come.”
THE GATES OF SLUMBER is currently hard at work on material for its as-yet-untitled new record. A summer, 2011 release date is expected. A taste of what THE GATES OF SLUMBER’s live set holds in store can be heard now as the song 'Blood and Thunder' is streaming via Stereogum. Weaned on Black Sabbath, St. Vitus, the melodic might of Iron Maiden and a host of classic bands from Thin Lizzy to Rainbow to Mercyful Fate, THE GATES OF SLUMBER draws deep from heavy metal's most powerful blood and delivers doom metal in its purest form. The band has been called 'a breath of fresh air within the doom/true metal underground'.
The trio’s latest release -- Hymns of Blood & Thunder -- is a mighty document of both powerful songwriting and instrumental skull-crushing; the album is heavy and chillingly bleak in an almost unrelenting way that hasn't been heard since Judas Priest's heyday (Sad Wings of Destiny, Sin After Sin, etc.). Displaying a powerful focus and direction and demonstrating a very compelling emotional range, THE GATES OF SLUMBER is at once powerfully compelling, tight in its grooves and unrivaled in its sheer power. In addition to McCash and Paradis, THE GATES OF SLUMBER features guitarist/vocalist Karl Simon.