Gateway are a solo project from Belgium that plays doom/death metal with a touch of sludge and this is a review of his self titled 2015 album which will be released in October by Hellthrasher Productions.
Distorted drones start off the album along with some ritualistic spoken word parts a few seconds later and after the intro the music starts going into more of a heavy doom/death metal direction which also brings in deep guttural growls and tortured screams and the music is very heavily rooted in the 90's style.
Some of the tracks are very long and epic in length and a lot of the slow heavy riffs are very heavily influenced by sludge and spoken word parts also make their return in certain sections of the recording while all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and some songs also bring in a small amount of melody and groove while solos or leads are rarely utilized and every track remains true to a very slow, dark and heavy musical direction.
Gateway plays a style of doom/death metal that is very heavy and dark in the 90's tradition while also adding in elements of sludge and keeping everything slow and heavy, the production sounds very dark, old school and heavy while the lyrics cover depraved tales of ritualistic horror and grotesque beings in a conceptual Medieval theme.
In my opinion Gateway are a very great sounding mixture of doom, death metal and sludge and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this solo project. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Vox Occultus" "Vile Temptress" and "The Shores of Daruk". 8 out of 10.