THE METAL WIRE: SHOW REVIEW***GATECREEPER Live @ CLUB RED, Mesa, Arizona 11/12/2017 (Fan-Shot Video; Soundboard Vantage Point)
Written by Marc C. Pietrek 2017
[Marc C. Pietrek filed the following report 11/16/2017 for VITRIOL, INC / A DARK UNITED FRONT (www.vitriolinc.com)] Southern Arizona-based death metal marauders, GATECREEPER [Chase H. Mason – vocals, Eric Wagner – guitar, Nate Garrett – guitar, Sean Mears – bass , Matthew Arrebollo – drums] made their lone appearance in their home state on their recent US tour as openers for CANNIABAL CORPSE and POWER TRIP on 11/12/2017 at CLUB RED in Mesa (see link for video below). They delivered a roaring, lambasting performance that included tracks from their concussion causing ‘Sonoran Depravation’ album (2016 RELAPSE RECORDS) as well as their brand new single, “Mastery of Power”, off of their “Sweltering Madness” 7 inch (2017 CLOSED CASKET ACTIVITIES). For me personally, the highlight was “Craving Flesh”. Their set lasted slightly over half an hour and showcased the severe blunt-force trauma guitar riffing, foundation eroding bass and drums and terror invoking vocals that old-school death metal fans such as myself are starving for these days. The pit was blissfully chaotic and at times, harkened me back to when I would see shows put on by EXODUS, SLAYER and other noteworthy bands during the Bay Area thrash scene golden days of the 1980s. Simply put, this band was not fucking around.
GATECREEPER delivers filthy, unrelenting, stripped-down death metal and should not be dismissed as just some run of the mill HM2 band who worship (‘Left Hand Path’/’Clandestine’-era) ENTOMBED, GRAVE, DISMEMBER, etc. This band has been gaining some serious traction in the global death metal scene for a while. If they continue to go down the path that they are currently traveling down, they will no doubt someday be held in the same high regard as (early) ENTOMBED, OBITUARY and BOLT THROWER for their simplistic yet utterly effective approach to the genre that those legendary bands are revered for. Look forward to the upcoming interview that I did with guitarist Eric Wagner a few a hours before the show in the very near future. Also, be sure to check out the band’s BANDCAP page (https://gatecreeper.bandcamp.com/), official FACEBOOK band page (https://www.facebook.com/gatecreeper/) and the other links listed below. Cheers, ya rivet-heads!!
GATECREEPER – Live @ CLUB RED, Mesa, Arizona USA 11/12/2017
Gatecreeper – Sweltering Madness
Gatecreeper – Mastery Of Power
GATECREEPER – ‘Sonoran Depravation’ (Full Album Stream)