If 2021 has seemed like a hangover from 2020, get ready for some good news. Arizona’s death metal titans Gatecreeper have decided to release their new record, An Unexpected Reality, Wednesday, January 13 via Closed Casket Activities. Gatecreeper for the save!
“I think the social media environment has just fried our attention spans,” vocalist Chase Mason says. “Trying to hold someone’s attention for two or three months with a typical album roll-out doesn’t seem feasible with everything else currently going on in the world.”
“It’s meant to be listened to as a whole, so we didn’t wanna break it up or release a couple songs ahead of time as ‘singles’ or whatever,” Mason clarifies. “We also didn’t wanna treat it like it’s our next full-length. Because it’s not.”
Side One consists of seven grind, punk and hardcore influenced tracks clocking in at just under seven minutes. Side two is all about the heavy. “Emptiness” is Gatecreeper’s 11-minute nod to funeral doom. An Unexpected Reality is based in part on the model Black Flag used with My War, famous for Side A being audibly different than the songs on Side B.
“When I was getting really into sludge and stoner metal like the Melvins and Eyehategod, they always referenced the B-side of My War,” Mason says. “Hearing bands talk about not just a record but a specific side of a record, I thought that was really cool, and it always stuck with me.”
“We usually have a hard rule in Gatecreeper that we don’t have blast beats,” Mason points out. “But, for the first side of this record, we lifted that rule and ran with it.”
Buy Gatecreeper’s An Unexpected Reality January 13 here.