Friday, 13 January 2017

Pounding Metal Tracklist + Release Date

Very pleased to be a part of this. See below:

"Pounding Metal - A Tribute To Exciter" - limited edition CD album out on Skol Records, limited edition vinyl LP out on Empire Records on April 28, 2017. Produced by Bart Gabriel. Featuring:
Attacker "Cry Of The Banshee"
Crystal Viper "Long Live The Loud"
Evil Invaders (OFFICIAL) "Violence & Force"
Gatekeeper "Victims Of Sacrifice"
Ironsword "Death Revenge"
Masters of Disguise "Black Witch"
October 31 "Stand Up And Fight"
RAM "Beyond The Gates Of Doom"
Ranger "Evil Sinner"
Savage Master "Saxons Of The Fire"
Visigoth "Rising Of The Dead"
Vulture - High Speed Metal "Feel The Knife"


Thursday, 5 January 2017

Crusading Into 2017

Welcome back.

It was a little over a year ago when Guardians of the Northwest contacted me about bringing Gatekeeper to Portland for a headlining appearance at their festival. It's amazing how quickly it all came together--finding our touring lineup, tracking down a rehearsal space, new shirt designs, The Vigilance Sessions compilation, booking the rest of the Cascadian tour and everything else that went along with it.

Afterwards, we travelled to Chicago and performed at Ragnarokkr festival to hundreds of long-haired hooligans, then proceeded to stamp our names across the Vancouver local scene with a pile of excellent other bands. We were invited to take part in Pounding Metal: A Tribute to Exciter and entered the studio under many difficult circumstances and  tracked our best sounding performance to date. One of my short stories was featured in Swords of Steel II and another one in Scrolls of Legendry. Finally, one of our tracks is featured on Metal Massacre 14 from Metal Blade Records, which is the kind of thing that most other bands only dream about. It goes without saying that 2016 was the most productive and successful year in the history of this band.

There are a great many people who deserve our thanks. Promoters, venue staff, sound engineers, the other bands we played and partied with, the kind friends who drove us to music stores in Chicago to collect our equipment rentals, anyone who let us stay under their roof, the pressing plant, the team at Harbourside Studios, Al from Spell and, of course, all the bangers who showed up to our gigs and tore the house down with us.

Last but not least, I have to thank Tommy, David, JP, Kenny and Luke for joining me on this nutty crusade. You guys are the best.

2017 is shaping up to be another busy year. We are in the midst of booking a number of tour stretches as well as finalising the material for the full-length record, plus a few other surprises. Watch this page and follow our antics on social media to stay abreast of our plans.

For now, enjoy this clip from our most recent gig. Please like, comment and share if you want to spread some true, heavy metal gospel.

Cheers!

- Jeff


Wednesday, 14 December 2016

The Lads

Hello again,

It is time to formally introduce the current lineup of Gatekeeper.


Jean-Pierre Abboud on lead vocals. A familiar face for anyone in Michigan scene, recently relocated to Portland, OR. Many will recognize him as the voice behind fantastic groups such as Borrowed Time and the most recent incarnation of Funeral Circle. An absolute workhorse and monster of a frontman. It's a different, but very distinctive and skillful new voice for Gatekeeper and I'm proud to him him on board.
All photos taken by Shane Lange at Factotum Photography.


Some of you have already met my good friend David Messier, who stands out in the Vancouver heavy metal scene as a warrior who will brave any conditions to sling beers and bass guitar on the stage. After a long stint performing with local hellions Manic Strike, David brings an honest dedication to true heavy metal which is matched by very few.
All photos taken by Shane Lange at Factotum Photography.

He's easy to miss behind his massive percussion apparatus, but please welcome Tommy Tro to the fold. Folks might know him as the bassist for prog/power stalwarts Elysium Echoes but when I heard his blazing double-kicks during a Blind Guardian cover song, I knew he had the strength and discipline I was looking for. A better musician than most and a true friend.
All photos taken by Shane Lange at Factotum Photography.

Yours truly. 100% dedicated to bringing the best heavy metal I'm capable of delivering to the world.
All photos taken by Shane Lange at Factotum Photography.



Gatekeeper MMXVI.
All photos taken by Shane Lange at Factotum Photography.

I would also like to extend a massive "thank you" to Luke Olsen for playing lead guitar with us for  many of our shows, including our west coast tour and our performance in Chicago.

Currently, we are blessed with the talents and fretboard wizardry of Kenny Kroecher, who Vancouverites know from our good friends in Iron Kingdom. Kenny has been helping us out both onstage and in our recent studio efforts and we hope to continue on with him moving forward.

I was worried that I would never find a group of musicians who would be as capable as the Edmonton crew (Shorre, Tyson, Leillyn, Rob and Justin -- thank you all for the work and effort for those years) but I'm pleased to say that the new Gatekeeper is everything I hoped it would be and much more.

I look forward to presenting our new material, both onstage and on record.

Until next time,

Jeff