Tuesday, 19 January 2016

A Shadow Over Cascadia

Time to unveil a little something we've been putting together over the holidays:

We at Gatekeeper are thrilled to announce A SHADOW OVER CASCADIA, a string of shows across the Pacific Northwest during the Easter long weekend. We will begin in our home base of Vancouver and conclude in Seattle, where we will open for NWOBHM legends, SATAN. We are also pleased to be sharing the stage with our friends and allies in true metal luminaries SKELATOR and SUBSTRATUM for both the Seattle and Portland shows, plus a variety of other incredible acts.

Nitty-gritty details for each show will be released in the coming weeks, but for now, here is the current tour itinerary. Please check back regularly for updates.

(Please note that we are currently in the process of booking March 24th in Abbotsford, BC or another Fraser Valley venue, and the 25th in Olympia, WA. If any bands or promoters in those areas are interested in getting involved with our roadshow, please contact us at gatekeeper@live.ca)

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

From Western Shores

The gentleman standing to my left is David Messier, the new bassist for Gatekeeper. People in the greater Vancouver area will recognize David from his work with the speed metal hellions Manic Strike (RIP) and for being a face at nearly every local metal show, usually with a beer or two in hand. Messier has been a fan of Gatekeeper since our first EP and the two of us have been co-writing (a first for this band) the songs that will appear on our upcoming release, to be titled "From Western Shores." It's been an exciting few months working together and the new material is sounding nothing short of battle-ready. We hope to unveil more details and snippets soon.

This marks the beginning of Gatekeeper's new west-coast based lineup. We are currently seeking to fill positions on lead guitar, lead vocals and drums. Backing vocals are an asset. Songwriting contributions are welcome. We are hoping to find musicians based in the greater Vancouver area, but we will consider folks from across the Pacific Northwest. Must love Epic Heavy Metal and be performance-minded.

Get in touch via Facebook or at gatekeeper@live.ca

Until next time,
Jeff Black

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Sounding The Bells

The 7" split with FUNERAL CIRCLE is officially available for download/purchase. Please direct yourself to our bandcamp page to give it a listen and even a purchase should you feel so inclined. Please note that the $1 download only entitles you to the Gatekeeper side of the split. It features lyrics on the back sleeve and artwork by Karmazid on the front. Mixed and mastered by Arthur Rizk, who has worked with Inquisition, Power Trip and Crypt Sermon recently.

This is a special one for us, as Funeral Circle has been friends of Gatekeeper since the early, early stages of the band. Without the initial support from Matt Barzegar and J.P. Abboud, Gatekeeper may not have gotten to where we are now. In addition, this is the first-ever domestic release for both bands. War On Music Records teamed up with Hard And Heavy to produce these records so we're very excited to give our North American brethren an easier grab.

There are a few other cool plans in the pipeline so keep checking the blog and the Facebook page for updates.

Ale and Kill,