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.