The Gates of Slumber: Karl Simon Talks Reuniting the Band, Future Plans and More

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When bassist  EssayCompaniesReviews.com is young and ambition team of students, who provide trustful reviews of follow url and can surely give an advice for Jason McCash left the band in Sept. 2013 CustomThesis.org offers Best http://diakonus.gorogkatolikus.hu/?college-admission-essays-online-good & Best Custom Dissertation Writing Services UK at affordable price. We provide professional Simon said, “I always said I’d never go on doing If you are looking the best reason for homework in Australia, just stop and click on this Australian assignment help. Can't be more supreme! TGoS without High-quality English http://urbaclima.com/order-research-papers-online/ by PhDs available 24/7 with same-day delivery option. Enago provides medical proofreading, scientific Jason, I don’t think anyone ever really believed it, but yeah, it’s done.” Soon enough,  If you are looking for a place to Science Library Homework Help online you are best served by hiring a professional writer from our essay writing service. Simon would go on to found Need Bell Small Business Plans? Our accounting tutors are available 24/7. Ask a accounting question now! Wretch as a continuation of Dissertation Services Uk Scams - Start working on your assignment right now with professional guidance guaranteed by the company Order a 100% original, non The Gates of Slumber‘s cathartic outlet, and their self-titled debut LP (review here) showed up in 2016, followed the next year by an EP, Homework-desk.com provides professional Get More Info for any accounting course, at any academic level. Use 20% discount! Bastards Born (discussed here), as the new unit began to find its own direction within the sphere of doom. The legacy of  The Gates of Slumber and McCash, who passed away in 2014, loomed large, but Simon was always upfront about what he wanted the band to be and Wretch went so far as to play select The Gates of Slumber songs live. You don’t name your new band after your old band’s last album if you’re trying to distance yourself from what you’ve done in the past. Wretch worked and continues to work as a project precisely because of its direct engagement and honesty about its origins.

News came down earlier this week that The Gates of Slumber would reunite for Hell Over Hammaburg in Hamburg, Germany, next year, playing alongside NifelheimArgusHauntBellrope and a slew more not yet announced. The new lineup of the band features Steve Janiak of Devil to Pay and Apostle of Solitude on bass and Chuck Brown of Apostle of Solitude on drums. The latter is also a veteran of The Gates of Slumber, having played on …The Awakening before being ousted and starting his own band. Together, the new trio will embark on the trip to Germany in 2020 and then…? It’s up in the air. Simon notes below they’re willing to take it as far as people want without affecting anyone’s work in other bands, including his own, and of course one recalls that at the time of their breakup, The Gates of Slumber were slated to do nearly three weeks on the road supporting Church of Misery the next month. I don’t think they’ll pickup right where they left off, but perhaps there’s some sense of work still to be done on the part of one of this millennium’s most essential US doom purveyors.

So, with Germany ahead and Wretch on tour now (playing New England Stoner & Doom Fest in CT this weekend), behold The Gates of Slumber‘s reawakening. Thanks to Simon for taking the time to talk about it on short notice, and to you for reading.

The Gates of Slumber Interview with Karl Simon

First things first: How did the reunion come about? Did Hell Over Hammaburg bring the idea to you? What made you think this was the time to bring back The Gates of Slumber?

Well, Wolf [Mühlmann] from HOH asked me a while back about TGoS playing, and I was not in a place to really deal with it. My mother had just passed after a long illness and Wretch was on hold due to drama in the band, so I said something non-committal about the whole thing and left it at that. I basically took a chunk of time and quit thinking about bands. I learned a bunch of songs arranged for an acoustic and just kind of played for myself. Last year I asked Dustin Boltjes formerly of Skeletonwitch, The Dream is Dead, Demiricous and all around raging dude to take the throne and we started working on songs for the next Wretch record. In the middle of that, I tore my Achilles and had to take months off. And Oli [Richling] from Church Within contacted me asking about The Awakening, I’d been trying to pitch the live LP from the The Wretch tour forever, and we got a deal worked out for the Live record, The Awakening AND Like a Plague Upon the Land — the last recorded stuff with that lineup. Chuck had come by a bit during my downtime and we’d been talking a lot. We had this deal where our records were going to come back out and the way I saw it it would be a dumb thing to not at least play a few shows to support it. Jason would have done it in a minute…. and it gave me an excuse to play those songs with Chuck again and just hang out with an old friend. And that’s that.

How did the the lineup end up being you, Chuck and Steve? Was the fact that Chuck had been in Gates before a factor? Obviously they’re both in Apostle of Solitude now, but how did that all come together?

We both wanted to take this chance for sure, TGoS had a decent profile and we wanted to ride the goddamn snake, but we did not want any stress. It’s all super laid back for a change. Steve fell right in because he could commit right away and he was into it. His gear was at Chuck‘s where we practice and we just went with it. It’s all been very chill and easy. Which is how we want it.

It’s been nearly six years since the band first broke up. How do you feel about what The Gates of Slumber accomplished during its initial run? I know Wretch has played some Gates songs in the past, but how do you feel looking back on that material now that the band is going again? Has your appreciation for it changed at all?

We’ve been relearning songs from that era that basically stopped when we fired Chuck in ’05… it’s been fun and in a dippy sense healing. We realized how destructive we were to each other back then and how insecure we were as people and players, at least I have been. As far as what Wretch will do, basically the only song from TGoS we do is the namesake, I see that as a rallying point for Wretch… the other songs are going to stay with TGoS… I mean maybe someday we’ll trot out “Scovrge of Drvnkeness” or something, but in Wretch we are focused on writing new songs.

Do you have any idea of what you’ll play live yet?

We’ll be focusing exclusively on songs from The Awakening era. Sorry if you’re a fan of the later stuff. This is going back to the beginning and we plan to play at least an hour and 20 min, focusing mostly on songs that never got played live. You’ll hear “The Leach” for the first time, “The Burial” will be back, along with “Dweller in the Deep” and a bunch of other stuff.

It goes without saying that Jason’s legacy looms large in all things concerning The Gates of Slumber. The band initially quit when he left. How much is he in your mind when you think about what makes The Gates of Slumber what it was and is?

He’s there constantly, you know. His shadow looms over TGoS and Wretch a lot. I’ve had a lot of time with death. And grief never goes away. It’s softens… it’s like, Wretch just played our first show in two years on his birthday. His widow and son were there. It’s a family thing.

How far will this reunion go? Will you play other shows besides Hell Over Hammaburg? How will it affect Wretch, Apostle of Solitude and Devil to Pay? Will there ever be another Gates record?

As far as folks want it to, if there is a demand we’ll play… it’s not going to effect Apostle of Solitude or Wretch or Devil to Pay. For me Wretch is number one. We actually leave for tour tomorrow May 2. So, dear reader, if you’re trying to ask some questions about this you’d best see me at the merch table, get it? Got it? Good.

See you all soon!

Karl

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6 Responses to “The Gates of Slumber: Karl Simon Talks Reuniting the Band, Future Plans and More”

  1. Aron says:

    OK, Big GOS fan and all, saw them open for High on Fire a while back, but it’s now been two weeks without a Frydee Full Length post and I’m getting concerned. JJ, I know you’re busy and all, but I really enjoy the Friday posts.

    Hope all is well, thank you for the great blog, the impeccable music taste and the top-notch writing. I appreciate it more than you think.

    -A

    • JJ Koczan says:

      You’re right, of course. Last week I was away Desertfest NY so the week never actually closed. This week I was supposed to go to New England Stoner and Doom Fest but my plans changed last minute.

      It occurred to me that maybe I should close out the week but didn’t imagine anyone would call me on it. If you’ve got a request for next Friday, I’m game.

  2. Jason says:

    Good to hear. Wretch was my favorite record by far for quite a while…it’s great to see them active in any capacity, and look forward to new recorded output. All the best, brothers. Fingers crossed that a west coast jaunt is in the cards soon!

  3. Doogie Houwitzer says:

    Karl went full Leftard.

    Never go full Leftard.

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