Well boys and girls, prepare yourself for some real heaviness. Gateway play the kind of blackened death-doom that slowly burns everything it touches. My dad came over when this album was playing, and he said it sounded like “an airplane crashing”. So, if you needed any comparison, that sounds pretty accurate.
Scriptures of Grief are 3 songs, but should be listened to as one colossal piece. Guitars screech and gnaw, discordant riffs seem to go on forever, drums clash and wail, and I don’t know what Robin Van Oyen has been eating, but the bile and fire that retches forth from his throat is just ridiculous. If you want to compare this to other bands, the only one that really springs to mind is Hell, since they also have that special gift of being able to emulate the aural equivalent of, well, hell.
And don’t forget, this is all the work of one madman’s brain. I’ve listened to some pretty heavy music, across all genre’s, but this release… It really is something else. Every time it starts blasting through my speakers it feels like you’re being drawn into the maelstrom of fire and insanity. This is an album that goes beyond being heavy in a pure musical way, it encapsulates certain emotions that are usually tucked deep into our psyche, and when they do come out, there’s no telling what will happen.
Choosing a favourite song here would feel disrespectful to the album itself, since it is obviously meant to be listened to as a whole.
This is another Belgian release in a short amount of time that is of a quality that is seldom seen. Every fan of “heavy” music in general should definitely check this one out, and I don’t know what the rest of the world is doing at the moment, but little Belgium is showing you how it’s doen at the moment.