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The new wave of American death metal needs a breakout album, and Dark Superstition is it.Gatecreeper’s third full-length sees the Arizona death metal specialists—vocalist Chase H. Mason, guitarists Eric Wagnerand Israel Garza, drummer Metal Matt Arrebollo and bassist Alex Brown—carving out their own path. The band’s firstalbum for Nuclear Blast is more concise, melodic, and memorable than anything they’ve done in the past. “We refined thesong structures,” Mason says. “We’re getting better at what we do.

 

”Formed in 2013, Gatecreeper have spent the last decade steadily climbing the death metal ladder. Their self-titled 2014EP established instant credibility as purveyors of the old-school form. The band signed with Relapse, releasing their full-length debut Sonoran Depravation in 2016. At once an homage to their desert origins and a statement of death metalintent, the record landed them a 2017 tour with Cannibal Corpse and Power Trip.

 

In 2019, Gatecreeper unveiled Deserted, their ripping foray into self-described “stadium death metal.” It landed at numberthree on Decibel magazine’s revered year-end top 40 list. When the pandemic subsided, Gatecreeper snagged a slot onthe 2022 Decibel magazine tour alongside Obituary and Municipal Waste. These days, Gatecreeper are headliners intheir own right, touring globally under their own banner.

 

Think of Dark Superstition as Gatecreeper’s answer to Entombed’s Wolverine Blues or Dismember’s Massive KillingCapacity, pivotal albums on which the songs got tighter and more rock influenced. Or even Paradise Lost, who went evenfurther in a rock direction with albums like Icon and Draconian Times. “In the mid-90s, all those bands were evolving intodoing their own thing,” Mason says. “I feel like we’ve incorporated that timeline into Gatecreeper.”

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