5 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!
MAUSOLEUM GATE – Finland’s Mausoleum Gate sure did their Metal research when it comes to Classic/Traditional Metal; their self-titled, debut album makes for powerful sonic proof of my stating such. Many old school Metal fans will surely get jubilant over the overall sound, energy and rhythms that Mausoleum Gate have tapped into. This clever band has even tipped their hats to the NWOBHM vibrations as well. Guitar fueled songs such as Demon Droid and Lost Beyond The Sun showcases Mausoleum Gate as a Metal band that digs the classic six-string jam and long solos.
If I didn’t know better, I would honestly think Mausoleum Gate came from the late 70’s or early 80’s, they have absorbed that era of Metal stylings so well! Still, there is that ever presence of sonic relevancy due to the rejuvenated Traditional Metal scene that really never evaporated entirely in the first place. The splendid idea of Mausoleum Gate incorporating an organ to their Metal is nothing short of genius; it only captures those hazy shades of early 70’s Metal all the more glowingly.
The bass and drumming on this album gives me the chills at times, with an almost haunting sense that this rhythm section plays. Great stuff. Vocalist V.-P Varpula is a marvelous listen, falling somewhere between Don Dokken and a restrained Bruce Dickinson. Um, I hope that makes sense. The title track is an epic 11:37 long and has become one of those captivating songs that I love escaping from reality with. Great stuff.
This album is not Screaming For Vengeance and it’s not Iron Maiden either. Instead this album is a six song reminder that the seeds of Classic Metal were planted properly many years ago and propagated a very promising, very exciting Metal band known as Mausoleum Gate. Metal be thy name – Stone.
Mausoleum Gate was released on October 7th, 2014, via Cruz del Sur Music.
Turn the volume to HIGH and enjoy some MAUSOLEUM GATE! Support this tremendous METAL band! Whoa!
MAUSOLEUM GATE – Track Listing:
1. Magic Of The Gypsy Queen
2. Demon Droid
3. Lost Beyond The Sun
4. Mercenaries Of Steel
5. There Must Be Demons
6. Mausoleum Gate
V.-P Varpula- vocals
Count L.F. – guitars
Kasperi Puranen – guitars
Wicked Ischanius – bass
Oscar Razanez- drums
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LONG LIVE METAL.
LONG LIVE MAUSOLEUM GATE.