Gates of Slumber

Gates of Slumber is a prime example of the glorious ridiculousness inherent in most metal genres. Just one look at a Gates of Slumber album cover, replete with loin-clothed wariors and naked slave girls, and you know that what's in store won't have much in the way of subtlety. The music makes good on that promise, with ominously thundering bass and churning guitars, all held aloft by war-march cadences. It is epic in scope and in demeanor, with lyrics whose blood and iron bent combine with the thunderous sound in an infectious call to arms. Live, The Gates of Slumber just might be capable of raising an army. With Slough Feg, Audiwasska Travelers. NICHOLAS HALL

Fri., May 28, 9 p.m., 2010

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