Cruz Del Sur Music
Distribution: Soulfood (Germany, Austria, Switzerland), Code 7 / PHD (UK), Audioglobe (Italy), Sonic Rendezvous (Benelux), MVD (USA, Canada), Soulfood (Rest of Europe)
Originally formed in 2009 as a solo project by guitarist Geoff Blackwell, GATEKEEPER has assembled an impressive array of EPs and splits, including an appearance on Metal Blade’s “Metal Massacre XIV” where they contributed the song “Bell Of Tarantia”.
Recorded over the span of six months at Harbourside Studios in Vancouver, Canada, “East Of Sun” was produced by Mike Rogerson, whose previous credits include ANNIHILATOR, AGGRESSION, 88 MILE TRIP and LOVERBOY.
The “East Of Sun” title is a shortened version of a book of Scandinavian folk tales that parallels the content on the record where each song stands on its own. The album’s cover art was created by Duncan Storr, who has previously worked with SKYCLAD, RAGE and Cruz Del Sur’s own DARK FOREST.
“East Of Sun” boasts a mixture of older, unreleased material written by Blackwell which are complemented by live staples that have recently been updated. In the words of Blackwell, “East of Sun is pure heavy metal with a sword and sorcery flourish. We wear our influences on our sleeves, but we don't want to be a pale imitation of them. We try to capture the spirit of what we love without copying anyone’s' notes. This album has our fastest song and it's got our biggest, most epic slow-burner and many songs in between. It has melodic electric guitar playing coupled with fierce riffs, thunderous rhythms, mystical acoustic passages and, of course, a unique and varied performance from our singer, Jean-Pierre Abbaud (SPELL, BORROWED TIME)”.
Recommended for fans of Omen, early Manowar, Manilla Road, Atlantean Kodex!
“East of Sun” will be released on April 27 and will be available on compact disc including 2 bonus tracks (“OMEN’s “Death Rider” and SAVATAGE’s “Hall Of The Mountain King”), on gatefold vinyl including A2 poster and digital.
"Blade Of Cimmeria" - Official video clip: https://youtu.be/4pnSf9fgjnw
1. Blade Of Cimmeria
2. North Wolves
3. Warrior Without Fear
4. Ninefold Muse
5. Bell Of Tarantia
6. East Of Sun
7. Swan Road Saga
8. Oncoming Ice
9. Death Rider (CD Bonustrack)
10. Hall Of The Mountain King (CD Bonustrack)
Jean-Pierre Abboud - Lead Vocals, Chorus
Geoff Blackwell - Rhythm/Lead Guitar, chorus
Kenny Kroecher - Lead/Rhythm Guitar
David Messier, Bass guitar, chorus
Tommy Tro - Battery