The first review of the Gates of Eternal Torment tape is in! I think it emphasizes what this demo is all about:
From Destructive Music
It’s time for a cold dark slab of Depressive Black Metal from the
ever blossoming or should that be deeply withering US Black Metal scene!
GATES OF ETERNAL TORMENT are new on the scene and is the one man project and brainchild of Firthornn, and this debut demo release entitled ‘Imprisoned Beneath The Ice Of This Cold Black Void’ has a really old school doom and gloom feel to it, in both it’s bleak artwork and the grim face of it’s lengthy title!
What you get with ‘Imprisoned Beneath The Ice Of This Cold Black Void’
is a classic piece of Black Metal savagery muffled by it’s shoddy
production values, so the end result is a distorted cacophony of
distressed desperate vocals, catchy blast beats and drumming sequences
and a truly bleak perspective on just about everything. Within the four
tracks on offer, and the soul crushing lyrical statement that comes with
this release is a blistering cry of anguish, reaching outwards seeking
solace from the gloom of this world, and on a more musical level
exploring the self made cave of sound that is feels the Gates of Eternal
Torment is playing from!
Those of you who like streamlined modern sounding Black Metal will
hate this. This is a release for the more old school Black Metal fan,
those who can dig through the dirt and grime, see past the poor
production into the very blackened heart of the music. It’s underground
potential is enormous, that’s for certain but generally this is an
emotionally crippling bout of Black Metal brutality!