Gates To The Morning are a band from New Jersey that plays post black metal and this is a review of their self released 2019 album "Return To Earth" which will be released in July.
Acoustic guitar playing starts off the album along with some tragic sounding keyboards a few seconds later. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic style while the music also mixes both the progressive and heavy parts together at times and clean vocals are also added into some parts of the recording.
When the music speeds up a decent amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can also be heard which also gives the music more of a raw feeling. Angry black metal screams can also be heard quite a bit throughout the recording along with the solos and leads being done in a very melodic post metal style.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while some of the tracks are instrumentals. All of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them along with one track also introducing stringed instruments on the recording as well as the riffing also utilizing a great amount of melody. A couple of the tracks are very long and epic in length and a couple of songs also adds in a brief use of female vocals. The production sounds very professional for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover nature themes.
In my opinion Gates To The Morning are a very great sounding post black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album.RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Terra Incognita" "Freezing The Sundials" "Chasing Shadows" and "Return To Earth". 8 out of 10.