GATEWAYS: Departures: CD

Ten songs of melodic hardcore from this band from Sterling Heights, MI on their very short debut album from Hotfoot Records. The band consists of Jayson Ignacio on lead vocals, Rob Ketchum on guitar and vocals, guitarist Graham Lock, bassist Mike Howells, and Jake Bell on drums.

You get dual vocals with one doing the lead shouting and the other doing the more melodic vocals on the album and very positive lyrics which is a good thing in the punk/hardcore community, there needs to be more positive influences in a genre with tons of darkness and negativity. I don’t mean just stupid, happy songs, but songs with a message which GATEWAYS try to get across to the listener. Lyrics about believing in yourself, not caring about what others think are all over this release. Tracks like “Insights” and “From My Side” talk about looking at yourself and finding something positive to motivate you to be a good person and not care about what other people think, which is a great sentiment. There is an instrumental on here aptly titled “Instrumental” that is really cool, and the title song has a very nice mellow flow that gets harder and mellows out again, and has some great harmonizing on it.

This is a really good album and I was impressed with the playing on here and hope that these guys keep getting more fans into their more positive approach to music. If they keep putting out music this good, it shouldn’t take very long before more people know their name.

https://www.facebook.com/gatewaysmichigan  http://gateways.bandcamp.com/   http://www.hotfootrecords.com/  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hotfoot-Records-Record-Label/152731431412358

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