Having been around since 2006, this Oshawa, Ontario band has just put together a new EP of five heavy songs to melt your face, speakers, head, home…….everything. They have previously released five other albums, and just keep getting tighter than a frog’s ass in water, and harder than a guy at an orgy.

Five new songs, five ways to be pissed off and play as heavy as possible….what a concept! The band comes out of shoot with both guns blazing and nothing held back. The songs are angry, will get your head banging and played with finesse, yes, I said finesse. You can hear the quick changes and the tight playing just stands out from the mediocre crap that you hear from a lot of other bands. You get gruff, shouted vocals, plus the odd bit of smooth vocals mixed in, emotional playing….anger is an emotion, and production that is clear and makes it easy to hear everything going on. The band plays metalcore that really grabs your ears and makes you want to jump up and find a pit. The five songs go by fast, almost too fast and you really want more, but this is a great way to get you to sample their music, a taste, but not too much to get sick of.

This is a band that yo need to look out for and get in on the ground floor before you can’t afford a ticket to see them live. Power, talent and the tunes to prove it makes for a great listen and a definite purchase. Turn it up bitches!

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.