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novakm
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 7:47 pm 
 

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Former ANTHRAX singer Dan Nelson has left BLACKGATES — the East San Francisco Bay Area metal outfit featuring drummer Paul Bostaph (ex-TESTAMENT, EXODUS, SLAYER, FORBIDDEN) and guitarist Jeremy Epp (THE VENTING MACHINE).

Commented the band: "Regretfully, Dan Nelson has decided to leave BLACKGATES. He has decided that he wants to concentrate full time on being a father to his newborn son along with focusing on his own musical endeavors. All of us in BLACKGATES understand his decision and wish him all the best. He'll always be family.

"That being said, BLACKGATES is moving forward and is now actively seeking a new permanent lead vocalist. We're looking for a full-on metalhead who can sing with some serious melodic power and edge, with a bit of gravel on the top."

Stated Epp: "We've got over a dozen tunes that we feel are killer, we just need the right guy to come in and put his stamp on them and take what we have even further." Bostaph added: "New blood in the band will help push our sound further. Our newest material is heavier than our first demo. We're looking forward to working with a new vocalist, and getting out there and mixing it up in 2013."

Vocalist submissions in the form of demos, links and videos can be sent to Blackgatesvox@yahoo.com, subject: "VOX SEARCH."

BLACKGATES made its live debut on May 5, 2012 at Rooster's Roadhouse in Alameda, California as part of the Cinco De Mayo Metal Throwdown with guests MUDFACE, FALLING TO PIECES and ANOTHER VOID.

BLACKGATES last year parted ways with bassist Uriah Duffy (ex-WHITESNAKE) and replaced him with Luis Barillas (THE VENTING MACHINE).

Bostaph previously stated about BLACKGATES's musical direction, "Our sound is drawn from all of our influences. Mostly, we don't want to be a thrash metal band, although we draw from that genre as well. There is something in our music for everyone. Heavy grooves, good hooks and Dan's killer pipes. I think we have an independent sound that will stand on its own."

BLACKGATES's first demo was recorded in the San Francisco Bay Area with producer Tim Narducci (SYSTEMATIC, SPIRALARMS).


I was surprised at how much I liked Blackgates based off of the demo. I was really looking forward to their full-length. I guess they can still find a decent vocalist, but I really wanted to hear what Nelson had to offer. Here's a link to the Blabbermouth article if you want to listen to the demo: http://www.blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?m ... mID=184763 .

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 7:52 pm 
 

This sounda rather..... Inconsequential.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:11 pm 
 

Wait -- what? Who?
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novakm
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:28 pm 
 

Give their demo a listen. I'm a huge Bostaph fan and I thought the newest Anthrax album would be at least twice as good if Nelson had done it as opposed to Belladonna (srs).

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:33 pm 
 

Not surprised that he quit really. Demo for them sounded solid if I remember correctly.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:46 pm 
 

novakm wrote:
Give their demo a listen. I'm a huge Bostaph fan and I thought the newest Anthrax album would be at least twice as good if Nelson had done it as opposed to Belladonna (srs).


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:54 pm 
 

Insert auditioning for Anthrax joke here.
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novakm
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 10:07 pm 
 

Subrick wrote:
novakm wrote:
Give their demo a listen. I'm a huge Bostaph fan and I thought the newest Anthrax album would be at least twice as good if Nelson had done it as opposed to Belladonna (srs).





Yeah I heard a live version of that song too with Nelson and it was so much better. They had to slow it down and make it more tame for Belladonna. The only way this song could have been better is if John Bush had sang on it.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 10:17 pm 
 

I'm surprised just how little of the song was changed between that performance and the version on Worship Music.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 10:41 pm 
 

novakm wrote:
Yeah I heard a live version of that song too with Nelson and it was so much better. They had to slow it down and make it more tame for Belladonna. The only way this song could have been better is if John Bush had sang on it.


That's just the Gridlock riff from Persistence Of Time recycled. I doubt they slowed down Fight 'Em to tame it for Belladonna. It was probably to help make the songs sound a bit different, because they are still very similar.

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