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BEYOND THE GATES

RISING FROM THE ASHES OF INDIANAPOLIS DOOM CREW THE GATES OF SLUMBER, WRETCH’S KARL SIMON TALKS TO TERRORIZER ABOUT THE DISSOLVING OF HIS FORMER BAND, HIS BEST FRIEND’S DEATH AND HOW HE’S STILL WALKING THE METAL PATH

“WRETCH IS WHAT I ALWAYS WANTED THE GATES OF SLUMBER TO BE”

First of all, tell us a little more about the origins of Wretch, and the transition from The Gates Of Slumber to this band.

Karl Simon: “I was angry at the beginning of Wretch. I was angry at all the members of The Gates Of Slumber. We’d had a really strong run and things were poised to get better, but in spite of this we were squandering it all… acting like all we needed to do is show up and ‘be badass’. That attitude is fucking bullshit. The final blow was us not being able to support Church Of Misery on their last US run. When we got the offer I called a meeting and told the guys that we’d be practicing at a rehearsal spot here in town, on my dime, and what set we’d be playing. No fucking around: hammer it for two and a half hours and it’s done. They all agreed, and we went to practice and… no Jason [McCash, TGOS bassist]. He’d OD’d that day and quit the band via Facebook later. I broke my promise to him and called Reid [Raley] from Rwake a few days later to see if he’d fill in, but he couldn’t. And that same day Bob [Fouts, TGOS drummer] said he wouldn’t tour without Jason, and I was done. The Gates Of Slumber ended there and Wretch started. I called Chris [Gordon], who’d drummed on the second Gates demo and ‘Suffer No Guilt’. He’s an old friend, and he’s one of the best drummers I’ve ever played with. So we started from there. Two of us in the The Gates Of Slumber practice place hammering out ‘Drown’ and jamming on ‘Winter’, ‘Snowblind’, ‘Behind The Wall Of Sleep’, and ‘Electric Funeral’… just having fun and punishing a few demons with volume.”

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It’s always a pleasure to feature Darkthrone on the cover of Terrorizer. They are a truly reliable band that not only continue to deliver utterly awesome songs, but fly the flag for the metal underground. New album ‘Artic Thunder’ doesn’t disappoint and we hope you’ll enjoy our cover feature as much as I enjoyed reading it when it landed in my inbox. September is always a time when the music industry recovers from the summer festivals and starts to look forward to closure on the year, and believe it or not, start to think about 2017 and next year’s releases. On the horizon there’s new albums from a newly reformed The Obsessed and Obituary just to whet your appetite already. Next year marks the 30th anniversary of Celtic Frost’s ‘Into The Pandemonium’, so I hope to see some kind of reissue. Noise/Tom G – if you’re reading! In the meantime, the rest of the year will see an awesome line-up at this year’s Damnation Festival in Leeds and a fuck load more releases to look forward to – including amazing albums by Venom Prison, 40 Watt Sun, Lucifer’s Chalice and The Dillinger Escape Plan, to name just a few. I’ve also just finished reading former Cro-Mags bassist Harley Flanagan’s biography which is utterly fantastic. It’s out at the end of this month, we’ll be bringing you an interview next issue...
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