Before the Black Gates is a melodic blackened death metal band hailing from Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. The band takes inspiration from Norwegian black metal bands such as Mayhem, Emperor and Gorgoroth, while injecting a melodic death metal influence. The result is a sound that combines chilling atmospheric riffs with devestating heaviness.
In the Autumn of 2009, vocalist James Bok and guitarist Alex Hunter decided that they wanted to form a metal band. Shortly afterwards, they recruited Tamara Rayan on bass, Jacob Tyler on drums and Devin McQueen as a lead guitarist. With a full lineup now complete the band began diligently rehearsing their material for a 5 song demo that was too be recorded as soon as possible.
On February 27, 2010, BTBG performed their first ever live show at the Jubliee Centre in Sudbury. The response from local metalheads was positive, However, before the show, Devin was fired from the band due to personal differences with the band. A friend of the band, Brandon "Pode" Poirier was hired to learn the songs and play the show. The band continued to play shows in Sudbury, with bands such as Hallows Die, Auroch, Omega Crom, TheKillingField, Esoteric Doctrine, and Hive Mind.
In April 2011 the band entered Sardonic Moon Studios in Sudbury to record their debut album, entitled "The Path of Torment", with newly recruited guitarist Gabe Caron handling rhythm guitar duties. The album attracted the attention of Archaic North Entertainment, home to such bands as Wolven Ancestry, Empyrean Plague, Eclipse Eternal, and Strings of Ares. After a few very successful shows in Sudbury, Archaic North caught interest in the band and signed a deal.
With a new label imminent, new songs, and more shows around the corner, Before the Black Gates continue to work hard to bring you the spine-chilling, devestating heaviness that they have been delivering since their inception.
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