Burn the Gates: Interview and CD Review
I want you to think about a time when you heard a song for the first time and there was just something about them… something that told you that this song, this band, was different; that this song/band is about to become one of your favorites. That is exactly what happened to me when I first heard Burn the Gates last summer. From the second I heard “Ashes from the Grave” I was hooked, and I am happy to say a year later that their first album has been released and holy shit it is amazing!
The album, Blessed with This Curse, is 12 tracks and each one is incredible. I was asked if I had a favorite from the album but I sincerely cannot pick just one. As you can hear in the interview, I am not alone in that!
- Demon Twist
- Double Agent
- Unconfined Hope
- Concave Pulse
- Whiskey Best Friend
- Stay with Me
- Ashes from the Grave
There’s just something about this album, some sort of spark or magic about it—it’s so well-rounded and has such a rich, heavy sound about it. Maybe it’s just the music, or maybe it’s how well the members work together, but whatever it is, it makes for an album with a unique sound that you can listen to on repeat and never get tired of it. From beginning to end there is not a single song that disappoints, and I have been walking around for days now humming/making guitar noises to “Unconfined Hope”! “Keppra”, “Concave Pulse”, “Stay with Me”, and of course, “Ashes from the Grave”… I could listen to all 12 songs endlessly.
Burn the Gates is now a 5-piece band featuring Jesse Thompson on vocals, Wayne Wilkes on bass, Jeff Doelling and Carl O on guitars, and Brandon Baxley on drums. I had the honor of interviewing them last year as well (you can find that interview at https://mhf-mag.com/content/interviews/burn-the-gates-interview/ if you’d like to go back and check that out), and I am so glad that things have been progressing so well for them.
Make sure you check out them out at all the following:
http://www.burnthegates.com/ (you can find their album and band merch here!!)
I would just like to say thank you again to Burn the Gates for taking time to do this interview with me before their show on 3/30/2019! You guys are fucking amazing and I can’t wait to get to see you live someday!
MHF Magazine/Monica Redwine