Thursday, 18 May 2017

Vagabonds from the Western World

The rental van has been returned. The shower has ran. Dinner has been cooked. The laundry has been cleaned and the groceries have been paid for and jammed into the fridge. I've contracted some sort of touring van virus and can't go five minutes without gargling hot salty water or blasting snot from my nose. I'm back at work and trying desperately to run profit margins on polyethelene sheets without blacking out.

I believe this means that we've had a good tour.

She was a quickie, just five gigs in five days spread across 4,000 beautiful kilometres of western Canadia. I played a lot of power chords and ate a lot of Egg McMuffins and shook a lot of hands and laughed my ass off for what feels like 120 straight hours.

Massive thanks to everyone involved in making the tour and the shows the best they could possibly be. The promoters (Sloan, Tyson, Kyle and Randy), the venues + staff (Pats Pub, Distortion, Mercury Room, The Legion, Munnin's Post), the bands (Assimilation,Omnisight, Martial Law, Hazzerd, Eye of Horus, WMD, Unleash The Archers, Displaced and Arkenfire) and all the friends, new and old who came, saw, and had their faces rocked off. Special thanks to all those who let us crash on their floors, fed us and gave us booze. Much love and respect.

The future is looking great. Our next move is to put the finishing touches on our debut LP, then burn Armstrong Metalfest to the ground. 


Talk soon.

- Geoff
Gatekeeper and Assimilation

Friday, 17 February 2017

Raiders From The West

"“So they crucified their Messiah? Well can I believe it. That He was a Son of the Living Spirit would be naught to them, if indeed He was so.... They would care little for any God if he came not with pomp and power.” 

Gatekeeper is proud to present:





When we were asked to play Shredmonton and Armstrong Metalfest, we asked ourselves "why stop there?" and booked ourselves a brisk little jaunt across the Rockies and back. Individual show details to follow soon, please watch the blog and the Facebook pages for details.

We are happy to disclose that our good friends from Vancouver's Assimilation will be joining us for Vancouver, Calgary and Kelowna on this tour. It'll be a week of might, muscle and Manowar.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Shredmonton Festival

Happy to announce that we have been booked at the Shredmonton Festival/Conference. This will be our first Edmonton performance since August 2014, when Jeff moved to Vancouver and restarted the band. Looking forward to sharing the stage with our good friends in Eye Of Horus, Unleash The Archers and WMD. 


Gatekeeper plays on Saturday @ 10:00pm! We'll see you at the conference and at the show.

Buy your tickets here: http://shredmonton.com/tickets/

Check back soon for another exciting announcement!

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Armstrong Of The Law


We are pleased to announce that Gatekeeper will be appearing at AMF festival this year. We'll be sharing the stage with AggressionODINFISTXULEye of Horus and loads of other groups from Western Canada & beyond.

From the Organizers:
"It's your lucky day!!! We got our first eight bands for the 2017 line up! Check it out! Playing AMF 2017!
+ Don't forget to get your early bird pre-sales tickets before the price increase after Feb 1st.
https://armstrongmetalfest.ca/tickets/

Confirmed for the fest are the following:

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Eye of Horus (Edmonton, AB) - https://eyeofhorusofficial.bandcamp.com

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Gatekeeper (Vancouver, BC) - http://gatekeepervinland.com

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XUL (Vernon, BC) - https://xulmetal.bandcamp.com

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Tales of the Tomb (Edmonton, AB) - https://talesofthetomb.bandcamp.com

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Aggression (Vancouver, BC) - http://www.rawthomatopokay.com

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Seraphic Nihilist (Prince George, BC) - https://www.facebook.com/SeraphicNihilist
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Gardener - (Vernon, BC) - https://gardenerwasted.bandcamp.com "

 

See you in July!

Friday, 13 January 2017

Pounding Metal Tracklist + Release Date

Very pleased to be a part of this. See below:

"Pounding Metal - A Tribute To Exciter" - limited edition CD album out on Skol Records, limited edition vinyl LP out on Empire Records on April 28, 2017. Produced by Bart Gabriel. Featuring:
Attacker "Cry Of The Banshee"
Crystal Viper "Long Live The Loud"
Evil Invaders (OFFICIAL) "Violence & Force"
Gatekeeper "Victims Of Sacrifice"
Ironsword "Death Revenge"
Masters of Disguise "Black Witch"
October 31 "Stand Up And Fight"
RAM "Beyond The Gates Of Doom"
Ranger "Evil Sinner"
Savage Master "Saxons Of The Fire"
Visigoth "Rising Of The Dead"
Vulture - High Speed Metal "Feel The Knife"


Thursday, 5 January 2017

Crusading Into 2017

Welcome back.

It was a little over a year ago when Guardians of the Northwest contacted me about bringing Gatekeeper to Portland for a headlining appearance at their festival. It's amazing how quickly it all came together--finding our touring lineup, tracking down a rehearsal space, new shirt designs, The Vigilance Sessions compilation, booking the rest of the Cascadian tour and everything else that went along with it.

Afterwards, we travelled to Chicago and performed at Ragnarokkr festival to hundreds of long-haired hooligans, then proceeded to stamp our names across the Vancouver local scene with a pile of excellent other bands. We were invited to take part in Pounding Metal: A Tribute to Exciter and entered the studio under many difficult circumstances and  tracked our best sounding performance to date. One of my short stories was featured in Swords of Steel II and another one in Scrolls of Legendry. Finally, one of our tracks is featured on Metal Massacre 14 from Metal Blade Records, which is the kind of thing that most other bands only dream about. It goes without saying that 2016 was the most productive and successful year in the history of this band.

There are a great many people who deserve our thanks. Promoters, venue staff, sound engineers, the other bands we played and partied with, the kind friends who drove us to music stores in Chicago to collect our equipment rentals, anyone who let us stay under their roof, the pressing plant, the team at Harbourside Studios, Al from Spell and, of course, all the bangers who showed up to our gigs and tore the house down with us.

Last but not least, I have to thank Tommy, David, JP, Kenny and Luke for joining me on this nutty crusade. You guys are the best.

2017 is shaping up to be another busy year. We are in the midst of booking a number of tour stretches as well as finalising the material for the full-length record, plus a few other surprises. Watch this page and follow our antics on social media to stay abreast of our plans.

For now, enjoy this clip from our most recent gig. Please like, comment and share if you want to spread some true, heavy metal gospel.

Cheers!

- Jeff