The Gates of Slumber
The Gates Of Slumber is a doom metal band from Indianapolis, Indiana, USA formed in 1998.
The Gates of Slumber was first conceived as a solo project by Karl Simon in 1998. When Simon's band at the time went inactive it became his full time 'band'. Various people were in and out of the group between 1998 and 2001 when the "Blood Encrusted Deth Axe" demo was recorded with Jamie Walters of Boulder on drums and Dr. Phibes/Athenar (later to form the cult black metal band Midnight) on bass. The songs on that recording were The Judge, The Executioner, Iron Heart; Lead Mind and Stitched Back From Death. This line up did not ever gig as Phibes was too mentally unstable and Walters had deeper commitments to Boulder.
In 2002 Simon moved back to Indianapolis and formed the band again with Brad Elliot and Chris Gordon on bass and drums respectively. The trio recorded the "Sabbath Witch" demo and started gigging. This line up first caught the interest of the international doom metal community ...