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GATES ‘Moths Have Eaten the Core’ (AM​-​03)

by Gates



Emerging from the depths of winter, a stark journey through the unconscious passageways of the mind, Bryan W Bray's project Gates began as a cathartic ritual that would be enacted after his band Orca’s performances and rehearsals. Mining a sound world that draws on the latent abstraction within doom, the hallucinatory drift of ambient, but also the unremitting sonic bleakness of black metal.

A contrast to the vaguely more extrovert progressive metal of Orca, Gates eventually grew from being an exploratory side project to a primary musical outlet. Gates eviscerations of the harmonic and timbral languages of metal and drone also digetst the minutia of various experimental styles to forge a bludgeoning take on spectralism.

Constructed from layers of densely textured drone, haunted melodies, forlorn voices and processed field recordings, ‘Moths Have Eaten the Core’ opens a dark yet strangely meditative void. Its thick, opaque sonics unfurl a spiritual journey through intense and enveloping emotion, yet evoke a state of abject solitude.

"Moths Have Eaten the Core" was origianally released in limited quantities as a CD via Bryan W. Bray's own Astral Ra (which later saw a reissued through Ivory Antler Recordings and Publications with slightly altered artwork). This recording has been remastered compliments of James Plotkin specifically for both vinyl as well as digital and will have radically different artwork than the previous editions provided by the photographic eye of A.E. Csaky (Sutekh Hexen "Empyraisch" LP) and Design by Bryan W. Bray. The jackets are a tip-on style, single pocket jacket printed at Stoughton Printing Company, while the rest of the packaging includes black dust sleeves, a four button set in a black zip lock bag, an 11" x 17" fold-out poster, and a download card printed on 32 lb. metallic paper to redeem the entire recording which also includes a bonus ten minute track entitled "Absence (Choral)".

Edition run of 250 copies on the vinyl format in two different color variations: 200 on purple vinyl and 50 on black vinyl (as part of the 2xLP deluxe edition co-released with Ivory Antler Recording and Publication).

This release is catalogue number AM-03.


released March 26, 2013

All music composed and performed by Gates
Bryan W. Bray - Guitars, voices, field recordings, manifestations and channelling.

Recorded in the drifting void, fall & winter '08 / mixing and arranging January '09 / Mastered by James Plotkin 2012

"Absence (Chroal)" was created for a digital compilation curated Ominous Silence, December 2012. Constructed from and arranged using only the vocal tracks from "Dust of Absence".

All photography by A.E. Csaky / Layout and design by Bryan W. Bray with assistance from Kevin Gan Yuen.

gatesritual.bandcamp.com (Gates)
astralra.blogspot.com (Bryan W. Bray)
orca.bandcamp.com (Orca)
www.plotkinworks.com (James Plotkin)
aecsaky.tumblr.com (A.E. Csaky)
viraloptic.blogspot.com (Kevin Gan Yuen)
www.ominous-silence.webs.com (Ominous Silence)



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