It was only a matter of time before Indianapolis, Indiana's The Gates of Slumber gained recognition as one of the most prominent true doom/heavy metal acts in the country. Spawned in the late '90s, the band emerged in 2004 after several demos with their debut, The Awakening, a breath of fresh air in the metal underground. The album harnessed their influences--Black Sabbath, Pentagram, St. Vitus, Cirith Ungol, Rainbow, Thin Lizzy--as a solid foundation for their sound. Its follow-up, Suffer No Guilt, was hailed as one of the best albums of its kind to come out in 2006.With The Gates of Slumber securing a North American label for the first time, the much-anticipated Conqueror is the band's first album released domestically--and rightfully so, as it is their most accomplished, tight, and focused to date. Featuring surging melodies, passionate vocals, crushing riffs, wailing solos, and a storming rhythm section, the epic Conqueror is a landmark release in underground metal.With plans to do some serious Stateside touring in support of Conqueror, The Gates Of Slumber will prove once more their standing as one of the most exceptional true heavy metal acts in North America today.