For a young band with such momentum, taking time off touring in order to record the follow-up to their critically-acclaimed debut wasn’t easy. For Deserted, the band had to force themselves back in the studio -- even if it meant giving up some awesome opportunities.
“We had to draw a line in the sand,” says Nate. “For sure. If we had just kept taking offers -- and good offers, stuff that we really would’ve loved to do -- we might not have been able to record another album for another two years.”
Thankfully, the fruits of their labor don’t disappoint. Deserted shows Gatecreeper further embracing into their sound, incorporating a richer guitar tone and more elaborate drum accents and blastbeats. Chase’s roar also has wider breadth, ranging from an intestinal growl to a pained bellow. On tracks like Everlasting and Ruthless, the band showcase a greater understanding of their sonic identity while still managing to punch through a listener’s sternum with raw death metal barbarity.
“I’m really excited for people to hear it,” says Chase. “Anybody who’s heard it has been really into it. I think, for Gatecreeper, it’s pretty simple and it’s pretty obvious what our sound is or what our influences are. I don’t really ever want to change that too much.”
Chase’s sentiment echoes through the whole band. For all the hype and enthusiasm surrounding them, Gatecreeper seem to be taking things in stride. In their minds, they've have come further than they’d ever expected, and are content to live the death metal dream in its purest form -- get out there, play some killer riffs, leave some fans with bruises, and move on from there.
“I just want to go full force,” says Eric. “Right now, in my life, this is like what I want to do, and I have since I was 13. This is what I want to do, this is where I’m happiest. I’ve done nine-to-fives and yeah, maybe they’re more steady, or maybe your life isn’t chaotic, but I love being on the road, I love writing records, I love playing live. I really want to play festivals in Europe. Play some of the big festivals, that would be really fucking cool. That’s how we work. Maybe there’ll be a day where we don’t feel that way, but I don’t think that’ll ever come. “