The Gates of Slumber

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The Gates of Slumber
Also known as The Keep (1997-1998)
Origin Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Genres Doom metal, stoner metal
Years active 1997–2013
Labels Rise Above
Associated acts Burn it Down
Past members Karl Simon
Dr. Phibes
Jamie Walters
Brad Elliott
Chris Gordon
Chuck Brown
Jason McCash
Bob Fouts
J "Cool" Clyde Paradis

The Gates of Slumber was a doom metal band from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. The group is better known in Germany and England than in their native United States.[1] Their first release distributed within the U.S. was 2008's Conqueror, released on Profound Lore Records.[1]


The band was formed by Karl Simon in 1998, but didn't have an official lineup until 2001, when bassist Dr. Phibes and drummer Jamie Walters joined the band. However, personality and commitment clashes led to Phibes and Walters leaving the band, leaving Simon to bring in Brad Elliott and Chris "The Fist" Gordon as replacements. This lineup was also short-lived and Chuck Brown replaced Gordon later that year.[2]

Stability continued to evade the band until 2003, when Jason McCash joined the band as bassist following the departure of Elliott. This lineup lasted until 2005, when conflicts between Brown and the rest of the band led to his departure. After being briefly replaced by a returning Gordon, the position of drummer fell to "Iron" Bob Fouts. This lineup lasted for five years between 2005 and 2010; the longest-lasting lineup in the history of the band. In 2010, Fouts was replaced by J "Cool" Clyde Paradis, who was a member of the band for two years until he was replaced by the returning Fouts.[2]

Longtime member Jason McCash left the band in September 2013, and Simon and Fouts decided to dissolve the band shortly thereafter, in September 2013. It was announced by Simon that McCash had died on April 5, 2014, and that as a consequence of this, he would never reform The Gates of Slumber.[3]

Band members[edit]

Final lineup
  • Karl Simon – vocals, guitars (1998–2013)
  • Jason McCash – bass (2003–2013; died April 5, 2014)
  • "Iron" Bob Fouts – drums (2005–2010, 2012–2013)
Former members
  • Dr. Phibes - bass (2001-2002)
  • Jamie Walters - drums (2001-2002)
  • Brad Elliott – bass (2002–2003)
  • Chris "The Fist" Gordon – drums (2002, 2005)
  • Chuck Brown – drums (2002–2005)
  • J "Cool" Clyde Paradis – drums (2010–2012; died August 13, 2016[4])


Studio albums
  • The Jury (2011)
  • Villain, Villain 2LP compilation, 2007 (Metal Supremacy)
  • Chronicles of True Doom 4LP compilation, 2009 (Iron Kodex Records)
  • The Gates of Slumber / The Dream is Dead split EP, 2007 (Relapse Records)
  • From Ultima Thule Split CD with Spiritus Mortis 2007 (Emissary Records)
  • The Gates of Slumber / Crowning Glory Split 7" 2008 (Rise Above Records)
  • Blood Encrusted Deth Axe demo, 2000
  • Sabbath Witch demo, 2002
  • The Cloaked Figure demo, 2004
Compilation Appearances
  • Chariots Arrive Again Vol.2 Comp, 2004 (Foreshadow Productions)
  • A Dark World Comp, 2004 (Final Chapter)
  • CM Disro Sampler 2004 Comp, 2004 (Century Media)
  • Constant Migraine Comp CD 2007 (Constant Migraine Records)


The Gates Of Slumber - God Wills It, Slumbering Souls - 01 - 2005 ( Red Vinyl - LP. ) ( German )

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