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Gates - The Sun Will Rise and Lead Me Home Album Cover
Author's Rating
Vocals 7.25
Musicianship 9
Lyrics 7
Production 8.25
Creativity 8.25
Lasting Value 7
Reviewer Tilt 9
Final Verdict: 80%
Member Ratings
Vocals 8.03
Musicianship 9.42
Lyrics 8.47
Production 8.5
Creativity 8.78
Lasting Value 8.53
Reviewer Tilt 9.03
Average: 87%
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Gates - The Sun Will Rise and Lead Me Home

Reviewed by: Ryan Gardner (02/01/11)
GatesThe Sun Will Rise and Lead Me Home
Record Label: None
Release Date: January 25, 2011


When Lydia broke up last year, I’m willing to bet most all of us were crushed. Period. However, at least we now have hope of still listening to the members in the future. In 2010, we encountered Mindy White’s new group, States. Now, we have Lydia’s guitarist Ethan Koozer’s project, Gates. Let’s get one thing straight: this is not Lydia Pt. 2, at all. The only even similar aspect of Lydia within Gates is the guitar styles, respectfully. Sure enough, the guitars and musical elements of the band are the highlight of their sound, as the vocals of Kevin Dye may take some getting used to.

The Sun Will Rise and Lead Me Home is quite a journey for just a six track EP. As drawn from the title, this is an optimistic offering; Gates have created a journey of hope. The opener “A Vague Ambition” is the first taste of what Gates are – a rock band. Dye’s raw vocal delivery is apparent over the intricate instrumentation on the track. The first minute of music is beautiful, and albeit the vocals sound as if they may need some work at times, they actually fit the sound quite well.

“Walls” features the thick bass of Mike Maroney as Dye sings of a new beginning: “Tear down the walls / it’s so beautiful to be where we began.” Here, it becomes fully prevalent that Gates wish to be a breath of fresh air. “Burned Us Alive” is a softer number, both beautiful musically and vocally. Clearly, the musical aspect of Gates is where they truly shine, as the instrumental “At The End of All Things” is riveting. That said, the vocals do work when layered with the instruments, as the closing “Sleepwalker” is an atmospheric end to The Sun Will Rise and Lead Me Home and a superb ending – both vocally and musically – at that.

As the EP comes to a close, it will leave many grasping for more. The instrumentation is hardly matched, as it is simply pristine and intricate. Likewise, the raw vocal style of Dye also grows on the listener greatly with each track. Gates have brought a lot to the table with this colossal EP, and it’s sure to be an even bigger year for these guys.

Recommended If You LikeUh…Moving Mountains, maybe some elements of Thrice?…very difficult to name

Additional Information
Track Listing:
1. A Vague Ambition
2. Walls
3. Burned Us Alive
4. In The Morning
5. At The End of All Things
6. Sleepwalker

Gates are:
Kevin Dye – Vocals, Guitar
Ethan Koozer – Guitar
Dan King – Guitar
Mike Maroney – Bass
Dan Crapanzano – Drums

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03:39 PM on 02/01/11
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vivatoto56
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This EP shows so much promise.

I need more of it.
06:36 PM on 02/01/11
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Just downloaded. Looking forward to giving it a listen.
04:41 AM on 02/02/11
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this band can do some sweet things if they get rid of their singer.
05:04 AM on 02/02/11
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The instrumentation is beautiful. Just wish there were a few more hooks on it.
06:04 AM on 02/02/11
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Heard about this band not too long ago, and I ended up buying a physical copy. Solid EP. Gorgeous musical talents for sure.
06:08 AM on 02/02/11
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I love it. Vocals, musicianship & all. Great review =D
06:16 AM on 02/02/11
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Definitely promising, the vocals can be a little rough at times but they have potential. I think they would catapult themselves into greater heights with a new singer though.
06:46 AM on 02/02/11
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Really liked this EP. and I'd really like to hear what they could do in a full-length and with better vocals
06:50 AM on 02/02/11
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Fantastic EP. Really enjoyed it.
07:01 AM on 02/02/11
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Love it. Singing could be better though.
07:38 AM on 02/02/11
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Este disco es hermoso.
07:52 AM on 02/02/11
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Looking forward to more new stuff but I expected more. Each song is indistinguishable from the next. There are bright spots for sure. Some more focused songwriting, a few more hooks and some variety in tempo/key/styles is what i'll be hoping for with their next recording. Overall, I agree with the 77-80% review
08:08 AM on 02/02/11
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CHECK THIS OUT. i personally think it's amazing. I haven't gotten enough of it with constant listening 2 weeks later.
08:19 AM on 02/02/11
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Solid EP. As stated before many times, the guitar-work is fantastic.
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