The Gate is Dan Peck (tuba, composition), Tom Blancarte (upright bass), and
Brian Osborne (percussion). Moving fluidly between freely improvised music
and jazz sludge, their sound is an inhuman collection of snorts, groans, and
demonic screams, described as “dark, plodding, and at times bleak” (All About
Jazz). Tuba and bass combine to erode conventional notions of melody and
harmony, marching to the rhythm of decaying ship hulls falling against each
other, metal scraping against metal. Incomprehensible languages combine with
layers of viscous noise to create a suffocating and unrelenting texture of doom.
The absolution of pure evil manifests itself in the resurrection of the undead.
Womb breeds life and earth breeds death.
The Gate has been opened.
“The range of textures each player produces is impressive enough, but the
invention and skill they bring to the task of combining their individual
instrumental voices is breathtaking. They are great at allowing their
scrapings and scuttlings to coalesce magically into growling riffs and
malevolent low-register thunder, bridging the hitherto unspanned void
between Don Cherry’s Mu and early Swans.” - The Wire 344 (Vomit Dreams)
“They’re more committed and capable in their pursuit of pure heaviosity,
the rhythm section proceeding with an impressive blend of aggro and
slovenliness while Dan Peck’s tuba slathers thick oily smears of bottom-end
brass all over the place.” - The Wire 341 (Destruction of Darkness)