BLACKGATES the new East San Francisco Bay Area/New York metal outfit featuring former ANTHRAX singer Dan Nelson, drummer Paul Bostaph (TESTAMENT, ex-EXODUS, SLAYER, FORBIDDEN), guitarist Jeremy Epp (THE VENTING MACHINE) and bassist Uriah Duffy (WHITESNAKE) has tapped Dvs Artist Management to oversee the group's business affairs.
Dvs Artist Management was created by former A&R rep Robert Bolger, who was previously the driving force behind Crash Classics, a division of the now-defunct independent Phoenix-based hard rock and heavy metal label Crash Music Inc. Dvs's roster includes WHIPLASH and GENERATION KILL (featuring EXODUS frontman Rob Dukes).
BLACKGATES is scheduled to enter the studio in November to start pre-production on its forthcoming debut album.
Bostaph previously stated about BLACKGATES's musical direction, "Our sound is drawn from all of our influences. Mostly, we don't want to be a thrash metal band, although we draw from that genre as well. There is something in our music for everyone. Heavy grooves, good hooks and Dan's killer pipes. I think we have an independent sound that will stand on its own." Nelson added, "It's thrashy and heavy, so it will appeal to ANTHRAX and TESTAMENT fans. But has the groove and brutality of PANTERA, and is also very melodic. The guitarist is a kid from the Bay Area named Jeremy Epp, who's an unknown, but sensational. People are gonna love him."
BLACKGATES earlier in the year finished mastering its first demo, which the band recorded in the San Francisco Bay Area with producer Tim Narducci (SYSTEMATIC, SPIRALARMS).
* Dan Nelson (ANTHRAX): Vocals/guitar
* Paul Bostaph (TESTAMENT, SLAYER, FORBIDDEN, EXODUS): Drums
* Uriah Duffy (WHITESNAKE): Bass
* Jeremy Von Epp (THE VENTING MACHINE): Guitar/Vocals