Heavy Artillery Records has announced the signing of the French death metal masters THE SEVEN GATES. The band's debut album, "Angel of Suffering", will be released in the United States on May 12 and in Europe on June 2. Mastered by renowned French engineer Jean-Pierre Bouquet, the CD delivers "10 tracks of old-school death metal with an endless supply of hooks, masterful musicianship and a sufficient dose of pure fucking evil, sure to please fans of early DEICIDE, MORBID ANGEL and ENTOMBED," according to a press release.

Born from the ashes of revered French underground metal acts DAEMONIUM, AKHENATON and late '80s French death metal pioneers MUTILATED, THE SEVEN GATES began its assault in 2006 with the release of the "All is In All" demo. In 2007, the band followed up with a self-released EP entitled "Ghenna's Sword", gaining THE SEVEN GATES praise from the European metal press and earning them a spot on several "Best of 2007" lists in many of the Europe's leading metal publications. That same year, the band's first tour evoked frenzied interest from fans and further praise from the press, rousing the attention of New York's Heavy Artillery Records who quickly offered the band a place on its roster.

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