Gates Of Ishtar where a band from Sweden that played a melodic mixture of black and death metal and this is a review of their 1996 album "A Bloodred Path" which will be re-issued in June of 2017 by Vic Records.
Blast beats along with some heavy and melodic guitar riffing starts off the album and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording while the solos and leads also use a great amount of melody and the riffs also use a decent amount of tremolo picking.
Vocals are mostly high pitched blackened metal screams while the riffs also mix in the more melodic side of death metal along with the songs also bringing in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the music really displays a great amount of influences from the Swedish bands of that era and as the album progresses a brief use of spoken word parts and synths can be heard as well a s a small amount of clean guitars and they close the album with a cover of W.A.S.P's :I Wanna Be Somebody".
Gates Of Ishtar played a musical style that takes the Swedish forms of melodic black and death metal and mixed them together, the production sounds very professional for the era it was recorded while the lyrics cover depression, solitude and inner struggles themes.
In my opinion Gates Of Ishtar where a very great sounding melodic mixture of black and death metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Where The Winds Of Darkness Blow" "The Dreaming Glade" and "A Bloodred Path". 8 out of 10.