After the 1995 demo "Seasons Of Frost" Swedish GATES OF ISHTAR really hit us in 1996 with their first album "A Bloodred Path". Melodic Death Metal, but without reminding us of pioneers such as IN FLAMES, DARK TRANQUILLITY or AT THE GATES. No, even if GATES OF ISHTAR incorporated several furious elements into their songs, the foundation still was the sound of old 80s heroes, I dare to say W.A.S.P. and a little RUNNING WILD. The Die W.A.S.P. cover version "I Wanna Be Somebody" at the end of the CD is no coincidence.
GATES OF ISHTAR never have been the fastest, most brutal or heaviest, but they managed to stand head and shoulders above the flood of releases. After the short instrumental "Inanna" (Inanna is the Sumerian war goddess) "Where The Winds Of Darkness Blow" unpacks quite a gale. The following "The Silence" is anything but calm and silent. Starting out with a mighty speed part, the music slows down more and more until in the choruses the cow flies high again. And in that way the alternation between high speed, middle pace and slow parts threads through the (very short) album.
Countless breaks and interesting melody lines mark a very enjoyable CD and the rough, wild charm of the album is another plus. As only genre comparison CHILDREN OF BODOM with their high flyer "Something Wild" come to my mind, but they only came out two years later. (Online January 9, 2004)