Heavy Metal supergroup BlackGates has announce the departure of ex-Whitesnake bassist Uriah Duffy. His replacement is reportedly Luis Barillas who used to play for The Venting Machine.
BlackGates consists of former Anthrax singer Dan Nelson, drummer Paul Bostaph (who has been in Testament, Exodus, Slayer, and Forbidden) and guitarist Jeremy Epp who was also in The Venting Machine.
You can read comments on the addition of Barillas and the band’s musical direction here.
The band has also finished mastering its first Demo and is currently working on its debut album. .
The members of BlackGates had the following to say about the addition of Barillas:
“Luis is a veteran of the Bay Area metal scene and a welcome addition to the band.”
“[Barillas has] got that Steve Harris/Geezer Butler vibe on the bass which fits perfect with what were doing, not to mention that he’s a solid dude.”
“Luis is an amazing bassist and a perfect fit for the BlackGates sound. He’s a true bro who you know from day one will have your back in the trenches.”
Bostaph has previously stated this about the band’s sound:
“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.”