Interview: HEAVENSGATE talk new single, forthcoming EP and dream collabs

Credit: Dune Labs

Melbourne metalcore outfit HEAVENSGATE have burst onto the scene with some insanely good content and are definitely ones to watch. The latest single “GINSICK” is the third offering from their forthcoming debut EP AND ALL I LOVED, I LOVED ALONE, to be released 24 February via Greyscale Records/1126 Records.

We had a chat with the band about the single, EP and more.

Congratulations on the new EP! How does it feel to come straight out the gate with such a killer release?

Thank you! It’s safe to say we are all extremely excited to get this EP out to everyone after working tirelessly on it for almost 2 years.

The latest single “GINSICK” is a compelling, dynamic track that absolutely slaps. What inspired the song, and how did it come together?

“GINSICK” was very much inspired by the grieving process that comes with a failed relationship. Especially the acceptance and self-reflection on one’s own actions. It was meant to be a key track that showcases our range musically with our clean vocal section at the end of the track. The chaotic and ambient sections flowing in and out of each other help reinforce the dynamic emotions that come when trying to process immense heartbreak.

The dark, gritty videos for each single have been as heavy as the songs themselves. How were they to shoot?

The videos were a lot of fun to shoot. We actually did all three back-to-back over three nights. It was an insane amount of effort, but we couldn’t have done it without the boys from Dune Labs (Oliver Clark and Jack Fontes).

Your forthcoming EP AND ALL I LOVED, I LOVED ALONE has so many interesting elements and is quite diverse in its six tracks. Was the plan always to make a conceptual project?

I’d say at the very early stages it wasn’t planned out like that. As things progressed and we reworked demos and lyrics, it all fell into place in a way that made sense and we went with it.

You worked with Joshua Ang of Pincer+ and Erik Bickerstaffe of Loathe on the EP. How was it to collaborate with such talented people, and who would you love to work with in the future?

Josh was at the forefront of putting this band together, as he is a studio member residing across the country, so working with him is very seamless as we can do a lot of work online with each other.

Erik was amazing to work with, his drum production was great. We knew of his previous drum work with other projects, so we had full trust in him to make something that suited us well.

With an introduction this strong, what can we expect to come next from HEAVENSGATE?

You can expect a lot. We haven’t stopped working since finishing the EP. We have so many ideas in the works which will be exciting to finally share once it’s ready.

If you could share the stage with any artists, what would your dream tour be?

Thrown, Loathe, Sleep Token.

AND ALL I LOVED, I LOVED ALONE is available 24 February. Follow HEAVENSGATE on Facebook and Instagram for more.