REVIEW: PEARLY GATES – Unchained (2016)


In the first of two reviews in two days of this EP, MVM new boy Mark gives his thoughts

Formed in 2005 are Pearly Gates who’re from the Nordic shores of Helsinki, release ‘Unchained’ their latest and sixth EP. This is a beautiful throwback to what I miss about music.

Unchained the EP has collective styles that is a bit like a regression session. Highlight of the EP ‘Glass Eyes’ has a sense of Blind Melon with a beat that’s influenced by Metallica, a great mixture. ‘Sink Hole’ blends in with the opener like a fine ingredient to any recipe and allows the music to breathe.

Track three ‘Unchained,’ slows the momentum, which shows another side to these guys with a touch of folk. With ‘Free Fall’ proves how eclectic this five piece are. With six previous EPs out in the atmosphere, it may mean ‘Pearly Gates’ are building a future full length debut album, testing out which of their songs will be the chosen ones.

The wonderful thing about bands from Scandinavia and the Nordic islands is their passion for the rock genre and that certainly shows on this EP. St Peter would be a fan.


  1. Glass Eyes
  2. Sink Hole –
  3. Unchained (live)
  4. Free Fall


  • Jonne Nyberg – vocals/guitars/sax/harmonica
  • Antti Silkelä – drums/acoustic guitars
  • Eero Silkelä – guitars
  • Antti Lammi – bass/Percussions/backing vocals
  • Paavo Martikainen – guitars
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