ON A QUEST FOR LIFE...
Crystal Gates was formed in Montevideo in the year 2013 by Benjamín Machín and Carolina Pérez, as a side project for Benjamín's previous band Ecliptica and as a starting band experience for Carolina. Soon, the yet nameless duo recorded a cover version of the song "Gates of Dawn" by the celtic/new age european group Secret Garden. Moved by the positive energy they generated together, they decided to become a full-time band. The composing process started, soon giving birth to many songs which could described as power/symphonic metal in the vein of Nightwish, Avantasia, Sonata Arctica and the like. After two years of hard work, six of this songs were selected and recorded in the duo's first release: A QUEST FOR LIFE, which also counts with the final touch of mastering done by Mika Jussila at the legendary Finnvox studios, and the master artwork of french artist JP Fournier (Edguy, Avantasia, Dragonforce and many more).
The first year of Crystal Gates public activity surpassed all their expectations, getting the chance to open a show for Masterplan in Montevideo, giving their first international show in Buenos Aires, and organizing shows with great public assistance; 2015 concluded with great news for the band, winning the “Best National Album”, “Best National Cover Artwork” and “Best National Female Voice” awards in a national metal-specialized poll hosted by the prominent uruguayan metal producer “El Lado Oscuro”. For the future, Crystal Gates will carry on to record their first full length album in 2016, which began with an opening act for Anneke van Giersbergen's “The Gentle Storm” this past April in Buenos Aires, along with playing many shows in Uruguay and Argentina.
Current Line-up:
Benjamín Machín - Guitars | Carolina Pérez - Vocals | Guillermo Albano - Bass | Gastón Lorenzo - Drums | Juan José Leyton - Keyboards.