Blackgate began the recording of their debut, as well as playing shows in the Western Michigan metal circuit in Spring of 2014. In the spring and summer, they played several festival shows including West Michigan’s annual Carnival Of Chaos and the 2014 Moshpit Bootcamp. The Fall of 2014 brought about the release of Blackgate’s debut self-titled EP. The 6 song effort has been met with critical success. With Recoil Magazine saying the EP showcases “…talent and drive that truly feels like the seedlings to an epic vessel of metal”, and deadrhetoric.com describing the band as a “quintet of fiery players who know how to fuse riffs into power arrangements”. Blackgate continued to play shows throughout the Fall and Winter of 2014 following the release of their EP, highlighted by an opening slot for fellow Michigan metal band Battlecross on the opening date of their 2014 Winter Warriors national tour.
Blackgate are currently still playing shows throughout Michigan while working on material for their second album, which they wish to record and release in 2015.