Crystal Gates is a symphonic power metal band based in Riga, Latvia. The band was originally formed in Montevideo in 2013 by Benjamín Machín and Carolina Pérez. After two years of writing, arranging and recording, the duo released their first studio work, the six-song EP “A Quest For Life” in 2015. Recorded and mixed at Molecula Studios in Montevideo, and mastered by Mika Jussila at the legendary Finnvox studios, in Finland, the album was very well received by the public and specialized press. On the year of the release, Crystal Gates became a full band and played multiple shows in Uruguay and Argentina. 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”.