The Haunted is a long-running Swedish heavy metal supergroup. The band has had a revolving lineup throughout its career with the only consistent member being rhythm guitarist Patrik Jensen. Several members of The Haunted throughout the years have also been members of Swedish melodic death metal pioneers At The Gates. Currently the rhythm section of drummer Adrian Erlandsson and bassist Jonas BjÃ¶rler split their time between both bands.
Today’s Massive Metal Monday track is titled “Eye of The Storm” and comes from The Haunted’s eighth studio album, 2014’s Exit Wounds. Check out the official video for the song here below.
When At The Gates announced that they were working on their first album in nearly two decades, hardcore fans such as myself were both excited and a bit apprehensive. They had, after all, gone out on a high note with their 1995 masterpiece Slaughter of the Soul. So imagine our collective sigh of relief when At War With Reality was released in late October of last year and picked up right where its predecessor had left off. The album was so amazing, in fact, that it ended up tied for the number one spot on my Best Metal Albums of 2014 list. Adding to that rush of excitement, it was announced not long after the album’s release that the band would be touring North America in the Spring of 2015 headlining the Decibel Magazine Tour and they would be bringing along three of the most kick-ass bands on the planet to boot. At The Gates, Converge, Pallbearer and Vallenfyre all on the same bill? The wait until March would surely kill me!
Well metalheads, that time of the year has come around again. And whether you’re rockin’ under the mistletoe while headbanging to Twisted Sister’s Heavy Metal Christmas, or whether you’re holed up in a basement listening to Venom’s Black X-Mas, there’s probably a metalhead on your Christmas list who is expecting something other than coal in their stocking.
Well, never fear oh ye holiday headbangers. Geeks of Doom is kind of enough to supply you with the quintessential list of seasonal must-haves for the metal mavens.
Swedish melodic death metal pioneers At The Gates are riding high on the critical and commercial success of their astoundingly great comeback record At War With Reality. The record is the first offing from the band in 19 years and is an instant classic that fits seamlessly with the band’s already legendary back catalog. At War With Reality is among the very finest records, in any genre, released in 2014.
Now, the band have released an animated video for the second single from album “Heroes & Tombs.” Watch it here below.
At The Gates At War With Reality CD | MP3 | Vinyl Century Media Records Release date: October 27, 2014
At The Gates‘ 1995 album Slaughter of the Soul is considered by many experts to be one of the most pivotal moments in death metal history. Decibel Magazine went so far as to label it “the most influential death metal album of the next decade.” That recording, despite being the band’s fourth release, is among the very first to feature the sound that would come to be known as melodic death metal or “the Gothenburg sound,” a reference to the city in Sweden that spawned At The Gates and their equally influential contemporaries, In Flames.
It is also a record that most thought would serve as At The Gates’ epitaph. In 1996, only a year after its release, the band split acrimoniously when brothers Anders (guitar) and Jonas Bjorler (bass) decided to leave and form The Haunted. The rest of the band resented them for leaving at the height of their success, but decided that At The Gates could not continue without them.