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.
On October 27th, Swedish melodic death metal pioneers At The Gates will release their comeback album At War With Reality. The disc is one of metal’s most anticipated releases in recent memory and the first from At The Gates in 19 years. Personally, I already woke up in a giddy mood because I will be receiving an advance copy of the record later today. So imagine my excitement upon discovering that today also marks the release of the first official video from the album.
“Death and the Labyrinth” is the opening track of At War With Reality and it does not disappoint.
Watch the official video for “Death and the Labyrinth” here below.
At The Gates, along with contemporaries In Flames, are considered to be the originators of the Gothenburg (Sweden) sound, a style that would define the genre of melodic death metal (or melodeath, as it is often known).
In Flames would go on to become one of the biggest metal bands in the world while slowly evolving into a pop metal machine. Despite releasing several critically acclaimed albums, At The Gates would fail to find widespread commercial success and disbanded in 1996. Decibel magazine called the band’s final album, Slaughter of the Soul, “the most influential death metal record of the decade.”
At The Gates reformed in 2007 and has been touring sporadically ever since. Much to the delight of fans, the band is set to release their first album in 19 years on October 27, 2014. The album is called At War With Reality and, after much hype, we’re finally getting to hear the title track of the record.
Listen to the song “At War With Reality” here below.