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Gothenburg, Sweden (1990 – 1996, 2007 – 2008, 2011 – present)

At the Gates is a band from Gothenburg, Sweden, and a major progenitor of the Gothenburg death metal sound. Initially active from 1990 to 1996, the band reformed in 2007 for a reunion tour.

At the Gates was formed in 1990 by former members of the pioneering death metal band Grotesque. They recorded a debut EP, Gardens of Grief, for the Dolores record label, and sold cassettes, vinyls, and XL t-shirts to promote the recording. The EP led seminal metal label Peaceville Records to sign the band, and they released their debut full-length album, The Red in the Sky Is Ours, in 1992, an album with an eclectic sound, featuring for instance neoclassical arrangements and even a string solo.

After the recording of their second studio album, With Fear I Kiss the Burning Darkness, founding member and guitarist Alf Svensson left the band in 1993 to pursue tattoo artistry, comic illustration, and his solo electronic-opera-black metal project Oxiplegatz. He was soon replaced by former House of Usher guitarist Martin Larsson, whom the band got to know during their early tours. The band continued touring Europe, and were filmed for a Headbangers Ball special featuring a tour date in the United Kingdom in July 1994.

In 1994, At the Gates released their third album, Terminal Spirit Disease, which was hailed as a breakthrough album. It contained only six new songs, but showed that the band’s sound had progressed immensely in only one year, in terms of playing and production.


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  • darkgnome

    "Wow so dick much head!" 8DDDD

    Yesterday 3:08pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    similar to The Red in the Sky is Ours? the first thing that comes to mind is Eucharist - A Velvet Creation ... maybe you could also give Ceremonial Oath - The Book of Truth a shot.

    14 Dec 7:37pm Reply
  • CVince9

    The new album is great :D

    14 Dec 2:33pm Reply
  • metalkillthekin

    Slaughter Of The Soul!!!

    10 Dec 9:31am Reply
  • GodLord0

    great band

    6 Dec 6:18pm Reply
  • Boulesis

    It's a fairly solid mdm album but nothing more.

    5 Dec 10:58pm Reply
  • Cabrasevera

    Still more original than the 9999999 bands ripping off their riffs.

    5 Dec 9:37pm Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    I'm honestly not that impressed by the new album either. Good thing I'm not the only one.

    5 Dec 12:04am Reply
  • bassius

    This album just proves that the creative brainchild behind ATG was Alf Svensson. No wonder they broke up after they ran out of his riffs.

    3 Dec 8:12pm Reply
  • Lost_Souls_UK

    It is a very underwhelming album. But if you listen to it like a 'rock' album it actually has very good sections. That's not saying much is it? Poor AtG... Maybe it rips live though?

    3 Dec 2:53pm Reply
  • GrimFaust

    New release is solid. Favourite tracks being The Book of Sand, The Head of the Hydra, Eater of Gods, Upon Pillars of Dust and The Night Eternal.

    27 Nov 3:00pm Reply
  • bassius

    its kind of boring. Haven't really thought about it much after a couple of spins.

    26 Nov 4:13pm Reply
  • buttheadstorm

    Seriously loving the new album! Gets better with every listen!

    25 Nov 7:24am Reply
  • fittnylle

    Heroes and Tombs, The Book of sand (The abomination), The conspiracy of the blind, Order from chaos and death and the labyrinth.. my fav songs

    22 Nov 7:13am Reply
  • fittnylle

    At War With Reality is a very, very strong release. Absolute class, I find myself coming back to it all the time. [2]

    22 Nov 7:11am Reply
  • Meloku666

    My favorite band from Sweden. Wish they come back to my country to listen some of their new stuff. This War with Reality is totally a killer album.

    21 Nov 4:22pm Reply
  • CVince9

    I would recommend the DT demo's located on the recently released Yesterworlds. phenomenal en intense stuff

    21 Nov 11:59am Reply
  • bolmeteus6

    The Red in the Sky Is Ours is a genuine masterpiece and easily my favorite melodic death release ever. Anyone know anything that sounds similar?

    21 Nov 12:39am Reply
  • MadTinus

    At War With Reality is a very, very strong release. Absolute class, I find myself coming back to it all the time.

    20 Nov 10:31pm Reply
  • Reflechissant

    Fuck those trendy metalcore photos! I cast aside those pics!!

    14 Nov 9:55pm Reply
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