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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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  • Forced_Life1983

    Hi people check my band : Reign of Evil from chile (Melodic Death Metal, Techdeath, Deathcore) for fans of : The Black Dahlia Murder, At the Gates, Rose Funeral, Carnifex, At The Gates, Ignominious Incarceration, Conducting From the grave, Despised Icon.etc DOWNLOAD FREE

    25 Mar 5:58am Reply
  • sangremuerto

    Новый альбом не сразу, но все-таки зашел. сначала продакшн не понравился и этим оттолкнул от альбома, потом как-то притерлось ухо. радуют постмитальные нотки, явное приобретение за время простоя, но по сути это все те же ATG.

    3 Mar 8:56am Reply
  • crabhead1337

    WTF, Decapitated in similar artists?

    11 Feb 1:47pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    like omg cuz it like is. =[

    30 Jan 12:06am Reply
  • fylledal

    how can you call their comeback a failure? omg, 20 years later and this takes me back to the sound of 95. Sure a little better production but still keeping that sound alive

    28 Jan 1:09pm Reply
  • My_Sharona

    New albums is not as good as their older stuff but still better than most of what's been coming out lately

    22 Jan 6:54pm Reply
  • Venerea

    Vocals are terrible on the new album. Like so many bands, At The Gates failed with their comeback.

    17 Jan 1:05pm Reply
  • ikesen

    they are the living legends.

    17 Jan 12:17am Reply
  • EnigmaticRealm

    When I gave the new album a listen, I thought I mistakenly chose Goatwhore...

    10 Jan 7:58am Reply
  • ManOfMuchMetal

    'At War With Reality' has made it into my top 20 for 2014. Big surprise that! But find out why exactly by clicking the link:

    28 Dec 2014 Reply
  • darkgnome

    "Wow so dick much head!" 8DDDD

    26 Dec 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • CVince9

    The new album is great :D

    14 Dec 2014 Reply
  • metalkillthekin

    Slaughter Of The Soul!!!

    10 Dec 2014 Reply
  • GodLord0

    great band

    6 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Boulesis

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

    5 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Cabrasevera

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

    5 Dec 2014 Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

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

    5 Dec 2014 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
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