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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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  • NujillicA

    New album is pretty boring.. I need to up the tempo on the drum beat a little bit to be awesome . WHY are they slowing down the tempo that's so ridiculous?!?!?! Upon the pillars is nice, but it's growing SLOW !!?!?!?!?!?!? SHIIITTTT ANTICLIMAX.

    3 hours ago Reply
  • Cabrasevera

    Upon Pillars Of Dust.[2] that bonus songs tho

    10 hours ago Reply
  • Schander

    @Nordpolar: Reviewer or not, my argument still stands. You sure did seem to act like one on previous encounters (not specifically towards me). "My" Sylosis? Whut? Pretty decent band though... and now that you mention it, (besides being apples and oranges) ANY album by them is far superior to AWwR. Sure... I'll just stop talking about music in general, because you don't agree with my views. In politics that's called fascism. You're like a poster-girl for fanboyism, not being able to cope with other people's opinions that happen to conflict with your own. [/care]

    Yesterday 11:57pm Reply
  • Elvenefris-

    At War With Reality is not bad at all, hopefully I'll get to see them live soon.

    Yesterday 6:19pm Reply
  • Nordpolar

    How is this topic related with being a journalist? I'm not even a reviewer, haha. It's a matter of taste Schander. So if I don't know all of your "better" bands, maybe I've just got the better taste? Guess that's the only solution. And you? Go on listening to your Sylosis and stuff bullshit and stop talking about good music like At The Gates. Thanks :)

    Yesterday 5:29pm Reply
  • FlorioWork

    I love it.[3] Better than SOTS especially the deluxe edition. I highly recommend the new bonus tracks, they are amazing.

    Yesterday 3:58pm Reply
  • kspsml

    Upon Pillars Of Dust.

    Yesterday 7:47am Reply
  • Cabrasevera

    Brutally awesome. I love it.[2]

    Yesterday 3:00am Reply
  • Phendrome

    Brutally awesome. I love it.

    21 Oct 5:52pm Reply
  • steal_briefcase

    "I can't believe anyone could poopoo the new album. To make a record this great with all that time off is an amazing feat." Only they've been touring for years, and there was The Haunted (which a lot of the riffs I've heard on the new album sound like they could have been used for).

    21 Oct 3:15pm Reply
  • abhorion

    at the bill gates

    21 Oct 2:48pm Reply
  • bassius

    they actually devolved as song writers and musicians after the first 2 1/2 albums.

    21 Oct 1:49pm Reply
  • Reflechissant

    v Adrian is right even though he's a fag

    21 Oct 1:43pm Reply
  • Edengeist

    Just as some cannot see how anyone could not be liking the new album, I do not see how anyone could say SotS or this new album are in any way comparable qualitatively to the earlier stuff they've put out, which I found of much higher compositional quality. There are different perspectives obviously, and I hold on to mine.

    21 Oct 11:39am Reply
  • darkgnome

    I've heard two songs from the new album and I like it better than the old ones. Never really bothered with this band before.

    21 Oct 10:40am Reply
  • Schander

    @Nordpolar: I believe you're a reviewer, right? With that in mind, you're saying you're not familiar with any of these "better bands"? Now, don't go projecting your own deficiencies UNTO OTHERS. If, in fact, I've "proven" anything about my views, then I guess I must be making a point after all. Ergo, I'm never pointless. I'm merely spewing my (typically uninhibited) opinion, but never attack(ed) anyone on a personal level. YOU on the other hand, immediately start throwing in an ad hominem. Which says a lot more about your pointlessness, than it does about mine. Have a nice life!

    21 Oct 1:47am Reply
  • SexWithMinors

    I can't believe anyone could poopoo the new album. To make a record this great with all that time off is an amazing feat. You just can't please some neckbeards.

    20 Oct 10:20pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    i think they've done everything they can to please all their fans. they reissued all their albums, some for the first time on vinyl in 20 years, approved and released a remaster of slaughter of the soul, released a new album, and are touring. i can't find anything to fault with that. for some bizarre reason Century Media is reissuing Gardens Of Grief again on vinyl next month. they sure do like reissuing stuff.

    20 Oct 9:21pm Reply

    I like the new one, but don't love it. It sounds like the metronome was a few BPM clicks too slow. I've never been on the bandwagon of "only tRitSiO/wFIKtBD are any good". The first 2 albums were a good start, but they certainly evolved by a long shot as song-writers and musicians at that time. I do love the production of the new album. Just the tempo is slightly sluggish and lacks that certain energy they used to have.

    20 Oct 8:36pm Reply
  • Edengeist

    Well, it certainly is better than Slaughter of the Soul. Still, it lacks the grandiose polyphony and textured variety of the first two, and thus it doesn't really do anything for me. Conspiracy of the Blind and Book of Sand are nice tracks and they could fit the second album, though. My personal vote is a generous 2.5/5

    20 Oct 11:30am Reply
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