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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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  • bardofesgaroth

    Hell I dunno, Probably drawing or something. He released some albums on his solo project Oxiplegatz in the 90's, but to my knowledge hasn't been involved in any other musical endeavor ever since.

    Yesterday 12:43pm Reply
  • _duif

    Yeah, you're probably right. What's he up to these days?

    Yesterday 12:11pm Reply
  • bardofesgaroth

    The title track sounds like The Haunted trying to cover SotS and WFIKtBD at the same time. @_duif Without Alf Svensson? Impossible.

    Yesterday 11:20am Reply
  • Lost_Souls_UK

    At War With Reality (the track) is weak. Got the tone and riff-style of SotS but none of the impact. AtG were the best melodeath band of the 90s when that shit was rare; the reality they're at war with is that the metalcore bands which ripped them off, have now evidently bettered them.

    Yesterday 8:33pm Reply
  • _duif

    Wish they'd return to the sound of 'The Red in the Sky...', but that ain't gonna happen now is it?

    30 Sep 9:27am Reply
  • Cabrasevera

    Leak the album already!!!

    29 Sep 2:34pm Reply

    Martin van Drunen, anybody?? Awesome as fuck!!!

    28 Sep 7:10am Reply
  • spineshank155

    While In Flames are still showcasing the many ways they can suck, At The Gates are managing to restore faith in the Gothenburg melodeath scene. [3] That new IF album SC is bad no matter whether IF made it or not, IF should just retire though.

    27 Sep 10:42pm Reply
  • Venusfly91

    Well, at least people will no longer pay attention to In Flames this year with the new album coming out.

    27 Sep 5:13pm Reply
  • Venusfly91

    Slaughter of the Souls, same structures and riffing, now with somewhat dirtier production and more drum fills. In order words: almost as meh as Slaughter of the Souls.

    25 Sep 9:37pm Reply
  • Cabrasevera

    While In Flames are still showcasing the many ways they can suck, At The Gates are managing to restore faith in the Gothenburg melodeath scene. [2]

    25 Sep 4:22pm Reply
  • Cabrasevera

    Melodic Death is back baby!!

    25 Sep 4:22pm Reply
  • MisanthropeRaft

    While In Flames are still showcasing the many ways they can suck, At The Gates are managing to restore faith in the Gothenburg melodeath scene.

    25 Sep 9:29am Reply
  • knight_88

    New song is fuckin' great, I can't wait for the new album!

    24 Sep 2:36am Reply
  • Kaiser_19

    New track is good, but tompa should stop singing.

    23 Sep 8:07pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    war is the awesome at fucking with reality

    23 Sep 5:39pm Reply
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  • vitorsilighini

    I need to turns my pants after listen new song

    23 Sep 12:55am Reply
  • Toutatis_

    I like the new song as well

    22 Sep 11:41pm Reply
  • spineshank155

    New song is pretty good, looking forward to the new album.

    22 Sep 7:57pm Reply
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