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Gardens of Grief is the debut EP by band At the Gates. Recorded and mixed in Studio Sunlight, February 1991.

It has been re-released several times. First as a vinyl repress on May, 1991 by Dolores Records; then reissued as a CD on 2001 by Black Sun Records in a slim jewel case as a split released along with Grotesque’s 1996 In the Embrace of Evil compilation album; and reissued as CD on 2004 by Blackened Records. It should be noted that all reissues feature alternate cover artwork, and that the inlay notes state vocalist Tompa Lindberg dedicated lyrics for "At the Gates" to famed Mayhem and Morbid Swedish vocalist Per Yngve Ohlin (also known as Dead), who had recently passed away on April 8th, 1991.

When the tracks were recorded at Sunlight Studio, At the Gates had been playing together for "roughly" four months. Björler accredits this period as the time when At the Gates developed their musicianship, songwriting and ability to work together. In comparison to tracks which featured on later recordings, Björler believes the songs are less structured. Due to a modest studio budget combined with inexperience, the EP's production "suffered a lot." However, Björler has described Gardens of Grief as "an ok debut EP."

The opening lyrics to "All Life Ends" is nearly word for word identical to the opening lines of the monologue at the beginning of George Miller’s 1981 Mad Max 2.

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