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At the Gates
At the Gates
is a Swedish death metal band from Gothenburg, a major progenitor of Gothenburg-style melodic death metal.[3] The band was initially active from 1990 to 1996, reforming in 2007 for a tour between April and September 2008. In 2011, they reformed again and have since continued to perform. They released At War with Reality, their first album in 19 years, in late 2014.[4]

Contents

1 History

1.1 Early career (1990–1994) 1.2 Success and breakthrough (1994–1996) 1.3 Post-breakup (1996–2007) 1.4 Reunion (2007–2014) 1.5 At War with Reality
At War with Reality
(2014–2016) 1.6 Departure of Anders Björler
Anders Björler
and To Drink from the Night Itself (2017–present)

2 Musical style and lyrics 3 Awards 4 Members 5 Discography 6 References 7 External links

History[edit] Early career (1990–1994)[edit] At the Gates
At the Gates
were formed in 1990 by former members of the death/black metal band Grotesque. They recorded a debut EP, Gardens of Grief, for the Dolores record label. 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
The Red in the Sky Is Ours
in 1992. 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, graphic novel illustration and his solo electronic-opera-black metal project Oxiplegatz. He was soon replaced by former House of Usher guitarist Martin Larsson, who the band knew from underground tape trading. The band continued touring Europe, and were filmed for a Headbangers Ball
Headbangers Ball
special feature in Nottingham, UK in July 1993. Success and breakthrough (1994–1996)[edit] In 1994, At the Gates
At the Gates
released their third album, Terminal Spirit Disease, which was hailed as a breakthrough album.[5] The band continued touring and in 1995 released their most commercially and critically successful album: Slaughter of the Soul, on Earache Records. The album is regarded as their strongest death metal effort, compared to previous albums.[6] This album firmly rooted the band as one of the leaders of the Swedish metal scene, the " Gothenburg
Gothenburg
sound" of melodic death metal.[7] The band received international attention for the album, gaining them several U.S. tours and heavy rotation of the music video for Blinded by Fear on MTV
MTV
in America, but despite this international success, the Björler brothers departed in 1996. The remaining members decided it would be impossible to continue without them, so the band broke up.[8] Post-breakup (1996–2007)[edit] When At the Gates
At the Gates
broke up in 1996, drummer Adrian Erlandsson, bassist Jonas Björler, and guitarist Anders Björler
Anders Björler
formed The Haunted. Tomas Lindberg
Tomas Lindberg
went on working with different bands including Skitsystem, The Crown, Lock Up, and Nightrage. Erlandsson left The Haunted in 1999 to join Cradle of Filth. In 2001, Peaceville Records released an At the Gates
At the Gates
retrospective called Suicidal Final Art. Reunion (2007–2014)[edit]

At the Gates
At the Gates
performing live at Metaltown
Metaltown
Festival in June 2011

On October 18, 2007, At the Gates
At the Gates
announced several reunion shows for mid-2008, including Getafe Electric Festival, Roskilde Festival, Ruisrock, Wacken Open Air, Graspop Metal Meeting, Sweden Rock Festival, Gods of Metal, Hellfest Summer Open Air
Hellfest Summer Open Air
and Bloodstock Open Air,[9] as well as a tour of Japan with The Dillinger Escape Plan, Into Eternity, Pig Destroyer, and Mayhem in May 2008.[10] Anders Björler
Anders Björler
commented on the reunion:

“ Well, it felt like the timing was right for once. We have been talking about a possible reunion for years now, but this was the first time everything fell into place. For me personally, it feels like getting closure. The break-up over ten years ago was abrupt and left a bad vibe between us that took years to get over. We have a better relationship today and a more relaxed approach to who we are and what we do. The time is right to get together and play some shows. Try to catch us live in the summer 2008. It could be your last chance.[citation needed] ”

On the band's official website, Björler declared that "it would be pointless to release something more than ten years after Slaughter of the Soul" and "would just disappoint people."[11] When asked in October 2007 if the band was planning on writing a new album, Lindberg replied:

“ No new record will be recorded. The legacy of Slaughter of the Soul will remain intact. It would be fun to write together, but not under the name of At the Gates.[12] ”

Throughout July 2008, they toured the US and Canada on what was dubbed the "Suicidal Final Tour",[13] and played their final UK show at Bloodstock Open Air
Bloodstock Open Air
on Sunday on 17 August 2008. They finished their last show in Athens, Greece, with guest The Ocean on 21 September 2008. The band's performance at Wacken Open Air
Wacken Open Air
in 2008 is available on The Flames of the End DVD boxed set, which also includes clips of songs from other venues and a documentary that covers the history of the band in its entirety. In December 2010, the band announced a second reunion in their hometown (Gothenburg, Sweden), with plans to perform at Metaltown 2011. Later that month, they announced that they would perform at Bloodstock Open Air
Bloodstock Open Air
in Derbyshire, England. On January 29, 2012, At the Gates
At the Gates
announced on their official Facebook page that they would be doing more reunion shows in 2012.[citation needed] They appeared at the Brutal Assault
Brutal Assault
and Vagos Open Air festivals in August, and also Resurrection Fest in Spain. They also appeared on board the Barge to Hell which sailed out of Miami in December.[citation needed] In October 2012, Tomas Lindberg
Tomas Lindberg
stated that he would not say "never" to the possibility of At the Gates
At the Gates
recording again.[14] The band also confirmed some reunion appearances in 2013, including Sweden Rock Festival
Sweden Rock Festival
in Solvesborg and Heavy MTL in Montreal.[citation needed] At War with Reality
At War with Reality
(2014–2016)[edit]

At the Gates
At the Gates
live at Summer Breeze Open Air
Summer Breeze Open Air
in 2016

On January 21, 2014, At the Gates
At the Gates
released a video on YouTube showing a distorted video with lines of text on it, followed by text saying "2014", possibly hinting toward possible lyrics for an upcoming album. On January 27, the band revealed on Facebook
Facebook
via a new cover photo and profile picture, that their confirmed fifth record would be titled, At War with Reality and would be released in the fall of 2014 through Century Media.[4] Asked whether At War with Reality
At War with Reality
is At the Gates' final album or if the band will continue recording, Tomas Lindberg
Tomas Lindberg
replied, "We can't say really. We have no plans of stopping but we've broken promises before so it's best not to say anything."[15] In numerous recent interviews members of the band have expressed interest in doing a follow-up album. At The Gates concluded the touring cycle for At War with Reality
At War with Reality
in August 2016 with a festival appearance at Elb Riot in Hamburg, Germany. Departure of Anders Björler
Anders Björler
and To Drink from the Night Itself (2017–present)[edit] On 8 March, 2017 in an official statement released by the band, they announced that Anders Björler
Anders Björler
had departed from the band. Despite Anders' departure, they went on to confirm that they are now working on a follow-up studio album to 2014's At War with Reality, which they are aiming to record and release in 2018.[16] In September 2017, Jonas Stålhammar was announced as the new guitarist to take the place of Björler on a permanent basis, but joined too late to be involved in the writing process of the new album. They entered the studio to begin recording the new album in November 2017. The new album will be titled To Drink from the Night Itself, and will be released through Century Media Records on May 18, 2018. Musical style and lyrics[edit] The band's melodic and melancholic death metal style "would inspire the whole Gothenburg
Gothenburg
region".[17] According to Steve Huey, Slaughter of the Soul "lacked the intricate twin-guitar leads of In Flames, the complex song structures of Dark Tranquillity, the progressive artistry of Edge of Sanity, or even the rock & roll underpinnings of latter-day Entombed. Slaughter of the Soul
Slaughter of the Soul
was more rooted in American thrash (especially Slayer) than its peers, and didn't seem to be consciously trying to break new ground. It was simply a stripped-down, no-frills melodic death album that hit all the basic points of the style. […] It's also important to note that in place of the usual guttural death grunts, vocalist Tomas Lindberg
Tomas Lindberg
here adopts a strangled shriek that keeps the lyrics somewhat intelligible."[6] Awards[edit] At the Gates
At the Gates
were nominated for a Swedish Grammy (Grammis) for Slaughter of the Soul
Slaughter of the Soul
in 1996, but did not win.[18] They won the Swedish Grammy (Grammis) in February 2015 for the 2014 comeback album At War with Reality.[19] The band were also awarded the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Inspiration Award in June 2015.[20] Members[edit]

Current members

Tomas Lindberg
Tomas Lindberg
− vocals (1990–1996, 2007–2008, 2010–present) Adrian Erlandsson
Adrian Erlandsson
− drums (1990–1996, 2007–2008, 2010–present) Jonas Björler
Jonas Björler
− bass (1990–1992, 1993–1996, 2007–2008, 2010–present), drums (1990)[21] Martin Larsson − rhythm guitar (1993–1996, 2007–2008, 2010–present) Jonas Stålhammar − lead guitar (2017−present)

Former members

Anders Björler
Anders Björler
− lead guitar (1990–1996, 2007–2008, 2010–2017) Alf Svensson − rhythm guitar (1990–1993) Björn Mankner − bass (1990) Cliff Lundberg − bass (1992)

Session and touring musicians

Jesper Jarold − violin (1991–1992) Tony Andersson − bass (1992)

Timeline

Discography[edit] Main article: At the Gates
At the Gates
discography

Studio albums

The Red in the Sky Is Ours
The Red in the Sky Is Ours
(1992) With Fear I Kiss the Burning Darkness (1993) Terminal Spirit Disease (1994) Slaughter of the Soul
Slaughter of the Soul
(1995) At War with Reality
At War with Reality
(2014) To Drink from the Night Itself
To Drink from the Night Itself
(2018)

References[edit]

^ Robert Müller: Satanische Verse. In: Metal Hammer, no. 6, June 1993, p. 159. ^ " Century Media Records
Century Media Records
- At The Gates: : Announce new studio album; Sign worldwide deal with Century Media Records!". Retrieved 2014-01-30.  ^ Ekeroth, Daniel (2008-01-01). Swedish Death Metal. Bazillion Points Books. p. 222. ISBN 9780979616310.  ^ a b "At The Gates Announces New Studio Album, Label Home". Blabbermouth.net. 2014-01-27. Retrieved 2014-01-27.  ^ Morgan, Anthony (November 2007). ""The Flames of the End"? - Guitarist Anders Björler
Anders Björler
wishes to pen the final chapter in the glorious history of Swedish legends At The Gates". Lucem Fero. Retrieved 2011-10-18.  ^ a b Steve Huey: Slaughter of the Soul
Slaughter of the Soul
- At the Gates, accessed on 18 September 2013. ^ " At the Gates
At the Gates
Biography & History AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-12-14.  ^ "At The Gates", Earache.com. ^ "It's Official: At The Gates To Reunite For Select Shows". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2012-02-29.  ^ "Extreme The Dojo". Extreme The Dojo. Retrieved 2012-02-29.  ^ [1] Archived November 14, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. ^ "AT THE GATES Frontman Discusses Reunion, Touring Plans". Earache Records. Blabbermouth.net. 2007-10-30. Archived from the original on 1 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-30.  ^ Decibel Magazine[dead link] ^ "AT THE GATES Frontman On Possibility Of New Studio Album: 'I've Learned Never To Say Never'". Blabbermouth.net. 2012-10-15. Retrieved 2012-10-15.  ^ "Interview With At The Gates Vocalist Tomas Lindberg". Metalunderground.com. 2014-11-18. Retrieved 2014-11-23.  ^ "AT THE GATES Statement - March 8, 2017". Facebook. 8 March 2017. Retrieved 9 March 2017.  ^ Daniel Ekeroth: Swedish Death Metal. Second printing. Brooklyn, NY: Bazillion Points 2009, p. 222, accessed on 18 September 2013. ^ "Grammis". Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 14 December 2015.  ^ "Grammisvinnare".  ^ "Golden Gods 2015".  ^ The History Of At The Gates - Under A Serpent Sun (English Subs). 9 July 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2015 – via YouTube. 

External links[edit]

Official website

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At the Gates

Tomas Lindberg Jonas Björler Adrian Erlandsson Martin Larsson Jonas Stålhammar

Alf Svensson Tony Andersson Anders Björler

Studio albums

The Red in the Sky Is Ours With Fear I Kiss the Burning Darkness Terminal Spirit Disease Slaughter of the Soul At War with Reality To Drink from the Night Itself

EPs/split releases

Gardens of Grief Cursed to Tour

Other releases

Suicidal Final Art Purgatory Unleashed – Live at Wacken The Flames of the End

Related articles

Discography Cradle of Filth The Crown Disfear The Great Deceiver Grotesque The Haunted Lock Up Nightrage Skitsystem

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