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At The Gates

Formed: 1990
From: Gothenburg, Sweden
Last Known Status: Regrouped

Latest At The Gates News

Below is our complete At The Gates news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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At The Gates Unveils "At War With Reality" Artwork

At The Gates, the pioneering band of the "Gothenburg style" melodic death metal sound, has announced additional details about the highly anticipated "At War With Reality" comeback album, which is set for release on October 27th in Europe and October 28th in North America via Century Media Records.

Today, the band revealed the cover artwork (shown below), which was designed by Costin Chioreanu of Twilight 13 Media. Chioreanu, who previously worked with bands such as Arch Enemy, Morgoth and Darkthrone, gave the strong lyrical theme of "At War With Reality" a conceptual togetherness with the visuals crafted for this project.

Vocalist/lyricist Tomas Lindberg commented on the album's theme: "The concept of 'At War with Reality' is based on the literary genre called 'Magic Realism.' The main style within this genre is the notion that 'reality' is ever-changing, and needs to be constantly re-discovered and re-conquered. We felt that Costin's artwork style would be the perfect visual contribution to this album, so he became the natural choice..."

Guitarist and main songwriter Anders Björler further explained: "I got in touch with Costin a few years back. I was immediately impressed with his dark and original style. He collaborated on some T-shirt designs for At The Gates as well as designing the album artwork for my Instrumental Project. We realized pretty early on that his style would accompany the music and the concept perfectly."

Additionally, Chioreanu checked in with the following comment: "I have been waiting for this album for almost 20 years and it's the biggest honor for me to illustrate it - As there is no greater achievement for a dreamer than the moment when the dream becomes reality. 'At War With Reality' is by far the most complex visual story I have ever created, from all points of view. From the very first moment the band presented the concept, I found it extremely stunning and at the same time super-challenging. I like to think that visual art and music are tools to explore our minds - to create, to discover and to push the limits. At the Gates, one of my all-time favorite Metal bands, offered me a chance to explore a new dimension." More...

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At The Gates Finishes New Album

The reactivated At The Gates just wrapped up recording, mixing, and mastering work for comeback album "At War With Reality," and has now confirmed release dates of October 27th in Europe and October 28th in North America via Century Media Records.

With the classic line-up from "Slaughter Of The Soul" (1995), At The Gates held the recording sessions for "At War With Reality" with Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman and then proceeded to mix the material with Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios.

At The Gates vocalist Tomas Lindberg checked in with a report as follows: "We are very excited to finally have finished this new album. An album that we've been working on for over a year now. It's by far the most challenging record that we have made, but it's an honest album and I think that you will feel that it is faithful to the legacy of At The Gates.

"We have, through the process of creating it, been true to ourselves and our art. From hearing the first demos that Anders presented to the band last summer, through the extensive stages of songwriting, pre-production, rehearsals, recording and mixing, we now finally got the finished album in our hands.

"We are very happy to have managed to produce an album that we feel is truly 'us'. Something we can all stand behind one hundred percent. I can't wait 'til you all get to hear it!" More...

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Asphyx And Carach Angren To Play Eindhoven

The Eindhoven Metal Meeting is very happy to welcome Asphyx, Carach Angren, Cripper, and Funeral Whore to lineup for this year's edition, set to take place December 12 & 13th, 2014 at the Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

Aborted
Asphyx
At The Gates
Attic
Blasphemy
Bölzer
Carach Angren
Cripper
Cruachan
Ensiferum
Evil Invaders
Exhumed
Funeral Whore
Holy Moses
Morbid Angel
Morbus Chron
One Tail, One Head
Onslaught
Origin
Primordial
Thyrfing
Triptykon
Unleashed
Urfaust
Saille
Sinister
The Vision Bleak
Woland

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At The Gates Checks In From The Studio

The Swedish melodic death metal pioneers in At The Gates are currently at Studio Fredman working on a comeback album to be titled "At War With Reality." The band has now issued the following statement:

"Studio status update: 5 songs left for the bass tracking. Vocal recordings are almost done - just a few more songs to complete. Tomorrow, Anders will start recording the lead guitar parts, and some clean guitar parts..."

You can also see previously released drum recording footage from the studio at this location.

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At The Gates Posts Drum Recording Footage

The Swedish melodic death metal pioneers from At The Gates are currently recording a comeback album titled "At War With Reality."

The band has now released a short drumming clip from Studio Fredman in Gothenburg during the third day of drum tracking. Check it out below. You can also see the band's previous studio update at this location.

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At The Gates To Begin Recording New Album

The pioneers of the "Gothenburg style" melodic death metal sound, At The Gates, are about to begin the recording sessions for their much anticipated comeback studio album.

Featuring the classic line-up of their latest masterpiece, "Slaughter Of The Soul" (1995), the band has just wrapped up pre-production work for their new material and is ready to commence the recording sessions for the upcoming "At War With Reality" album in the next days.

At The Gates checked in with the following status update via guitarist Anders Björler: "So, things are getting closer to the recording of 'At War With Reality'. We are currently rehearsing and putting the final touches to all the songs. This album is turning into a monster. It's all coming together in a very satisfying way. Stay tuned for some studio updates in June/July."

An additional video message from vocalist Tomas Lindberg revealing further details about the upcoming recording sessions can be viewed here:

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Eindhoven Confirms New Bands For 2014 Festival

Unleashed, One Tail One Head, Sinister, The Vision Bleak, Cruachan, Saille, and Evil Invaders are the latest bands to have been confirmed for this year's Eindhoven Metal Meeting festival.

The festival is set to take place December 12 & 13th, 2014 at the reputable Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. More bands will be announced soon. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

Aborted
At The Gates
Attic
Blasphemy
Cruachan
Ensiferum
Evil Invaders
Exhumed
Holy Moses
Morbus Chron
One Tail, One Head
Onslaught
Origin
Primordial
Thyrfing
Triptykon
Unleashed
Urfaust
Saille
Sinister
The Vision Bleak
Woland More...

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At The Gates Guitarist To Miss Show

The reunited Swedish death metal outfit At The Gates has issued the following statement about guitarist Anders Björler missing a show due to health issues:

"At the Gates are sad to inform you that Anders Björler won't perform with us tonight at Metal Italia. He was forced to stay behind in Gothenburg with acute food poisoning.

"We will, however, make all the necessary preparations to go through with the show anyway, and to the best of our abilities, make it as close to a normal ATG show.

"We hope that you will understand and support our decision to go through with the show for all you die hard Italian metal heads..."

The band's upcoming album "At War With Reality" is anticipated for a late Fall / early Winter release via Century Media, with pre-production footage available at this location.

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Thyrfing, Ensiferum, And More Playing Eindhoven

Ensiferum, Blasphemy, Thyrfing, Aborted, Onslaught, Exhumed, Origin, Attic, and Woland are the latest bands to have been confirmed for this year's Eindhoven Metal Meeting festival.

The 2014 edition is set to take place December 12th & 13th at the Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. More bands will be announced soon.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

Aborted
At The Gates
Attic
Blasphemy
Ensiferum
Exhumed
Holy Moses
Morbus Chron
Onslaught
Origin
Primordial
Thyrfing
Triptykon
Urfaust
Woland

Further details and ticketing information can be see at the festival's official website here. More...

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At The Gates Posts New Album Pre-Production Video

Ever since the melodic death metal pioneers in At The Gates announced a comeback studio album with the classic line-up from the "Slaughter Of The Soul" album (1995), the anticipation within the scene has been immense.

At The Gates is now in full pre-production mode and expects to be recording upcoming album, "At War With Reality," in June/July with a tentative release in October/November 2014 via Century Media Records worldwide.

The band has now launched a video featuring updates on the new material's pre-production process. Check it out below.

At The Gates will also be touring in support of "At War With Reality" throughout Europe together with label-mates Triptykon and Morbus Chron. Dates are available after the jump. More...

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Triptykon Confirmed For Eindhoven Metal Meeting

Triptykon, Holy Moses, and Morbus Chron are the latest bands to have been confirmed for this year's Eindhoven Metal Meeting festival, set to take place December 12 & 13th, 2014 at the Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

More bands will be announced soon, and the currently revealed lineup is as follows:

AT THE GATES
HOLY MOSES
MORBUS CHRON
PRIMORDIAL
TRIPTYKON
URFAUST

The full festival is set to include 32 bands across two stages. Get all the details and find ticket information at the Eindhoven website here. More...

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At The Gates To Play Eindhoven Metal Meeting

At The Gates, Primordial, and Urfaust are the first acts to have been confirmed for this year's Eindhoven Metal Meeting, set to take place December 12th & 13th, 2014 at the Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

More bands will be announced soon. Limited early Bird-ticket presale will start on April 1st via the official festival website here. The festival's final lineup is scheduled to feature 32 bands across two stages.

The new At The Gates album "At War With Reality" is due for release later this year via Century Media Records. The band will also be touring Europe with Morbus Chron and Triptykon in December, with details available here.

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At The Gates Announces European Tour

Swedish death metal legends At The Gates have announced that they will be embarking on a headlining tour of Europe this December, their first in nearly twenty years. They will be joined on the trek by Triptykon and Morbus Chron. Speaking about the tour, vocalist Tomas Lindberg stated:

"We are very excited for this tour. It will be our first proper tour of Europe since 1996. As we have been playing only festivals in Europe since the reunion in 2008, this will be the first chance for us to meet the fans of Europe in a more intimate environment. Playing live for our own crowd, our own people in smaller clubs is something that is essential to us as a band and we are looking forward to finally being able to deliver a full At The Gates show in this setting, without having to work around the schedules and conditions of bigger festivals. It will also be the first time ever that we will be able to present some new compositions in a live setting - as the new album will be released by then. It's hard and uncompromising and I think the new songs will work great live next to the old songs.

"As for going out together with Triptykon, we couldn't be more thrilled. I have always looked upon the work of Thomas Gabriel Fischer as a great source of inspiration. From naming my first band, Grotesque after a line in a Celtic Frost song back in 1988, to the mighty comeback with his new reincarnation with Triptykon. Seeing them live every day for three weeks will be mind-blowing. More...

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Podcast

Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 2

In the second official episode of the Metalunderground.com podcast (and third installment overall), hosts Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) and Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) discuss two major current topics, one of excitement, and one of general dismay. In case you can’t wade through the whole shebang, we’ve provided timestamps as signposts to help you along the way.

Ever since British extreme pioneers Carcass knocked it out of the park last fall with their long-awaited return “Surgical Steel,” speculation has run rampant regarding a similar comeback effort from a group of contemporaries: Gothenburg metal fathers At The Gates.

Disbanded in 1996 and reformed in 2008 for the specific purpose of touring, At The Gates in January 2014 began teasing fans with cryptic hints of something brewing in the studio. To little surprise but great delight, Century Media Records recently confirmed the band’s signing for a new album titled “At War With Reality,” the first since 1995’s influential “Slaughter Of The Soul.” [00:01:07] Check out your hosts’ wealth of opinions on this anticipated momentous occasion.

On a drearier note, Kevin and Mike next take aim at the embarrassing spectacle of the recent Grammy Awards [00:15:13] and its decidedly out-of-touch grasp on metal culture. From the Best Rock [00:16:10] and Best Metal [00:19:27] Performance categories, to Metallica’s bizarre rendition of “One,” [00:24:47] to the botched broadcasting of a joint performance by Nine Inch Nails and Queens Of The Stone Age, [00:30:43] to the posthumous snubbing of Slayer’s Jeff Hanneman, [00:45:14] fan reactions to the ceremony ranged from the puzzled to the disappointed to the downright insulted. This conversation tackles all three – and then some.

Listen or download the podcast here, and enjoy.

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At The Gates Discusses New Album

As previously announced, seminal Swedish metallers At The Gates are proud to announce their return to the studio to record the long-awaited follow-up to 1995's "Slaughter Of The Soul."

Due to be released worldwide via Century Media Records in late 2014, this new album, "At War With Reality," features the band's classic lineup from the "Slaughter Of The Soul" era.

Decibel Magazine has now conducted an interview about the album with At The Gates' Tomas Lindberg (vocals). Read the full interview at this location, and excerpts follow.

Decibel: Most people might be expecting the new material to be in the vein of Slaughter of the Soul, but are there any plans to showcase the more angular and progressive influences of the first ATG EP, Gardens of Grief, and first two studio albums as well?

As I said we have gone beyond the idea of making “Slaughter of the Soul Pt. 2,” which was actually never the idea to start with. This is an album that is so full on conceptually and creatively, so involved and ambitious that I am almost compelled to call it pretentious. And that brings me back to the feeling that was with us when we were creating With Fear I Kiss the Burning Darkness. I’m not saying that this album sounds like that album, but it has that burning urge, the sense of importance that album is trying to portray. As I have always stated, we are an honest band, a band that is very focused on being true to ourselves and never follow any trends or try to portray a given perception of what people want us to be. What we decided on was really to let the music take us where it had to go, to go “all in” so to say. To answer your question, the record will be filled with a lot of the Slayer worship and riffage that is Slaughter of the Soul, but people will also recognize the more dark, melodic side that was With Fear I Kiss the Burning Darkness, and maybe some of the more pretentious arrangements that was part of our early career.

Decibel: The bar for “death metal comebacks” is now Surgical Steel. Is At the Gates prepared to meet that? Not to mention the legacy of Slaughter of the Soul? More...

Read the full article at Decibel Magazine.

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At The Gates Announces New Album

Seminal Swedish metallers At The Gates are back! Following two cryptic teaser vidoes, the pioneers of the "Gothenburg style" melodic death metal sound have officially announced that they are working on a comeback studio album with the classic line-up of their latest masterpiece effort from 1995, "Slaughter Of The Soul."

The album is expected to be released worldwide by the end of 2014 via new label partner Century Media Records. The band comments:

"So, here we are almost 24 years since the birth of At The Gates, and some 18+ years since our latest album 'Slaughter Of The Soul.' A lot of years have passed and we have embarked on some life-changing reunion tours and shows the last couple of years.

"So, why make a new album you might ask, and why now? Well, what we learned from the last couple of years hanging out and playing shows together, is that we enjoy what we do to the fullest extent. We love playing music together, and we love to hang out as friends. But, as a musician, we constantly write new music. It's a huge part of our identities.

"We are fully aware that we have made some very drastic statements in interviews as well as the closing words on the DVD about the longevity of At The Gates, but things change, situations change and people change. When Anders sent the first song last summer, we had zero expectations of the outcome. We only knew one thing - That it sounded amazing! At the time we weren't even sure there would be an album, but as things progressed, more songs came into existence, and we knew we were on to something great. More...

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At The Gates Posts Second Teaser

Earlier this week At The Gates released a brief teaser trailer for "something" happening in 2014.

Now the band has posted another trailer online which showcases what is clearly some studio time, apparently revealing the band is working on a new album and follow-up to the legendary "Slaughter of the Soul." Check it out below.

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At The Gates Teases... Something Or Other

The legendary Swedish metal band At The Gates will be playing this year's Maryland Death Fest, but the band hasn't released a proper studio full-length since 1995's "Slaughter of the Soul."

Now the band is teasing something for the coming year through a tantalizing video clip, available below. So At The Gates fans - what do YOU think it is? New album? A proper reunion tour? Something else?

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Northern Darkness Festival Cancelled

The Northern Darkness Festival, which would have featured At The Gates, Graveworm, Napalm Death, and many more, has now been cancelled. The organizers of the fest issued the following statement:

"Today we must deliver the disappointing news that The Northern Darkness Festival has been cancelled. The aim of the festival was to bring the best in unsigned and international death and black metal artists from around the world to a new event in the UK more akin to the European festival line-ups.

"Unfortunately despite a lot of interest from bands wanting to play from all over the world we have not seen the same level of interest from the general public and to date ticket sales have been extremely disappointing, and it is with this in mind we have to make to unfortunate decision not to continue with the event.

"In short events like this can not take place if people do not want to come and support them, with less than 2 months to go until the event date less than 15% of available tickets have been sold and the majority of those were from outside the local area and even other countries.

"We wanted to give the North East a place on the metal festival scene and had hoped to grow the festival over the coming years into a major international event but without fans wanting to come and support an event of this size we are left with no option but to cancel.

"We would like to thank those that showed support for the event and to all the bands billed as well as those who applied to take part in the unsigned band competition and those who did purchase a ticket in advance. The UK does have some stellar alternative festivals with Bloodstock and Damnation festival but it appears the UK was not quite ready for The Northern Darkness.

"Tickets purchased directly will be refunded automatically over the next week, if you purchased your ticket from the venue you will be able to get a refund from them. Please allow 7 days for your refund to reach you before contacting us. We anticipate all refunds will be completed within 7 days and you will be contacted on the email address you gave when purchasing your ticket. If you have not received you refund within 7 days please email us: bookings@evolutionpromotions.co.uk."

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Cancer, More Bands Announced For MDF 2014

The recently reunited UK death metal band Cancer has been confirmed for Maryland Deathfest XII. Other confirmations for the 2014 edition of the extreme metal festival include Sacrifice, Nocturnus A.D., Crowbar, and Death Toll 80K from Finland.

Maryland Deathfest XII takes place in Baltimore, MD from May 22-25, 2014 exact venue to be determined.

An updated list of confirmed bands so far is as follows:

ASPHYX (Netherlands)
AT THE GATES (Sweden)
BONGRIPPER
CANCER (UK)
CANDLEMASS (Sweden)
CROWBAR
DEATH TOLL 80K (Finland)
DIOCLETIAN (New Zealand)
EXCRUCIATING TERROR
EXTINCTION OF MANKIND (UK)
GOD MACABRE (Sweden)
GORGUTS (Canada)
GRAVES AT SEA
HEMDALE
MACHETAZO (Spain)
MGLA (Poland)
NOCTURNUS A.D.
SACRIFICE (Canada)
SARKE (Norway)
SOILENT GREEN
SOLSTAFIR
TAAKE (Norway)
TANKARD (Germany)
ULVER (Norway)
UNCLE ACID & THE DEADBEATS (UK)
UNHOLY GRAVE (Japan)
UNLEASHED (Sweden)
WITCHRIST (New Zealand)

http://www.marylanddeathfest.com/

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