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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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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 32

All right, let’s get the drill over with. We at the MetalUnderground.com Official Podcast are hosting two upcoming ticket giveaways through Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) has to compensate for his barren, metal-scarce South Florida existence somehow.

The Black Dahlia Murder (supported by Suicide Silence and Chelsea Grin) plays on Monday, October 13th, followed by Attila (supported by Crown The Empire and Like Moths To Flames) on Friday, November 14th. If interested, please submit your full name, matching your ID, to podcast@metalunderground.com with one of the headliners in the subject heading.

We properly kick off this week with another round of unsigned talent: Scranton, Pennsylvania’s Threatpoint, a straight-up, honest metal band that combines groove, thrash ’n’ roll, and the best of the American New Wave. Fans of Testament, DevilDriver, Sepultura, and Machine Head should pay close attention.

Opening anthem “Pave The Way” is taken from the band’s 2013 debut “Dead To Rise” (reviewed here), and stay tuned until the end, where we showcase the brand new song “Devil You Know,” taken from sophomore album “Careful What You Wish For.”

Speaking of Machine Head, the wily internet struck again this week, causing a leak that poured first single “Now We Die” (taken from upcoming eighth studio album “Bloodstone & Diamonds”) into the ears of thousands. Like real dudes - and unlike a certain unnamed band that rhymes with Metallica - the band have opted to roll with the punches and encourage you all to listen to, like, and share this song. We have, and you can hear our full thoughts presently.

Next, Kevin offers a review of “Language,” the recently released third studio album by Indianapolis, Indiana prog-heads The Contortionist. In his opinion, the band have gone “full-on Cynic” (or perhaps Opeth) and shed their deathcore outer-garments to the point where Kevin is unsure whether “Language” is even a proper metal record. However, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, as you will hear.

Finally, we conclude with a rather euphoric reaction to the recently released track “At War With Reality,” taken from the upcoming album of the same title by Gothenburg metal pioneers At The Gates - the reformed band’s first studio material since 1995. As with The Haunted’s “Exit Wounds” and Carcass’ “Surgical Steel,” we think it signals a tremendous return, and until In Flames decide to pull their heads from their nether regions and rediscover metal, the melodic death style should be in safe, capable hands.

Listen here, don’t forget to catch more Threatpoint at our sign-off, and subscribe via iTunes or RSS feed. Enjoy!

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Blastfest Adds Six More Bands

It was already a lineup bursting at the seams with cream of the crop metal, but with some stage time still available Norway’s Blastfest has just gone and upped the ante once again with the announcement of six new bands.

The melodeath heroes from Dark Tranquility have joined the ranks alongside Gothenburg brothers At The Gates. Additional announcements include Paradise Lost, Satan, Dead To This World, The Sickening, and Byfrost.

Acts already announced for the 2015 Bergen festival include Decapitated, Primordial, Rotting Christ, Destruction and Asphyx amongst others, and with more yet to be announced. More...

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At The Gates Streaming New Album's Title Track

Today marks the debut of At The Gates' first new material in 19 years: the title track from "At War With Reality," due out worldwide on October 27th via Century Media Records. Listen in below.

Jonas Björler (bass) comments: "We have finally reached the moment for the unveiling of a first full brand new At The Gates song! We have put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into this record for the past year, and we are very happy to now present you the title track of 'At War With Reality'. Let the journey begin..."

The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. El Altar Del Dios Desconocido
2. Death And The Labyrinth
3. At War With Reality
4. The Circular Ruins
5. Heroes And Tombs
6. The Conspiracy Of The Blind
7. Order From Chaos
8. The Book Of Sand (The Abomination)
9. The Head Of The Hydra
10. City Of Mirrors
11. Eater Of Gods
12. Upon Pillars Of Dust
13. The Night Eternal More...

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At The Gates Reveals New Album Formats

The Gothenburg style melodic death metal pioneers in At The Gates will soon release their first new music in 19 years.

Below is an overview of the formats for the "At War With Reality" comeback studio album, which will be released via Century Media Records on October 27th:

- Jewelcase CD (20 page booklet)
- Digipak CD (20 page booklet; 2 bonus tracks; patch)
- Cassette (limited to 500 copies worldwide)
- Digital download
- Gatefold 180gr. LP (20 page booklet; poster)
- Ltd. mediabook CD (40 page booklet; 2 bonus tracks; patch)
- Ltd. 3-disc artbook (48 page booklet; 4 bonus tracks; 5.1 surround mix DVD; patch) - limited to 3000 copies
- Ltd. 2x10" boxset (20 page booklet; poster) - limited to 1000 copies worldwide via CM Distro

The 12" LP format will come in the following colored vinyl editions:
- Black (unlimited)
- Transparent red (limited to 300 copies via CM Distro EU)
- Dark green (limited to 500 copies via CM Distro EU)
- Clear (limited to 500 copies in Sweden)
- Lilac marble (limited to 100 copies via CM Distro USA) *sold out*
- Blue marble (limited to 200 copies via CM Distro USA)
- Magenta marble (limited to 200 copies via CM Distro USA)
- Ash grey marble (limited to 500 copies via CM Distro USA)
- Silver (limited to 400 copies in the USA)
- Gold (limited to 1500 copies in the USA)
- White (limited to 100 copies; exclusive 2015 MDF edition in the USA)

Fans can pre-order At War With Reality now in North America at this location. The European pre-sale for "At War With Reality" will start on September 29th. Two shirt designs can already be ordered here. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. El Altar Del Dios Desconocido
2. Death And The Labyrinth
3. At War With Reality
4. The Circular Ruins
5. Heroes And Tombs
6. The Conspiracy Of The Blind
7. Order From Chaos
8. The Book Of Sand (The Abomination)
9. The Head Of The Hydra
10. City Of Mirrors
11. Eater Of Gods
12. Upon Pillars Of Dust
13. The Night Eternal More...

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Blastfest Confirms Finntroll, Moonsorrow, And More

Norway’s Blastfest has just unveiled another seven great reasons why you need to book the 19th – 21st of February 2015 off work.

Today the festival organizers announce the addition of seven more bands to the billing including Finnish folk metal upstarts Finntroll, melodic black metal sextet Moonsorrow and Ireland’s men of myth Primordial. Also confirmed today are Djevelcult, Tortorum, Crib 45, and Morgoth.

The Bergen festival is only in its second year and previously announced acts such as At The Gates, Decapitated, Rotting Christ, Destruction and Asphyx for the 2015 edition. The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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At The Gates Reveals Track List, Posts Teaser Clip

Gothenburg style melodic death metal pioneers At The Gates revealed the track listing for the upcoming and highly anticipated comeback release "At War With Reality," the first studio effort in 19 years. The first teaser, which features more of the artwork designed by Costin Chioreanu, can be viewed in the player below.

"At War With Reality" is due out October 27th in Europe and October 28th in North America via Century Media Records. It features the band's classic line-up from the latest masterpiece, "Slaughter Of The Soul" (1995). The album was recorded with Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman (In Flames, Arch Enemy, Dimmu Borgir) and mixed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Amon Amarth, Kreator).

A previous message from the band can be viewed here and a first pre-production video message can be seen here.

To pre-order "At War With Reality," please visit CM Distro for various album formats and exclusive bundles at this location. The track listing is:

1. El Altar Del Dios Desconocido
2. Death And The Labyrinth
3. At War With Reality
4. The Circular Ruins
5. Heroes And Tombs
6. The Conspiracy Of The Blind
7. Order From Chaos
8. The Book Of Sand (The Abomination)
9. The Head Of The Hydra
10. City Of Mirrors
11. Eater Of Gods
12. Upon Pillars Of Dust
13. The Night Eternal

Check out the preview clip here: More...

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Blastfest 2015 Announces New Bands

Bergen, Norway, former home of the legendary Hole In The Sky Festival and considered the black metal capital of the world, is now just under 6 months away from seeing a total extreme metal annihilation!

The second edition of Bergen’s new indoor metal festival, Blastfest, has already been launched with a remarkable lineup.

The 2015 lineup includes the brutal force of Poland’s own Decapitated, Sweden's Craft, the Canadian death institution of Cryptopsy, and Finnish black metal kings, Impaled Nazarene, to name a few.

With still 20 more bands to come, today the festival organizers announce the addition of At The Gates, Dark Funeral, Rotting Christ, Demilich, Sarke, Destruction, Saturnus, Endstille, and Borknagar. More...

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Eindhoven Metal Meeting Reveals Full Band Lineup

The Eindhoven Metal Meeting is very proud to announce that with the addition of In Solitude, Valkyrja, Thanatos, Skyforger, Dust Bolt, The Committee, and Miasmal, the line-up for this year's edition - set to take place December 12 & 13th, 2014 at the Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands - is now complete.

The Dutch all-female death metal band Sisters Of Suffocation will also perform on Friday, December 12th at the official after party at the Dynamo Club together with the cover-bands Mercyfull Fake and Forever Twisted. Entrance is free with an Eindhoven Metal Meeting ticket!

The full festival billing is as follows (in alphabetical order): More...

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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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