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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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Power Quest Confirmed For Bloodstock Festival

U.K. based melodic power metal act Power Quest has been confirmed for the 2011 edition of the Bloodstock Festival. The organizers of the festival commented on the band's appearance:

"The three latest additions for the Sophie stage come from both near and afar, with an international coalition representing the UK, Europe and South America. Homegrown heroes Power Quest return to Bloodstock for the second time, after going down a storm at the indoor fest of 2003. Currently gearing up to release new album 'Blood Alliance,' the melodic power-metallers can expect a hearty, warm welcome back to Catton Hall

"With a host of exclusive performances already confirmed - including headliners Immortal, plus Morbid Angel, Therion, At The Gates, and many more, across three stages of music, plus comedy, fairground rides and a real ale bar, BOA 2011 is an essential date in the metal calendar. Tickets are on sale now at this location."

The Bloodstock Open Air Festival is set to take place from August 12th - 14th, 2011. The current lineup is as follows: Immortal, Rhapsody of Fire, Triptykon, Morbid Angel, Therion, Lawnmower Deth, Angelwitch, Coroner, Grave Digger, At The Gates, Tarot, Powerquest, Arthemis, and Criminal.

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At The Gates To Play Bloodstock Open Air

At The Gates has been confirmed to perform at the 2011 edition of the Bloodstock Open Air Festival. "We had such a blast during the 2008 reunion that we decided to do some more shows." states drummer Adrian Erlandsson. He continues, "We had an amazing gig at Bloodstock in 2008 and are really looking forward to playing there again." The Bloodstock Open Air organizers commented:

"One of the most influential metal bands of the last 20 years, At The Gates made a permanent mark after 1995’s 'Slaughter Of The Soul' album captured the imaginations of metal heads the world over. Taking the aggression of death metal and lacing it heavily with melody, the album was released to huge critical acclaim - including a Swedish Grammy nomination - and At The Gates looked set to take the world by storm. However disbanding in 1996 meant the next chapter was never written. The 12 years that passed left hundreds of thousands of fans hoping that one day they would get to see their heroes again.

"Their wish came true and At The Gates reunion was one of the summer festival highlights across Europe in 2008. Now the band return for an exclusive appearance, and Bloodstock is honoured to welcome them back for what is bound to be an unforgettable set at Catton Hall."

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At The Gates Confirms Festival Appearance

Swedish melodic death metal legends At The Gates have been confirmed to appear at the forthcoming Party.San Open Air festival. The 2011 edition of the festival is set to take place between August 11th, 12th and 13th, 2011 at its new location in Schlotheim/Flugplatz Obermehler, Germany.

The confirmed line-up now includes:
AT THE GATES
BELPHEGOR
ENSIFERUM
HAIL OF BULLETS
MELECHESH
MORBID ANGEL
NACHTMYSTIUM
NEGURA BUNGET
PANZERCHRIST
TAAKE

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At The Gates Comments On New Live Shows

Swedish melodic death metal pioneers At The Gates, who reformed in 2008 for a string of festival appearances, have announced that they will be playing more shows in 2011. The currently scheduled dates include appearances at Metaltown festival in Sweden and Tuska Open Air in Finland. The band commented:

"At The Gates will do a limited run of select shows in 2011. Simply put, we had the time of our lives during the 2008 reunion and have decided to do a couple more shows. Although we won't be touring extensively, and we stick to the initial promise of not making any more music. Please check our homepage and MySpace for updates."

The currently announced shows are as follows, with more expected to be announced soon:

6/17 2011 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Metaltown
7/22 2011 - Helsinki, Finland - Tuska Open Air

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More Bands Announced For Tuska Festival

Church of Misery has been confirmed for the 2011 edition of the Tuska Open Air festival, which will take place at Suvilahti, Helsinki, Finland during July 22nd - 24th. The festival will now feature the addition of a fourth stage. The currently confirmed bands for the festival are as follows:

At The Gates
Arch Enemy
Exodus
Meshuggah
Killing Joke
Enslaved
Moonsorrow
Witchery
Agnostic Front
Kvelertak
Spiritual Beggars
Grave
Mygrain
Church Of Misery
Misery Index

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At The Gates To Make Festival Appearance

Swedish death metal veterans At The Gates have confirmed its participation in the upcoming Metaltown Festival. The 2011 edition of Metaltown is set to take place between June 17th and 18th, 2011 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The confirmed line-up includes:
SYSTEM OF A DOWN
AT THE GATES
CRADLE OF FILTH
PARKWAY DRIVE
RAUBTIER

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Earache Records Releases Free iPhone App

Bonded By Blood has issued the following announcement about Earache Records releasing a free iPhone app:

"Today Earache Records unleashes a new game for the iPhone and iPod Touch for FREE. It's called Earache Extreme Stagediving and features tons of great music including Bonded By Blood, At the Gates, Evile, Deicide, Brutal Truth, White Wizzard, The Haunted and more. Get it at this location."

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Earache Records Uploads iPhone App Commercial

Earache Records has posted the following commercial online to promote its new iPhone app. The iPhone app/video game, called "Earache Extreme Stage Diving," features the following tracklisting:

EVILE - Thrasher
AT THE GATES - Suicide Nation
BONDED BY BLOOD - Prison Planet
WHITE WIZZARD - Over the Top
OCEANO - District of Misery
THE HAUNTED - The World Burns
WORMROT - Born Stupid
DECAPITATED - Spheres of Madness
DEICIDE - Homage For Satan
BRUTAL TRUTH - Walking Corpse

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Earache Records Post iPhone App Teaser Video

Earache Records has posted a short video teaser online for its new iPhone app, "Earache Extreme Stage Diving." The App will be available on November 29, 2010. You can view the teaser video below:

"Earache Extreme Stage Diving" features the following tracklisting:
EVILE - Thrasher
AT THE GATES - Suicide Nation
BONDED BY BLOOD - Prison Planet
WHITE WIZZARD - Over the Top
OCEANO - District of Misery
THE HAUNTED - The World Burns
WORMROT - Born Stupid
DECAPITATED - Spheres of Madness
DEICIDE - Homage For Satan
BRUTAL TRUTH - Walking Corpse

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Earache To Release "Metal Survival Kit"

Earache Records is set to release the "Metal Survival Kit" on November 22nd, 2010. The kit includes three audio discs and one DVD, offering more than 80 total tracks. Earache Records commented on the release:

"The three audio discs, 'Festival Faves,' 'Future Classics' and 'Under the Radar,' offer an indispensable mixture of established classic hits, the best of metal's new breed and more underground artists deserving of recognition. Included are tracks from such greats as NAPALM DEATH, WHITE WIZZARD, ANNIHILATOR, AT THE GATES, EVILE, CARCASS, MUNICIPAL WASTE, CLUTCH, MORBID ANGEL, GODFLESH, ENFORCER, GAMA BOMB, DEICIDE, OCEANO, BONDED BY BLOOD and many, many more.

"The DVD includes classic videos as well as previously unreleased videos from EVILE, MUNICIPAL WASTE, AT THE GATES, WHITE WIZZARD, BONDED BY BLOOD, AKERCOCKE and more. METAL SURVIVAL KIT also includes a selection of exclusive, free essential goodies, including earplugs in a handy holder, a woven patch, a keyring and stickers. Everything comes housed in a rigid, deluxe box."

You can view an image of the box here or watch a video of its contents below. More...

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At The Gates To Release Collector's Box Set

Swedish melodic death metal pioneers At The Gates are due to celebrate the band's history and recent reunion tour with their new Ultimate Collectors Box Set. Due to be released in early March and strictly limited to just 300 copies, the box set includes the forthcoming 3-DVD set, "The Flames of the End," featuring a brand new documentary running over two hours, a live DVD of the band's performance at the Wacken festival in 2008, and a collection of rare and archive footage of the band playing around the world from 1991-2008.

Also included in the box set is both a CD and exclusive colored gatefold double vinyl version of "Purgatory Unleashed - Live at Wacken," along with a t-shirt, metal logo keyring, circular woven patch, pewter and enamel logo belt buckle, and three signature guitar plectrums.

The video trailer for the "The Flames of the End" DVD set can be viewed below. More...

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Salem Posts New Album Trailer Online

Israeli extreme metallers SALEM have posted a trailer for their new album, "Playing God And Other Short Stories," which includes a few audio excerpts from the upcoming offering. Check it out below:

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Swedish Screenings of At The Gates Documentary

Swedish screenings of the At The Gates documentary "Under A Serpent Sun" have been announced. Here are the latest screenings:

Stockholm - February 15 - 20:15
Bio Rio - Horntullsstrand 3
Free tickets available at Sound Pollution (Gamla Stan)

Gothenburg - February 18 - 20:30
Bio Roy - Avenyn
Free tickets available at Bengans (Stigbergstorget)

(The Gothenburg poster incorrectly states "Monday" but it should be "Thursday" the 18th)

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At The Gates Announces Gothenburg Signing Session

At The Gates will do a signing session at Bengans in Gothenburg on the day of the Swedish release for "The Flames Of The End."

February 26
Bengans, Gothenburg, Sweden
Time: 17.30-18.30

As previously reported, At The Gates will be reissuing "With Fear I Kiss The Burning Darkness" as a limited edition collector's CD/DVD set on February 15, 2010.

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Salem Reveals New Album Details Online

Israeli death metallers SALEM have revealed the album artwork and final tracklisting on the group’s upcoming seventh full-length album entitled “Playing God And Other Short Stories.”

Also appearing as special guest singer on this album is the acclaimed At The Gates frontman Tomas Lindberg, who shared vocal duties on “The Mark Of The Beast Part 1” and sang exclusively on “The Mark Of The Beast Part 2.” SALEM also covers of one of Bob Marley’s most recognizable songs, “Exodus.” "Playing God And Other Short Stories" was recorded at Harold Studios in Israel and mastered by UE Nastasi at the prestigious Sterling Sound NYC. More...

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At The Gates Announces Reissue Details

At The Gates' classic "With Fear I Kiss The Burning Darkness" will be reissued as a limited edition collector's CD/DVD set on February 15, 2010 with liner notes from Tomas Lindberg as well as a bonus show from Groningen, Holland, 1992.

Here's the complete tracklisting:

CD
1. Beyond Good & Evil
2. Raped By The Light Of Christ
3. The Break Of Autumn
4. Non – Devine
5. Primal Breath
6. The Architects
7. Stardrowned
8. Blood Of The Sunsets
9. The Burning Darkness
10. Ever – Opening Flower
11. Through The Red
Bonus tracks
12. Neverwhere (Live)
13. Beyond Good & Evil (Live)
14. The Architects (demo? - I think /Anders)

DVD
1. Raped by the Light of Christ
2. Through Gardens of Grief
3. Within
4. Souls of the Evil Departed
5. Windows
6. Kingdom Gone
7. The Architects
8. The Red in the Sky is Ours
9. The Nightmare Continues

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Lock Up Writing New Material

Lock Up, the extreme metal supergroup featuring Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates), Shane Embury (Napalm Death, Venomous Concept), Nick Barker (Cradle Of Filth, Testament, Exodus) and Anton Reisenegger (Pentagram, Criminal), have announced that they will not be hanging up the gloves just yet. The band have begun work on a brand new studio album and has announced three shows for later this year.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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At The Gates To Release 3 DVD Set

Legendary Swedish death metal outfit At The Gates will release a three DVD set entitled, "The Flames Of The End" through Earache Records on February 22nd of next year. The DVD set includes:

Disc 1: Under A Serpent Sun - The Story of At The Gates - a brand new documentary with a running time of over 2 hours, detailing the band's entire career with exclusive interviews and footage, filmed and directed by guitarist Anders Bjorler.

Disc 2: Purgatory Unleashed - Live at Wacken - a 75-minute live set from the band's reunion set at the Wacken festival in 2008 in front of 100,000 people.

Disc 3: Only the Dead Are Smiling - 26 rare and archive live performances of the band playing in locations around the globe from 1991 - 2008. More...

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Sunday Old School: At The Gates

This week in Sunday Old School we return to the 90's, having revisited the late 1960's and early 70's with Black Sabbath, Budgie, and Blue Cheer. While the 90's are less than twenty years ago, can you imagine a time before melodic death metal and even metalcore cannibalized the same melodeath riffs over and over ad nauseum? Enough said. Nearly twenty years ago, Swedish band At The Gates formed and soon helped popularized a new sound called melodic death metal, which was largely associated with Gothenburg scene due to the efforts of In Flames and Dark Tranquillity around the same time. The imitators have been many and in recent years the line between melodic death metal and melodic metalcore has blurred so much that it is often difficult to tell the difference between the two.

At the Gates did not remain together for even a decade, but their impact on the metal landscape has been enormous. The band remained entrenched in the underground as their first few albums suffered from 80's quality (read: low) production. It was not until 1996's "Slaughter of the Soul" that had significantly better production and was released by Earache Records that the band started to break into the mainstream a little more. After their breakup, drummer Adrian Erlandsson, bassist Jonas Björler, and guitarist Anders Björler went on to form The Haunted, while Lindberg has been in bands such as The Crown, Lock Up, Nightrage, The Great Deceiver and Disfear.

Newer metalheads can check out At The Gates to see where so many modern bands have drawn their influences from.

The video below is a live track lifted from the 2008 reissue of the classic album "Slaughter Of The Soul" that comes with a bonus DVD. The DVD features a recently unearthed live show filmed in Krakow Poland in 1995. More videos follow after the jump.

At The Gates Live In Poland 1995
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"Rock Band: Metal Track Pack" Details Revealed

A standalone metal-themed track pack for the "Rock Band" videogame series will be released on October 13th. The outing, dubbed "Rock Band: Metal Track Pack," will see a release at retail stores on the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Playstation 2 and Wii and will feature the following track listing:

1. All That Remains - "Two Weeks"
2. At the Gates - "Blinded By Fear"
3. Black Tide - "Shockwave"
4. Blue Oyster Cult - "Transmaniacon MC"
5. Bullet For My Valentine - "Waking the Demon"
6. Children of Bodom - "Are You Dead Yet?"
7. Evile - "Thrasher"
8. Godsmack - "I Stand Alone"
9. The Haunted - "D.O.A."
10. Hawkwind - "Master Of The Universe"
11. I Mother Earth - "Levitate"
12. In This Moment - "Forever"
13. Judas Priest - "Screaming for Vengeance"
14. Lacuna Coil - "Closer"
15. Lamb Of God - "Laid to Rest"
16. Motorhead - "Killed by Death"
17. Nazareth - "Hair Of the Dog"
18. Queens of the Stone Age - "3's & 7's"
19. Rage Against The Machine - "Bulls On Parade"
20. Yngwie Malmsteen - "Red Devil"

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