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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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First Acts For Graspop 2008 Announced

Graspop Metal Meeting 2008 is scheduled for June 27th - 29th, 2008 at the festival park De Boeretand in Dessel, Belgium.

The first acts for the festival have been confirmed as follows: IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, WHITESNAKE, MINISTRY, SONATA ARCTICA, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, VOLBEAT, MY DYING BRIDE, AT THE GATES, FORBIDDEN, HOLLENTHON, DEATHSTARS, CONVERGE, COMEBACK KID.

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Before The Dawn Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

Finland's BEFORE THE DAWN is the latest act confirmed for next summer's Wacken Open Air Festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany.

The Wacken Open Air Festival will be headlined by IRON MAIDEN (on July 31st). The current line-up includes: AT THE GATES, AUTUMN, AVANTASIA, AXXIS, BEFORE THE DAWN, CARCASS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, CORVUS CORAX, CREMATORY, DESTRUCTOR, DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER, ENEMY OF THE SUN, EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS, EVOCATION, GIRUGÄMESH, GOREROTTED, GORGOROTH, HATEBREED, IRON MAIDEN, KAMELOT, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, KREATOR, KRYPTERIA, LORD BELIAL, LORDI, NIFELHEIM, NIGHTWISH, OBITUARY, AXEL RUDI PELL, POWERWOLF, PRIMORDIAL, SABATON, SALTATIO MORTIS, SONATA ARCTICA, THE BONES, WARBRINGER.

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Nightwish Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2008

Finnish/Swedish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH have been been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

AS I LAY DYING
AT THE GATES
AUTUMN
AVANTASIA
AXXIS
CARCASS
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CREMATORY
DESTRUCTOR
DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER
EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS
GOREROTTED
GORGOROTH
HATEBREED
IRON MAIDEN
KAMELOT
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
KREATOR
KRYPTERIA
LORD BELIAL
NIGHTWISH
OBITUARY
POWERWOLF
PRIMORDIAL
SABATON
SALTATIO MORTIS
SONATA ARCTICA
THE BONES

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Soilwork Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air

Swedish melodic death metallers SOILWORK are the latest act confirmed for the Bloodstock Open Air 2008 which is scheduled for August 15th - 17th at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England.

Acts on the bill include: DIMMU BORGIR, AT THE GATES, OPETH, PRIMAL FEAR, MOONSORROW, SOILWORK, SWALLOW THE SUN, COMMUNIC, EVILE and ELUVEITIE.

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Carcass Confirmed For Gods Of Metal Festival

The 2008 edition of Italy's Gods Of Metal Festival (www.godsofmetal.it) will be taking place at the Arena Parco Nord in Bologna from June 27th - 29th.

The latest act confirmed for the festival, according to Groovebox.it, is Britain's CARCASS.

Acts on the bill currently include: IRON MAIDEN (headlining June 27th), JUDAS PRIEST (headlining June 29th), CARCASS, MESHUGGAH, AT THE GATES, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and ENSLAVED.

More bands will be announced soon.

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Gorgoroth Confirmed For Wacken 2008

The Gaahl-fronted version of the Norwegian black metal band GORGOROTH has been been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany. The group will be one of the headliners on the event's "Black Stage." The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

AS I LAY DYING
AT THE GATES
AUTUMN
AVANTASIA
AXXIS
CARCASS
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CREMATORY
DESTRUCTOR
DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER
EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS
GOREROTTED
GORGOROTH
HATEBREED
IRON MAIDEN
KAMELOT
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
KREATOR
KRYPTERIA
LORD BELIAL
OBITUARY
POWERWOLF
PRIMORDIAL
SABATON
SALTATIO MORTIS
SONATA ARCTICA
THE BONES

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More Bands Confirmed For Hellfest

According to VSWebzine.com, CARCASS, MESHUGGAH, MINISTRY, AT THE GATES, FORBIDDEN and TESTAMENT are among the confirmed bands for next year's Hellfest festival, set to take place June 20-22, 2008 in Clisson, France. More than 60 bands will perform on 2 stages. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

ANATHEMA
ANAAL NATHRAKH
ANGRA
AT THE GATES
BENIGHTED
BORN FROM PAIN
CARCASS
CULT OF LUNA
ELUVEITIE
FORBIDDEN
GHOST BRIGADE
LEGION OF THE DAMNED
MESHUGGAH
MINISTRY
MY DYING BRIDE
PARADISE LOST
SEPTIC FLESH
SHINING
SICK OF IT ALL
SONATA ARCTICA
TESTAMENT
THE OLD DEAD TREE

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Judas Priest And More To Play Gods Of Metal

According to a posting on the Italian rock/metal webzine Groovebox.it, JUDAS PRIEST, MESHUGGAH and AT THE GATES are among the newly confirmed bands for the Gods of Metal festival, set to take place June 27-29, 2008 in Bologna, Italy. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:

IRON MAIDEN (June 27 headliners)
JUDAS PRIEST (June 29 headliners)
MESHUGGAH
AT THE GATES
YNGWIE MALMSTEEN
ENSLAVED

More bands will be announced soon.

As previously reported, JUDAS PRIEST has also been confirmed for next year's Sweden Rock Festival, which will be held June 4-7, 2008 in in Sölvesborg, Sweden.

JUDAS PRIEST's upcoming tour will include shows where the group's entire upcoming "Nostradamus" album (based on the legendary 16th century prophet Nostradamus) will be performed as well as concerts featuring the band's classic songs, singer Rob Halford revealed during a November 16, 2007 appearance on Eddie Trunk's "Friday Night Rocks" radio show.

Regarding the direction of the material and how whole concept for the "Nostradamus" record came about, Halford recently told PureGrainAudio.com, "It sounds absolutely fucking amazing and that's not me inflating it, it is genuinely spectacular. So we're still carrying on with that and it should be out sometime in 2008. The idea (for the record) came from our manager Bill Curbishley, because we were ready to go in and do another studio record, but Bill came to see us towards the end of the 'Angel of Retribution' tour, he came to Russia, we were playing Russia and we had lunch with him and he said, 'Look, I have this idea.' Bill manages THE WHO, you know, Pete and Roger, and Bill was behind the enormous success of 'Tommy' and he said, 'I just think that you know, maybe you should think about this possibility of doing a concept album and I've been thinking about this guy Nostradamus.' And as soon as he brought the name up, I'm like, I'm there, let's go, you don't have to say anything else. I knew something of him already like everybody does about the books that you read about him, or on the Internet or on TV, documentaries and I thought wow, this is absolutely brilliant so that's where it all came about from."

On the rumors that "Nostradamus" will be a double album, Halford said, "It is a rumor still. I mean, there is an enormous amount of material and you can only put so much on a single CD so you know, we're trying to tell the story of his life and we're trying to cover every significant moment of his life and I think you know, when we got it all recorded, that's when you're faced with the reality of how much time you got and how much a CD will afford you and the timing of it all. So we just ask everyone to bear with us and as we actually get into the mixing mode, we'll be able to be more definitive and tell everybody exactly what we've got, but we just want to make sure we tell his life story so we'll do whatever it takes to do that."

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Four More Bands Confirmed For Wacken 2008

PRIMORDIAL, GOREROTTED, POWERWOLF and AUTUMN are the latest bands confirmed for next summer's Wacken Open Air Festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany.

The festival will be headlined next year by IRON MAIDEN. The current line-up includes: AT THE GATES, AUTUMN, AVANTASIA, AXXIS, CARCASS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, CREMATORY, DESTRUCTOR, DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER, EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS, GOREROTTED, HATEBREED, IRON MAIDEN, KAMELOT, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, KREATOR, KRYPTERIA, LORD BELIAL, OBITUARY, POWERWOLF, PRIMORDIAL, SABATON, SALTATIO MORTIS, SONATA ARCTICA, THE BONES.

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Bands Confirmed For Sweden Rock Festival

JUDAS PRIEST, SAXON, CARCASS and AT THE GATES are among the bands that have been confirmed for next year's Sweden Rock Festival, set to take place June 4-7, 2008 in in Sölvesborg, Sweden.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

JUDAS PRIEST (UK) (Headliner)
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT (US)
SAXON (UK)
ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA (UK)
TESLA (US)
AT THE GATES (S)
DERRINGER BAND (US)
HAVANA BLACK (FIN)
THE BLUES BAND (UK)
MINISTRY (US)
CARCASS (UK)
COHEED & CAMBRIA (US)
HENSLEY/LAWTON & LIVE FIRE (UK)
DARE (UK)
ULI JON ROTH (S)
SHAKIN' STREET (FR)
GOTTHARD (CH)
MUSTASCH (S)
SABATON (S)
BONAFIDE (S)
LIZZY BORDEN (US)
AXEWITCH (S)
ASTRAL DOORS (S)
AVATAR (S)
VOLBEAT (DK)
NEGATIVE (FIN)

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As I Lay Dying Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2008

San Diego's AS I LAY DYING has been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

AS I LAY DYING
AT THE GATES
AVANTASIA
AXXIS
CARCASS
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CREMATORY
DESTRUCTOR
DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER
EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS
HATEBREED
IRON MAIDEN
KAMELOT
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
KREATOR
KRYPTERIA
LORD BELIAL
OBITUARY
SABATON
SALTATIO MORTIS
SONATA ARCTICA
THE BONES

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Eluveitie Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air 2008

Swiss folk metal band ELUVEITIE has been confirmed for next year's Bloodstock Open Air festival, set to take place August 15-17, 2008 at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:

AT THE GATES
COMMUNIC
DIMMU BORGIR
ELUVEITIE
EVILE
MOONSORROW
OPETH
PRIMAL FEAR
SWALLOW THE SUN

ELUVEITIE recently inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The group's new full-length record, "Slania", is scheduled for release on February 15, 2008.

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At The Gates Guitarist Hopes For Reunion DVD

Metalzone.gr recently conducted an interview with AT THE GATES/THE HAUNTED guitarist Anders Björler. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

Metalzone.gr: Let's start with the reunion shows. Will you be the headliners at Wacken Open Air? I have already booked tickets… hehe! Is there a plan for a European tour or something?

Anders: No, we won't headline, and the festival running order is not yet put together until late next year. You have to wait and see. In Europe we will mainly
play festival shows, but there might be some club shows in some countries. We haven't decided yet. More info will come soon...

Metalzone.gr: Is there any intention of releasing a DVD including those shows?

Anders: We want to release a DVD, but no plans are made yet. It would be a good ending to the reunion and also a good chance for people who can't see us next summer to at least watch something interesting on DVD.

Metalzone.gr: Many people could believe that because of the reunion, you will release a new album as well. What about it? Are there any intentions of releasing the "Slaughter Of The Soul" No. 2?

Anders: No, we will not record another album.

Metalzone.gr: As it is known, your relationships with Tomas Lindberg [vocals] were not so good. Some years ago I had a conversation with that guy and when I told him about an AT THE GATES reunion he didn't say a word. It seems to me that he became angry with my question. Now we are in front of a reunion, so as it is logical, your relationships might be very good. I will ask you straight the question that haunts the mind of every fan of the extreme sound. Are you good friends or you think that an AT THE GATES reunion could be a good opportunity to earn more money?

Anders: We are good friends today, and the reunion is just about that. Doing something final. Where we left off. Like a closing couple of shows. If I would have played music for the sake of money, I would start a pop band or write songs for BRITNEY SPEARS. This is about "death metal." We still love what we do (we have played and toured with our other bands since 1996 constantly) and that's what cares. We are poor musicians, and a couple of festivals won't change it. The real sell out would have been to do a new world tour and a new album. We don't want to, so we don't do it.

Metalzone.gr: It is a kind of "trend" nowdays to have many reunions from dissolved bands. Take a look at CARCASS, IMMORTAL, CYNIC, CELTIC FROST, CANDLEMASS, ATHEIST etc etc etc. The time for an AT THE GATES reunion is here. Don't you think that this is something usual for this era? I mean I am very happy for this reunion because I am a great fan of the band as I told you but someone else may say "OK, this is another reunion, so what?" What is your opinion?

Anders: Yes, but for most of the bands it's for the same reason. Getting back on a personal level as friends. And also a sense of nostalgia. I respect what people have to say. A reunion doesn't have to be good in itself, but I am confident that we will give people a good show. We have a lot of good songs to pull it off. I like all of the above mentioned bands and I think it's cool that reunited. If you don't approve as a fan, you will always have the old albums.

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KSE Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2008

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE are the latest act confirmed for next summer's Wacken Open Air Festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany.

The festival will be headlined next year by IRON MAIDEN. The current line-up includes: AT THE GATES, AVANTASIA, AXXIS, CARCASS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, CREMATORY, DESTRUCTOR, DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER, EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS, HATEBREED, IRON MAIDEN, KAMELOT, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, KREATOR, KRYPTERIA, LORD BELIAL, SALTATIO MORTIS, SONATA ARCTICA, THE BONES.

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Kamelot Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2008

Tampa-based power metallers KAMELOT are the latest act confirmed for the 2008 edition of the Wacken Open Air, which is scheduled for July 31st - August 2nd, in Wacken, Germany. This will be an exclusive German Festival appearance for 2008.

Acts on the Wacken bill now include headliners IRON MAIDEN, CARCASS (reunion show), AT THE GATES (reunion show), AVANTASIA, AXXIS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, CREMATORY (Best Of Show), DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER, EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS, HATEBREED, KAMELOT, KREATOR, KRYPTERIA, LORD BELIAL, SALTATIO MORTIS, SONATA ARCTICA, THE BONES.

In other Kamelot news, the band are busy working on a special edition live CD, new songwriting and also preparing for the upcoming Headliner European tour and eventual North American Tour for 2008. Kamelot released it's blockbuster CD Ghost Opera in June 2007 on SPV/Steamhammer. The album charted in the following countries:
Norway - #25
Sweden - #29
Finland - #35
USA - #48 (indie charts)
The Netherlands - #51
Germany - #61
France - #83
Switzerland - #88
Greece - #23 (foreign albums)
Japan - #13 (international albums)
United Kingdom - #24 (rock & metal charts)

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Evile Confirmed For Bloodstock Open AIr 2008

British thrashers EVILE are the latest act confirmed for Bloodstock Open Air 2008 which is scheduled for August 15th - 17th at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England. Acts on the bill now include: DIMMU BORGIR, AT THE GATES, PRIMAL FEAR, MOONSORROW, SWALLOW THE SUN, COMMUNIC, EVILE.

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Primal Fear Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air

German power metal heroes PRIMAL FEAR are the latest act confirmed for Bloodstock Open Air 2008 which is scheduled for August 15th - 17th at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England. Acts on the bill now include: DIMMU BORGIR, AT THE GATES, MOONSORROW, SWALLOW THE SUN and COMMUNIC.

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At The Gates Frontman Talks About Reunion

Earache Records recently caught up with vocalist Tomas Lindberg for a chat about the reformation of the legendary AT THE GATES. Read the brief question-and-answer session below:

Q: Would you say that the reunion of AT THE GATES was in many ways inevitable, given that in many ways the band finished so abruptly originally, and with a degree of bad feeling?

Tomas: That's the whole idea of the reformation, to give the band a real sense of closure. The band was simply too good to die away as it did without a lot of people getting the chance to see it live. Also this is our chance to end it all on a good note personally as well.

Q: What do you hope to gain/prove with the reunion - why should anyone care about a band who last made an album 12 years ago?

Tomas: I guess the reaction the reunion shows have been getting speaks for itself... but, I guess what separates this from a lot of other reunions that have been going on is that we all have been active since the break up in different projects and so on; we haven't lost touch with the scene and we have not got stale, boring and old...

Q: Who made the first serious suggestion for a reunion and how easy was it to convince all members to come on board? What about the members of the existing bands like THE HAUNTED and THE GREAT DECEIVER — do they support and understand the decision to revive AT THE GATES?

Tomas: This is something that we have talked on off about for a while now, we were all interested in getting it right, so to say... in the end it was all down to timing, so that the more current projects that we are involved in wouldn't get that much hurt. As there is a time limit on the reunion, it won't really affect the other bands that much; maybe even get them more attention.

Q: Can you tell us about the preparations so far — have the band rehearsed together and what kind of set list do you have in mind?

Tomas: The band is scheduled to start rehearsing early next year. We want the set list to include stuff from all our records and keep all our fans around the world happy. A good spread is important.

Q: Rumors are rife that there will be a combined AT THE GATES/CARCASS tour of the U.S. next summer. Can you confirm or deny this?

Tomas: I have no comments for this one.

Q: You've announced three shows already. How many shows are you looking to do realistically, and will you only do festival one-offs? Is it too much to hope for a full touring schedule across the globe in 2008?

Tomas: We are mainly focusing on festival one offs. No full world tour. The US might get a different schedule though.

Q: Were any serious attempts made to reform in the past, and if so what prevented it happening up until this point?

Tomas: It has never been as serious as now. It is all down to timing.

Q: Can you put your finger on exactly why AT THE GATES' reputation has endured over the last decade despite the inactivity?

Tomas: The quality of the music, I guess.

Q: Of course everyone will want to know about the possibilities of a new record. I know you have mixed feelings on this. Can you explain your reservations about writing together again?

Tomas: 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.

Q: You've obviously dedicated a large part of your life to music, through good times and bad — what lessons have you learnt about being in bands and making music through the years, and given the benefit of hindsight, would you do anything different if you had the chance?

Tomas: I would not do anything different, because it is all lessons learned.

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At The Gates Announce Reunion Shows

AT THE GATES will reunite for some shows next summer, 2008.The following festivals are confirmed so far:

July
4 - 6 - Ruis Rock - Finland
31 - August 2 - Wacken Open Air - Wacken, Germany

August
15 - 17 - Bloodstock, Derby, UK

More shows to be added soon.

Guitarist Anders Bjorler (THE HAUNTED) comments 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."

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At The Gates Featured In New Tony Hawk Game

The title track to one of the most influential metal albums of all time, AT THE GATES' "Slaughter of the Soul", will be one of the songs featured on Tony Hawk's Proving Ground, the newest title in Activision's popular Tony Hawk video game franchise.

"Slaughter of the Soul" is a standout among the 50-plus tracks that will provide the inspiration and energy for gamers to develop their own characters and perform the insane skateboard acrobatics that they have grown to love throughout the course of the Tony Hawk franchise.

Tony Hawk's Proving Ground, featuring AT THE GATES's "Slaughter of the Soul" will be out this fall on the PS2, PS3, XBOX 360 and Nintendo Wii home consoles as well as the Nintendo DS portable console.

For more information, visit www.thpgonline.com.

AT THE GATES is one of the many legendary Earache artists featured on "Metal: A Headbanger's Companion". This six-CD box set compiles many of the finest tracks ever released in Earache's 20-year history and serves it in a collectable package.

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