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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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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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The Great Deceiver Signs To Deathwish Inc.

The Great Deceiver has officially signed with Deathwish Inc. for the release of their new album.

The Great Deceiver are the vision of vocal legend Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates, Disfear, etc) and longtime friend Kristian Wahlin (Necrolord), visual artist to legendary bands At The Gates, Dissection, etc. They formed the band just after the demise of At The Gates in 1999.

The Great Deceiver have constantly evolved since their inception, progressing past the trends of the day, they have made a career of defying limiting classifications. With releases on labels as diverse as Trustkill Records (Bleeding Through, This Is Hell, etc.) and Peaceville Records (Paradise Lost, At The Gates, etc.), they've solidified their reputation as a force to be reckoned with in both the metal and hardcore worlds. Appealing to both scenes lethally and equally as a new kind of aggressive aural amalgamation.

In 2007, The Great Deceiver will release "Life Is Wasted On The Living," their new album on Deathwish. Produced and engineered by Berno Paulsson (The Haunted), "Life Is Wasted On The Living" takes their trend killing approach to new heights. Combining the intensity of hardcore, the power of metal, and the hook laden repetition of industrial, into a new kind of musical apocalypse.

The band are currently putting the finishing touches on the album. In the meantime, check out the unmastered song "Home To Oblivion" here.

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Prosthetic Records To Re-Release The Funeral Pyre

Prosthetic Records will re-release the latest full-length from Los Angeles' THE FUNERAL PYRE in a licensing deal for worldwide re-release March 20, 2007 through a deal with Bay Area indie label Creator-Destructor Records. Originally released last year through Bay Area label Creator-Destructor Records, the band has been garnering praise through non-stop touring. Channeling melodic death metal and Norwegian black metal alike, THE FUNERAL PYRE takes on the two legendary genres in what has to be billed as a welcome addition to LA’s crowded extreme music scene. Locking in over 100 shows throughout 2006 alone in support of the band’s second full-length, the band cites At The Gates, Shai Hulud, Dissection and Emperor as influences on the band's MySpace page. Having recently returning from a five week tour through November and December, THE FUNERAL PYRE will return to the road in March, but not before playing shows in Southern California on their own.

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Jed Simon Updates on Side Project 'Tenet'

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD guitarist Jed Simon has issued the following announced regarding his TENET project:

"It's announcement time! There are some new faces in the TENET camp. It's my pleasure to introduce them.

"I welcome to the fold Adrian Erlandsson on drums.

"Adrian, as many of you may know, had spent the last seven years with CRADLE OF FILTH. Previous to that he was on the first THE HAUNTED album, 'The Haunted'... Fuck, I love that album, and of course, he played in the mighty, legendary, AT THE GATES.

"Adrian brings an enthusiasm to the table that is infectious. I respect his talent greatly, and after hearing what he has done with some of the demo tracks, I'm beyond excited. Perhaps we'll put some of the demo stuff up with him playing soon, although I may just save it for the album, hehe.

"Of course, you are now wondering why Gene [Hoglan; STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, ex-DARK ANGEL, DEATH] is not playing. I felt that after 10+ years in THE LAD it was time for a fresh start. And to be honest, I really needed to just 'step away' for a bit, and do something completely on my own. None of this reflects on my and Gene's relationship as friends... we will always be thick as thieves. Silly, pranking, metal-loving thieves. He IS my brother for life, as are the other SYL cats. That's about the best way I can explain it without getting too long-winded. OK? OK! More...

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At The Gates Limited Picture LP Details

‘Slaughter Of The Soul’ from Swedish death-metallers At The Gates is being released as a Limited Picture LP throughout the UK and Europe on October 16th. This exclusive vinyl release (1500 copies) contains timelessly brutal tracks taken from the original 1995 record plus six added tracks, as yet unreleased on vinyl.

This limited edition picture LP serves as a memorial to the band’s legendary power-fuelled, raw sound, which became the blueprint for Swedish Death Metal. With original artwork designed by Kristian Wahlin this release is a definite collectors item.

The full tracklisting for the LP is as follows:

01. Blinded by Fear
02. Slaughter of the Soul
03. Cold
04. Under A Serpent Sun
05. Into the Dead Sky
06. Suicide Nation
07. World of Lies
08. Unto Others
09. Nausea
10. Need
11. The Flames of the End
12. Legion (Slaughterlord cover)
13. The Dying (unreleased track)
14. Captor of Sin (Slayer cover)
15. Unto Others ('95 Demo)
16. Suicide Nation ('95 Demo)
7. Bister Verklighet (No Security cover)

You can check out a picture of the vinyl here.

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At The Gates To Release Limited Edition LP

The all-time classic ‘Slaughter Of The Soul’ from Swedish death-metallers At The Gates is being released as a Limited Picture LP throughout the UK and Europe on October 16th. This exclusive vinyl release (1500 copies) contains timelessly brutal tracks taken from the original 1995 record plus six added tracks, as yet unreleased on vinyl.

This limited edition picture LP serves as a memorial to the band’s legendary power-fuelled, raw sound, which became the blueprint for Swedish Death Metal. With original artwork designed by Kristian Wahlin this release is a definite collectors item.

The full tracklisting for the LP is as follows:

01. Blinded by Fear
02. Slaughter of the Soul
03. Cold
04. Under A Serpent Sun
05. Into the Dead Sky
06. Suicide Nation
07. World of Lies
08. Unto Others
09. Nausea
10. Need
11. The Flames of the End
12. Legion (Slaughterlord cover)
13. The Dying (unreleased track)
14. Captor of Sin (Slayer cover)
15. Unto Others ('95 Demo)
16. Suicide Nation ('95 Demo)
17. Bister Verklighet (No Security cover)

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Extreme Metal Racing PS2 Game Trailer Online

You can now catch a glimpse of the final trailer for Earache Records’ forthcoming videogame online. ‘Earache Extreme Metal Racing’ is due to be released in the UK and Europe on November 3rd on PlayStation 2, PSP and PC and is set to take the videogaming world by storm.

The game features ten evil Earache racing teams battling it out on a torturous track that takes the wicked racers into the depths of hell and beyond. The teams you can drive around the 4 satanically-inspired levels include Mortiis, Deicide, Morbid Angel, Akercocke, Decapitated, Biomechanical, Municipal Waste, The Berzerker, Linea77 and Society 1.

For the first time this game introduces the world of video gaming to the genre of extreme metal head on, as fans will simultaneously be able to race their favourite artists whilst doing battle to over 3 hours of Earache’s most annihilating releases. The soundtrack to this brutal game not only features music and videos from the racing teams, but also includes tracks from classic Earache bands such as Napalm Death, At The Gates, Cathedral plus bonus unreleased material and videos.

You can watch the trailer on YouTube. You can see the game cover here. More...

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Anaal Nathrakh, Napalm Death Members Start Label

Mick Kenney (ANAAL NATHRAKH, MISTRESS, PROFESSOR FATE, EXPLODER) and Shane Embury (NAPALM DEATH, LOCK-UP, BRUJERIA) have set up their own record label, Feto Records, as an outlet to release their own music. The first two releases will be LOCK-UP's long-awaited "Live in Japan" album and Mick's EXPLODER debut. Further releases will include Mick's PROFESSOR FATE debut, featuring vocals from Kristoffer Garm Rygg (ARCTURUS, ULVER) and the next MISTRESS album, entitled "The Glory Bitches of Doghead".

LOCK-UP's "Live in Japan" CD was recorded at Club Quattro in Nagoya, Japan on June 28, 2002 and features the following lineup:

Shane Embury (NAPALM DEATH) - Bass
Jesse Pintado (TERRORIZER, ex-NAPALM DEATH) - Guitars
Thomas Lindberg (ex-AT THE GATES, THE CROWN) - Vocals
Nick Barker (ex-DIMMU BORGIR, CRADLE OF FILTH) - Drums

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News On At The Gates Dual-Disc Release

The dualdisc CD/DVD reissue of At The Gates's "Slaughter Of The Soul" will now land in North American stores on September 19th through Earache. The effort features a 35 minute documentary on the making of the album itself plus the video for the track "Blinded By Fear".

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Teaser Video For "Making of Slaughter of the Soul"

A 3 minute teaser for the forthcoming Earache release of "Making Of Slaughter Of The Soul" Dualdisc from Death Metal pioneers At The Gates has been posted online. You can check out the teaser here.

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"Earache Extreme Metal Racing" Game Trailer Online

A Trailer featuring action from the upcoming Earache-branded high-octane death and destruction PlayStation 2 racing game "Earache Extreme Metal Racing" is now showing online at earacheextrememetalracing.com.

EARACHE EXTREME METAL RACING will feature ten evil Earache bands as racing teams burning a lot more than rubber as they race and pulverise the opposition's vehicles through Purgatory and other hellish wastelands, all to an exclusively Earache-label death and extreme metal soundtrack.

Along with themed tracks from the combatants on the starting grid there'll also be over 50 extreme metal Earache classics making up the soundtrack of the game from such luminaries as Napalm Death, At The Gates, Cathedral, The Haunted, Hate Eternal, Ultraviolence, Cult Of Luna, Beecher, Urkraft, Anata, Mistress, Severe Torture and many others, including rare tracks on bonus levels throughout the game.

Earache Extreme Metal racing is due for release on PS2, PSP and PC on 7th July 2006.

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Disfear Making Progress On New Album

DISFEAR, the Swedish "crust rock" outfit featuring former AT THE GATES/THE CROWN vocalist Tomas Lindberg and ex-ENTOMBED guitarist Uffe Cederlund, have posted the following message on their official web site:

"Dear friends. We finally have some news from you. Last month we moved to a new rehearsal room and this change has meant a huge boost in inspiration for us. We have started rehearsing big time and some new songtitles for the upcoming album are 'Phantom', 'Sharpen the Knives', 'One-Way Communication', 'Deadweight' and 'The Furnace'. These are still working titles and they may change. There might be a chance we will hit the Swedish road for a couple of dates to try some of this new stuff out, but more on this soon."

DISFEAR's follow-up to 2003's "Misanthropic Generation" is expected to surface next year via Relapse Records.

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Band Members Refute Carcass, At The Gates Rumors

THE HAUNTED bassist Jonas Björler refuted the rumor that his former band AT THE GATES may be reuniting for a possible tour. In an e-mail sent to BLABBERMOUTH.NET, Björler said, "Just wanted to tell you that the rumours about the AT THE GATES reunion are untrue."

Former CARCASS frontman Jeff Walker also refuted the rumor that the Liverpool gore-grind pioneers may be reuniting for a possible tour. In an e-mail sent to BLABBERMOUTH.NET, Walker said, "For the record, Bill Steer wasn't even at the Metal Hammer awards and I didn't speak to Adrian that night! I'd find the whole matter hilarious if it wasn't for the fact that the rumor is probably gonna put a few people's noses out of joint..."

A June 22, 2005 posting on the Earache Records-affiliated web site www.metaltracks.com indicated that Walker, along with former CARCASS guitarist Bill Steer and ex-AT THE GATES drummer Adrian Erlandsson, hinted at the recent Metal Hammer Awards in London that the two bands are considering reforming and going on tour together in the near future.

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Carcass and At The Gates To Reform and Tour?

Strong rumours gathered from the mouths of Jeff Walker & Bill Steer of Liverpool gore grind superstars Carcass and Adrian Erlandsson, drummer of Swedish melodic death metal band At The Gates at the recent Metal Hammer Awards in London suggest that both bands are considering reforming and going on tour together in the near future.

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