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At The Gates Parts With Anders Björler, Announces New Album

Having completed an extremely comprehensive worldwide touring campaign in support of comeback album "At War With Reality" (reviewed here), Swedish melodic death metal pioneers At The Gates now break the silence and check in with this status update:

"So, it is now official that Anders Björler is no longer a part of At The Gates. He will always be part of the At The Gates family, of course, but he will no longer write, record or play with us live. This is something that we, the rest of the band, have felt was on its way for quite some time, as that special spark was no longer with him the last year. We are grateful for all we have experienced together with him, all the records, all the songs, all the gigs, all the laughs and good times.

"The rest of us have in the meantime started the work on the follow up to 'At War With Reality', we already have three songs written, and the direction is set for an intense, hungry follow-up album. Jonas has always written a considerable part of the bands' material and we are fully confident that the new material will live up to the standards set by our previous records. It is ripping. The four of us still have the burning urge to create death metal together, and we love playing live in front of our fans, so we will go on, with an even stronger intent.

"While writing the new record, that we intend to record in the beginning of 2018, we are trying out Anders' replacement. Some auditions are being held as we speak, and we will get back to you with news on the matter as soon as we know more."

Anders Björler added the following comment on his departure from the band's ranks: "Just a quick note to let everybody know that I am leaving At The Gates permanently. The passion is just gone. There might be a more lengthy statement in the future, but at the moment I feel no need to explain further.

"This is a personal decision, and it has 100% to do with the music side of things. The reunion in 2008, and the subsequent tours, as well as the comeback album 'At War With Reality', really helped revisiting our friendship, and it brought us together in a way I will always remember and cherish. I would also like to thank all the people that supported us throughout the reunion shows as well as the 'At War With Reality' album. Thanks a lot!"

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1. hellrat writes:

Holy fvckin christ, never would've expected this kind of news in a hundred years....wow

Well, dudes have gotta do what they gotta do no, glad there doesn't appear to be any animosity, and that the band is contiuing....at war with reality fvckin rips! That record and carcass' surgical steel are a couple of the best "comebacks" of all time \m/

Will never forget ATGs opening date for their north American tour at the Wiltern a couple years ago....place was packed to the hilt, sound was superb, and they fvckin SLAYED...nevermind the technical glitch at the end, absolutely killer show

NP---Pillars of Dust

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2. xFiruath writes:

Pretty unexpected, but looking forward to the album. Maybe with a new spin this time around and something a bit more unique?

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4. hellrat writes:

I hear ya xF, a lot of their songs are very similar....though there were a few slight twists on the last record

Hard to say....I wouldn't mind some more experimentation as long as it doesn't fvck with the formula too much ya know?

But who knows with Anders bailing...fingers crossed for the best of both possibilities \m/

NP---The Skin of a Fire

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