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At the Gates

One of the more melodic death metal bands to expand beyond Sweden and spread their sound across the world alongside peers such as Entombed, At the Gates played a significant role in the death metal genre before breaking up in 1996, leading to the formation of the Haunted. The group's first lineup -- Tomas Lindberg (vocals), Anders Bjorler (guitars), Adrian Erlandsson (drums), Jonas Bjorler (bass), and Alf Svensson (guitars) -- formed in late 1990, recording the Gardens of Grief EP for the Dolores label. They toured Sweden with well-known groups such as Bolt Thrower and Dismember before eventually signing to Peaceville Records, who released their The Red in the Sky Is Ours album. In 1993, they replaced Svensson with Martin Larsson on guitar, released their second album, With Fear I Kiss the Burning Darkness, and toured the U.K. with Anathema and Cradle of Filth. Next came their Terminal Spirit Disease album in May 1994, furthering the band's reputation with critics, who championed their fresh approach to death metal. This acclaim also led to their signing by Earache, who released their Slaughter of the Soul album, which seemed a more realized approach to the melodic style of death metal the group had alluded to on previous releases. Unfortunately, just as At the Gates began to win even more acclaim -- a nomination at the Swedish Grammys, heavy rotation on MTV's Headbanger's Ball, two successful U.S. tours with Morbid Angel and Napalm Death -- the group splintered, with the Bjorler twins and Erlandsson forming the Haunted and Lindberg forming Hide. The band reunited in 2007 to play a series of shows. They continued to perform live sporadically over the next few years, but claimed they would no longer record until, in 2014, a full 19 years after the release of their last album, they announced that they would be issuing a new studio effort. At War with Reality, a concept album inspired by the literary genre of magic realism, was released in October through Century Media and was every bit as powerful as their previous releases. ~ Jason Birchmeier
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At the Gates

Top Songs by
At the Gates

  1.   Song
  2.   Slaughter of the Soul
  3.   Blinded by Fear
  4.   Under a Serpent Sun
  5.   At War With Reality
  6.   Death and the Labyrinth
  7.   Cold
  8.   Kingdom Gone
  9.   Heroes and Tombs
  10.   The Circular Ruins
  11.   Through the Red
  12.   Primal Breath
  13.   The Scar
  14.   The Dying
  15.   Unto Others
  16.   The Burning Darkness
  17.   The Swarm
  18.   Terminal Spirit Disease
  19.   The Red in the Sky Is Ours/The Season to Come
  20.   Ever-Opening Flower
  21.   And the World Returned
  22.   Upon Pillars of Dust
  23.   Eater of Gods
  24.   The Head of the Hydra
  25.   El Altar Del Dios Desconocido
  26.   Captor of Sin
  27.   Stardrowned
  28.   Non-Divine
  29.   Raped by the Light of Christ
  30.   City of Screaming Statues
  31.   Windows
  32.   The Flames of the End
  33.   Need
  34.   Nausea
  35.   World of Lies
  36.   Suicide Nation
  37.   Into the Dead Sky
  38.   All Life Ends
  39.   The Beautiful Wound
  40.   Forever Blind
  41.   Through Gardens of Grief
  42.   The Architects
  43.   The Night Eternal
  44.   Blood of the Sunsets
  45.   The Fevered Circle
  46.   City of Mirrors
  47.   The Book of Sand (the Abomination)
  48.   Order From Chaos
  49.   Bister Verklighet
  50.   The Break of Autumn
  51.   Beyond Good and Evil
  52.   Night Comes, Blood Black
  53.   Neverwhere
  54.   Claws of Laughter Dead
  55.   Within
  56.   Legion
  57.   The Conspiracy of the Blind

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