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

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