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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

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

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