header_dB2015Tour_siteIn the history of metal, we remember certain scenes that made a huge impact on the genre like the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal that started in England, the hair metal explosion in Los Angeles, or even the invention of Thrash Metal in the Bay Area of California. Not too many people realize that your New Wave Of American Metal scene that exploded out of Massachusetts and Western Massachusetts was thanks in large part to a movement known in Sweden as the Gothenburg scene which gave birth to bands like In Flames, Dark Tranquility, and At The Gates who performed last night (April 6TH) in Chicago at the House Of Blues as a part of The Decibel Magazine Tour alongside Converge, Pallbearer, Vallenfyre, and other assorted regional acts. At The Gates helped pioneer a scene that combined elements of Death Metal with elements of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal scene that just caught on with all of the guys from the scene like The Black Dahlia Murder. The concert was broadcast live for free on Yahoo Live (which replays all night) and promised to be a good one and a lesson in metal for all the youngsters in the crowd.

at the gatesAfter the intro track El Altar del Dios Desconocido played over the speakers, the band exploded right into their set with the big guns in the track Slaughter Of The Soul from the legendary album of the same name. The band took very little breaks to talk to the crowd as they went right into one song after another through out the whole entire set playing classics and brand new material from their 2014 release At War With Reality which they were supporting on the tour. When they did take a break to talk to the crowd, lead singer Tomas Lindberg took the time to remind the crowd that the band was back and it sure as heck seemed like it as the band sounded like they never lost a step and that they were here to claim their rightful place with some of the legends of metal. Some of my favorite tracks of the night included songs like Terminal Spirit Disease, The Circular Ruins, Windows, City Of Mirrors, Eater Of Gods, and the last two songs of the night which were Kingdom Gone and The Night Eternal. The band was amazing and they sounded tight all concert long which is all you can ask for and the crowd was certainly thankful for it as they showed their support all show long. They even caught the band by surprise during some breals to chant out the bands name to them and the band would acknowledge it. It truly was an amazing show that the band put on as Anders Björler and Martin Larsson were blazing on the guitar shredding away while the rhythm section of Jonas Björler and Adrian Erlandsson kept the band in check. Check out some photos below from the show and also the complete setlist.

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