Posts Tagged ‘At The Gates’

maxresdefaultWhen it comes to the genre of melodic death metal or the Gothenburg scene as it is famously known, there is one band that has always been at the forefront of the genre. That band is Gothenburg’s own At The Gates which was made up of Tomas Lindberg (Vocals), Anders Björler (Guitars), Martin Larsson (Guitar), Jonas Björler (Bass), and Adrian Erlandsson (Drums). On October 3, 1995, the band released their fourth album Slaughter Of The Soul via Earache and has often been considered a genre defining album alongside The Jester Race by In Flames and The Gallery by Dark Tranquility. Unfortunately it was the last album the band would release for 19 years (2014’s At War With Reality) as they broke up for 11 years in 1996. The album wouldn’t chart in the states, but it peaked at 200 on the Oricon which is the Japanese charts. It would receive other forms of accolades as Rock Hard magazine ranked it 300 on their The 500 Greatest Rock and Metal Albums of All Time book, Metal Injection ranked it 8TH on their Top 10 Influential Heavy Metal Albums, and Loudwire ranked it 30TH on their 50 Best Metal Albums Of All Time list. Decibel Magazine inducted the album into their Hall Of Fame which is only the second album ever to do so in 2005.

CS691133-01B-BIG1. Blinded By Fear– Some unique sonic sounds start the track off before launching into an all out assault as the lyrics tackle the idea of being faced with the idea of having to make hard decisions. 5/5

2. Slaughter of the Soul– an amazing metal track that tackles the idea of someone who is fed up with listening to another and always doing what they say. 5/5

3. Cold– an awesome metal track from beginning to end that features what is considered the greatest metal guitar solo ever from Andy LaRocque who is famous for being King Diamond’s guitarist. The track is all about waking up and smelling the coffee and pulling the veil from over your eyes and finally living life. 5/5

4. Under A Serpent Sun– A bad ass track that tells you to stop believing in their God and just make your own decisions because we are all equal and we do not need religion to rationalize for us. This may be musically one of my favorite tracks on the album. 5/5

5. Into The Dead Sky– an instrumental track from the band and Anders Björler plays phaser drums on the track. 4.5/5

6. Suicide Nation-an intense track that talks about a society that was perfect until all of it’s flaws were exposed and it turned to chaos. 5/5

7. World Of Lies-Musically this is one of the most bad ass tracks that makes you want to enter a pit to just mosh it out. I’m not sure about the lyrics, but it seems to be someone who wakes up and sees things differently than all the sheep. 5/5

slaughter-of-the-soul-4fcf9d0967cfa8. Unto Others– I believe this in your face track is definitely based in religion lyrically, but I think it’s about mocking organized religion and everything that comes with it. 4.5/5

9. Nausea-a track that kind of takes a look at our society which has really just become nauseating to look at and think about. 4.5/5

10. Need-a track that takes another unique look at society and how we are enslaved to our every day hells and how sometimes it feels like there is no way out. That’s just my opinion, I could be wrong. 4.5/5

11. The Flames Of The End– a short instrumental of sorts that only has a few lines in it, but it’s a cool end to the album. Humanity sucks because it’s enslaved to the madness that has been ruling the earth. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts- This is an excellent album and I can definitely see why it was so influential and important to so many in the coming years. My favorite tracks are the first six tracks or so, but Under A Serpent Sun may be my favorite overall track. I am going to give the album 4.77 stars out of five for a final grade.

Fleshgod-Apocalypse-King-500x500When you think of Death Metal, the places that come to mind are Sweden, Poland, Norway, and Florida (among other places in the US because history has given us bands like Possessed (US), Behemoth (Poland), At The Gates (Sweden), and a young Darkthrone (Norway) before they turned to Black Metal. What if I told you that there was a death metal band from Italy? If you know the band I am referring to then props to you, but if you do not then I am talking about Fleshgod Apocalypse. The band is currently on tour with The Black Dahlia Murder and I figured I would check out one of their albums and I am going with their fourth studio album King. The band at the time was made up of Paolo Rossi (Bass/Clean Vocals), Francesco Paoli  (Drums/Guitars), Cristiano Trionfera (Guitar), Francesco Ferrini (Piano), and Tommaso Riccardi (Vocals/Guitar) who would leave the band in 2017 making this his last album with them. When describing the concept of the record, Tommaso told Decibel Magazine, “The King in this album represents the brave part of ourselves: the one we should cultivate to become strong and rise again from this Dark Age. He’s the only positive figure of this story—a man who has integrity and love for the values and truth that we all should hope for ourselves. All the other characters in the court represent the fears that can lead us to make everything worse. They try to affect the King’s decisions for their own advantage and hope for a loss of power, regardless of the suffering they’re going to create for their own world and people. As we already said when we presented King to our fans, we should all hail the King who lives inside every one of us.”

FLESHGOD-APOCALYPSE---KING-2016-German-Gold-LP-21. Marche Royale– an instrumental that slowly fades in kicks off the album and it kind of sets the tone for what to expect in this album conceptually. 4.5/5

2. In Aeternum– It continues right into this track that kicks off with some epic playing from the band and some insane double bass barrage that will have you headbanging. The title is Latin for Forever and that could be a direct hint to the theme where the King is saying that I am forever meaning his bloodline. 5/5

3. Healing Through War– The all out metal assault continues on this track as the band talks about how a general or war minster looks at war as the answer to solve societies problems. The track also contains a speech from ‘De Bello Gallico’ by Julius Caesar. Musically this is a dynamo track featuring an amazing guitar solo and some awesome drumming from Paoli. 5/5

4. The Fool– I thought that this was an interesting track lyrically because one look at the title and one could say it’s about a jester or fool. It seems to me they are talking about a man who wished for certain things and is now paying for it dearly because he is now the fool. It starts with the jesters song before launching into a symphonic metal assault. 4.5.5

5. Cold As Perfection– I see a lot of influence on this track from what Dimmu Borgir has done in the past and it works beautifully. It seems like the King in this track is trying to persuade a woman who has been down on her luck or as equally cold as him to join him. I could be wrong. This is one of two tracks that features Nate Kantner doing a speaking role. 4.5/5

6. Mitra-Mitra is a Indo-Iranian divinity that has been known as the protector of truth and order. I’m not sure in the context of this hammering track what they are talking about with mentions of the birth of christ, God of scum, and lord of cum. 4/5

7. Paramour (Die Leidenschaft Bringt Leiden)Die Leidenschaft Bringt Leiden literally translates to The passion brings suffering. It features lyrics taken from Trilogie der Leidenschaft’ by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe and Veronica Bordacchini sings soprano on this uncharacteristic track by a death metal band. 4/5

FLESHGOD-APOCALYPSE-King-LP-2-400x4008. And The Vulture Beholds– After a little break, it’s back to the symphonic operatic death metal that we love. I am trying to figure out the lyrics to the song because it seems that it’s about the devil saying that he wants to rise from hell and take the crown that is rightfully his. The semetrics are there with words like Lion (God), but then again it could be about the heir to the throne wanting to take his rightful place. 4/5

9. Gravity– The track opens and pummels through with an intensity that reminds me of Morbid Angel in a track that could be talking about the effects of greed or drugs. 5/5

10. A Million Deaths– The track keeps the all out assault raging forward with some amazing guitar work in this track about honor through war and showing your devotion to your king. 5/5

11. Syphilis– A seven plus minute epic from the band showcasing their talent musically. The track once again features Veronica Bordacchini in this track that seems to be a call and response track between the King and his Queen where the King wants to protect his bloodline at all costs while she just wants him to protect her now. 5/5

12. King– a four minute piano track closes out the album kind of bringing an end to this epic journey that we were on. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This is actually the very first record that I have ever heard from these guys and this was quite the journey musically. I love the fact that they are not afraid to keep a sense of nationalism in adding the operatic material to their arsenal. It definitely differentiates them from the rest of the herd and I won’t knock that. My favorite tracks on the album are In Aeternum, Healing Through War, and Syphilis. My least favorite track to be honest is probably Mitra only because of the lyrical content making no sense to me. I am giving the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

at the gates single of the weekOne of the most legendary Swedish death metal bands of all time in At The Gates is about to release their first new album since 2014’s At War With Reality. When you think of the Death Metal scene from Gothenburg, At The Gates is immediately one of the first bands that I think of instantly as well as their legendary Slaughter Of The Soul album. Nonetheless, the band is back with a new album in To Drink From the Night Itself which comes out May 18TH via Century Media. To keep us occupied until then, the band has unleashed the title track as the first single from the album. When asked why the title track as the first single, vocalist Tomas Lindberg said, “So, for the first song to present to the public, we chose the title track of the album. Which is also the opening track of the record. To us, this gives a presentation of the attitude of the album: raw, hungry and desperate. It also gives an introduction to the whole concept of the record.”

To_Drink_from_the_Night_Itself_cover_artHe then continues to say, “We live through our art, and the whole album deals with the concept of art. Art as a tool either for revolution, or suppression. To drink from the night itself is just that, a metaphor for living and breathing through art. Of course the concept goes deeper than that, but this song is the heart of the concept, the fierce call to arms so to say. We are still at war, but this time we are fighting the abyss, the abyss of apathy and oppression. It is an aggressive song, but also contains a lot of the other elements of the band´s sound on this record. Melancholia, desperation and struggle. For the first video we chose to use Patric Ullaeus again, as he is good at capturing the raw energy of the band playing live. In the video you can also see glimpses of the art used for the cover, so it binds it all together nicely. Enjoy.” The song contains everything you would want from an At The Gates track and it even contains some melodic parts to show you how much depth the band has. To pre-order the album right now, click here.

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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