At The Gates

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A highly influential death metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden. Often considered as the pioneers of "Gothenburg metal", or melodic death metal style.

At The Gates was founded in September 1990 by Tomas Lindberg, Alf Svensson, Anders Björler, Jonas Björler and Adrian Erlandsson and it was very much an amalgamation of the bands Grotesque and Infestation. Band’s recording career started with the “Gardens of Grief" EP, which was released by their local label Dolores in 1991. After this they signed to Peaceville Records and released their debut album "The Red in the Sky Is Ours" in 1992. After the “With Fear I Kiss the Burning Darkness" album in 1993 Alf Svensson left the band in order to concentrate on his other careers as tattoo artist and comic illustrator. His replacement was found in former House Of Usher guitarist Martin Larsson. After the 1994’s "Terminal Spirit Disease” the band was signed to Earache Records and released “Slaughter of the Soul" in 1995. In the summer of 1996, shortly after touring for the album, Anders however decided to quit the band, which resulted in the whole group splitting apart at the height of their career.

After the split-up Adrian, Jonas and Anders joined The Haunted. Later Adrian went on to join Cradle of Filth, Paradise Lost and Vallenfyre among others. Tomas Lindberg went on to make music with bands such as Skitsystem, Disfear, Lock Up, The Great Deveicer and The Crown.

In 2008, after years of speculation and persuasion, At The Gates announced a reunion tour, which ended up lasting for five years and culminated in the announcement of a new studio album "At War With Reality”, which was released in October 2014.

In March 2017 Anders Björler announced that he had left the band. He was later replaced by Jonas Stålhammar and band’s sixth full length album “To Drink From The Night Itself” was released in May 2018.

Musicwise At The Gates’ first two albums were very progressive and complex death metal, mainly due to guitarist Alf Svensson’s very original and unorthodox composition style. Since Svensson left the group in 1993, the primary musical responsibility was on the Björler twins, which led to considerable streamlining of the music and the excessive “prog” or "art" elements of their earlier works were cut down. The focus was now more on writing good and catchy songs, which then culminated on the massively effective deaththrash attack of “Slaughter Of The Soul”. The comeback album “At War With Reality” continued very much in the vein of their “Terminal/Slaughter” style, whereas “To Drink From The Night Itself” showed somewhat clearer departure from this and brought back some of the more progressive elements and incorporated darker moods overall.
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Albums

At The Gates - The Red In The Sky Is Ours album art At The Gates The Red In The Sky Is Ours (Album) Deaf Records, Deaf Records US 1992 Sell This Version
At The Gates - With Fear I Kiss The Burning Darkness album art At The Gates With Fear I Kiss The Burning Darkness (Album) Deaf Records Poland 1993 Sell This Version
At The Gates - Terminal Spirit Disease album art At The Gates Terminal Spirit Disease (Album) Peaceville UK & Europe 1994 Sell This Version
At The Gates - Slaughter Of The Soul album art At The Gates Slaughter Of The Soul (Album) Earache UK 1995 Sell This Version
At The Gates - Purgatory Unleashed album art At The Gates Purgatory Unleashed (Album) Earache UK 2010 Sell This Version
At The Gates - At War With Reality album art At The Gates At War With Reality (Album) Century Media Mexico 2014 Sell This Version
At The Gates - To Drink From The Night Itself album art At The Gates To Drink From The Night Itself (Album, EP) Century Media US 2018 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

At The Gates - Gardens Of Grief album art At The Gates Gardens Of Grief (EP, MiniAlbum) Dolores Recordings Sweden 1991 Sell This Version
MOSH514 At The Gates - Captor Of Sin / Mandatory Suicide album art At The Gates / Decapitated At The Gates / Decapitated - Captor Of Sin / Mandatory Suicide(7", Ltd, Pic) Earache MOSH514 UK 2014 Sell This Version
At The Gates - We Are Connected / Language Of The Dead album art Voïvod / At The Gates Voïvod / At The Gates - We Are Connected / Language Of The Dead Century Media Germany 2015 Sell This Version
DB089 At The Gates - Raped By The Light Of Christ (2018) album art At The Gates Raped By The Light Of Christ (2018)(Flexi, 7", S/Sided, Single, Ltd, Blu) Decibel Flexi Series DB089 US 2018 Sell This Version
At The Gates - The Mirror Black album art At The Gates Featuring Rob Miller (10) At The Gates Featuring Rob Miller (10) - The Mirror Black (EP) Century Media Europe 2019 Sell This Version

Compilations

CDVILE 59 At The Gates - The Red In The Sky Is Ours / With Fear I Kiss The Burning Darkness album art At The Gates The Red In The Sky Is Ours / With Fear I Kiss The Burning Darkness(2xCD, Album + Comp) Peaceville CDVILE 59 UK 1995 Sell This Version
142 At The Gates - Carpet / Gardens Of Grief album art Ceremonial Oath / At The Gates Ceremonial Oath / At The Gates - Carpet / Gardens Of Grief(Cass, Comp) Morbid Noizz Productions 142 Poland 1996 Sell This Version
At The Gates - Suicidal Final Art album art At The Gates Suicidal Final Art (Comp) Peaceville, Peaceville UK 2001 Sell This Version
8040-2 At The Gates - Gardens Of Grief / In The Embrace Of Evil album art At The Gates / Grotesque At The Gates / Grotesque - Gardens Of Grief / In The Embrace Of Evil(CD, Comp) Century Media 8040-2 US 2001 Sell This Version
MOSH 143CD, MOSH 386CD At The Gates - Slaughter Of The Soul / Purgatory Unleashed: Live At Wacken album art At The Gates Slaughter Of The Soul / Purgatory Unleashed: Live At Wacken(2xCD, Album, Comp, 2 X) Earache, Earache MOSH 143CD, MOSH 386CD UK Unknown Sell This Version

Videos

At The Gates - The Flames Of The End album art At The Gates The Flames Of The End Earache Records US 2010 Sell This Version
MOSH449DVD At The Gates - Purgatory Unleashed: Live At Wacken 2008 album art At The Gates Purgatory Unleashed: Live At Wacken 2008(DVD-V) Earache Records MOSH449DVD UK 2011 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

none At The Gates - The Carnival Bizarre / Slaughter Of The Soul album art Cathedral / At The Gates Cathedral / At The Gates - The Carnival Bizarre / Slaughter Of The Soul(Cass, Promo, Smplr) Earache none UK 1995 Sell This Version
none At The Gates - Cursed To Tour album art Napalm Death / At The Gates Napalm Death / At The Gates - Cursed To Tour(CD, Promo, Smplr) Earache none US 1996 Sell This Version
none At The Gates - Live In Krakow album art At The Gates Live In Krakow(8xFile, AAC) Earache none US 2010