At The Gates - Slaughter of the Soul [re-issue] (Cover Artwork)

At The Gates

At The Gates: Slaughter of the Soul [re-issue]Slaughter of the Soul [re-issue] (2002)
Earache Records

Reviewer Rating: 4
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Contributed by: TheTommunistThe Tommunist
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Let me just start by acknowledging that yes, I checked these guys out because of Break The Silence's cover of the song "Slaughter of the Soul". With that said, this is a fantastic disc. As you may know, At The Gates is a now-defunct melodic death metal band that hailed from Sweden. Consisting of 11 .
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Let me just start by acknowledging that yes, I checked these guys out because of Break The Silence's cover of the song "Slaughter of the Soul". With that said, this is a fantastic disc. As you may know, At The Gates is a now-defunct melodic death metal band that hailed from Sweden. Consisting of 11 songs, plus several bonus cuts, this album speeds by with a brutal, frenetic energy. Beginning with the opening track, "Blinded by Fear", the band destroys everything. The songs are all around three minutes each, giving most of them time for intros, verses, choruses, amazing lead guitar hijinks, and proper closings. All at breakneck pace, of course. The exception to this are tracks 5 and 11, which serve as slow, brooding instrumentals.

Singer Tomas Lindberg screams on a level that is not quite the high pitched screech of spastic screamo bands, and not quite the low growl of your typical Victory Records bands. His voice lends itself well to the music, though on a humorous note, when the music calms, Lindberg sounds as if he is gurgling. The drums, as would be expected, are fast and hard hitting, though manage to showcase enough variation so as not to sound redundant. Of course, the main attraction here is the guitars. Martin Larsson keeps the rhythm with chugga-chugga strumming while Andres Bjorler wails away on the lead guitar. His playing is at once beautifully melodic and brutally intense. As for the bass? Well, I know it's there, but I can't hear it over the pounding drums, wailing guitars and screaming.

The song titles and lyrics contain typical death metal dark, violent imagery. Ranging from "Slaughter of the Soul" to "Suicide Nation", its all evil and bloody. Standout tracks include "Blinded by Fear", "Cold", and " Nausea", though in all honesty, the whole album is great.

This is a perfect album for fans of the genre, or brutal music in general. I would say it's like a mush harsher and slightly less melodic Break The Silence, or maybe like a more manic and less technical Botch. But do yourself the favor, and check out this album.


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
mezzy (October 3, 2008)

All hail swedish melodic death metal!
It doesn't get much better than this.
Here's hoping for a Australian trip on their reunion tour ^^

Anonymous (August 15, 2005)

This disc fuckin rules

Anonymous (January 1, 2005)

Heh so ATG is getting around to ppl now! XD other bands like these guys were Dark Tranquillity who are still putting out fucking awesome CDs and this CD is fucking awesome too

plutocracy (May 4, 2004)

This record rocks.

mikeinflames (May 2, 2004)

hey now don't knock break the silence
they are (as is at the gates) one of my favourite bands

Anonymous (May 2, 2004)

none of this is important. did the not waving but drowning anthology come out? huh? I need to know.


Anonymous (May 2, 2004)

I'm all for open minds about music and all, but what the fuck is with death metal? It's like white noise.

Anonymous (April 30, 2004)

Black Dahlia Murder has nothing on Arsis.

Best Melodic death band ever... well so far.

Anonymous (April 29, 2004)

I shit my pants with disgust upon hearing this disc

Anonymous (April 29, 2004)

this album is brilliant. this is death metal, melodic death metal. check out the black dahlia murder for more melodic death metal, that band owns me.

Anonymous (April 29, 2004)

"At the Gates...death metal? I don't think so, great band but go back to listening to your break the silence cd kid."

Of course At The Gates are death metal, maybe if you listed a couple of bands which you do consider to be death metal I'd see a significant difference and thus understand.

Anonymous (April 28, 2004)

I think the fact he picked up the disc based on a cover song is pretty fuckin rad, regardless of how he has described the album. This is a pretty sick disc, that i think everyone should hear.

Anonymous (April 28, 2004)

You really are comparing these guys to the only heavy/screamy bands you have ever heard aren't you? Comparing them to break the silence is mind boggling, and botch? They sound nothing like botch except that they scream. These guys are the biggest inspiration for every metalcore band that has ever picked up a guitar. As I Lay Dying, Unearth, and the whole lot ripped half their riffs off this band, and the other half they ripped off Iron Maiden (yes I still like AILD and Unearth, but it's the truth). Seriously, who let this kid review this cd?

Anonymous (April 28, 2004)

At the Gates...death metal? I don't think so, great band but go back to listening to your break the silence cd kid.

FortyMinutesWest (April 28, 2004)

Is the original version of this that hard to find? I have it, and I swear I've seen it around.

Anonymous (April 27, 2004)

Nightrage is quite badass, but the clean vocal moments (Provided by the vocalist of Evergrey) are really bad. If they'd have left them out completely I know I'd like it alot more.

Anonymous (April 27, 2004)

Metal can kiss my azz

notfeelingcreative (April 27, 2004)

THis band along with In Flames got me back into metal!

Anonymous (April 27, 2004)

The bonus tracks merely detracted from the original, having said that, this is the album that single-handedly turned me on to death metal. And for that I am truly thankful.

Anonymous (April 27, 2004)

tomas now sings for nightrage, who fucking own

punkcorekid (April 27, 2004)

Yeah, it's pretty shitty for you to compare them At The Gates to break the silence. But whatever. At least you're listening to some good stuff, the good stuff being At The Gates.

Conduit (April 27, 2004)

Incredible band, I like alot of metal, I didn't know Break The Silence covered Slaughter Of The Soul, that kind of sounds depressing considering how bad that band sounded haha. Oh well, I don't see why your getting shit for reviewing this, it's not the best review ever, but this is alot of people's introduction to this music so whatever.

Anonymous (April 27, 2004)

Bottom line: Reveiwer shoulda done a bit more research. It looks like he read the bands bio and proceded to type away.

Does he even know where sweden is? I doubt it.

TheOneTrueBill (April 27, 2004)

Fuck bad< b> metal is what you meant to say. Great metal is great music. Shitty metal is shitty music.

Anonymous (April 27, 2004)

Fuck metal.

Anonymous (April 27, 2004)

Sorry you guys feel that my mentioning Break the Silence in the same sentence of At The Gates is unholy. This was my first death metal album, so I didnt have anything else to compare it to. Oh well, its all good.

The Tommunist

Anonymous (April 27, 2004)

The Crown isn't Tomas's band.

He sung on one cd, after their original singer left. Then Tomas left, they got their old guy back, recorded a cd, and proceded to break the fuck up.

Brutal death Thrash out your ass though.

Anonymous (April 27, 2004)

A great band and cd... but isn't this is punknews.org? Plus you obviously don't care or know shit about NWSDM or you'd have referenced bands that made a difference in the gothenburg scene... and not fucking Break the Silence or whatever the fuck their lame ass name is. Come on reviewers, do your fucking job...

Everyone who had never heard At the Gates before that fucking lame band should be lined up so i can shoot all those motherfuckers in the face with a shotgun.

Heh, now that'd be the shit.

Anonymous (April 27, 2004)

This is far and away my favourite metal disc ever.
While the Great Deciever sucked balls, check out Tomas'other band - The Crown

Anonymous (April 27, 2004)


Anonymous (April 27, 2004)

The. Best. Record. Ever.

FortyMinutesWest (April 27, 2004)

So many bands have ripped these guys off, it's fucking criminal. This band has ascended to a level were people who haven't even heard them have referenced them.

Anonymous (April 27, 2004)

logic women = non existant

Anonymous (April 27, 2004)

this reviewer has to an absolute idiot! To call one of the most definitive metal releases ever a 4/5 star rating really speaks for itself. To even mention Break the Silence as a comparison is even more self explanatory. Man, they sure dont call this metalnews.org for a reason!

p-fresh (April 27, 2004)

These guys may have broken up, but at least we got The Haunted and The Great Deceiver!

FortyMinutesWest (April 27, 2004)


mikeinflames (April 27, 2004)

these guys fucking own
one of the best metal bands of all time
too bad they broke up though

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