At The Gates are without a doubt one of the most important names in melodic death metal. Their token sound arguably pioneered the Gothenburg scene and has influenced thousands of bands across the past 20 years. Since 1995, however, they’ve stood dormant. It wasn’t until 2007 that the Swedes reformed, playing solely live shows with no new output. That is, until now.
‘At War With Reality’ is a no holds barred rampage that’s designed to fully reclaim the throne that was once ATG‘s. Everyone knew that the five-piece still had it in them, despite recently breaking into their 40s. It’s an album that proves older melodeath bands can still prove themselves relevant. While bands like Children Of Bodom have steadily declined, and In Flames have taken a change in direction, At The Gates have perfectly timed their comeback into a scene that’s arguably in need of a bit of refreshment.
It really is 500% of your RDA of riffs in songs like ‘The Conspiracy Of The Blind’ and ‘The Head Of The Hydra’. In fact, all of the imagery on show is excellent, ranging from the somewhat mysterious album cover to the song titles like ‘Eater Of Gods’. This is a band that has had a lot to say over the past 10 years, but just hasn’t had the right tool for output. While Jonas Björler (bass) and Adrian Erlandsson (drums) both partook in The Haunted, Anders Björler (guitars), Tomas Lindberg (vocals) and Martin Larsson (guitars) haven’t really been seen in the world of metal.
It’s good to see that At The Gates are listening to their fans. After all, they’re the ones who have made them so popular. A new album is the best step along an ever misty path towards mystery. ‘At War With Reality’ can be placed alongside ‘Slaughter Of The Soul’ and ‘Terminal Spirit Disease’ on your shelf of all things melodic death metal.
Written by MG Savage (@MGSavagewriter)