Monday, 24 November 2014

At The Gates - Heroes And Tombs

New week, time to unleash this week's "Record Of The Week". "At War With Reality"

"At War With Reality" is probably the most anticipated metal album this year! At The Gates will turn into one of 2014's genre biggest release. After 19 long years since their eminent release "Slaughter of the Soul" they are back and they learned that "Never say Never again" and I can only say that the wait was well worth it.

"At War with Reality" is the fifth studio album, released on 28 October 2014. It is the band's first album since Slaughter of the Soul (1995), marking the longest gap between two studio albums in their career, and their first release on Century Media Records. It is a concept album based on the literary genre of magic realism.

The album is the excellent comeback record! At least as far as I'm concerned. The production is clear and bombastic and the guys are in top form on this record, Tomas sings marvellous, he has grown into mature beast during the years. Jonas bass sound is chugging hard like a B52. Anders and Martin guitars steering the huge ship of At The Gates with harmonize melodic leads and creative riffs that you will pale with envy and all this rests on Adrian Erlandssons drum sound, something that you almost drop your chin to.

That the band have grown during the years with other projects is something that you can hear, that they managed to retain their great classic song writing for this record, which is brilliant and one can only bow for it.

To summarise this: It hooks you from the first listen and you only want more of it. "At War with Reality" is as addictive as drugs.

The album was recorded at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg and was mixed at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden with Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Soilwork, Paradise Lost, Kreator). The cover artwork for the effort was designed by Costin Chioreanu, who has previously also worked with bands such as Arch Enemy, Morgoth and Darkthrone. Chioreanu gave the strong lyrical theme of "At War With Reality" an outstanding conceptual togetherness with the visuals he crafted for this project. "At War With Reality" is a concept album based on the literary genre of Magic realism.

At the Gates is a Swedish death metal band from Gothenburg, and a major progenitor of the melodic death metal (or Gothenburg death metal) sound.

Initially active from 1990 to 1996, the band reformed in 2007 for a reunion tour before breaking up once again in 2008. However, they reformed for a second time in December 2010, and have since continued to perform live. The band will release At War with Reality, their first album in 19 years, in late 2014.

Today At The Gates consist of:

Tomas Lindberg − vocals
Anders Björler − guitar
Martin Larsson − guitar
Jonas Björler − bass
Adrian Erlandsson − drums


Jewel Case CD (20 pages Booklet)
Ltd. Mediabook CD (40 pages booklet, 2 bonus tracks & patch, CM Europe)
Digipak CD (20 pages booklet, 2 bonustracks & patch, CM USA)
Ltd. 3-Disc Artbook (48 pages booklet, 4 bonus tracks, 5.1 surround mix DVD & patch) / Limited to 3,000 copies
Cassette (Limited to 500 copies)
Digital Download
2×10” Boxset (20 pages booklet & poster) / Limited to 1,000x copies worldwide from CM Distro
12″ Gatefold 180gr LP (20 pages booklet & poster)

The 12” LP format coloured vinyl editions

Black (Unlimited)
Transparent Red (Limited to 300x copies from CM Webshop Europe)
Dark Green (Limited to 500x copies from CM Distro Europe)
Clear (Limited to 500x copies for Sweden originally, but was distributed all over EU)
Solid Red (Limited to 500x copies for Sweden)
Lilac Marble (Limited to 100x copies from CM Distro USA) (*SOLD OUT)
Blue Marble (Limited to 200x copies from CM Distro USA) (*SOLD OUT)
Magenta Marble (Limited to 200x copies from CM Distro USA) (*SOLD OUT)
Ash Grey Marble (Limited to 500x copies from CM Distro USA)
Silver (Limited to 400x copies from CM USA)
Gold (Limited to 1,500x copies from CM USA)
White (Limited to 100x copies, exclusive MDF edition in the USA)

Todays tune "Heroes And Tombs" is taken from the new album "At War With Reality".

Upcoming Tourdates:

Nov 27 Trädgårn w/ Grave, Morbus Chron, Goteborg, Sweden
Nov 28 Arenan w/ Grave, Morbus Chron, Stockholm, Sweden
Nov 29 KB w/ Grave, Morbus Chron, Malmö, Sweden
Dec 04 Forum w/ Code Orange, Morbus..., London, United Kingdom
Dec 05 Academy 2 w/ Code Orange, Morbus..., Manchester, United Kingdom
Dec 06 Garage w/ Morbus Chron, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Dec 07 The Oobleck w/ Code Orange,..., Birmingham, United Kingdom
Dec 08 The Globe w/ Triptykon, Morbus... Cardiff, United Kingdom
Dec 10 Turock w/ Morbus Chron,... Essen, Germany
Dec 11 Markthalle w/ Triptykon, Morbus... Hamburg, Germany
Dec 12 Eindhoven Metal Meeting w/ Triptykon Eindhoven, Netherlands
Dec 13 Conne Island w/ Triptykon, Morbus... Leipzig, Germany
Dec 14 Arena w/ Triptykon, Morbus... Wien, Austria
Dec 16 Kiff w/ Triptykon, Morbus... Aarau, Switzerland
Dec 17 Backstage Werk w/ Triptykon, Morbus... Munchen, Germany
Dec 18 Trix w/ Triptykon, Morbus... Antwerpen, Belgium
Dec 19 Essigfabrik w/ Triptykon, Morbus... Koln, Germany
Dec 20 Postbahnhof w/ Triptykon, Morbus... Berlin, Germany
Jan 08 Garajistanbul Istanbul, Turkey
Jan 09 Fuzz Music Club w/ Cerebrum, Endsight Athens, Greece
Jan 10 Principal Club w/ Cerebrum, Revenge of... Thessaloniki, Greece
Jan 16 Estragon w/ Hour of Penance Bologna, Italy
Jan 17 Orion w/ Hour of Penance Rome, Italy
Jan 18 Live Club w/ Hour of Penance Rozzano Mi, Italy
Jan 31 Academy w/ Bloodshot Dawn Dublin, Ireland
Feb 09 LIquid Room Tokyo, Japan
Feb 10 Club Quattro Nagoya, Japan
Feb 12 umeda AKASO Osaka, Japan
Feb 21 Blastfest Bergen, Norway
Feb 26 Vulkan w/ God Macabre Oslo, Norway
Feb 27 Nöjesfabriken w/ God Macabre Karlstad, Sweden
Feb 28 House of Metal w/ Rotten Sound, The... Umea, Sweden
Mar 06 Penelope w/ Wormed, Sound of...Madrid, Spain
Mar 07 Sala Santana w/ Wormed, Sound of... Bilbao, Spain
Mar 08 Sala Razzmatazz w/ Wormed, Sound of... Barcelona, Spain
Mar 27 The Wiltern w/ Converge, Vallenfyre Los Angeles, CA
Mar 28 The Regency Ballroom w/ Converge, Vallenfyre San Francisco, CA
Mar 29 Roseland Theater w/ Converge, Vallenfyre Portland, OR
Mar 30 Commodore Ballroom w/ Converge, Vallenfyre Vancouver, Canada
Mar 31 Showbox @The Market w/ Converge, Vallenfyre Seattle, WA
Apr 02 The Complex w/ Converge, Vallenfyre Salt Lake City, UT
Apr 03 Summit Music Hall w/ Converge, Vallenfyre Denver, CO
Apr 04 Bourbon Street w/ Converge, Vallenfyre Lincoln, NE
Apr 05 Mill City Nights w/ Converge, Vallenfyre Minneapolis, MN
Apr 06 House of Blues w/ Converge, Vallenfyre Chicago, IL
Apr 08 The Phoenix w/ Converge, Vallenfyre, Toronto, Canada
Apr 09 Metropolis w/ Converge, Vallenfyre Montreal, Canada
Apr 10 Royale w/ Converge, Vallenfyre, Boston, MA
Apr 11 Union Transfer w/ Converge, Vallenfyre, Philadelphia, PA
Apr 12 Webster Hall w/ Converge, Vallenfyre, New York, NY
May 01 Ritz Örebro, Sweden
May 02 Pipeline Sundsvall, Sweden
May 22 Progresja Warsaw, Poland
May 23 Studio Krakow, Poland
May 29 Carfax Johannesburg, South Africa
May 30 Carfax Johannesburg, South Africa
Jun 20 Graspop Dessel, Belgium
Jun 21 Hellfest Clisson, France
Aug 08 Brutal Assault Festival Josefov, Czech Republic
Aug 15 Rockstadt Extreme Fest Rasnov, Romania

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