At The Gates

The pioneers of Melodic Death Metal: At The Gates. These Swedes are considered to be the godfathers of the genre for a reason. They were one of the first groups to combine the harsh sounds from their home country with harmonious melodies - an explosive mixture and still worth celebrating today. "The Red in the Sky Is Ours" showed the way, namely head over heels into a pitch-black world and right through your bone marrow. These guys played tight as hell, but their lyrics were of the same quality. Those of "The Red in the Sky Is Ours" explore the satanic pits of the human psyche.

After this successful debut, the Gothenburg-based act released another album practically each year. "With Fear I Kiss the Burning Darkness" easily topped the first one - the group just had a run, it seemed. In 1996 though, they disbanded to everybody's surprise. This was a heavy blow for their local scene and, of course, the entire Metal community. In 2007, the forerunners of all things deadly and melodic however returned. Although they did not plan to write another album at first, it finally happened in 2014: After 19 years, they released their comeback, which is titled "At War With Reality" and sounds heavier than ever. If you love At The Gates as much as we do, you should definitely check out our EMP At The Gates Online Shop. We have At The Gates CDs and shirts for you. Keep it brutal!

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