Swedish melodic death metal pioneers AT THE GATES played a “secret” show on March 2 at Bastard Club in Osnabrück, Germany. A three-minute documentary on the gig, which saw the band billed as THE BURNING DARKNESS, can be seen below (video by Twilight 13 Media‘s Costin Chioreanu).
AT THE GATES‘ new album, “To Drink From The Night Itself”, will be released on May 18 via Century Media. Produced with Russ Russell (NAPALM DEATH, THE HAUNTED, DIMMU BORGIR) at Parlour Studios in the U.K., the follow-up 2014’s “At War With Reality” will feature conceptual artwork created by Chioreanu, who previously worked with AT THE GATES on the band’s last disc.
AT THE GATES frontman Tomas Lindberg recently spoke to Decibel magazine about how the departure of the band’s longtime guitarist and primary songwriter Anders Björler has affected the group’s sound. “It is true that there is a big shift in the lineup,” he said. “What you have to take into consideration is that Jonas Björler [bass] wrote 40 percent of both ‘Slaughter Of The Soul’ and ‘At War With Reality’. Some people seem to forget this. They just assume that the lead guitarist is the sole songwriter. Jonas had to take a lot more responsibility this time around, but me and him have had a really great and creative time writing this album. There is a slight change of direction, maybe, but AT THE GATES fans shouldn’t be worried — it is still an AT THE GATES record. If anything, it is heavier and more death metal than the last one.”
Lindberg said that new AT THE GATES guitarist Jonas Stålhammar came into the band too late to be involved in the composing process for the new disc. “This one is basically Jonas [Björler] and me when it comes to the writing. All the guys have contributed in some way, but the main writing comes from Jonas and me. Most of the songs were already in the finishing stages when Jonas Stålhammar joined, so there wasn’t much time for him to contribute, but we look forward to having him more involved next time around. Saying that, his solos will, of course, be written by himself.”
AT THE GATES 2018 is (left to right in photo):
Adrian Erlandsson – Drums
Jonas Björler – Bass
Tomas Lindberg – Vocals
Jonas Stålhammar – Guitar
Martin Larsson – Guitar