Posted in metal | music on January 24, 2014

by Doug Moore

post-reunion At the Gates performing in 2011
At the Gates

There's a pretty good argument to be made that At the Gates's 1995 swansong Slaughter of the Soul was the most influential metal album to come out during the '90s. Even if you don't think much of the many imitators it spawned, it's hard to dispute the album's quality; there's a reason that their 2007 reunion and ensuing festival appearances have drawn such enthusiastic responses.

This stature also explains the somewhat breathless coverage that a 12-second teaser video that the band posted on Tuesday received. The video was totally vague, containing nothing but some grainy, out-of-focus shots of lyrics in a Word document and blocky "2014" flash caption, but it was enough to initiate speculation that ATG will do the Carcass/Gorguts thing this year and release a reunion album.

The band posted a second teaser video today. If nothing else, this one will add fuel to the speculative fire -- you see a photo of the band, some (grainy, blurry) closeups of plugins and waveforms in a production program, shots of microphones and guitars, and those lyrics again. The phrase "AT WAR WITH REALITY" (album title?) and "2014" flash across the screen. So yeah, no definite confirmation yet, but this looks an awful lot like the initial PR push for a new At the Gates album. If it is, let's hope that they can live up to the rather high bar set by last year's crop of '90s death metal reunions.

Watch both teaser videos and stream Slaughter of the Soul in full below...

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Tags: At the Gates

Comments (5)

witheen the walls of babalawn weeakness is rampwant!

Posted by beast | January 24, 2014 12:39 PM

they don't call it a kick drum because it is supposed to sound like it goes, "kick kick kick." It's supposed to go, "Boom!" with lots of bass.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 11:08 PM

Seeing them once was not enough...I must once again witness the near religious metal experience that is At the Gates.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 2:56 AM

I can't even imagine what this album would sound like remastered.

Posted by Grasso | February 24, 2014 5:48 AM

Death metal/melodic death metal is simply a beautiful disaster. So much technical skill in every aspect of these bands. The thought that is put into this form of music and it's one of the most under-appreciated forms of music. It only takes 1 synth and a 13 year old boy to make a pop hit......YUCK. 

Posted by Noth | November 3, 2014 12:23 PM

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