Interview: A Conversation with At The Gates’ Tomas Lindberg


I found At The Gates in a roundabout way. It was 1998 or 1999,  I think, and I was still in high school and living in a shitty little town in South Arkansas. At The Gates was already history by then, having broken up after releasing their landmark achievement, 1995’s melodic death metal masterpiece, Slaughter of The Soul. While I had other European imports like Emperor and In Flames handed to me by friends (and friends’ older brothers/cousins), I heard At The Gates by association, via poking around the other way we found new music: mIRC. Through the bustling community of metal listeners in Dalnet’s #mp3_deathmetal and similar channels, I became acquainted with At The Gates, Dark Tranquillity, Dissection, and a number of other bands I still love to this day. But, even from that initial first listen, nothing left a mark on me quite the way Slaughter of The Soul did. Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Disfear – “Live the Storm”


As one who entered the metal realm through the rusty gate of punk rock, I’ve held crust and d-beat close to my heart for years. The first time I heard Napalm Death circa 2002 I immediately thought, in my tender age, “Hey, this is like punk blown out of proportion and I love it for all of its insanity.” The history of punks rubbing shoulders with longhairs is an extensive one, and an album that beautifully marries the two worlds is Disfear’s 2008 album Live the Storm, which remains a cornerstone in the global crust/metal community. Continue reading