Album Review: At The Gates – “To Drink From the Night Itself”

at the gates - to drink from the night itself

The legacy and influence of At The Gates approaches almost mythological status.  The impact of Slaughter of the Soul on the metal landscape, coupled with the band’s breakup soon after left a massive footprint dozens of bands were eager to fill.  Whether you blame or cheer ATG for the foundation and onslaught of melodic death metal (or NWOSDM or the Gothenburg sound or whatever you choose to call it) that followed in its wake, you can’t deny the spark that ignited it.  Now with the release of their second post-reunion album To Drink From the Night Itself it’s up to us to determine if they’re carrying the legacy forward or merely riding the wave they first created.   Continue reading

The Nine Circles Ov… At the Gates

at-the-gates-bandGothenburg, Sweden’s At the Gates need no introduction. Call them pioneers, call them forefathers, call them innovators – but there are few modern metal bands who haven’t been impacted by at least one of the death metal trailblazers’ albums, whether the avant-garde tech tendencies of their first two albums or the more accessible riff-factory approach of their later works. Simply, they’re one of the most important metal bands of the 90s, and their impact continues to ring true today in their well-received reforming. They’re the kind of band we love analyzing at the various points of their career, and for that reason, they’ve earned a place in this column. Welcome to the Nine Circles Ov… At the Gates.  Continue reading