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AT THE GATES mix a ferocious blend of distinct melody and brutal riffs into a sound that is extreme yet remains memorably listenable. Hailing from Gothenburg in Sweden, the five piece have built a solid reputation for delivering greAt albums and frenetic live performances.
Formed in late 1990, the five piece recorded their 'Gardens of Grief' EP for the Dolores label, with a line up ... Read more in Amazon's At The Gates Store

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  • Audio CD (2 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Earache Records
  • ASIN: B004SSXUQG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 415,489 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Blinded By Fear
2. Slaughter of the Soul
3. Cold
4. Under a Serpent Sun
5. Into the Dead Sky
6. Suicide Nation
7. World of Lies
8. Unto Others
9. Nausea
10. Need
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Slaughter of the Soul
2. Cold
3. Terminal Spirit Disease
4. Raped By the Light of Christ
5. Under a Serpent Sun
6. Windows
7. World of Lies
8. The Burning Darkness
9. The Swarm
10. Forever Blind
See all 18 tracks on this disc

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lis on 2 Aug. 2014
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Incredible CD! A must-own for any metal collection! 30 April 2014
By Brian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Great CD! Worth every penny! Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys metal! If you enjoy metal, you have to aggressively search to find the gems, as the radio plays the same old crap over and over, and while Sirius is much better, they hardly ever play most of the gems I've found by looking at metal label websites and metal magazine reviews online. Check-out some of the CDs that I have reviewed in my past, and I guarantee you will find something you may not have ever heard of! Stay metal and support our metal community! If you discover something you like on my past review list, click "yes" on where it says: "was this review helpful?"!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
So good I bought it twice. 30 Oct. 2014
By Korey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is like the holy grail of extreme music. Sure the guitars are brutally and sonically heavy and the screaming sounds like someone in some harsh pain but hey this is some fine art! Don't let anyone tell you that death metal is just a bunch of noise, only blind and deaf people think that way! Do yourself a favor pick up a copy maybe one for you and one for someone else, or pickup a backup cause this album will run you over like a rollercoaster straight from hell and you'll love every second. Some of the best most straightforward lyrics are on this album as well as one of the sickest and best guitar tones your ever gonna hear in your life. Just buy it already.
A Melodic Death Metal Landmark 5 Mar. 2015
By Jeremy Brackeen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've had this album in my CD collection ever since I first bought it ten years ago when I was 21 going on 22 back then, and it still remains one of my all time favorite melodic death metal albums in my collection. If there is one album in particular that did for melodic death metal just like Slayer's "Reign in Blood" did for thrash metal, then that album would no doubt be none other than "Slaughter of the Soul", the 1995 melodic death masterpiece from Sweden's At The Gates. The album itself is a true masterpiece, and is also considered a landmark in melodic death metal and played a major role in establishing and popularizing the Gothenburg scene including such bands as In Flames and Dark Tranquillity (both whom are also very influentual bands), as well as also serving as a massive blueprint for the metalcore subgenre as well. Well anyways, "Slaughter of the Soul" is an all out deadly and vicious killing machine of ravaging and brutal yet melodic death metal that less so begins and more so erupts like an angry volcano from when you hear the scraping, industrial noise like intro in the opening track "Blinded By Fear", you know that you are in for one serious thrillride and the raging intensity doesn't let up from there. Every song on this album is a highlight and essential listening, and every member here is 100% spot on with their instruments. Vocalist Tomas Lindberg leads the relentless onslaught as he tortures the listener's eardrums with his diabolical, soul ripping, high pitched shrieks and howls that are both barbarically vicious and genuinely emotion-filled throughout. There's no question that Tomas is truly one of the best death metal vocalists of all time, and this album indeed shows that. Elsewhere, you also have guitarists Anders Bjorler and Martin Larsson whom are absolutely both on fire throughout this album with their razor sharp and rapid fast, bludgeoning, and savagely ferocious riffing, soaring harmonized leads, and brief yet wickedly amazing solos that just kill absolutely everything in sight. I really find it amazing how both guitarists are able to play fast and heavy, yet still maintain plenty of melody on here. Meanwhile, bassist Jonas Bjorler does a great job keeping in pefect pace with the guitars, and he also manages to throw in a killer bass riff on track three "Cold", and of course drummer Adrian Erlandsson tears up his drum kit with rapid fast, thumping, and pounding drum patterns throughout with sheer precision and annihilation.

The opening track "Blinded By Fear" kicks off this menacing musical storm of an album with a bang as it begins with the aformentioned scraping, industrial noise like intro which also includes a spoken word clip of "We are blind to the world within us, waiting to be born", and before you even know it the song suddenly thrusts into a ferocious onslaught of pounding, blistering drum beats, and savage, thrashing riffs, all lead by Tomas' maniacal shrieks, and there's also an awesome harmonized solo tacked in for good measure. This song is without question the best song on the album in my opinion, and it is also my favorite At The Gates song as well, but like I said earlier, every song on here is essential listening. The album's title track "Slaughter of the Soul" is also another essential highlight that features an awesome intro which soon kicks into another freight train of ferociously scorching, shredding guitars, fast pounding drums, and wicked vocals, plus another killer solo is also tacked on for good measure, meanwhile "Cold" is another ferocious scorcher that features some nice clean, melodic guitar lines around 1:39 as well as an excellent guest solo courtesy of Andy LaRocque (King Diamond, Death) soon following that, plus more mean surging riffs, and pounding drum beats galore. Other favorites here include "Under a Serpent Sun" which is also yet another menacingly vicious barn burner that features an awesome chorus and perhaps the best chorus on the whole album in my opinion, as well as more hammering drum beats and savage, killing riffage, and meanwhile "Into the Dead Sky" is a nice, slow and serene acoustic interlude that gives the listener a break in between ferocious musical blows to the brain, and "Suicide Nation" which of course is yet another essential highlight on here that begins with a sample of a shotgun cocking, and then thrusts into another killing freight train of breakneck drumming, violent, blowtorch riffing, plus another wild solo being thrown in, as well as more of Tomas' torturous, soul ripping screams throughout, and a killer chorus to boot. You also can't forget about "World of Lies" and "Unto Others which both keep the unrelenting brutality going especially "Unto Others" which boasts yet more ferocious riffing and screaming tremolo picking leads and violently fast drum patterns, and also features a great harmonic solo as well as another awesome chorus, plus some pretty acoustic guitar parts are also thrown in too, and "Nausea" and "Need" both which are 2 minute plus punishing breakneck scorchers that round off the musical storm before "The Flames of the End" gives the listener one final chance to catch his/her breath with it's melancholic synthesizers and just sit back and marvel in the album's splendour.

Now as an added bonus, the 2002 reissue of the album which I own also features six bonus songs which are an awesome treat. You have a cover of Slaughterlord's "Legion", "The Dying" which is an unreleased track taken from the recording sessions of "Slaughter of the Soul", a cover of Slayer's "Captor of Sin", two '95 demo versions of "Unto Others" and "Sucide Nation", and a cover of No Security's "Bister Verklighet", and not to also mention you'll also have liner notes from Tomas about each song on the album including the bonus songs that explain the why and how of the songs which is very cool. Now "Slaughter of the Soul" would be the last album that At The Gates would release before breaking up in 1996 only to return in 2014 with their newest release in nineteen years "At War With Reality".

Well anyways, "Slaughter of the Soul" is a true masterpiece that still remains to this day an untouchable benchmark for melodic death metal. There's absolutely no question that this album has stood the test of time and will continue to do so. In all seriousness, no metal CD collection should NOT be without this timeless masterpiece. Even if you're getting into melodic death metal, then this album would definitely be a great place to start with. 5 Stars!!! HORNS UP!!!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
One of the greatest cds ever! 24 April 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Probably the best thrash metal cd of its time by a totally awesome band! They brought thrash metal back to the forefront.
Solid album from start to finish 20 Jan. 2015
By Jason - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Somehow I missed At The Gates when they first surfaced back in the 90's although I was a huge fan of their fellow Swedish death metal act, Entombed, back then. Trying to amend for past sins I picked up this album after hearing the title track Slaughter of the Soul on satellite radio, and I have to say this album is killer from start to end. The guitar work is insane and the vocals are heavy without being to screechy or unintelligible like so many other bands in the genre. Looking forward to picking up their new album that came our last year and keeping up with this band going forward. Cheers!
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