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At The Gates – The Nightmare Of Being (Review)

At The Gates Release First Single "Spectre of Extinction"

At The Gates Take Death Metal To A Higher Level


Mortality is a big question for us all. It’s also the only level playing field. Our own death is inevitable.  It matters not if we’re rich or poor, strong or weak, enlightened or confused, we all suffer the same eventual fate. Everyone born dies.  This is the subject matter of the latest album by metal masters At The Gates.  And while it’s a heavy subject for most to tackle, At The Gates seems to have the sound and the intellect to handle death as it relates to each of us.  While this is definitely not a party album, the subject is approached with the anguish and fear that we all have about death and like most of us, life is filled with more questions than answers.  While the album is filled with pessimism, perhaps there isn’t always a bright side. At The Gates takes this attitude and magnifies it throughout the whole album. But, hey, they call it Death Metal for a reason.  Songs like Paradox, The Fall Into Time and  The Spectre Of Extinction are all dark masterpieces, but the entire album, while dark as hell, is great in the same way that a really great horror movie moves you. This album is all about philosophical ideas that surround our death and it is meant to make you think. This is a solid album by these Swedish metal legends and resonates like an art-house film. While, maybe not for everyone, those who understand the underlying sentiments will enjoy this album fully.

1. Spectre of Extinction
2. The Paradox
3. 3 The Nightmare of Being
4 Garden of Cyrus
5 Touched by the White Hands of Death
6. The Fall into Time
7. Cult of Salvation
8. The Abstract Enthroned
9. Cosmic Pessimism
10. Eternal Winter of Reason

About the author

Bobby Caughron

Bobby Caughron is a music journalist and Editor-In-Chief for XS ROCK. He began a life-long fan of hard rock and metal music after hearing KISS as a kid. He is still an avid fan of the 80s metal scene and continues to discover and write about new music in all rock genres today.

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