At The Gates

At The Gates

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 of Tomas Lindberg (vocals), Anders Bjorler (guitars), Adrian Erlandsson (drums), Jonas Bjorler (bass) and Alf Svensson (guitars). Following prolonged Swedish touring with the likes of Dismember, Bolt Thrower, Massacre and Immolation, AT THE GATES attracted the attention of Peaceville Records and after signing soon produced their debut album titled 'The Red in the Sky is Ours'. Released in November 1991, the album proved a hit with fans of the burgeoning death metal scene.
European touring with My Dying Bride surrounded the release, before the band issued their follow up, 'With Fear I Kiss the Burning Darkness' in August 1993. Replacing Alf with new guitarist Martin Larsson, they had by now built up a reputation for being a hard working touring act, and this was further enhanced by their debut UK show at Nottingham Rock City which was filmed for an MTV Headbangers special. This was followed by a short UK tour with Anathema and Cradle of Filth.
In May '94, the band unleashed 'Terminal Spirit Disease', an album which saw the band gain widespread acclaim. Kerrang! magazine hailed them as the natural successors to countrymen Entombed, although in truth the sound of 'Terminal...' had more in keeping with a modern day Carcass. More UK gigs followed, then European dates again with My Dying Bride and Anathema, before the band finally headlined Europe on their own with Seance and Ancient Rites.



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