The quintessential Swedish shredders At The Gates have sent the Internet into a dizzying flurry of chatter following the announcement that their 2007 live reunion has parlayed into a complete return to active band status. The group will officially be releasing “At War With Reality” in 2014 via worldwide deal with Century Media. “At War With Reality” will feature the group’s classic line-up of their once-swansong masterpiece, 1995’s “Slaughter Of The Soul.” As pioneers of the “Gothenburg style” melodic death metal sound, it will be wildly interesting to see if the guys can pass the grueling test of might and creativity that will be maintaining their legacy.
In typical 2014 viral-marketing fashion, the group released this cryptic teaser prior to the official announcement:
Century Media weighed in on the matter and weren’t shy at all, enthusiasm exuding from from the staff: “We are extremely proud and super excited to have teamed up with one of the most legendary and influential bands in metal. At The Gates have not only been a staff favourite since their very inception, but also a group of members that we individually like, respect and are always glad to support. As the reunion shows of the recent years have demonstrated, At The Gates are currently on top of their game and more relevant than ever before within and for the metal scene of these days. We truly look forward to pushing At The Gates to new heights with their new album ‘At War With Reality’. Let’s…GO!!!”
Meanwhile, the band explained, “So, here we are almost 24 years since the birth of At The Gates, and some 18+ years since our latest album “Slaughter Of The Soul.” A lot of years have passed and we have embarked on some life-changing reunion tours and shows the last couple of years.
So, why make a new album you might ask, and why now? Well, what we learned from the last couple of years hanging out and playing shows together, is that we enjoy what we do to the fullest extent. We love playing music together, and we love to hang out as friends. But, as a musician, we constantly write new music. It’s a huge part of our identities.
We are fully aware that we have made some very drastic statements in interviews as well as the closing words on the DVD about the longevity of At The Gates, but things change, situations change and people change. When Anders sent the first song last summer, we had zero expectations of the outcome. We only knew one thing – That it sounded amazing! At the time we weren’t even sure there would be an album, but as things progressed, more songs came into existence, and we knew we were on to something great.
We know you are all curious about the new material, and to make a simple explanation of where we are at musically, we would describe it as a perfect mix between early At The Gates & “Slaughter of the Soul”-era At The Gates, trying to maintain the legacy and the history.
We chose Century Media as a worldwide partner for the upcoming album. We have all been friends for years with people at the label. Jonas & Anders have a history with THE HAUNTED there (as well as Adrian with Paradise Lost).
So, we hope to bring you updates about the progress of the new album soon. The plan is to record the album in June/July with a tentative release in October / November of 2014 on Century Media Records.”