Album Reviews
Band: At The Gates

Title: At War With Reality

Label: Century Media

  

It has been 19 years since Gothenburg’s At The Gates initially closed the door on their short lived but influential career. The irony behind the breakup was that it coincided with the release of the bands most successful and genre-defining opus ‘Slaughter of the Soul’ (1995). Even after a string of successful reunion shows that occurred throughout the first decade of the year 2000, the Swedish death metaller’s maintained that they would never release another album together. However, after much speculation At the Gates announced at the start of 2014 that they were to embark on a final studio album ‘At War With Reality’. 

From the outset, I questioned the need for another record as the band have an incredible legacy that is very much in tact and they have nothing to prove to anyone. But at the same time, I was still very excited about the prospect of a new album and if it would live up to its enormous expectations.    

Prior to the albums release, I had already heard the first two tracks ‘The Death and the Labyrinth’ and ‘At War With Reality’. Both of which were brilliant this heightened my expectations for what was to come. Needless to say, I was not disappointed with the remainder of this album one bit as it simply sounds like another superb ‘At the Gates’ record. I could probably fill a page talking about how impressive ‘At War With Reality’ is but I will do my best to keep it brief. 

To put it simply, the success of this album lies in how good the songwriting is with every riff just as memorable as the last. All the songs have something that grabs your attention and by the time the album finished, I had to play it from start to finish again it is that addictive. It has so many outstanding songs that it is difficult to keep up with them all. From the mesmerizing ‘Head and the Hydra’ to ‘The Circular ruins’ and brutal ‘Book of Sand’, there is not a bad song to be heard. Overall, ‘At War With Reality’ is a killer record and truly epitomizes everything that ‘At the Gates’ stands for.

Review by: Rob Herald 

 

Tracklisting:

1. El Altar Del Dios Desconocido
2. Death And The Labyrinth
3. At War With Reality
4. The Circular Ruins
5. Heroes And Tombs
6. The Conspiracy Of The Blind
7. Order From Chaos
8. The Book Of Sand (The Abomination)
9. Language Of The Dead
10. The Skin Of A Fire
11. The Head Of The Hydra
12. City Of Mirrors
13. Eater Of Gods
14. Upon Pillars Of Dust
15. The Night Eternal

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