Dernier album de At The Gates , Slaughter of The Soul est le testament d'un groupe où les tensions entre les membres ont permis l'emmergence d'un nouveau style , le death mélodique.Cet album est suicidaire en ce sens que tout au long de l'écoute on perçoit le mal être et le désespoir.Pas que la musique soit négative loin de là mais on sent une sorte de torpeur fataliste qui a envahit les compos. Après ce chef-d'oeuvre le groupe ne pouvait que se séparé...et il l'a fait! "Slaughter" reste tout de même une pierre angulaire du metal des 90. FONDAMENTAL!
At The Gates est un groupe précurseur de la vague suédoise des années 90. La qualité de leur composition mais aussi leur étonnante "simplicité" malgré des rythmes accrocheurs les amenèrent peu à peu à acquérir une certaine notoriété. "Slaughter of the soul" est tout simplement leur meilleur album (et aussi le dernier). Il se démarque vraiment de tout ce qu'on a pu connaitre avant à cet époque (1995); At The Gates a d'ailleurs engendré un multitude de groupes s'inspirant directement du groupe (et qui sont évidemment moins bons). C'est un album plein de créativité, traitant beaucoup des armes et de leur traffic aux Etats-Unis, et de ce que tout cela entraine. C'est un album également mélancolique, avec plusieurs sonorités mélodiques venant s'intercaler dans des explosions de fureur. Les frères Björler n'épargnent pas leurs cordes et les riffs sont très accrocheurs et ordonnés. Cet album est l'oeuvre qui coordonne rage et mélodie la plus aboutie; elle a d'ailleurs été saluée par de grands noms de la scène death suédoise tels In Flames, Dark Tranquility, Meshuggah, Dark Funeral, etc... A se procurer de toute urgence, vous ne serez pas décus.
Si vous aimez In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, Slayer...vous adorerez cet album au dessus de tout. Pas de temps mort, des riffs tranchants, mélodiques et violents, ce groupe est pour beaucoup dans l'émergence de death mélodique à la suédoise. Une voix déchirée, un son incisif et lourd, une batterie sauvage. Quand j'écoute ce disque, je ne tiens pas en place. Tout fan de metal se doit de l'écouter au moins une fois, c'est comme un pèlerinage. Il fait partie de mes dix albums préférés, devant Divine Intervention de Slayer, c'est pour dire! Si vous aimez, écoutez aussi The Haunted (vous y retrouverez les deux frangins Bjorler), The Eucharist (difficile à trouver)...Dommage qu'ils se soient arrêtés là, mais chaque membre a réservé de belles suites au delà des portes qu'ils ont enfoncées.
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An intense, landmark album29 décembre 1999
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Unknown to many, the best metal of the last half of the 90's has come from Scandinavia, particularly Sweden. This now-defunct band was one of the first to break out internationally, with a style that combines death metal, Slayer, and Iron Maiden with original European influences. At the gates defined a distinct guitar sound, playing lots of notes in their riffs instead of just chords, hitting on a technical and varied sound that almost makes you forget this is extreme death metal. Tempos are almost all fast, thrashing insanely along with those galloping riffs. And the whole thing just knocks you over, this being the perfect blend of aggression and technicality. Before this album, I disliked most death metal, and couldn't stand non-singers, but this album's high-pitched screaming vocals are comprehensible and fit the music so well that they actually turned me into a fan of this style, and the lyrics are better than most death, exploring psychic pain and anguish instead of guts and gore. A great album, and unfortunately, the band's last. The drummer, bassist, and one of the guitarists would later resurface in the similar but not as good The Haunted.
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Almost too good to be true7 décembre 2002
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I wrote a four-star review of this album a while ago, saying I didn't find it as good as advertised, but since then I've come to appreciate it a lot more. Although the songs on "Slaughter of the Soul" are very accessible by death-metal standards, thanks to ample doses of melody, it's really the album's complexities that make it great. And while these nuances may not be readily apparent, given time they all emerge and come together to form one amazing album. Eventually I was able to appreciate the subtle changes in tempo, the killer guitar harmonies, the absurdly tight drumming, and the melding of melody and heaviness that At The Gates put into their music. The opener, "Blinded by Fear," crams about as much speed, heaviness, and intricacy into three minutes as is humanly possible, and the album rarely misses a step after that. And topping it all off is Tomas Lindberg, a unique vocalist whose throaty scream perfectly matches the intensity of the music. Now, making it even better, is a reissued version with some extra goodies for us fans. "Legion," their cover of a song by a band called Slaughterlord, is an excellent thrash song with lots of heavy riffing. "The Dying," the unreleased track from the "Slaughter of the Soul" sessions, isn't quite as good as the songs that made the album (makes sense) but it still rips. The real highlight of the extra tracks, though, is At The Gates's cover of Slayer's classic "Captor of Sin." With Tomas doing the vocals, it sounds as every bit as vicious and scary as the original (it's also nice to hear the band doing full-on guitar solos). There are also demo versions of the songs "Unto Others" and "World of Lies," which have a rawer (and in my opinion better) sound than the versions on the album. As a whole, the bonus songs make me more than happy that I traded in my copy of the original version of this album to buy the reissue. I encourage other fans to do the same.
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HELL YES.6 juillet 2005
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Oh man, this is practically the Swedish Melodeath Bible right here.
I first came upon At The Gates about a year ago via one of my friends, who burned me copies of this and two of their other albums (The Red In The Sky Is Ours and Terminal Spirit Disease). Though I was already vaguely familiar with the Gothenburg scene and thought early In Flames and Soilwork were pretty good, At The Gates' swansong Slaughter Of The Soul surpassed my every expectation while leaving the aforementioned bands in the dust. We're talking a Top 10 metal listen here--in the same lofty realms as Opeth's Morningrise, Death's last four albums, any of Meshuggah's albums from Destroy Erase Improve to the -I- EP, Converge's Jane Doe, Mastodon's Leviathan, Megadeth's Rust In Peace, or Metallica's Lightning/Master/Justice trio... just brilliant.
In a fitting move, Slaughter Of The Soul has been re-released at the height of its peak period of influence. Even now in a world filled with melodeath-referencing angsty metalcore acts, the album still holds up.
There seems to be some debate over whether Slaughter Of The Soul is a watered-down version of the band's previous work. From where I stand, the prior albums (especially The Red In The Sky Is Ours) were interesting and very good with an almost black metal aspect to them at times but they were more ornate and technical, sometimes to the point of feeling overcalculated and unrefined. Slaughter Of The Soul does away with the fussiness in lieu of brutal straightforward grooves, awesome melodies, and thrashy feel. The band feels absolutely confident on this one, a quality not evident on previous works. Moreover, it's definitely their heaviest and fastest release, so I fail to see how that quantifies "sellout."
Here you'll find the truest combination of Iron Maiden and Slayer (the good parts) ever put to tape. Tomas Lindburg is one of my favorite metal vocalists of all time, with a diabolical growl/shriek that could be mistaken for no one else. The band is a sleek, deadly killing machine--the guitarists put their heads down and SHRED (the leads here are some of the coolest in metal history), and drummer Adrian Erlandsson tears up his kit. Unlike the imitators that followed, At The Gates added just enough melody to make their music accessible (without degenerating into a sing-along) while retaining the complexity, rawness, and brutality of honest-to-goodness death metal.
Blinded By Fear kicks it off with a bang, and every song right to the coda of the solemn instrumental Flames Of The End maintains a similarly high standard. Of special note are Under A Serpent Sun (which has perhaps the best chorus of the whole album), the title track (awesome intro and leads), and Suicide Nation (cool opening sample of pistol being cocked, killer chorus, and seriously memorable riff). Faster tracks in the form of the breakneck Nausea and Cold round out the disc.
The reissue includes some great bonus tracks, including a notable cover of Slayer's Captor Of Sin (better than the original, in my opinion--Tomas >>> Tom Araya), demos of Suicide Nation and Unto Others, and a No Security cover (the only song the band sung in their native tongue). Also notable are some interesting liner notes penned by Tomas which give further insight on the recording sessions, right down to the guitar setup and some of Tomas' inspiration for the unusually intelligent lyrics.
Enough talk. Pass up hackneyed pretenders like Atreyu and Bleeding Through and buy this album NOW.
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The "Reign in Blood" of death metal19 décembre 2000
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If there ever was an essential purchase for a death metal fan this album would be it. In the roots of the New Wave of Swedish Death Metal, At the Gates stood high above the rest. Although somewhat comparable in brutality and catchiness to "Clandestine" by Entombed, "Slaughter..." has much stronger songwriting and much more tighter and well-constructed songs. The sound here is fast, razor-sharp duel-guitar harmonies, pounding double-bass and shrieking, ungodly vocals. There's not a bad cut on the record even though some of the luster wears off by the end. At the time this was released this was the most brutal and complete death metal albums I had ever heard. If you don't own this, but it now.
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A Timeless Death Metal Masterpiece6 juillet 2008
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At The Gates high point in their career was at the release of this record, Slaughter of The Soul. If you listen to even one song off this record you will know why. Although, Grunge was the new fad ATG stood strong and brought another unrelenting and speedy Melodic Death Metal record to have you bang your head. A timeless recording by a timeless band.