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Slaughter of the Soul isn’t just a landmark in melodic death metal; it’s one of the very best albums ever released by a Swedish metal band. Which is saying something, considering that, when it comes to metal, Swedes are world-class hell-raisers. At the Gates’ unconventional union of classical flourishes and bestial devastation reaches a fever pitch on the stretch between “Into the Dead Sky” and “World of Lies.” Picture an ornate cathedral; now picture it smeared in gore and guts. That’s what this music sounds like—and it’s electrifying.

Customer Reviews

Melodic Death to da MAX!

"The" definitive album by At The Gates and arguably among the most influencial in the extreme music scene. This album may not leave you guessing with flashy progressive nine minute epics. It will not have a single breakdown. There will be no funny, catchy or intentionally mis-spelled song titles. What it does have is bone shattering riffs that will make anyone rock their heads up and down until whiplash or death (whichever comes first). This album defined Melodic Death Metal. It spawned countless other bands and it's former members went on to form The Haunted another staple in the metal world. This album is a must own if you are into Metal and if you don't then may you be banished forever from our heaven of beautifully extreme music!

timeless classic

This is considered *the* classic melodic death metal album, that helped create the Gothenburg scene (which came to include In Flames, Dark Tranquility, Soilwork, and the "melodic-era" of Carcass). Anyway, the AMG review does not do this album justice -- it is absolutely killer for anyone that loves Thrash metal, or wants to see what planted the seeds for bands like Arch Enemy or The Haunted (which are ex-ATG members). At the Gates is reuniting for Wacken 2008!


By far the best album by At The Gates, every song is insane with heavy crunching, mind-boggling riffs that will blow you away!!!!. This gave Melodic Death Metal its true name!!! A Must Have!!!


Formed: 1990 in Gothenburg, Sweden

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the more melodic death metal bands to expand beyond Sweden and spread their sound across the world alongside peers such as Entombed, At the Gates played a significant role in the death metal genre before breaking up in 1996, leading to the formation of the Haunted. The group's first lineup -- Tomas Lindberg (vocals), Anders Bjorler (guitars), Adrian Erlandsson (drums), Jonas Bjorler (bass), and Alf Svensson (guitars) -- formed in late 1990, recording the Gardens of Grief EP for the Dolores...
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