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Album Review

Here's what Sweden's At the Gates told us with their first album, The Red in the Sky Is Ours: they were from, er, Sweden; they were very upset about something — probably their parents; they played extremely fast and furious; and they pretty much sounded like a "baby" version of Entombed. Later on, their contributions would rank among the best death metal around, but for now it's best to focus on the title track and the latter-day concert favorite "Kingdom Gone" — the spots where the early band shows particular inspiration.


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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