Monday, June 29, 2009
At The Gates has caught a lot of flack over the years for contaminating the death metal world with the "melodic" Gothenburg sound, but I say fuck all that. They never knew that a million second-rate screamo douchebags were going to go nuts with their unique blend of vitriolic shred, much less water it down into the mediocre wankery that bands like The Black Dahlia Murder and Soilwork practice today. Forgive them, O Lord, they knew not what they did.
Here's the album that directly preceded the "highly influential" Slaughter of the Soul, 1994's Terminal Spirit Disease. In my opinion, this album is just as good as Slaughter, and probably even a bit MORE dynamic.
I saw these guys on their reunion tour last year, and it was EPIC. They kicked my ass. Long live ATG!