21 August 2014
At The Gates: AT THE GATES - "At War With Reality" cover artwork and more album details launched!
AT THE GATES, the pioneering band of the "Gothenburg style" melodic death metal sound, are launching more details about their highly anticipated "At War With Reality" comeback album, which will be released on October 27th, 2014 in Europe and October 28th, 2014 in North America via Century Media Records.
Today, AT THE GATES are revealing the front cover artwork for "At War With Reality", which was designed by Costin Chioreanu / twilight13media.com. Chioreanu, who has previously also worked with bands such as ARCH ENEMY, MORGOTH or DARKTHRONE, gave the strong lyrical theme of "At War With Reality" an outstanding conceptual togetherness with the visuals he crafted for this project.
AT THE GATES vocalist and lyricist Tomas Lindberg checked in with the following comment, explaining the album's theme: "The concept of 'At War with Reality' is based on the literary genre called 'Magic Realism'. The main style within this genre is the notion that 'reality' is ever-changing, and needs to be constantly re-discovered and re-conquered. We felt that Costin's artwork style would be the perfect visual contribution to this album, so he became the natural choice..."
And AT THE GATES guitarist and main songwriter Anders Björler further explained: "I got in touch with Costin a few years back. I was immediately impressed with his dark and original style. He collaborated on some T-shirt designs for AT THE GATES as well as designing the album artwork for my Instrumental Project. We realized pretty early on that his style would accompany the music and the concept perfectly."
Additionally, Costin Chioreanu checked in with the following words:"I have been waiting for this album for almost 20 years and it's the biggest honor for me to illustrate it - As there is no greater achievement for a dreamer than the moment when the dream becomes reality. "At War With Reality" is by far the most complex visual story I have ever created, from all points of view. From the very first moment the band presented the concept, I found it extremely stunning and at the same time super-challenging. I like to think that visual art and music are tools to explore our minds - to create, to discover and to push the limits. AT THE GATES, one of my all-time favorite Metal bands, offered me a chance to explore a new dimension."
Some of the songs included on "At War With Reality" are the following: "Death And The Labyrinth", "The Circular Ruins", "The Conspiracy Of The Blind", "Order From Chaos", "Eater Of Gods" or "Upon Pillars Of Dust".
In the classic line-up of their latest masterpiece, "Slaughter Of The Soul" (1995), AT THE GATES recorded "At War With Reality" with Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman (In Flames, Arch Enemy, Dimmu Borgir) and mixed with Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Amon Amarth, Kreator), who checked in with the following video message: www.youtube.com
A previous message from the band can be viewed here: www.youtube.com and a first pre-production video message is to be seen here: www.youtube.com
On the live-front, AT THE GATES have recently announced two more shows for February 2015 in their Swedish homeland (Karlstad on the 27th and Umeå on the 28th). Here is an overview of all upcoming AT THE GATES live-dates:
AT THE GATES + Support:
TH 20.11.2014 Tampere (Finland) - Klubi
FR 21.11.2014 Jyväskylä (Finland) - Lutako
SA 22.11.2014 Helsinki (Finland) - Nosturi
AT THE GATES, GRAVE, MORBUS CHRON:
TH 27.11.2014 Göteborg (Sweden) - Trägårn
FR 28.11.2014 Stockholm (Sweden) - Arenan
SA 29.11.2014 Malmö (Sweden) - KB
AT THE GATES, TRIPTYKON, MORBUS CHRON:
TH 04.12.2014 London (UK) - Forum
FR 05.12.2014 Manchester (UK) - Academy 2
SA 06.12.2014 Glasgow (UK) - Garage
SU 07.12.2014 Birmingham (UK) - Academy
MO 08.12.2014 Cardiff (UK) - Solus
WE 10.12.2014 Essen (Germany) - Turock
TH 11.12.2014 Hamburg (Germany) - Markthalle
FR 12.12.2014 Eindhoven (The Netherlands) - Eindhoven Metal Meeting
SA 13.12.2014 Leipzig (Germany) - Conne Island
SU 14.12.2014 Wien (Austria) - Arena
TU 16.12.2014 Aarau (Switzerland) - Kiff
WE 17.12.2014 Munich (Germany - Backstage Werk
TH 18.12.2014 Antwerpen (Belgium) - Trix
FR 19.12.2014 Cologne (Germany) - Essigfabrik
SA 20.12.2014 Berlin (Germany) - Postbahnhof
AT THE GATES - Live 2015:
TH 08.01.2015 Istanbul (Turkey) - Jolly Joker
FR 09.01.2015 Athens (Greece) - Stage Volume 1
SA 10.01.2015 Thessaloniki (Greece) - Principal Club
SA 31.01.2015 Dublin (Ireland) - Academy
TH 26.02.2015 Oslo (Norway) - Vulkan Arena
FR 27.02.2015 Karlstad (Sweden) - Nöjesfabriken
SA 28.02.2015 Umeå (Sweden) - House Of Metal
FR 29.05.2015 Johannesburg (South Africa) - TBA
SA 30.05.2015 Cape Town (South Africa) - TBA
More touring as well as details for "At War With Reality" will be revealed soon...
AT THE GATES Line-Up:
Tomas Lindberg - Vocals
Anders Björler - Guitars
Martin Larsson - Guitars
Jonas Björler - Bass
Adrian Erlandsson - Drums
AT THE GATES Selected Discography:
Gardens Of Grief / EP - 1991
The Red In The Sky Is Ours - 1992
With Fear I Kiss The Burning Darkness - 1993
Terminal Spirit Disease - 1994
Slaughter Of The Soul - 1995
Purgatory Unleashed / Live - 2010
At War With Reality ¬- 2014
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