by MythofRock

Swedish melodic death metal pioneers At The Gates have recently completed the recordings and preparations for their upcoming new studio album and can now reveal that it will be entitled “The Nightmare Of Being” and that it will be released on July 2nd, 2021 via Century Media Records.

While main parts for “The Nightmare Of Being” were recorded in several different Swedish studios – Drums at Studio Gröndal with Jens Bogren, guitars and bass with Andy La Rocque at Sonic Train Studio and vocals at Welfare Sounds with Per Stålberg –, the album was mixed and mastered at Fascination Street Studios (Amon Amarth, Opeth, Kreator, etc.) by Jens Bogren, who has previously worked with At The Gates on their “At War With Reality” comeback album in 2014. The album’s visual concept (The frontcover is to be seen above!) was developed by artist Eva Nahon.

At The Gates vocalist Tomas Lindberg Redant checked in with the following comment about the album’s concept: “The overall theme deals with the topic of pessimism, and I have been diving deep down in pessimistic philosophers. Trying to understand this way of looking at the world. It is not a negative album, more a gateway into new ideas for me personally, trying out different perspectives. You could call the album an introduction to pessimism as a concept, I guess. It is a very dark album, but not negative…” 

And musically, while “The Nightmare Of Being” unveils a newly liberated and adventurous At The Gates via some of the bravest and most mesmerising material they have ever written, Lindberg Redant adds: “It still sounds like At The Gates, 100 percent. It is just more of everything….”

The album’s standard tracklisting will be as follows:

1. Spectre of Extinction
2. The Paradox
3. The Nightmare of Being
4. Garden of Cyrus
5. Touched by the White Hands of Death
6. The Fall into Time
7. Cult of Salvation
8. The Abstract Enthroned
9. Cosmic Pessimism
10. Eternal Winter of Reason

Further details about “The Nightmare Of Being” and its various formats will be revealed on April 30th, 2021 with the start of the album’s pre-order campaign – So mark your calendars!

Stay tuned for more news on At The Gates and “The Nightmare Of Being” coming soon…

23.-26.06.2021 Nummijärvi (Finland) – Nummirock Metal Festival
07.-10.07.2021 Ballenstadt (germany) – Rock Harz Festival
15.-17.07.2021 Gävle (Sweden) – Gefle Metal Festival
15.-18.07.2021 Anyksciai (Lithuania) – Devilstone Festival
25.-31.07.2021 Tolmin (Slovenia) – MetalDays
29.-31.07.2021 Wacken (Germany) – Wacken Open Air

And many more to be announced soon…


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