Power of Metal.dk Review

At the Gates
At War With Reality
Style: Death Metal
Release date: 27 October, 2014
Playing time: 44:25

Like I already wrote in my review of the new Sanctuary album it is always a risk to record a new album after a reunion. Fans want an album that is at least as good as the band's best albums. It has taken 19 years and now the big moment is there. After the reunion the band waited 4 years to release a new album and is it what we all hope for?

With a new album it is like it is with a soccer team or an athlete; you are only as good as your last performance. The best album of the band is of course 'Slaughter of the Soul' and with the same line-up and producer (Frederik Nordström) the band has recorded this new album. If I compare this one with the latest other reunion albums of bands like Carcass and Sanctuary, I have to admit that this one is the least surprising of the three. The album is packed with well written songs in the melodic death metal style we know from the band and there isn't any weak song or disappointing moments. The vocals of Tomas Lindberg are as raspy and aggressive as always and the guitar riffs and soli have a lot in common with their 'Slaughter' album. However, after one spin I wasn't really surprised or overwhelmed by the album, a safe effort with no surprises was my first impression. Listening a few times more I got more enthusiastic about the songs and came to the conclusion that there are several songs with very strong riffs and that every At the Gates fan can buy this album with his hands tied.

Not that it will top their 'Slaughter' album, but this album certainly will come in second place.

01. El Altar Del Dios Desconocido
Death and the Labyrinth
At War With Reality
The Circular Ruins
Heroes and Tombs
The Conspiracy of the Blind
Order From Chaos
The Book of Sand (The Abomination)
09. The Head of the Hydra
10. City of Mirrors
11. Eater of Gods
12. Upon Pillars of Dust
13. The Night Eternal
Label: Century Media
Distribution: Universal (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 24 October, 2014
Website: www.facebook.com/atthegatesofficial