At The Gates - Slaughter Of The Soul


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Release date: 14 November 1995
Style: Gothenburg metal

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Disc I [CD]
01. Blinded By Fear
02. Slaughter Of The Soul
03. Cold
04. Under A Serpent Sun
05. Into The Dead Sky
06. Suicide Nation
07. World Of Lies
08. Unto Others
09. Nausea
10. Need
11. The Flames Of The End
12. Legion [Slaughter Lord cover] [2002 re-issue bonus]
13. The Dying [2002 re-issue bonus]
14. Captor Of Sin [Slayer cover] [2002 re-issue bonus]
15. Unto Others ['95 demo] [2002 re-issue bonus]
16. Suicide Nation ['95 demo] [2002 re-issue bonus]
17. Bister Verklighet [No Security cover] [2002 re-issue bonus]

Disc II [2006 re-issue DVD]
+ Making Of "Slaughter Of The Soul"
+ Documentary
+ Blinded By Fear [video]

Top 20 albums of 1995: 6
Top 200 albums of all time: 72

Additional info
Re-release in 2002. Re-released again in 2006, including the bonus tracks from the 2002 rerelease + a bonus DVD.

Guest review by
gojko88
Rating:
9.8
This album has no review 12 years after its release?! Well, I cannot just let that be, can I? I mean, kids have to learn what a milestone this is in the history of death metal... Others already know what I'm talking about!

OK, first of all, this is one of the "Big Three" of the year 1995 (other 2 being In Flames' "The Jester Race" and Dark Tranquillity's "The Gallery"), which are easily the best melodeath albums ever and influence all of the new genres that many hail today. This album is a logical (although not predictable) step from At The Gates' previous album "Terminal Spirit Disease," when they first incorporated the new, more melodic approach into their music. Here, the sound was developed and polished to the max, yet without losing the aggressive edge they always had and you could say that it's a perfect balance. The consequence of all this is increased accessibility to their generally extreme music. From the legendary opener "Blinded By Fear" (which was the most popular and played video on MTV's Headbanger's Ball ever) to the strange neo-classical instrumental "The Flames Of The End," this is a true masterpiece - full stop. It would be rather pointless to describe or recommend specific songs, since the entire album flows really nice and the quality bar never drops. This may cause the album to sound slightly repetitive at first listen but only until you get to know the songs a little better; then it won't get out of your CD player (or iPod) for weeks, if not months. You'll feel shivers each time you play "Blinded By Fear," headbang with "Nausea" and jump with "Need" (hell, I just made recommendations)... And as if it wasn't enough, the album was reissued with bonus tracks (including unreleased and demo tracks and some covers, e.g. Slayer's "Captor Of Sin" which is fantastic) and even a 35-minute video with the singer Tomas Lindberg, guitarist Martin Larsson and the producer Fredrik Nordstrom.

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09.04.2013 - 20:15
Rating: 9
JÄY
Metal slave
Written by Alex F on 09.04.2013 at 16:22

Written by bblitz on 09.04.2013 at 15:24

Very good album,very aggressive evil melodic death metal.But not even close to the greatness of Heartwork and Gallery.

Nothing At The Gates have made has been particularly evil (except maybe their debut EP), and this album is certainly not aggressive. If this comment was on one their earlier album's pages I would agree with it.

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09.04.2013 - 20:26
Rating: 8
bblitz
Evil metal should be new genre in music...:devil:
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17.02.2014 - 09:18
Rating: 7
NorthernDickhead
Written by bblitz on 09.04.2013 at 20:26

Evil metal should be new genre in music...:devil:

Evil?...this?....................................
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11.08.2014 - 14:07
Rating: 7
MichaelAngeloT
Indeed overrated album... i've listened to it many times and the i finally realized how average this album is... the only reason i rated it with 7 is cause i have respect for the band and especially for some of its members
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11.08.2014 - 14:25
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by MichaelAngeloT on 11.08.2014 at 14:07

Indeed overrated album... i've listened to it many times and the i finally realized how average this album is... the only reason i rated it with 8 is cause i have respect for the band and especially for some of its members



You say you find it averaage (which would be a 6), you say you rated it 8, but it clearly says 7 under your name
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05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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11.08.2014 - 14:29
Rating: 7
MichaelAngeloT
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 11.08.2014 at 14:25

Written by MichaelAngeloT on 11.08.2014 at 14:07

Indeed overrated album... i've listened to it many times and the i finally realized how average this album is... the only reason i rated it with 8 is cause i have respect for the band and especially for some of its members



You say you find it averaage (which would be a 6), you say you rated it 8, but it clearly says 7 under your name


i made a mistake dude, i meant (7) !!!! average (6) + (1) for the respect i have for Bjorler brothers = (7)
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11.08.2014 - 14:31
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by MichaelAngeloT on 11.08.2014 at 14:29

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 11.08.2014 at 14:25

Written by MichaelAngeloT on 11.08.2014 at 14:07

Indeed overrated album... i've listened to it many times and the i finally realized how average this album is... the only reason i rated it with 8 is cause i have respect for the band and especially for some of its members



You say you find it averaage (which would be a 6), you say you rated it 8, but it clearly says 7 under your name


i made a mistake dude, i meant (7) !!!! average (6) + (1) for the respect i have for Bjorler brothers = (7)


Aha that explains it
Respect for people don't gain them a bonus point in my books
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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11.08.2014 - 14:37
Rating: 7
MichaelAngeloT
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 11.08.2014 at 14:31

Aha that explains it
Respect for people don't gain them a bonus point in my books


yeh i get you, normally i dont rate albums by respect but this time i think it deserves it cause these two are big musicians
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21.10.2014 - 04:28
razerjack
Near perfect album for me, though I could also see why it's a bit bland for some.
This and Heartwork are both 10s in my book.
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27.12.2014 - 14:58
Rating: 7
Hex_Omega
Gem Seeker
One of the most overrated albums of all-time. An 'ok' album but The Gallery or The Jester Race are miles better.
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27.12.2014 - 15:02
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Written by Hex_Omega on 27.12.2014 at 14:58

One of the most overrated albums of all-time. An 'ok' album but The Gallery or The Jester Race are miles better.

When you consider how influential this album is for modern day (melodic) metalcore it's safe to say this album isn't really overrated.
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27.12.2014 - 15:05
Rating: 7
Hex_Omega
Gem Seeker
Written by Guest on 27.12.2014 at 15:02

Written by Hex_Omega on 27.12.2014 at 14:58

One of the most overrated albums of all-time. An 'ok' album but The Gallery or The Jester Race are miles better.

When you consider how influential this album is for modern day (melodic) metalcore it's safe to this album isn't really overrated.

Because of that fact I don't like this album even more.
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27.12.2014 - 15:07
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Written by Hex_Omega on 27.12.2014 at 15:05


Because of that fact I don't like this album even more.

Well that's your prerogative, but that alone doesn't make it overrated =P I much prefer Jester Race and even more so, The Gallery, but it's not like those albums really inspired or influenced offshoot movements. In fact I can't think of any albums that really sound like The Gallery.
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27.12.2014 - 15:18
Rating: 7
Hex_Omega
Gem Seeker
Written by Guest on 27.12.2014 at 15:07

Written by Hex_Omega on 27.12.2014 at 15:05


Because of that fact I don't like this album even more.

Well that's your prerogative, but that alone doesn't make it overrated =P I much prefer Jester Race and even more so, The Gallery, but it's not like those albums really inspired or influenced offshoot movements. In fact I can't think of any albums that really sound like The Gallery.

I get your point, but on the other hand we shouldn't give a higher rate to the album just because it is influential. We should rate it as it is - musically.
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27.12.2014 - 15:23
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Written by Hex_Omega on 27.12.2014 at 15:18

I get your point, but on the other hand we shouldn't give a higher rate to the album just because it is influential. We should rate it as it is - musically.

Ratings are fine, but when you go down the "overrated" route it's sort of hard to justify it without comparing it to something at least vaguely measurable or observable, like influence. I would call Venom absolute dog shit musically but I wouldn't call them overrated (early works anyway) because of their influence.
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27.12.2014 - 15:28
Rating: 7
Hex_Omega
Gem Seeker
Written by Guest on 27.12.2014 at 15:23

Written by Hex_Omega on 27.12.2014 at 15:18

I get your point, but on the other hand we shouldn't give a higher rate to the album just because it is influential. We should rate it as it is - musically.

Ratings are fine, but when you go down the "overrated" route it's sort of hard to justify it without comparing it to something at least vaguely measurable or observable, like influence. I would call Venom absolute dog shit musically but I wouldn't call them overrated (early works anyway) because of their influence.

Yes, Venom is a good example. Very influential, but it doesn't mean that it is also very good.
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27.12.2014 - 15:31
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Written by Hex_Omega on 27.12.2014 at 15:28

Yes, Venom is a good example. Very influential, but it doesn't mean that it is also very good.

Indeed. I would say At The Gates are at least competent though, and manage some good variety across most of their albums.

I'd say the new AtG album is already overrated though. It's basically a poor man's rehash of this album in every way.
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27.12.2014 - 16:16
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Guest on 27.12.2014 at 15:31


I'd say the new AtG album is already overrated though. It's basically a poor man's rehash of this album in every way.


Compare that one to Carcass - Surgical Steel Totally in the same ballpark when it comes to overratedness and it being a poor man's rehash of other albums of theirs in every way
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Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
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27.12.2014 - 16:18
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Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 27.12.2014 at 16:16


Compare that one to Carcass - Surgical Steel Totally in the same ballpark when it comes to overratedness and it being a poor man's rehash of other albums of theirs in every way

Couldn't agree more. I find it hard to believe that in a few years time anyone will give a crap about those albums. Instead people will just go back to talking about said band's "classic" albums.
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18.11.2015 - 17:55
Rating: 7
TrueMetalJope
As a NOT huge fan of any ATG album I don't see this album much worse or better than their other highly appreciated albums. Sure this is different than the other stuff they've made, but many of the songs and the riffs still work here. Though why I wouldn't dare to rate this album any higher is due to the homogeneous nature that the majority of these songs have. Especially the beginning of the album sounds almost like same song over and over again.
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07.04.2016 - 19:10
Rating: 7
Hex_Omega
Gem Seeker
The most overrated melodeath album ever. It's far from The Gallery or The Jester Race or even Amon Amarth debut album.
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17.11.2017 - 23:55
Rating: 7
Liafev
Don't know why I still couldn't get into this one. Melodic Death has been my top genre for years now, and there's not many "big" names in the scene that I don't listen to. But each time I tried At The Gates, I quit after two tracks, feeling bored .. I don't see much aggressivity in this, except the drum blasts at times, and the melodies don't catch me that much ..

But hey, it took me years to appreciate some bands, maybe it'll come one day for this one. I just thought I'd give it a rating cause I feel I gave it enough tries to know I don't like it now, that's a low 7 for me now.
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26.11.2017 - 03:34
Rating: 9
TeachNThrash
The Slaughterlord cover on the re-release is great.
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