Release date: 24 October 2014
Style: Gothenburg metal

Rating:

8.1 | 272 votes

Owners:

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Disc I
01. El Altar Del Dios Desconocido
02. Death And The Labyrinth
03. At War With Reality
04. The Circular Ruins
05. Heroes And Tombs
06. The Conspiracy Of The Blind
07. Order From Chaos
08. The Book Of Sand (The Abomination)
09. The Language Of The Dead [Limited Mediabook and Digipak edition bonus]
10. The Skin Of Fire [Limited Mediabook and Digipak edition bonus]
11. The Head Of The Hydra
12. City Of Mirrors
13. Eater Of Gods
14. Upon Pillars Of Dust
15. The Night Eternal

Disc II [Artbook edition bonus]
01. Language Of The Dead
02. The Skin Of A Fire
03. Re-Animation
04. Eater Of Gods

Disc III [DVD] [Artbook edition bonus] [5.1 Surrounded Mix]
01. El Altar Del Dios Desconocido
02. Death And The Labyrinth
03. At War With Reality
04. The Circular Ruins
05. Heroes And Tombs
06. The Conspiracy Of The Blind
07. Order From Chaos
08. 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

Top 20 albums of 2014: 16

Review
Lyrics (8)


Line-up
Tomas "Tompa" Lindberg - vocals
Anders Björler - guitars
Martin Larsson - guitars
Adrian Erlandsson - drums
Jonas Björler - bass

Guest musicians
Anton Reisenegger - spoken word (El Altar Del Dios Desconocido)


Additional info
Music by Anders Björler and Jonas Björler
Lyrics by Tomas "Tompa" Lindberg except El Altar Del Dios Desconocido which is taken from Ernesto Sabato's novel, Sobre héroes y tumbas (On Heroes and Tombs).
Recorded and Engineered by Fredrik Nordström, Henrik Udd
Recorded and Edited by Johan Henriksson
Mixed by Charlie Storm
Mastered by MK
Recorded (El Altar Del Dios Desconocido) by Danny Biggin
Mixed and Mastered by Jens Bogren
Produced by Fredrik Nordström
Artwork and Design by Costin Chioreanu


Release dates:
  • October 24: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland
  • October 27: North America, UK, Benelux, France, Belgium, Greece, Denmark, Portugal, Norway
  • October 29: Italy, Spain, Poland
  • October 24: Sweden, Japan

Formats:
  • Jewel Case CD (20 pages Booklet)
  • Limited Mediabook CD (40 pages booklet, 2 bonustracks & patch, CM Europe)
  • * Digipak CD (20 pages booklet, 2 bonustracks & patch, CM USA)
  • Limited 3-Disc Artbook (48 pages booklet, 4 bonustracks, 5.1 surround mix DVD & patch) / Limited to 3,000 copies
  • Cassette (Limited to 500 copies)
  • Digital Download
  • 2×10" Boxset (20 pages booklet & poster) / Limited to 1,000x copies worldwide from CM Distro
  • 12″ Gatefold 180gr LP (20 pages booklet & poster)

The 12" LP format coloured vinyl editions:
  • Black (Unlimited)
  • Transparent Red (Limited to 300x copies from CM Webshop Europe)
  • Dark Green (Limited to 500x copies from CM Distro Europe)
  • Clear (Limited to 500x copies for Sweden originally, but was distributed all over EU)
  • Solid Red (Limited to 500x copies for Sweden)
  • Lilac Marble (Limited to 100x copies from CM Distro USA)
  • Blue Marble (Limited to 200x copies from CM Distro USA)
  • Magenta Marble (Limited to 200x copies from CM Distro USA)
  • Ash Grey Marble (Limited to 500x copies from CM Distro USA)
  • Silver (Limited to 400x copies from CM USA)
  • Gold (Limited to 1,500x copies from CM USA)
  • White (Limited to 100x copies, exclusive MDF edition in the USA)

Staff review by
Mattybu

Rating:
N/A
Full disclosure: At The Gates is one of my favourite bands. And when I say that, I don't mean in my top 50. They are in the running for #1. It's been almost 20 years since the release of Slaughter Of The Soul, an album considered by many (myself included) to be one of the finest melodic death metal recordings ever. At last, they are back with a new album - At War With Reality.

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published 10.11.2014 | Comments (7)

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schlakt - 28.10.2014 at 17:16  
Rating: 9 Great album, maybe not the best mdm album of all time. but i will give it some more spins, maybe it will click after a while!
!J.O.O.E.! - 28.10.2014 at 17:19  
Rating: 5
Written by schlakt on 28.10.2014 at 17:16

Great album, maybe not the best mdm album of all time. but i will give it some more spins, maybe it will click after a while!

Are you trying to tell us something?
RavenEffect - 28.10.2014 at 17:21  
  Shitty Internet Connection or desperate spamcount
schlakt - 29.10.2014 at 00:11  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 28.10.2014 at 17:19

Written by schlakt on 28.10.2014 at 17:16

Great album, maybe not the best mdm album of all time. but i will give it some more spins, maybe it will click after a while!

Are you trying to tell us something?

That the album was extremly hyped and that some people consider it being the best metal comeback album of all time (at least what i have read on the comments of several metalsites). What im saying is that i am going to listen through it some more times before i make a proper judgement.
!J.O.O.E.! - 29.10.2014 at 00:13  
Rating: 5
Written by schlakt on 29.10.2014 at 00:11

That the album was extremly hyped and that some people consider it being the best metal comeback album of all time (at least what i have read on the comments of several metalsites). What im saying is that i am going to listen through it some more times before i make a proper judgement.

Yeah, that's not what I was talking about. You might want to look up the page a bit to the clusterfuck of comment spam you splayed over the page
schlakt - 29.10.2014 at 00:13  
Rating: 9
Written by schlakt on 29.10.2014 at 00:11

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 28.10.2014 at 17:19

Written by schlakt on 28.10.2014 at 17:16

Great album, maybe not the best mdm album of all time. but i will give it some more spins, maybe it will click after a while!

Are you trying to tell us something?

That the album was extremly hyped and that some people consider it being the best metal comeback album of all time (at least what i have read on the comments of several metalsites). What im saying is that i am going to listen through it some more times before i make a proper judgement.

Holy shit, had no idea It was published so many times, sorry my internet connection is strange from time to time haha
nocty - 29.10.2014 at 06:56  
Rating: 10
Written by BloodJuNkie on 27.10.2014 at 13:50

I like the end of the album. I need to give it more listens to fully judge on it though. But the last 5 tracks are AWESOME!

after the third listen on my wireless headphones around the house it was all coming together,i had book of sands and head of hydra ,then the rest,which means no bad song on the album=top 3 of the year and in the top 10 of the century for me.
deadone - 29.10.2014 at 07:24  
  Total suckage - local shop doesn't have it so I have to wait for order! Only heard 2 songs so far - 1 is good and other is so far so-so.
Timo1990 - 29.10.2014 at 09:36  
Rating: 9 I had it already on 24 october and now after a couple of days i can say its a great album, but not as great as Slaughter of the soul
Daniell - 29.10.2014 at 10:03  
Rating: 7 This album is a nice reminder of how good a band At the Gates used to be. Sadly, it's not nearly as good as their back catalogue. Still, a decent, albeit a tad uninspired listen. I'd rate it with a 6.8.
Spacerunner - 29.10.2014 at 15:58  
  Just boring.
Gelati - 29.10.2014 at 16:09  
Rating: 7 I think it's important to take a step back and evaluate this album to best you can as an independent entity. I wasn't really around in the scene when At the Gates were really storming it and I've recieved a lot of heckling over the years for saying they're overrated but I feel that's a relative term. A group can be overrated but still good. I've just never seen them as the gods that some people portray them as.

Speaking as someone that was removed from the "legendary At the Gates are releasing their first album in forever' crowd I can say that this was a pretty solid album and I'm glad they seem to have retained their sound even so many years removed from their last effort. It's awesome hearing that sound with modern production tools. "At War With Reality" is a very solid album. Good enough to put it up there for consideration as one of the best melo-death albums this year even though I personally think 'Shadows of the Dying Sun' outperforms it.

Just make sure you take a step back and evaluate how good this is on it's own (which it is) and not just "because its At the Gates."

Rating pending for after I give it a few more spins.
Lord_Agony - 29.10.2014 at 16:17  
Rating: 9 Glorious album, orgasmic, love it
Vityaz - 29.10.2014 at 19:49  
Rating: 10 Cant stop listen to
Ace Frawley - 29.10.2014 at 22:17  
Rating: 8 This is the latest addition to my album collection and after five spins, I'm really enjoying this one. Rating pending but it will be a high rating because I think this is a really good album.
Joe Zombie - 30.10.2014 at 08:58  
Rating: 10 I love this album and highly enjoy every track. To me that is deserving of a 10, and I don't like to hand those out often. Memorable riffs and great vocals as usual from Tomas. Not disappointed one bit. Worth the wait!
joshsteph - 30.10.2014 at 09:24  
Rating: 9 Just finished listening to it, and I find it really good. A great 21st century continuation of where they were with Slaughter Of The Soul. Reading some negative comments about it made me ask, what could they do more than this? Great riffs, really good melodies, every song is well written, well structured. I don't think they wanted to revolutionize something with this album, they just did what they are known for.
Sword_Chant - 30.10.2014 at 21:39  
Rating: 8 I can't decide what rating to give this at the minute. Few more listens are in order!
knightlightning - 31.10.2014 at 01:49  
Rating: 9
Written by joshsteph on 30.10.2014 at 09:24

I don't think they wanted to revolutionize something with this album, they just did what they are known for.


Bingo!
Ace Frawley - 31.10.2014 at 11:29  
Rating: 8
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 16.10.2014 at 15:40

I'm not sure what's more flat: the songs, the production or the vocals. I think Heroes And Tombs and The Conspiracy Of The Blind are the only things I enjoyed on this


Yep, par for the course. Just waiting now for Marcel to say how average he finds it.
!J.O.O.E.! - 31.10.2014 at 11:42  
Rating: 5
Written by Ace Frawley on 31.10.2014 at 11:29


Yep, par for the course. Just waiting now for Marcel to say how average he finds it.

Can already confirm he feels more or less the same way.
Traezeus - 31.10.2014 at 21:59  
Rating: 8 Solid release. Not the best of 2014 but I'm enjoying it thus far.
The Benighted - 31.10.2014 at 23:49  
Rating: 8 Composition-wise, this is incredibly consistent. Does it read like an extension of SotS? Yes and no. There are nods to their older works all over the album, but it reads more like a properly planned sequel to it than anything else. My only main complaint is with the production job; It sucks. Modern metal needs to understand why it can't just thin and lift everything. It ends up sounding plastic and weak, and there's no real "punch" anywhere.

Other than that, what is up Lindberg's vocals? He sounds buried in the mix, like they're trying to cover up his slightly less fearsome performance. I'm almost worried he's losing his voice :/
JaviML - 02.11.2014 at 22:08  
Rating: 9 I really liked it, has more variations that previous albums lacked, with old school Gothenburg Metal riffs but more melodies and bridges, resulting less tedious. The production is awesome, making every instrument sound clear. Someone already said they didn't invent anything, rather improve what they know.
Vombatus - 03.11.2014 at 20:56  
  This reminds me of the last Carcass album... legendary band releasing something after a very long period, so massive hype, but ends up being completely uninspired, boring, overproduced and safe sounding that gets lots of positive feedback because of the name and the label they have behind.
I can't listen to albums like these anymore, I'd die of boredom.
Gelati - 03.11.2014 at 22:46  
Rating: 7
Written by Vombatus on 03.11.2014 at 20:56

This reminds me of the last Carcass album... legendary band releasing something after a very long period, so massive hype, but ends up being completely uninspired, boring, overproduced and safe sounding that gets lots of positive feedback because of the name and the label they have behind.
I can't listen to albums like these anymore, I'd die of boredom.


You know I actually had this exact predisposition heading in and it took me a second listen and me telling myself to just listen to it as if it wasn't them. I'm normally really good at looking at an album in isolation but I just couldn't bring myself to do it until the second time through on this one. After another listen it's quite solid. Nothing revolutionary or anything, just sweet, catchy riffs.

There are always a few albums every year that I like for seemingly no rhyme or reason based on the sort of filter I've developed for myself based on the things I personally like and this is one of them now. Last year it was Alter Bridge and a few others. This yera it's this, the new In Flames (it's not that bad come on people), and prolly some others by years end. Not usually my cup of tea as I tend to like harmonically complex, progressive stylings and more creative structures but once in awhile, SIMPLICITY IS BLISS.
Ace Frawley - 04.11.2014 at 03:00  
Rating: 8 Enjoying this a lot - really glad they are back. My favourite comeback album since Alice in Chains released Black Gives Way to Blue in 2009.
!J.O.O.E.! - 04.11.2014 at 03:18  
Rating: 5
Written by Ace Frawley on 04.11.2014 at 03:00

Alice in Chains released Black Gives Way to Blue in 2009.

Probably one of the few comebacks which actually contained the soul of the early work, and not just the form.
deadone - 04.11.2014 at 03:24  
 
Written by Ace Frawley on 04.11.2014 at 03:00

Enjoying this a lot - really glad they are back. My favourite comeback album since Alice in Chains released Black Gives Way to Blue in 2009.



Didn't like Carcass' new one?
Ace Frawley - 04.11.2014 at 03:51  
Rating: 8
Written by deadone on 04.11.2014 at 03:24

Written by Ace Frawley on 04.11.2014 at 03:00

Enjoying this a lot - really glad they are back. My favourite comeback album since Alice in Chains released Black Gives Way to Blue in 2009.



Didn't like Carcass' new one?


Didn't hate it but didn't like it a lot. Not like this one. I still rate Black Gives Way to Blue the greatest comeback album of all time.
deadone - 04.11.2014 at 04:04  
 
Written by Ace Frawley on 04.11.2014 at 03:51


Didn't hate it but didn't like it a lot. Not like this one.


Fair enough.

Quote:
I still rate Black Gives Way to Blue the greatest comeback album of all time.


I thought it was ok - nothing spectacular but better than most.

My favourite comeback albums would be:

1. Anthrax - Worship Music
2. Carcass - Surgical Steel
3. Gorefest - La Muerte
4. Onslaught - Killing Peace


From what I've heard, At War With Reality might be a distant 5.
RattleSnake - 04.11.2014 at 09:38  
  GREAT ALBUM .. Well done.
Ilham - 04.11.2014 at 12:08  
 
Written by Ace Frawley on 04.11.2014 at 03:51

Didn't hate it but didn't like it a lot. Not like this one. I still rate Black Gives Way to Blue the greatest comeback album of all time.

I second that.
!J.O.O.E.! - 04.11.2014 at 13:10  
Rating: 5
Written by Vombatus on 03.11.2014 at 20:56

This reminds me of the last Carcass album... legendary band releasing something after a very long period, so massive hype, but ends up being completely uninspired, boring, overproduced and safe sounding that gets lots of positive feedback because of the name and the label they have behind.
I can't listen to albums like these anymore, I'd die of boredom.

So much this. It's not like I had any expectation of this record, I really didn't, but I will probably never listen to this again.
Vombatus - 05.11.2014 at 00:55  
 
Written by Gelati on 03.11.2014 at 22:46

You know I actually had this exact predisposition heading in and it took me a second listen and me telling myself to just listen to it as if it wasn't them.


I didn't really make the link between both bands until I was half way the album and felt a fervent desire to turn it off... and it was the same feeling with Surgical Steel (hence why the comparison clicked immediately afterwards). A second spin won't change much, I simply no longer enjoy this kind of boring soulless modern melodeath stuff.
Gelati - 05.11.2014 at 05:23  
Rating: 7
Quote:
Didn't hate it but didn't like it a lot. Not like this one. I still rate Black Gives Way to Blue the greatest comeback album of all time.


Black Gives Way to Blue as well as Time I by Wintersun are probably the most successful at pulling off the comeback.
Ozman - 05.11.2014 at 13:49  
 
Quote:
Written by Gelati on 05.11.2014 at 05:23

Didn't hate it but didn't like it a lot. Not like this one. I still rate Black Gives Way to Blue the greatest comeback album of all time.


Black Gives Way to Blue as well as Time I by Wintersun are probably the most successful at pulling off the comeback.



How is Time I a comeback album? Wintersun never split up.
Kuroboshi - 06.11.2014 at 21:06  
Rating: 8
Quote:
Written by Ozman on 05.11.2014 at 13:49

Written by Gelati on 05.11.2014 at 05:23

Didn't hate it but didn't like it a lot. Not like this one. I still rate Black Gives Way to Blue the greatest comeback album of all time.


Black Gives Way to Blue as well as Time I by Wintersun are probably the most successful at pulling off the comeback.



How is Time I a comeback album? Wintersun never split up.

That and calling Time 1 successful.
Shadowcross - 07.11.2014 at 10:49  
Rating: 9 It hardly reinvents the wheel but as a follow up to SotS it's a very decent album.
I wouldn't say AotY tho.
Some tracks sound like 10/10, others more like 7/10 towards the end of the album IMO. The production is fine to my ears.
Valiant follow up and gets a 9/10 overall from me, as I am a fanboy
Gelati - 09.11.2014 at 05:35  
Rating: 7
Quote:
Written by Kuroboshi on 06.11.2014 at 21:06

Written by Ozman on 05.11.2014 at 13:49

Written by Gelati on 05.11.2014 at 05:23

Didn't hate it but didn't like it a lot. Not like this one. I still rate Black Gives Way to Blue the greatest comeback album of all time.


Black Gives Way to Blue as well as Time I by Wintersun are probably the most successful at pulling off the comeback.



How is Time I a comeback album? Wintersun never split up.

That and calling Time 1 successful.


Mostly referring to the fact that there was 8 years between albums.
deadone - 11.11.2014 at 06:05  
  On first listen this sounds quite good to my ears. Definitely following on from Slaughter Of The Soul. And definitely far better than new The Haunted.
.:Nataras:. - 16.11.2014 at 23:20  
Rating: 7 It has not even one memorable song!
Kuroboshi - 18.11.2014 at 15:08  
Rating: 8 Very catchy and sweet riffs, but very forgettable as well... Unlike their earlier albums. Will give it a few spins, but hardly the best comeback of all time-stuff.

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