AT THE GATES Drops Music Video For New Single ‘The Paradox’

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Swedish melodic death metal pioneers AT THE GATES have released the second single off their upcoming album, “The Nightmare Of Being”, which will arrive on July 2 via Century Media Records. Check out the track “The Paradox” in a music video directed by Patric Ullaeus of rEvolver Film Company (ARCH ENEMYIN FLAMESDIMMU BORGIR).

AT THE GATES vocalist Tomas Lindberg comments: “Humanity is the biggest paradox. We as humans always want justification for the big things: death, the meaning of life, etc. Our knowledge of being mortals drives us away from being human, hence the paradox. We invent defense mechanisms to protect us from the thought of death, religion, different –isms, etc. The first time our producer Jens Bogren heard this song, he said, ‘This is a monster!’ It touches on some core parts of the AT THE GATES sound, but builds further, on top of that, some classic NWOBHM/MERCYFUL FATE vibes thrown in for good measure. It is a death metal song, but has its progressive moments.”

“This was a very fun video to record, as we tried to create most of the ‘special effects’ in an analog way, and not just to be added in the editing. Hence we were drenched in tons of crushed coal and soil, which took over a week and a lot of showers to get out of our hair, haha. We really wanted an oppressive, apocalyptic emotion for this video. And Patric Ullaeus, being the master that he is, went all the way to make that happen!”

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 previously worked with AT THE GATES on their 2014 comeback album “At War With Reality.‘ The album’s visual concept and album cover was developed by artist Eva Nahon.

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,” states AT THE GATES vocalist Tomas Lindberg Redant about the album concept.

Musically “The Nightmare Of Being” unveils a newly liberated and adventurous AT THE GATES with some of the bravest and most mesmerizing material they have ever written. Lindberg Redant adds, “It still sounds like AT THE GATES, 100 percent. It is just more of everything.”

‘The Nightmare of Being’ tracklist; 

  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

Pre-order the album at this location.

AT THE GATES is:

  • Adrian Erlandsson / Drums
  • Jonas Björler / Bass
  • Tomas Lindberg / Vocals
  • Jonas Stålhammar / Guitar
  • Martin Larsson / Guitar


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