Enlarge At the Gates with Andy La Rocque at Sonic Train Studio Photo credit: Peter Granberg

At the Gates Announces New Album The Nightmare of Being

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July 4 is an American holiday, but Sweden’s At the Gates are nonetheless doing their part to make sure it’s an especially joyous Independence Day: the band has announced that they’ll release their new album, The Nightmare of Being, on July 2 (via Century Media).

You can view the album art and track list below.

Vocalist Tomas Lindberg explains that the album’s lyrical subject matter is one near and dear to MetalSucks‘ heart:

“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… It still sounds like At the Gates, 100 percent. It is just more of everything.”

Pre-orders are launching April 30, so it’s safe to assume we’ll hear a new single then. So make sure you look both ways before crossing the street this month!

The Nightmare of Being was 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 AtG on their 2014 comeback album, At War With Reality. The album’s visual concept and album cover was developed by artist Eva Nahon.

The Nightmare of Being Track List

  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”
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