3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2002
Grotesque spawned At the Gates, the godfathers of the Gothenburg sound. This early compilation rumbles magnificiently from track one to track fifteen, a lengthy CD in the world of fast and furious metal; this should be twice as long. Crisp licks, intricate harmony and vicious vocals only hint at the great things to come from this group, whose current configuration forms the core of The Haunted. If you are reading this review, you are curious about Gothenburg/Scandinavian metal and you WILL LOVE this album. Own it, and praise the Grand Demon.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2008
At the gates has music not ever heard before anywhere, it is darker, heavier and more gruesome than anything in its time period. If you don't like it than they can curse you for it is what I honestly get from this album. Grotesque supports the same cause, and puts out some real horror, gothic laced beginnings with outraged interruptions. I will not give it five stars 'cause it is not the future of music.
2 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2003
I had allways heard that At the gates were kings of gothenburg deathmetal but after picking up this album I began to doubt. Released in 91', this was maybe the first album to start the new wave from Sweden. It is not very good but it was very important for the genre back then. The music is not at all as advanced as it is on the next album. It sounds very dark and not as melodic as later albums. Yet it's a must have. At The Gates is a great band with many cool ideas. This Cd is not bad but unlike other bands from GBG, their debut wasn't that good. The developing proces from this to the next Cd released in 92'is enourmous. This is just a debut that sounds like a typical deathmetal cd of an okay deathmetalband. The next cd would be more complex and three times as good.