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Slaughter of the Soul [Limited Edition]

At The Gates, アット・ザ・ゲイツAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (March 25, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Earache Records
  • ASIN: B00140GXIS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,295 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Blinded by Fear
2. Slaughter of the Soul
3. Cold
4. Under a Serpent Sun
5. Into the Dead Sky
6. Suicide Nation
7. World of Lies
8. Unto Others
9. Nausea
10. Need
11. The Flames of the End
12. Legion [Slaughterlord Cover][*]
13. The Dying [#][*]
14. Captor of Sin [Slayer Cover][*]
15. Unto Others ['95 Demo][*]
16. Suicide Nation ['95 Demo][*]
17. Bistre Verklighet [No Security Cover][*]

Editorial Reviews

Reissue of their 1995 CD includes DVD with six bonus tracks and new artwork and liner notes by Tomas. The all time classic from Swedish Death Metal gods At the Gates with a bonus DVD. This is the band's first time ever on DVD format. The DVD features a brand new exclusive 35 minute documentary - 'The Making of Slaughter of the Soul'. The documentary sees the band return to Studio Fredman with producer Fredrik Nordstrom, as they reveal the full story of how their masterpiece was recorded. Includes bonus features such as the promo video for 'Blinded By Fear' and deleted scenes. At the Gates has long been revered as the blueprint for Swedish Death Metal in particular and is a noted influence on all of the current metalcore bands including Trivium, Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage and Shadows Fall.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An intense, landmark album December 29, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Unknown to many, the best metal of the last half of the 90's has come from Scandinavia, particularly Sweden. This now-defunct band was one of the first to break out internationally, with a style that combines death metal, Slayer, and Iron Maiden with original European influences. At the gates defined a distinct guitar sound, playing lots of notes in their riffs instead of just chords, hitting on a technical and varied sound that almost makes you forget this is extreme death metal. Tempos are almost all fast, thrashing insanely along with those galloping riffs. And the whole thing just knocks you over, this being the perfect blend of aggression and technicality. Before this album, I disliked most death metal, and couldn't stand non-singers, but this album's high-pitched screaming vocals are comprehensible and fit the music so well that they actually turned me into a fan of this style, and the lyrics are better than most death, exploring psychic pain and anguish instead of guts and gore. A great album, and unfortunately, the band's last. The drummer, bassist, and one of the guitarists would later resurface in the similar but not as good The Haunted.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost too good to be true December 7, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I wrote a four-star review of this album a while ago, saying I didn't find it as good as advertised, but since then I've come to appreciate it a lot more. Although the songs on "Slaughter of the Soul" are very accessible by death-metal standards, thanks to ample doses of melody, it's really the album's complexities that make it great. And while these nuances may not be readily apparent, given time they all emerge and come together to form one amazing album. Eventually I was able to appreciate the subtle changes in tempo, the killer guitar harmonies, the absurdly tight drumming, and the melding of melody and heaviness that At The Gates put into their music. The opener, "Blinded by Fear," crams about as much speed, heaviness, and intricacy into three minutes as is humanly possible, and the album rarely misses a step after that. And topping it all off is Tomas Lindberg, a unique vocalist whose throaty scream perfectly matches the intensity of the music. Now, making it even better, is a reissued version with some extra goodies for us fans. "Legion," their cover of a song by a band called Slaughterlord, is an excellent thrash song with lots of heavy riffing. "The Dying," the unreleased track from the "Slaughter of the Soul" sessions, isn't quite as good as the songs that made the album (makes sense) but it still rips. The real highlight of the extra tracks, though, is At The Gates's cover of Slayer's classic "Captor of Sin." With Tomas doing the vocals, it sounds as every bit as vicious and scary as the original (it's also nice to hear the band doing full-on guitar solos). There are also demo versions of the songs "Unto Others" and "World of Lies," which have a rawer (and in my opinion better) sound than the versions on the album. As a whole, the bonus songs make me more than happy that I traded in my copy of the original version of this album to buy the reissue. I encourage other fans to do the same.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but... June 2, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Well, I've listened to this album a number of times now, and it's proven difficult to come to a verdict on it. This album's hype and reputation precede it, and as in many cases it's been tough to reconcile an album's reputed greatness with what I actually hear coming from my speakers. Sure, the guitars are great, with lots of nice riffs and some terrific harmonic parts. The songwriting is also strong, as the band manages to inject melody into the death metal style with very little adulteration of the music's brute force. However, the bass is too often missing, and I don't find the drums to be anything especially interesting, especially not in comparison to the work of masters like Gene Hoglan, Pete Sandoval, and Paul Bostaph. This is definitely some high-quality music, but I don't see what makes THIS album more special than some of the other stuff that's come from Sweden in the past decade or so. At the Gates do, of course, deserve some credit for influence, as this album clearly provided at least a substantial part of the impetus for the direction Swedish metal took starting in the mid-1990's. Still, I just can't help but feel that this stuff has since been bettered by bands like Opeth, Amon Amarth, and The Crown; not to mention the fact that Death were churning out higher-quality progressive death metal years before "Slaughter of the Soul" came out. If you want to hear something in the same vein as this album, pick up the latest release from the Crown, "Crowned in Terror." That album features a more energetic vocal performance from Tomas Lindberg, as well as a lot more bass and vastly superior drumming.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The "Reign in Blood" of death metal December 18, 2000
Format:Audio CD
If there ever was an essential purchase for a death metal fan this album would be it. In the roots of the New Wave of Swedish Death Metal, At the Gates stood high above the rest. Although somewhat comparable in brutality and catchiness to "Clandestine" by Entombed, "Slaughter..." has much stronger songwriting and much more tighter and well-constructed songs. The sound here is fast, razor-sharp duel-guitar harmonies, pounding double-bass and shrieking, ungodly vocals. There's not a bad cut on the record even though some of the luster wears off by the end. At the time this was released this was the most brutal and complete death metal albums I had ever heard. If you don't own this, but it now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quick
I received this item in just 2 days after ordering it. I am very pleased with the seller andcondition of the cd. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kevin Ainscough
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Recommended 100%... The bluray is excellent, I've complete my collection...
All this, Because is At the gates!!!!!!!
And for today...
'Nuff Said
Published 5 months ago by Diego6sic6
1.0 out of 5 stars The Birth of Emo
This is like seeing Emo as a fetus in its fetid mother's womb, you just wish you could kill it and stomp it out before it gets strong and explodes out with its deranged fists and... Read more
Published 13 months ago by J.F. Carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars All Hail At the Gates!!!
The album is a top 20 greatest metal album of all time and in my personal top 10. How can you go wrong when it also comes with a bonus DVD? Read more
Published 16 months ago by Matt
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Record. 4.5.
This one does not bother me nearly as much as the previous albums. Finally their album sounds good. From the first two that sound absolutely awful to Terminal which is middling at... Read more
Published 21 months ago by crank
3.0 out of 5 stars Not that great
Hats off to them for making music. I am a staunch fan of "The Red" through "Terminal". However compared to the excitingness and unpredictableness of those albums, "Slaughter" is... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Lord THand
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Just what i heard about this cd, awsome,ive been listening to metal for quite a bit and this ia truly great.
Published on April 6, 2012 by Mario
5.0 out of 5 stars Only the dead are smiling...
...and this album will kill you with how freaking amazing it is. It is arguably the greatest album ever recorded. Read more
Published on February 15, 2012 by Joelvonius
3.0 out of 5 stars Streamlined and accessible At the Gates
On their fourth and final album, At The Gates modify their approach toward a more streamlined, accessible style of metal significantly at odds with the adventurous structures of... Read more
Published on July 16, 2011 by Grond
5.0 out of 5 stars peak performance
The convergence of speed/thrash, death and elements of doom all rolled up into one neat little package. If you are in search of serious metal then look no further than right here. Read more
Published on August 18, 2009 by John P. Gunn
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