Hot on the heels of a new album announcement, Swedish melodic death metal pioneers, At The Gates have released the first single from that album. That single is called To Drink From the Night Itself and it is the title track of the new album. The album, To Drink From the Night Itself, will be released on the 18th of May via Century Media. Quick nod to the album artwork too, it was created by Costin Chioreanu and it is really cool.
To Drink From the Night Itself will be At The Gates’ follow up to 2014’s At War With Reality. We caught up them at a live show on that album’s tour cycle and you can read our thoughts on that here.
At The Gates in 2018, 28 years after originally forming (though with a 10 year hiatus in the middle), are still mostly made up of original members from 1990. Tomas Lindberg on vocals, Jonas Bjorler on bass and drummer Adrian Erlandsson all started off with the band in 1990. Rhythm guitarist Martin Larsson joined shortly after in 1993 whereas lead guitarist, Jonas Stalhammer recently joined up with them in 2017.
To Drink From the Night Itself is just under 3 and a half minutes long and is a crushing introduction to the new At The Gates. New At The Gates, thankfully, is a lot like old At The Gates with To Drink From the Night Itself sounding like a seamless continuation of the band. Chunky riffs, blazing drums and vicious vocals are the order of the day as To Drink From the Night Itself stays more on the “death” side of melodic death. Straight from the first note, the track kicks off with blistering drums, a thick bass line and fast riff. A shout from Lindberg sees the song stay heavy but settle into a proper head banging rhythm. The track passes in seconds as you happily lose yourself in the chaos and fury.
It is a cracking song and based upon this, the album To Drink From the Night Itself could be up there with the best of the year. To Drink From the Night Itself is a song to lose your shit to. To headbang to and get lost in the moment for 3 and a half minutes. Well played, well structured with solid riffs, gnarly vocals and impressive drumming. Not that I am surprised, this is At The Gates. This is what they do and they do it well.
To Drink From the Night Itself is available now at all the usual streaming services. You can also grab this track and more at the links below. There are no details released about preorders or the like yet but keep an eye on Century Media to find out when it will be up. You can also check out At The Gates on their Facebook page, Twitter and at their website.
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To Drink From the Night Itself by At The Gates (To Drink From the Night Itself)
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