AT THE GATES — The Red in the Sky Is Ours (review)

AT THE GATES — The Red in the Sky Is Ours album cover Album · 1992 · Death Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
4/5 ·
aiylyn
Progressive, prophetic, and blistering,

I'd heard often enough that this was the definitive ATG work (not surprising; a bands first album is often considered their best) but I wasted too much time before getting it - a shame because it is everything it is said to be and more. For those coming in from the Slaughter of the Soul end of things, this album is the complete opposite. There is less in the fast-tempo department and more room for odd rythms, turnaround patterns and weird time signatures; try tapping your foot to this! Several songs feature an extended violin break; at this time there was a full-time violinist in the band, a breath of fresh air for early 90's metal. Every song is vital and has a life of its own; if you're not yet an At the Gates fan, this is a great place to start.
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