Swedish melodic death metal pioneers AT THE GATES are now launching the first single off their upcoming album “The Nightmare Of Being” (Out July 2nd, 2021 via Century Media Records) to enhance today’s album pre-order start.
Check out the album’s epic opening track “Spectre of Extinction” via the album’s pre-order link here: https://atthegates.lnk.to/TheNightmareOfBeing
Additionally, look out for the special YouTube premiere of the video for “Spectre of Extinction” today Friday, April 30th at 6 PM CET with chat-participation of AT THE GATES vocalist Tomas Lindberg Redant here:
Tomas Lindberg Redant commented about “Spectre of Extinction”, a track which features a guest lead-guitar appearance by King Diamond guitarist Andy La Rocque, and its video clip, which was directed by Patric Ullaeus / www.rEvolver.se (Arch Enemy, In Flames, Dimmu Borgir, etc.), as follows:
“It is always very hard to choose which song to release to the public first, especially with this album having so many layers and textures. We did feel, however, that this, the opening track of the record, represented the overall feel of the album. It has the musical depths that you would expect from an AT THE GATES track, and still carries that intensity and urgency that we have always tried to get across with our music.
For the video, it was wonderful to be able to continue the work with the mighty Patric Ullaeus, as he understands our vision with the music and is willing to go all the way to portray the song’s inner dimensions. I think he did that excellently with this one and I’m very proud of the result. The lyrics deal with humanity’s will and how that clashes with our consciousness, and our knowledge of our mortality. Enjoy!”
While main parts for “The Nightmare Of Being” were 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 has previously worked with AT THE GATES on their “At War With Reality” comeback album from 2014. The album’s visual concept was developed by artist Eva Nahon.
The tracklisting of “The Nightmare Of Being” will be as follows:
- Spectre of Extinction
- The Paradox
- The Nightmare of Being
- Garden of Cyrus
- Touched by the White Hands of Death
- The Fall into Time
- Cult of Salvation
- The Abstract Enthroned
- Cosmic Pessimism
- Eternal Winter of Reason
The album’s limited deluxe 2LP+3CD Artbook (depicted in a mock below!) contains exclusive transparent blood red vinyl on 180g. and will include a 9-track Live LP & CD as well as an exclusive instrumental version of the entire “The Nightmare Of Being” album as bonus CD. It furthermore comes with an extended 32-page booklet, a double-sided A2 poster and 4 art prints. The album’s limited 2CD Mediabook comes with an extended 32-page booklet and a 9-track Live CD as bonus.
The tracklisting for the live bonus will be as follows:
- Red (King Crimson cover, Live at Roadburn)
- The Scar (Live at Roadburn)
- Koyaanisqatsi (Philip Glass cover, Live at Roadburn)
- The Burning Darkness (Live at Roadburn)
- Daggers of Black Haze (Live in Stockholm)
- Death and the Labyrinth (Live in San Francisco)
- A Stare Bound in Stone (Live in San Francisco)
- Heroes and Tombs (Live in San Francisco)
- The Night Eternal (Live in San Francisco)
The various formats are available for pre-order here: https://atthegates.lnk.to/TheNightmareOfBeing