At the Gates Get New Guitarist & Festival Gigs

Deathcore playing sell-outs At the Gates got a new guitarist to replace Anders Björler so that the sell-outs can pickpocket their long suffering fans once more.

Jonas Stålhammar played lead guitar and the mellotron in God Macabre so he might do some cool stuff but the new record will of course most probably still be more GRID than God Macabre.

Swedish melodic Death Metal pioneers AT THE GATES are in the final stages of preparation for their upcoming new album, following up 2014’s acclaimed comeback release, “At War With Reality”.

After the departure announcement of founding guitarist Anders Björler in March, the group is now not only ready to give a comprehensive update on the new album’s status, but they can also announce the newest addition to their line-up ranks…

AT THE GATES are back!

“We have finally decided on a new guitar player, and we are ready to rip again! Actually he was our first choice, and we are happy to have him on board. Jonas Stålhammar has been a friend since the late eighties (Tomas used to tape trade with him back then!), and our paths have crossed many times during our careers.

We were looking for someone who had the same reference points as we do, someone from the same path, so to say, who understand the greatness of both Autopsy and King Crimson. Of course it was essential that our new member could fill the shoes of Anders’ performance-wise as well, but that was never an issue with Jonas. We were looking for someone with a deep understanding of what AT THE GATES are about, someone who could contribute creatively to the band.

Jonas Stålhammar will be a full member from day one, and will play on the upcoming full length album, scheduled for recording in November 2017 – January 2018.

We currently have 11 songs ready for said album, and are more inspired than perhaps ever before. You can expect a full-on AT THE GATES record with all the classic elements of the band. It is by far the most comprehensive album of the band to date, and will span all the way across the different elements of the band’s sound.

We are super-excited for 2018. It will be a good year for AT THE GATES, and our fans, for sure.”

AT THE GATES 2017 are
(From left to right on photo above)
Adrian Erlandsson – Drums
Jonas Björler – Bass
Tomas Lindberg – Vocals
Jonas Stålhammar – Guitar
Martin Larsson – Guitar

Jonas Stålhammar (pictured above) is currently a member of The Lurking Fear, Crippled Black Phoenix, Bombs Of Hades and God Macabre. He has previously played in Abhoth, Utumno and Macabre End.

Additionally, AT THE GATES have just announced their first live shows for 2018 to be as follows:

AT THE GATES – Live 2018
02.-04.03.2018 Tilburg (The Netherlands) – Netherlands Deathfest
13.-15.07.2018 Gävle (Sweden) – Gefle Metal Fest
Many more dates to be announced soon…

AT THE GATES’ latest album, “At War With Reality”, which came out in late 2014 via CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS|\, marked a first new studio album effort in 19 years for AT THE GATES and managed to enter the charts in several countries upon release, including the following positions: Sweden: # 3, Germany: # 25, USA: # 53, Finland: # 15, Austria: # 39, Switzerland: # 51, UK: #132, UK Rock Charts: # 13, France: # 119 or also Japan Oricon International: # 17.

Feel free to to re-visit the various video clips produced for “At War With Reality”:
“Death And The Labyrinth”:
“Heroes And Tombs”:
“The Book Of Sand (The Abomination)”:
“The Night Eternal”:
“The Circular Ruins”:

“At War With Reality” is available from CM Distro:

Further details and updates on the progress of the upcoming album will be following soon…


Here’s Terminal Spirit Disease, a slightly better At the Gates album that of course does not live up to their actually good ones with Alf Svensson:

Here’s The Winterlong, which is much, much better of course:

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21 thoughts on “At the Gates Get New Guitarist & Festival Gigs”

  1. Nom de plume says:

    “so that the sell-outs can pickpocket their long suffering fans once more.”
    Damn, you a savage son

  2. John Connor in the gaytrix says:

    God Macabre wasn’t good and The Lurking Fear is just bad!

  3. neutronhammer says:

    Daniel, What’s GRID? Thanks

    1. Gay-Related Immune Deficiency

  4. asdfghjkl says:

    Nice Magma shirt. Who would’ve thought a sudden interest in 70s prog/art rock would become the metal version of a midlife crisis?

    1. Spinal says:

      He wouldn’t wear a YES-shirt, would he?

  5. Gorgowocoa says:

    well Im looking forward to seeing them rip it up with the live shows at least

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  7. Trashchunk says:

    Fucking hipster faggots, all that old Swedish and Finnish death metal was made by highschool kids that quickly either dropped their band (soooo many one demo/one album bands from that time) to go to school or they kept doing their band and had to sell out fast if they wanted to play those big stages. It is safe to say the bands that stuck it out are total fucking losers who can’t even remember what got them into death metal in the first place. They’ve spent so much time fine tuning their sounds to cater to trends and metal fest audiences (a sonic soup of a little of everything we’ve seen that’s popular that sounds like nothing at all) they’ve morphed into the uber-useless. And they look faggy on top of it, why is there something uncanny in how anyone involved in this band looks like a record store indie rock faggot? But how about this site still posting shit about this band? How come there are so many underground bands people are into that this site never even touches on? Not for validation, just there’s just a rich glut of whats currently actually popular and touring that never gets touched on here. You guys could be stirring up way more shit.

    1. At the Gates is news. Most of what’s currently popular is not metal at all and destroying it requires allowing your ears to be raped.

      1. Trashchunk says:

        Are you talking about popular as in what Pitchfork/Metalsucks covers and would be more visible or the more even underground stuff, along with the even more sub-underground. I mean there’s a lot of shit you guys never talk about.

        1. Rectal Administr8er says:

          True. You fuckers never review Nastrond “Age of Fire”.

    2. bustin makes me feel good says:

      a friend of mine looks like the new guy and Tomas had a baby.

      he works at Trader Joe’s.


  8. gog says:

    It’s sort of OK to eat where you sleep sometimes

    1. bustin makes me feel good says:

      like a tour bus?

    2. Erekt says:

      What about shitting where you eat?

  9. not kidding says:

    the first half of Terminal Spirit Disease is ATG’s best material.

    1. not kidding says:

      Fuck, confused TSD it with With Fear… yeah TSD is OK but a huge step down from what came before it.

  10. Rainer Weikusat says:

    “Slightly better” must be the understatement of the decade. Current ATG is Vogon poetry.

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