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Tomas Lindberg On New At The Gates Album: “If Anything, It Is Heavier And More Death Metal Than The Last One”


At The Gates vocalist Tomas Lindberg recently gave an update on the band’s new album  to Decibelmagazine. The group have been holed up in Parlour Studios recording that outing as of late with producer Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir). When asked how the exit of primary songwriter, guitarist Anders Björler, has impacted the material, Lindberg replied:

“It is true that there is a big shift in the line-up. What you have to take into consideration is that Jonas Björler wrote 40% of both ‘Slaughter Of The Soul‘ and ‘At War With Reality‘. Some people seem to forget this. They just assume that the lead guitarist is the sole songwriter.

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Jonas had to take a lot more responsibility this time around, but me and him have had a really great and creative time writing this album. There is a slight change of direction, maybe, but At the Gates fans shouldn’t be worried, it is still an ATG record. If anything, it is heavier and more death metal than the last one.”

Anders was replaced by Jonas Stålhammar. When asked how much input the newcomer has had on the forthcoming album, Lindberg offered:

“This one is basically Jonas [Björler] and me when it comes to the writing. All the guys have contributed in some way, but the main writing comes from Jonas [Björler] and me. Most of the songs were already in the finishing stages when Jonas Stålhammar joined, so there wasn’t much time for him to contribute, but we look forward to having him more involved next time around. Saying that, his solos will of course be written by himself.”

A spring release date is expected for the new album with more details to come as sessions progress.

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