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Slaughter of the Soul [Bonus DVD]
     

Slaughter of the Soul [Bonus DVD]

by At the Gates
 

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While "Blinded by Fear" begins Slaughter of the Soul with a screwy and interesting semi-industrial percussion loop, about 40 seconds in it becomes all light-speed crunch, riffs, and snarls, so those who never liked thrash in the first place aren't going to be convinced by the goings-on here. But for those for whom such stuff is like oxygen? It depends. Singer

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While "Blinded by Fear" begins Slaughter of the Soul with a screwy and interesting semi-industrial percussion loop, about 40 seconds in it becomes all light-speed crunch, riffs, and snarls, so those who never liked thrash in the first place aren't going to be convinced by the goings-on here. But for those for whom such stuff is like oxygen? It depends. Singer Tomas Lindberg actually steers away from the typical Cookie Monster growl in favor of a higher but equally strangled register, while his lyrics avoid bad fantasy poesy, at least for the most part, in favor of more existential crises. If nothing else, he has a good line in influences, with quotes from everyone from William S. Burroughs to the 13th Floor Elevators. As for his bandmates, nothing here sounds too different from what those who worshiped at the wells of Kill 'Em All and Reign in Blood would have created, but what they do they do quite well. The arrangements are tight and performances strong (guitarists Anders Bjorler and Martin Larsson clearly have practiced their riff action many a time), and the occasional extra touch like acoustic guitar or notable space in the production, holding back at points rather than just grinding things into the ground, never hurts. "Cold" is a good example of this, with a soft electric guitar break about two minutes in, while the instrumental "Into the Dead Sky" consists of nothing but similarly calm guitar and whooshing background noises. Sometimes the contrast can be a bit odd -- hearing Lindberg's howls against nothing but brief flamenco runs in "Unto Others" isn't the most typical of combinations! While Slaughter may not be the best album of its kind, it's definitely better than most, with its own character. [This bonus DVD edition features rare audio tracks, as well as a music video and a "making of" documentary.]

Product Details

Release Date:
09/19/2006
Label:
Earache Records
UPC:
0745316143224
catalogNumber:
1432

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Performance Credits

At the Gates   Primary Artist
Andy LaRocque   Guitar
Anders Björler   Guitar,Drums,Group Member
Jonas Björler   Bass,Group Member
Adrian Erlandsson   Drums,Group Member
Martin Larsson   Rhythm Guitar,Group Member
Tomas Lindberg   Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Kristian Wahlin   Artwork,Logo
Fredrik Nordström   Producer
Anders Björler   Producer
Jonas Björler   Producer
Adrian Erlandsson   Producer
Martin Larsson   Producer
Tomas Lindberg   Producer
Thomas Johansson   Composer

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