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To Drink From The Night Itself SwedenCountry Of Origin: Sweden
At The Gates - To Drink From The Night Itself

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User Rating: 8.4
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Der Widerstand
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To Drink From The Night Itself Video
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A Stare Bound In Stone
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Palace Of Lepers
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Daggers Of Black Haze Video
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The Chasm
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In Nameless Sleep
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The Colours Of The Beast
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A Labyrinth Of Tombs
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Seas Of Starvation
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In Death They Shall Burn
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The Mirror Black

Type: Full-Length
Release Date: May 18th, 2018
Label: Century Media Records
Categories: Melodic, Death
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MetalBite Review by Adam M on 5/9/2018 3:01:38 PM

The new At the Gates brings more of the melodic death metal punch that is so fun and overwhelming.† This music is abrasive yet lets the melodic side flow freely throughout.† The nice balance of the band means that theyíre comfortable and itís nice to see this band finally find their form.† The two recent comeback albums have been great, but I slightly prefer At War With Reality.† It just seems the songs stuck to my mind and were more memorable on that release.†

There is still plenty of moments to get entranced in your mind on this disc, they are just further between each other and donít have the same amount of power this time around.† Instead, we are left with a collection of songs that melds together and displays the newfound vision of the band at every corner.† At the Gates have found a forumula for success and though they have deviated very little recently,To Drink From the Night Itself has all the hallmarks of a classic At the Gates album.† Very strong rhythms and catchy chorus sections about and have an effect on the listener. One will becomed entranced yet again by the strong melodies the band brings to the table.† I guess you canít have too much of a good thing, but on the next release I do wish At the Gates would be more progressive.†

There is still much left in the tank and the Swedish style is really a golden one.† The band have found their footing and released a monstrous album with To Drink From the Night Itself although I do find myself preferring At War With Reality slightly.† This is still a furious and melodious inferno of an album that might find its way onto my year end list come that time.

Rating: 7.9 out of 10


MetalBite Review by Alex on 5/19/2018 10:59:24 AM

I never was a fan of At The Gates. I frequently caught ear of their name throughout the years by many people but I never bothered to give their material a chance. I was given a promo of To Drink from The Night Itself and thought to myself ‘why not?’. I needed to take a break from the barbarism of the upcoming Temple Nightside album (in which I'm addicted to at the moment) so this served as a sedative. 

To Drink from The Night Itself is a well compact album that spans 44 minutes in length. It has moments that feel thrashy and aggressive, whilst some sound melancholic/despondent. The self-titled track is an awesome starter, its main riff is catchy and supported by fast thrash metal drumming. It's one of the more candid tracks on the album when addressing the structure. There is something I picked up on quickly during my time spent headbanging to and examining the music; the first 3 songs sound almost identical to each other, they seemed to be builds of the primary riff of the self-titled track. Its as if they were initially 1 track that was designed based on 1 conceptual guitar riff. That riff raises its head during the beginning of each of the songs then passively submerges itself below the melody. “Daggers of Black Haze” has a saddening tone which I hated. That melancholy continuous into the following 3 tracks. They definitely have that “dsbm” guitar vibe, but there's also an aggressive side showcased in the verses which I was happy for. The tone is shifted more towards anger when “Labyrinth of Tombs” makes its appearance. The guitars sound more foreboding and seem to be borrowing influences of blackened melodic death metal for the solo and lead riff. 

All of the songs featured on To Drink from The Night Itself are moderately fast and rarely go past the 4-minute mark. The best highlights for me are “In Death They Shall Burn” and “To Drink From The Night Itself”. For those interested in the production; it sounds clear enough but has a bit of a haze over it. The volume seemed to have fluctuated on one instance but remained well leveled prior to and after the encounter. These negative properties of the production dissipate as the music plays on therefore becoming less of an issue due to the enjoyable tunes. 

To Drink from The Night Itself is a conventional album throughout its spin. I still have the melody of the self-titled stuck in my mind. If I enjoyed it despite the grieving moments, then I suppose fans of the band and genre will too.

Rating: 7.7 out of 10