UPDATE: AT THE GATES Officially Announces New 2014 Album, At War With Reality
Update: Shortly after we posted this, the band confirmed the album is happening. New updates at the end of the post…
Last week At the Gates posted an incredibly non-descript video that appeared to showcase new lyrics and ended with "2014" on the screen before fading to black.
There was nothing said about it on their Facebook and the video was titled ".," so there's that. Everyone assumed it was the band's way of announcing a new record, and that was that. Now we've got our hands on a second teaser, aptly titled "..," which is for what I'm somewhat confident is their album At War With Reality. See?
No word on if they're demos or the actual trackings of a new album, but if you look for a brief second at the top of one of the files the word "VOX" is in there. So the songs (or song) have to be pretty far along!
Here's the offical statement from the band on the new album:
"So, here we are almost 24 years since the birth of At The Gates, and some 18+ years since our latest album 'Slaughter Of The Soul'. A lot of years have passed and we have embarked on some life-changing reunion tours and shows the last couple of years.
So, why make a new album you might ask, and why now? Well, what we learned from the last couple of years hanging out and playing shows together, is that we enjoy what we do to the fullest extent. We love playing music together, and we love to hang out as friends. But, as a musician, we constantly write new music. It's a huge part of our identities.
We are fully aware that we have made some very drastic statements in interviews as well as the closing words on the DVD about the longevity of AT THE GATES, but things change, situations change and people change. When Anders sent the first song last summer, we had zero expectations of the outcome. We only knew one thing – That it sounded amazing! At the time we weren't even sure there would be an album, but as things progressed, more songs came into existence, and we knew we were on to something great.
We know you are all curious about the new material, and to make a simple explanation of where we are at musically, we would describe it as a perfect mix between early AT THE GATES & 'Slaughter of the Soul'-era AT THE GATES, trying to maintain the legacy and the history.
We chose Century Media as a worldwide partner for the upcoming album. We have all been friends for years with people at the label. Jonas & Anders have a history with THE HAUNTED there (as well as Adrian with PARADISE LOST).
So, we hope to bring you updates about the progress of the new album soon. The plan is to record the album in June/July with a tentative release in October / November of 2014 on Century Media Records."
We'll keep you posted with more info.