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With Fear I Kiss The Burning Darkness - At The Gates

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: At The Gates / Audio CD released 2003-07-28 at Peaceville

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      30.01.2008 03:15
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      At the Gates' second album (1993).

      This is truly a difficult second album, in that it's almost frustratingly hard to penetrate. Taking a faster and more technical direction than on their excellent debut, At the Gates have produced an album full of inventive and excellent guitar riffs from Anders Björler and Alf Svensson and the finest performance Adrian Erlandsson has ever recorded, but the end result is a slightly uncomfortable listening experience for all but the most seasoned technical death metal fan.

      While this lacks the emotional resonance of 'The Red in the Sky is Ours,' the band hasn't yet veered onto the path that would bring them their greatest success, acclaim and disdain, and this is still melodic death metal in its earliest and most pure form, albeit with a significantly distracting tendency for endlessly changing riffs getting in the way. Fans of 'Slaughter of the Soul' would be best avoiding this altogether, and the only elements that smack of stereotypical melodic death are the soft acoustic intro to the otherwise aggressive 'Raped by the Light of Christ' and slower sections in 'Primal Breath' and 'The Burning Darkness,' which are also blessed with some excellent tremolo-picking lead guitar brilliance.

      If this album were more structurally refined it would surely be considered a classic along with the debut, but with its emphasis on style over substance and the unsatisfying abrupt endings of many tracks at seemingly arbitrary points, it feels like a misstep... but still a damn heavy and energetic one that should be in any serious death metal fan's collection.

      1. Beyond Good and Evil
      2. Raped by the Light of Christ
      3. Break of Autumn
      4. Non-Divine
      5. Primal Breath
      6. The Architects
      7. Stardrowned
      8. Blood of the Sunsets
      9. The Burning Darkness
      10. Ever-Opening Flower
      11. Through the Red

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Beyond Good And Evil
    2 Raped By The Light Of Christ
    3 The Break Of Autumn
    4 Non-Divine
    5 Primal Breath
    6 The Architects
    7 Stardrowned
    8 Blood Of The Sunsets
    9 The Burning Darkness
    10 Ever - Opening Flower
    11 Through The Red