17 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Slaughter of the Soul isn’t just a landmark in melodic death metal; it’s one of the very best albums ever released by a Swedish metal band. Which is saying something, considering that, when it comes to metal, Swedes are world-class hell-raisers. At the Gates’ unconventional union of classical flourishes and bestial devastation reaches a fever pitch on the stretch between “Into the Dead Sky” and “World of Lies.” Picture an ornate cathedral; now picture it smeared in gore and guts. That’s what this music sounds like—and it’s electrifying.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Slaughter of the Soul isn’t just a landmark in melodic death metal; it’s one of the very best albums ever released by a Swedish metal band. Which is saying something, considering that, when it comes to metal, Swedes are world-class hell-raisers. At the Gates’ unconventional union of classical flourishes and bestial devastation reaches a fever pitch on the stretch between “Into the Dead Sky” and “World of Lies.” Picture an ornate cathedral; now picture it smeared in gore and guts. That’s what this music sounds like—and it’s electrifying.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
225 Ratings

225 Ratings

Stand Ablaze ,

Punishing, Nihilistic Brilliance

The third best metal album ever made (after The Gallery and The Jester Race), recorded by now-defunct metal band At The Gates in 1995 (coincidentally the same year as the two aforementioned albums). Tomas Lindberg's unrestrained fury brutalizes the listener while the Bjorler twins, Martin Larsson, and Adrian Erlandsson play the tightest, most concisely powerful metal in history.

The album's best point, the lyrics, track man's gradual existential descent from fear and nausea to eventual death, with each song more decayed and despairing than the next. Quotes from W.S. Burroughs and Luke Rhinehart, among others, further illustrate the existential and philosophical points the band is making, while lines such as "A world drenched in the blood of the innocent," and "Jaws locked around your spine" drive the point home like a sledgehammer. The origin, nature, and effects of evil is a secondary theme also explored extensively in the album's lyrics. Even though they are readable by themselves, the lyrics go much better with the punishing metal sound and composition At The Gates set them to.

VEGANxMETAL ,

Most jocked record that "the kids" still don't recognize

This record is now over a decade old and has still yet to be topped, although almost every new "American Metal" band takes their shot at this sound. Give it up; At The Gates did after this record.

DANOWAR ,

20 reviews of a death metal album, still 5 stars overall. 'nuff said.

but i'll say more anyway. this is an absolutley BRUTAL album. if you dont find this so heavy you just wanna bash something with a crowbar over and over and over again, then YOU ARE NOT METAL!!!!!!

ROCK ON \m/

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