22 augustus 2014

Cover Art At War With Reality Van At The Gates

Geschreven door: Carl Puhl

Label: Century Media Records

De pioniers van de Gothenburg stijl At The Gates presenteren met gepaste trots de cover van hun nieuwe album At War With Reality. Het album staat gepland voor 27 oktober en zal uitgebracht worden door Century Media Records. De cover is ontworpen door Costin Chioreanu, de kunstenaar die al samenwerkte met bands als Arch Enemy, Morgoth en Darkthrone.

Zanger Tomas Lindberg heeft het volgende te zeggen over het thema van At War With Reality: “The concept of At War with Reality is based on the literary genre called ‘Magic Realism’. The main style within this genre is the notion that ‘reality’ is ever-changing, and needs to be constantly re-discovered and re-conquered. We felt that Costin’s artwork style would be the perfect visual contribution to this album, so he became the natural choice…”

Gitarist en tekstschrijver Anders Björler voegt hieraan toe: “I got in touch with Costin a few years back. I was immediately impressed with his dark and original style. He collaborated on some T-shirt designs for At The Gates as well as designing the album artwork for my Instrumental Project. We realized pretty early on that his style would accompany the music and the concept perfectly.”

Costin Chioreanu licht zijn ontwerp toe: “I have been waiting for this album for almost 20 years and it’s the biggest honor for me to illustrate it – As there is no greater achievement for a dreamer than the moment when the dream becomes reality. At War With Reality is by far the most complex visual story I have ever created, from all points of view. From the very first moment the band presented the concept, I found it extremely stunning and at the same time super-challenging. I like to think that visual art and music are tools to explore our minds – to create, to discover and to push the limits. At The Gates, one of my all-time favorite Metal bands, offered me a chance to explore a new dimension.”

In dezelfde klassieke line-up als op voorganger Slaughter Of The Soul (1995) hebben At The Gates At War With Reality opgenomen met Fredrik Nordström in Studio Fredman (In Flames, Arch Enemy, Dimmu Borgir) en gemixed met Jens Bogren in de Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Amon Amarth, Kreator).

In oktober weten fans van At The Gates of de come-back van deze Zweedse melodieuze death metalband en het nieuwe album het wachten waard zijn geweest. Wanneer het nieuwe album dan eindelijk verschenen is zal de band in december een tweetal optreden in Nederland en België verzorgen: vrijdag 12 december tijdens de Eindhoven Metal Meeting en donderdag 18 december in Trix te Antwerpen.