To Drink From The Night Itself

At The Gates - To Drink From The Night Itself
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2018 Ratings: #198 / 761
User Score
Based on 45 ratings
2018 Ratings: #653
May 18, 2018 / Release Date
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Century Media / Label
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Metal Injection

The album captures the essence of humanity in our struggles and will. It's both as chilling and brutal as it is beautiful and immaculate. To Drink from the Night Itself is not only a perfect record but a perfect work of art.

This ain't the easy listen they've become known for, but it is a rewarding one.

To Drink From the Night Itself returns to the peak of At The Gates’ creative side by delving into a more moody, nuanced and diverse set of songs that shares more in common with their first few releases than the one everybody seems to remember. In the process, they very well may have released the best album in their history.


Although it’s a vast improvement over War, the album isn’t faultless.

Metal Sucks

Initially, Night may seem a bit too much like a plateau, the songs not easily distinguishable from one another. Which leaves Night in a weird position: it rewards multiple listens, but doesn’t necessarily compel them.

Rolling Stone
Although the new record doesn't exactly expound on their formula – tremulous rhythms paired with truly singable guitar leads – it does contain some memorable songs in "Palace of Lepers" and "The Chasm."
Swedish melodic Death Metal band At the Gates release their second album since coming back from being inactive for a decade. Here we get aggressive pummeling music the whole way through, only giving us little breaths from the mayhem for an occasional melodic passage. I’m not a huge fan of growling vocals, so they did get a bit tiring later into the album, but this music just wouldn’t have the same effect without them. The guitars are also given just enough space to fill in with some ... read more
At the Gates return with a record that is somewhat reminiscent of their masterpiece Slaughter of the Soul. The band hasn't slowed down much in over 20 years, the songs are still played at light speed. However, At the Gates tries not to rely on speed entirely so they incorporate some slower songs. While I can appreciate that the band doesn't want to be a one trick pony, these songs don't go over too well and it seems more like the band isn't playing to their strengths when they make these ... read more
Con su épico y ceremonial sexto álbum de estudio, la solemnidad y elegancia rozan la perfección. Místico y fascinante. Demoledor. Los suecos firman uno de los mejores LPs de su carrera. Maestros del death metal.
Death Metal legends At The Gates after all these years are doing the genre so much justive, and making it look easy. This album does away with the more MetalCore style vocals of their last effort, and has them returning to the routes of what got them on the map in the first place. The vocals are visceral. the drums are intense, everything you would expect from an At The Gates album. But where this album really stands out, is it's personality. From little details like strings and atmospheric ... read more
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Track List

  1. Der Widerstand
  2. To Drink from the Night Itself
  3. A Stare Bound in Stone
  4. Palace of Lepers
  5. Daggers of Black Haze
  6. The Chasm
  7. In Nameless Sleep
  8. The Colours of the Beast
  9. A Labyrinth of Tombs
  10. Seas of Starvation
  11. In Death They Shall Burn
  12. The Mirror Black
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Added on: January 20, 2018