The Nightmare of Being

At The Gates - The Nightmare of Being
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Based on 10 reviews
2021 Ratings: #128 / 409
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Containing their most confident and daring songwriting while retaining the aggressive and melodic style they are known for, At The Gates have succeeded in creating one of the best albums of their career. Highly recommended.

Classic Rock

The Nightmare of Being is up with the Swedes' finest albums.

Metal Hammer

The last time At The Gates sounded this original, they transformed metal forever.

Metal Injection

More often than not, The Nightmare of Being rises to the occasion as a solid entry in At The Gates’ discography. It proves that this band has reoriented itself in a new era of its illustrious career.


On the strongest album of their unlikely second act, the Swedish melodic death metal band lets their weirder side take the reins.


Pessimistically adventurous, yet predictably familiar, The Nightmare of Being explores new territory without ever straying too far from the band's DNA.


On the whole, they should definitely be commended for their ambition in mixing things up at this stage of the game, the result making for a compelling, quite fascinating collection.

Not for me, but also not terrible either. It's got its moments, but overall, it isn't super captivating to me.
The melodic death metal mammoth returns and while this album doesn't blow me away there's a lot to like here for fans. The instruments are punchy, the riffs angle off and chug viciously, and the rhythm section is water tight. The vocals are a though. This seems to be a mixing issue, as some of the songs should crush while instead they kind of just roll by. It isn't the unmitigated disaster of production that Baroness had recently, but it feels a little toothless when it should be ... read more
Melo death legends come through with a solid record that successfully mixes its more traditional songwriting with modern production. For a band that's been kicking it for a while, they still do the melo-death genre way more justice today than many newer acts in the scene do. That alone is worth giving this a spin, but it's even more satisfying by simply going hard.
Fairly generic melodic metal. The vocals in particular leave a lot to be desired. But there's actually a lot of great moments and earworm riffs. Fairly pleasant listen throughout.
I like the ideas the band brings to the album, but the execution is flawed. The drums aren't dynamic, although the songwriting is pretty good, overall. The vocals sound terrible though, it is really hard to listen to.
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Track List

  1. Spectre of Extinction
  2. The Paradox
  3. The Nightmare of Being
  4. Garden of Cyrus
  5. Touched by the White Hands of Death
  6. The Fall into Time
  7. Cult of Salvation
  8. The Abstract Enthroned
  9. Cosmic Pessimism
  10. Eternal Winter of Reason
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Added on: April 13, 2021