Slaughter of the Soul

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Slaughter of the Soul
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Studio album by At the Gates
Released November 14, 1995 (1995-11-14)
Recorded May-July 1995
Studio Studio Fredman, Gothenburg, Sweden
Genre Melodic death metal
Length 34:08
Label Earache
Producer Fredrik Nordström
At the Gates chronology
Terminal Spirit Disease
(1994)Terminal Spirit Disease1994
Slaughter of the Soul
At War with Reality
(2014)At War with Reality2014

Slaughter of the Soul is the fourth studio album by Swedish melodic death metal band At the Gates, released on November 14, 1995. It was their last album before their eleven-year breakup from 1996 to 2007. Slaughter of the Soul is considered a landmark in melodic death metal and played a major role in popularizing the Gothenburg scene, alongside The Jester Race by In Flames and The Gallery by Dark Tranquillity.[1] The album was recorded and mixed in Studio Fredman, early 1995.

Andy LaRocque's neo-classical guest solo on "Cold" was widely acclaimed as one of the greatest metal solos[citation needed] and guitarist Anders Björler admitted in 2007 that he still couldn't play it properly.[2]

"Blinded by Fear" was covered by The Haunted (composed largely of ex-At The Gates members) on their Japanese version of their live/double disc album, Live Rounds in Tokyo and was also covered by Fleshgod Apocalypse on their Mafia EP. The song also appeared in the game Rock Band 2 as downloadable content.

Musical appearances[edit]

Tracks from the album have made appearances in several video games.


A 2002 Reissue contained 11 tracks from the original 1995 release of Slaughter of the Soul, plus 6 bonus audio tracks. Three of the bonus tracks were cover songs, two were demo tracks, and 1 was a previously unreleased track, recorded during the Slaughter of the Soul sessions. The 2006 reissue contained everything from the 2002 reissue, but also included an additional bonus DVD, which featured a 35-minute behind-the-scenes documentary as the highlight. The 2008 reissue contains everything from the 2002 and 2006 rereleases (all audio and DVD material), as well as additional DVD footage—an eight-song live set, recorded in Kraków, Poland on December 30, 1995.


Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating 4.5/5 stars[4]
AllMusic 5/5 stars[5]
Rock Hard 7/10[6]
Sputnikmusic 4.0/5[7]

Reviews for Slaughter of the Soul have been mostly positive. AllMusic's Steve Huey awarded the album five stars and called it an "excellent example of Gothenburg-style melodic death metal, and certainly the band's best and most focused album to date."[5]

Public reception[edit]

Slaughter of the Soul was very well received by the public. On Rate Your Music the album has an average rating of 3.75 of 5, based on more than 3,400 ratings,[8] and on Sputnikmusic the album has an "excellent" average rating of 4.2 of 5, based on more than 1,650 ratings.[9]


In 2005, the album was ranked number 300 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[10] Metal Injection ranked Slaughter of the Soul No. 8 on their list "Top 10 Influential Heavy Metal Albums."[11]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Lindberg; all music composed by Björler, Björler, except where noted.

No. Title Music Length
1. "Blinded by Fear"   3:12
2. "Slaughter of the Soul"   3:02
3. "Cold"   3:27
4. "Under a Serpent Sun"   3:58
5. "Into the Dead Sky" (instrumental) Björler 2:12
6. "Suicide Nation"   3:35
7. "World of Lies" Björler, Björler, Larsson 3:35
8. "Unto Others"   3:11
9. "Nausea"   2:23
10. "Need"   2:36
11. "The Flames of the End" Björler, Johansson, Lindberg 2:57
Total length: 34:08


Writing, performance and production credits are adapted from the album liner notes.[12]


At the Gates[edit]

Guest musicians[edit]


Artwork and design[edit]

  • Kristian Wåhlinartwork, logo
  • Absolute Design Associates – additional artwork and layout
  • Frequent Form – logo concept



Chart Peak
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[13] 200


  1. ^ "Melodic Death Metal". 2011-10-02. Retrieved 2011-10-18. 
  2. ^ Morgan, Anthony. ""The Flames of the End"? - Guitarist Anders Björler wishes to pen the final chapter in the glorious history of Swedish legends At The Gates". Lucem Fero. Retrieved 1 June 2013.  External link in |work= (help)
  3. ^ "'Blinded By Fear' - At the Gates // Rock Band". Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  4. ^ "At The Gates - Slaughter Of The Soul Review". 2011-09-14. Retrieved 2011-10-18. 
  5. ^ a b Huey, Steve. Slaughter of the Soul - At the Gates at AllMusic
  6. ^ Wendel, Kai. "REVIEWALBUM". Rock Hard (in German) (RH #101). Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Bartender (January 16, 2005). "At the Gates - Slaughter of the Soul (album review 6)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved October 18, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Slaughter of the Soul by At the Gates (Album, Melodic Death Metal)". Sonemic. Retrieved October 18, 2015. 
  9. ^ "At the Gates - Slaughter of the Soul User Opinions". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved October 18, 2015. 
  10. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 92. ISBN 3-89880-517-4. 
  11. ^ Staff writer(s) (March 6, 2013). "8. AT THE GATES Slaughter of the Soul - Top 10 Influential Heavy Metal Albums". Metal Injection. Retrieved October 18, 2015. 
  12. ^ Slaughter of the Soul (Reissue) (liner notes). At the Gates. Earache Records. 2008. 
  13. ^ "スローター・オブ・ザ・ソウル - アット・ザ・ゲイツ". Retrieved October 18, 2015. 

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