The Battle at Garden's Gate

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The Battle at Garden's Gate
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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 16, 2021
Recorded2019–2020
GenreRock[1][2][3]
Length63:32
LabelLava/Republic
ProducerGreg Kurstin
Greta Van Fleet chronology
Anthem of the Peaceful Army
(2018)
The Battle at Garden's Gate
(2021)
Singles from The Battle at Garden's Gate
  1. "My Way, Soon"
    Released: October 9, 2020
  2. "Age of Machine"
    Released: December 4, 2020
  3. "Heat Above"
    Released: February 10, 2021
  4. "Broken Bells"
    Released: March 19, 2021

The Battle at Garden's Gate is the second studio album by American rock band Greta Van Fleet, released on April 16, 2021.[4] The album's first single, "My Way, Soon", was released on October 9, 2020[5] and topped the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart in January 2021.

Background and recording[edit]

The band commenced on writing material for a second studio album directly after finishing their debut album, Anthem of the Peaceful Army, which released in October 2018.[6] As early as January 2019, bassist Sam Kiszka indicated that the album was scheduled for sometime in 2019 as well.[7] Recording sessions occurred in a concentrated 2 month period in mid-2019.[8] The album was recorded with musical producer Greg Kurstin, who most recently worked with Foo Fighters on Concrete and Gold and Medicine at Midnight.[9]

Themes and composition[edit]

Early 2019 commentary from the band on the album noted that it would thematically have a "more worldly" feel than their prior work, inspired by the band's seeing the world through touring.[10] Additionally, they aimed to create "an evolution to their sound" after their prior album received a lot of commentary, both positive and negative, of being very similar to the work of Led Zeppelin.[8] Upon the reveal of the album's name of The Battle at Garden's Gate in late 2020, they expanded on the themes, noting that it was "definitely a biblical reference" but that the album expanded well beyond that, into the idea of "ancient civilizations" and "parallel universe[s]".[11] The band explores the human experience, and how religion and war affect it.[9][11] The album was described as more dark, cinematic, and complicated than their prior album.[12] Seeing dark instances of poverty and famine while touring inspired its more dire sound.[1]

Release and promotion[edit]

The band released their first single from the album, "My Way, Soon", in October 2020.[9][13] The song was debuted and performed live on December 8 on the The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, complete with costumes and stage setup similar to 1970s' music programs.[13] A second song, "Age of Machine", was released in December 2020.[14] In January, "My Way, Soon" topped the Billboard Mainstream Rock songs chart, their fifth song to top the chart.[15]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic64/100[16]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[17]
Classic Rock4/5 stars[18]
Consequence of SoundB[19]
Exclaim!7/10[20]
Kerrang!4/5[21]
NME2/5 stars[22]
The Observer3/5 stars[23]
PopMatters3/10[24]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[25]
Sputnikmusic4.0/5[26]

The album was featured in multiple "Most Anticipated Albums of 2021" lists, including from publications Rolling Stone,[2] Vulture,[27] and Ultimate Classic Rock.[3]

Track listing[edit]

The Battle at Garden's Gate track listing[28]
No.TitleLength
1."Heat Above"5:40
2."My Way, Soon"4:15
3."Broken Bells"5:50
4."Built by Nations"3:58
5."Age of Machine"6:53
6."Tears of Rain"3:50
7."Stardust Chords"4:58
8."Light My Love"4:30
9."Caravel"4:55
10."The Barbarians"5:20
11."Trip the Light Fantastic"4:33
12."The Weight of Dreams"8:50
Total length:63:32

Personnel[edit]

  • Joshua Kiszka – vocals
  • Jacob Kiszka – guitar
  • Samuel Kiszka – bass, keyboards
  • Daniel Wagner – drums

Charts[edit]

Chart performance for The Battle at Garden's Gate
Chart (2021) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[29] 42
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[30] 2
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[31] 13
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[32] 1
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[33] 11
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[34] 91
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[35] 16
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[36] 14
French Albums (SNEP)[37] 29
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[38] 3
Irish Albums (IRMA)[39] 62
Italian Albums (FIMI)[40] 6
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[41] 39
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[42] 30
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[43] 8
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[44] 15
Scottish Albums (OCC)[45] 2
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[46] 19
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[47] 11
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[48] 3
UK Albums (OCC)[49] 8
UK Rock & Metal Albums (OCC)[50] 2
US Billboard 200[51] 7
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[52] 1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[53] 1

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