Hard to believe that we’re into March now, given that its snowing like mad here in London. Nevertheless, as the seasons move forward soon enough we’ll be in spring which means the arrival of At The Gates’ new album and today the band have released their first single “To Drink From The Night Itself” and oh boy is it good.
The first single thats brought from an album should stand on its own two feet firmly and having chosen “To Drink From The Night Itself” is a perfect start for the band. The first new material since their now brilliant return that was At War With Reality and its carrying on the band’s faultless standard.
Lyrically the song deals with :
“So, for the first song to present to the public, we chose the title track of the album. Which is also the opening track of the record. To us, this gives a presentation of the attitude of the album: raw, hungry and desperate. It also gives an introduction to the whole concept of the record. We live through our art, and the whole album deals with the concept of art. Art as a tool either for revolution, or suppression. To drink from the night itself is just that, a metaphor for living and breathing through art. Of course the concept goes deeper than that, but this song is the heart of the concept, the fierce call to arms so to say. We are still at war, but this time we are fighting the abyss, the abyss of apathy and oppression. It is an aggressive song, but also contains a lot of the other elements of the band´s sound on this record. Melancholia, desperation and struggle. For the first video we chose to use Patric Ullaeus again, as he is good at capturing the raw energy of the band playing live. In the video you can also see glimpses of the art used for the cover, so it binds it all together nicely. Enjoy.”
It clearly seems as though the band have thought the entire album idea and its concept down right through the nth degree. Enough of my waffling, this is new At The Gates, you know how good its going to be. I’ve already preordered my picture disc copy of the record without hearing any material bar this. You should all do the same!