An absolutely bonkers story just came out of a clown car over at THR.
The site is reporting that real life clowns are angry with FX’s “American Horror Story: Freak Show” for depicting clown in a negative light. Yes, there’s actually a group of clowns that are bitching and moaning about the killer clown, which was teased in the series’ premiere last Wednesday.
The FX series from Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk revolves around Twisty the Clown (John Carroll Lynch), a serial killer who stalks couples with scissors and imprisons children in an old school bus.
“Hollywood makes money sensationalizing the norm,” bemoans Glenn Kohlberger, president of Clowns of America International, the nation’s biggest clown club. “They can take any situation no matter how good or pure and turn it into a nightmare.
“We do not support in any way, shape or form any medium that sensationalizes or adds to coulrophobia or ‘clown fear,’ ” Kohlberger told the site.
The site then smartly addresses “clown fear” in entertainment over the last century, pointing out scenes in Poltergeist, “IT” and more. Click on over for more on that and to see what c-creator Ryan Murphy has to say about the clown in “Freak Show”
We exclusively broke the news for Bloody Disgusting readers that a new Texas Chainsaw Massacre was in the works – one that it would tell of Leatherface’s teenage years.
Our scoop was confirmed, further adding that Seth M. Sherwood would be penning Leatherface, which would take place before Tobe Hooper’s 1974 cult classic, making it a massive franchise prequel.
Millennium Films, who was behind the 2013 Texas Chainsaw 3D, is once again producing with Christa Campbell, Lati Grobman and Carl Mazzacone, for Lionsgate.
Bloody Disgusting has received exclusive inside Intel that Millennium has been taking meetings with directors over the past few weeks. While many would excite you guys, here’s the two “teams” they’re targeting.
From what I’m being told, Millennium’s top choice are Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, the duo behind the slasher masterpiece Inside (À l’intérieur), as well as Livide and the forthcoming Among the Living. The duo were also courted for New Line Cinema’s A Nightmare On Elm Street years ago.
Also on Millennium’s radar are Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, who helmed the absolutely incredible indie Starry Eyes, to be released by MPI/Dark Sky Films this coming November. You’ll see that these guys have serious slasher potential.
It should be clear that, as we’re told, neither party has signed on as of this writing, and that these are Millennium’s top choices. As always in Hollywood, things can change in an instant. Keep it here for official word as it comes in.
Who would you like to see behind the camera for Leatherface?
With the American Film Market gearing up for this coming November, we’re starting to get all sorts of goodies sent our way.
We’re the first to receive the official sales art for There Are Monsters, which is written and directed by The Strangers‘ Bryan Bertino. And if you saw his Mockingbird on VOD this past weekend, you also know that he’s still behind quality horror.
Here’s the official plot crunch attached to the art:
“From the creator of The Strangers comes a world of the lost; freezing spitting needles of rain, thunderbolt lightning, hypothermic cold and disorientating utter darkness.
Mother and daughter trapped and tormented in a black forest by a screeching creature – it is unlike anything we have heard before. Not human. Not animal. Like a thousand horses, like a mother’s clamour, a baby’s wail, a father’s howl.
Their relationship at breaking point, 10-year-old Lizzy is all out of faith in her mother Kathy (Elisabeth Moss) but tries to stay brave and fearless. Kathy, on the edge, barely keeping it together, knows that only a mother’s protective love, her most primal instinct, can save her daughter from what’s lurking in the darkness…“
Elisabeth Moss of “Mad Men” fame is starring.
Last month we reported on “Slash/Up”, a multiverse fanfilm web-series from the creators of the “Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness” fanfilm.
Each episode will pit a different set of retro movie/geek culture icons against each in a totally unique, story driven mashup, wrapped around by debate and commentary,
The first episode, which premiered today on YouTube Channel WTFLOL, pits Friday the 13th franchise icon Jason Voorhees against The Terminator‘s Sarah Connor!
The production value is serous shocking, and the makeup effects work astounding. I love the 80′s synth score that sounds like an old NES video game, too. I get all sorts of fan films submitted, but this one is damn impressive. “You’re terminated.” Classic.
A Kickstarter has also been launched to help fund their next episode, ‘Freddy vs. Neo’.
The short was directed by Brian Rosenthal and stars Derek Russo and Nicole Marines.
Kudos to Marca Blanca for cutting together this hysterical “The Walking Dead” spoof in which he uses the theme music to introduce real life zombies – drunk idiots.
Watch as real life “zombies” roam the streets in “The Walking Drunk”. My only wish is that this were longer – or had some footage of me in there.
Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with New York musician Militia Vox to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for “Rid Of Me”, which comes from the upcoming EP Bait (out October 31st). Militia is the frontwoman of Judas Priestess, the only all-female Judas Priest cover band.
Militia Vox states:
Thematically, this song and video are centered on a very specific female archetype- a lady everyone loves to hate… a madwoman; she’s “The Rejected Lover.” Nothing is scarier than a lovesick woman. This type of woman has historically been both feared and celebrated, Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction, Medea (the Greek tragedy, NOT the one that goes to jail!)… I find these kind of women fascinating because every female has the capability to let her love cross the line and spin out of control out of desperation. If she feels like her desires are not being reciprocated, there is hell to pay. PJ Harvey is a goddess for writing these words. It’s a perspective that you rarely hear expressed in music.
You can pre-order Bait via Bandcamp. Also below are the dates for Vox’s “Times Scare” performances, which take place in Times Square, NY.
Monday Oct 20- OPENING PARTY
Monday Oct 27-”Rid of Me” Video Event
Sunday Nov 2- New album BAIT Record Release Event, 10pm
Times Square, NYC (669 8th Avenue at 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036)
We love a good scare, and so do the guys at Panic Attack.
Panic Attack Productions is getting into the Halloween spirit with a new series of scare-themed videos that will debut right here on Bloody Disgusting.
The first of many is ‘Urban Exploring At Night’, where the team hope to induce a panic attack on Bloody readers. Watch the video below and then tell the Panic Attack team what you thought. You can Panic Attack Productions is getting into the Halloween spirit with a new series of scare-themed videos that will debut subscribe here for more.
International prog metal band Skyharbor have released a stunning animated video for their track “Patience”, which comes from their upcoming sophomore album Guiding Lights. The video was directed by Jess Cope and her team at Owl House Studios. You might recognize her work as she has also created visuals for Steven Wilson, Mikael Akerfeldt, and Devin Townsend. The video is, “…the product of 3 months of meticulous illustration, photography and stop-motion animation.”
Pre-orders for Guiding Lights can be found here.
Poltergeist has been rated PG-13 for “intense frightening sequences, brief suggestive material, and some language.” But that’s okay. The original was rated PG.
Gil Keenan directs the new Poltergeist, allegedly a pseudo-sequel, that will open in theaters on July 24, 2015.
To be released in 3-D, Jared Harris will play Carrigan, a larger than life TV personality who left the world of academia behind to become the star host of basic cable TV show “Haunted House Cleaners.”
Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Saxon Sharbino and Jane Adams also star.
Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (producer) reimagines and contemporizes the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is invaded by angry spirits. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and take the youngest daughter, the family must come together to rescue her.
Those of you who follow me on Twitter (@BradMiska) know that horror movies aren’t my only passion. When I’m not watching and writing about genre films, my life is dedicated to basketball. So, if there’s ever an opportunity to write about basketball here on Bloody, I’m going to take it.
Using our new section, The Further, you’ve got to see this incredible video in which a bouncing basketball connects 24 different movies – one of which is The Shining (Danny doesn’t seem to mind). It’s awesome when it makes its way to space…
Collectif HOTU’s astounding video is perfectly timed to the NBA season being on the cusp on getting underway – Halloween weekend as a matter of fact.
Horror fans and basketball fans bounce over to Twitter and give me a follow.
The park will open on June 12, 2015.
Director Colin Trevorrow just tweeted out the official teaser poster for Jurassic World, and it’s a beautiful and simple throwback to the original one-sheet for Steven Spielberg’s 1993 masterpiece.
This time Universal Pictures will be opening the actual park, as teased and eluded to in this various news stories.
The film will star Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Irrfan Khan, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, and Judy Greer.
Scouts Vs. Zombies, directed by directed by Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones‘ Christopher Landon, is moving yet again.
The undead horror comedy is getting a Halloween 2015 release, opening on October 30, a big shift from its February 20 date.
Tye Sheridan (Dark Places), Logan Miller (Night Moves), and newcomer Joey Morgan are three scouts who, on the eve of their last camp out, discover the true meaning of friendship when they attempt to save their town from a zombie outbreak. Rounding out the cast is Sarah Dumont (Don Jon) as Denise, David Koechner (Anchorman, Cheap Thrills) as Scout Leader Rogers, Cloris Leachman (The Last Picture Show) as Ms. Fielder, Halston Sage (Neighbors) as Kendall, and Patrick Schwarzenegger (Stuck In Love) as Jeff.
Deadline writes that “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” co-creator and co-star Rob McElhenney has closed a significant deal at Legendary Pictures to make his feature directorial and screenwriting debut
Armed with a four-minute test reel and a passionate 20-minute pitch, Legendary acquired his family action pitch Figment, with McElhenney tied to write the script and direct the film, and produce it.
“It’s a family action adventure about an imaginative boy and his family who are thrown for a loop when their greatest fears come to life.”
The aforementioned pitch video gave a sense of the nostalgic feeling, the wonder and imagination that conveyed the bond between the key character and his “figment,” on a film that has thematic aspirations to be comparable to a Goonies or E.T.
The CW really wants you to get ready for this week’s Episode 6.03 of “The Vampire Diaries,” entitled “Welcome to Paradise”; and to prove it, they’ve released three sneak peeks of the ep. So settle in, check ‘em out, and let us know what you think of the season so far.
“The Vampire Diaries” Episode 6.03 – “Welcome to Paradise” (10/16/14)
In an attempt to bring some fun back into their lives, Elena (Nina Dobrev) persuades Caroline (Candice Accola) to meet her at the swimming hole, where she plans to introduce her to Liam (guest star Marco James).
Tyler (Michael Trevino), still working on controlling his anger issues, asks Liv (guest star Penelope Mitchell) for a favor and is surprised when she makes an unexpected confession. Stefan (Paul Wesley) arrives back in Mystic Falls looking for Enzo (Michael Malarkey) and is caught off guard when he notices a strange change in Elena.
Meanwhile, at the lake, Enzo’s actions cause Matt (Zach Roerig) to make a startling revelation, and Jeremy makes a discovery about the anti-magic spell that could potentially put Elena’s life in danger.
Elsewhere, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Bonnie (Kat Graham) stumble upon clues that lead them to believe they’re not alone. Michael Allowitz directed the episode written by Brian Young.
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So the questions beckon, kids… Have some pesky demons been oppressing you? Full-blown possession practically a given? Too lazy to seek help? Don’t worry! You can now get an exorcism via Skype on any mobile or desktop device.
I shit you not.
“The Daily Show’s” Jessica Williams interviewed Reverend Bob Larson last night regarding his… shall we say… more unique online rituals. That’s right, concubine of Satan, for the low price of around 295 bucks, you can have the unclean spirit compelled out of you in the name of Jesus Christ and the Internet.
Oh, Reverend Bob. You’re so cute. Watch the segment below which, unlike Larson’s services, is indeed priceless.
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Following up last year’s superb boxed collection of Vincent Price films, Scream Factory brings us The Vincent Price Collection Vol. II – another set of some of the legendary actor’s better known films which, as with that previous release, includes a sizeable amount of bonus features on each disc. The question is: is this second volume a worthy successor – not only to the previous Price collection, but Scream’s other recent boxed sets as well (such as their exhaustive Halloween collection and the “I can’t believe this exists” Nightbreed: Director’s Cut set)?
The first disc in this new collection is home to Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven and The Comedy of Terrors, two AIP releases which feature Price at his delightfully comic best. The Raven, another entry in Corman’s “AIPoe” cycle, is a wonderfully daffy movie at times, featuring a stunning cast including Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, and Jack Nicholson. Comedy boasts much of that same cast (Price, Karloff, and Lorre), yucking it up alongside Basil Rathbone in this pitch black horror comedy stylishly helmed by Cat People director Jacques Tourneur.
The second disc includes another AIPoe in the form of Tomb of Ligeia, the last of Corman’s Poe cycle. In contrast with The Raven, Ligeia is a much more somber affair in the style of Corman’s earlier adaptations. In it, Price plays a man haunted by his deceased wife, who may or may not be possessing the body of a cat which plagues the widower’s every move. The Last Man on Earth is this disc’s second film, the very first adaptation of Richard Matheson’s classic novel I Am Legend. As with the later attempts at adapting the spooky tome (the 70s Chuck Heston-starrer The Omega Man and the 2007 Will Smith vehicle which took the novel’s name), Last Man is faithful to the basic strokes of Matheson’s book, if not its finer details (not one of the films managed to do the novel’s ending justice). Still, the film finds Price in top form, lending his gravitas to this low-budget shocker. Fans of Price and/or Matheson will find much to enjoy here.
Disc three houses sequels to two of Price’s better known films – Dr. Phibes Rises Again and Return of the Fly. Phibes’ inclusion makes sense, as its predecessor (The Abominable Dr. Phibes) graced the previous Price collection. This follow-up will likely please fans of the original, offering more of Price’s equally tragic and sinister (and, arguably, signature?) villain, with some gorgeous sets and photography on display. The real surprise in this collection is Return, considering that the original classic is nowhere to be found in either of Scream’s collections. Still, it’s a welcome addition, as it is a thoroughly enjoyable (if inferior) sequel.
The final disc in this set holds one of this writer’s very favorite Price films – William Castle’s House on Haunted Hill. This movie, remade (somewhat) successfully in ’99 by Dark Castle Entertainment, stars Price as Frederick Loren, a wealthy eccentric who invites a handful of strangers into his home to participate in a “haunted house party”, promising them a large sum of money if they can spend the entire night in his mansion – along with a number of ghosts and ghouls which lurk about within the home. Price, as always, is superb – oozing charm and menace while acting as a host, all while trading vicious verbal barbs with his unfaithful wife. It’s a fun if hokey movie that never fails to bring a smile to this fan’s face.
Scream Factory continues their winning streak with this collection, which is chock-full of bonus features and handsome presentations for each of the seven films here (for those counting, that’s one more film than the previous Price set). Each movie here boasts a 2.0 DTS-HD Master audio track, along with mostly solid transfers for each film. I say mostly, as each of the films do exhibit minor print damage. Phibes looks the best of the bunch, with a sharp image and gorgeous colors throughout, while Comedy surely looks the worst, showing considerable speckling and damage at times – occasionally to a distracting degree. Still, each film often looks fantastic is more than watchable.
The bonus features are, as with the previous collection, a real treasure trove for Price aficionados. In addition to theatrical trailers and still galleries for each film, we have a handful of film introductions culled from The Vincent Price Gothic Horrors, which were produced in the early 80s for Iowa Public Television. These intros are provided for The Raven, Comedy of Terrors, and Tomb of Ligeia, along with a documentary covering the making of those introductions (this same doc was included in the previous collection). There are also three installments of Richard Matheson Storyteller, which features the late master reminiscing on his work for three of this set’s films (The Raven, Comedy of Terrors and The Last Man on Earth).
In addition to that, there are a number of commentaries for some of the films: three for Ligeia, and one each for The Raven, House, Return and Last Man), all featuring some fantastic contributors – including author/historian Steve Haberman, historian David Del Valle, author Derek Botelho, actor Brett Halsey, Ligeia actress Elizabeth Sheperd, film historian Constantine Nasr, and producer/director Roger Corman. Hours and hours of information wait to be gleaned from these talks, which will no doubt delight hardcore fans and casual viewers alike.
The Raven boasts a few more extras, including a brief featurette with Corman discussing this rare venture into comedy, and a slideshow featuring audio and images from a vinyl record used to promote the film before its release. Lastly, House’s disc provides the most supplements, including: Vincent Price: Renaissance Man, a thirty-minute look at Price’s life, interests and career; The Art of Fear, a look at Price’s position within the genre he’ll always be associated with; Working with Vincent Price, which finds various contributors commenting on Price’s generosity on set and his relationships with his costars; and a collection of trailers for other films throughout the actor’s career (The Conqueror Worm aka Witchfinder General, The Abominable Dr. Phibes, House of Usher, The Haunted Palace, The Masque of the Red Death, and The Pit and the Pendulum). And all of this is wrapped up in a handsome slipcase boasting beautiful artwork by Joel Robinson, packaged along with a nifty booklet with a lengthy essay by David Del Valle.
All in all, a marvelous collection – one befitting the man’s legacy which sits nicely alongside not only its predecessor, but with Scream Factory’s other recent re-releases as well. One can only hope that this tradition continues on next year with, dare I hope, The Vincent Price Collection III?
Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven
- Audio Commentary with film historian Steve Haberman
- Richard Matheson Storyteller: The Raven
- Corman’s Comedy of Poe
- Promotional Record
- Theatrical Trailer
- Still Gallery
- Introduction to The Raven – from The Vincent Price Gothic Horrors, produced by Iowa Public Television
The Comedy of Terrors
Richard Matheson Storyteller: The Comedy of Terrors
- Theatrical Trailer
- Still Gallery
- Introduction to The Comedy of Terrors – from The Vincent Price Gothic Horrors, produced by Iowa Public Television
Tomb of Ligeia
- Audio Commentary with Producer/Director Roger Corman
- Audio Commentary with Elizabeth Sheperd
- Audio Commentary with Film Historian Constantine Nasr
- Theatrical Trailer
- Still Gallery
- Introduction to The Tomb of Ligeia – from The Vincent Price Gothic Horrors, produced by Iowa Public Television
The Last Man on Earth
- Audio Commentary with Film Historian David Del Valle and Author Derek Botelho
- Richard Matheson Storyteller: The Last Man on Earth
- Still Gallery
Dr. Phibes Rises Again
- Theatrical Trailer
- Still Gallery
Return of the Fly
- Audio Commentary with actor Brett Halsey and film historian David Del Valle
- Theatrical Trailer and TV Spot
- Still Gallery
House on Haunted Hill
- Audio Commentary with Author/Historian Steve Haberman
- Theatrical Trailer
- Vincent Price: Renaissance Man
- The Art of Fear
- Working with Vincent Price
- Introductory Price: Undertaking The Vincent Price Gothic Horrors
- Still Gallery
- Vincent Price trailer collection
Horror icon Robert Englund – Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise – will guest star on Syfy’s new comedic docuseries “Town of the Living Dead” in episodes airing Tuesday, November 11, and Tuesday, November 18, both at 10PM (ET/PT).
After the Thr33 Days Dead team hit their most challenging production hurdle to date, they’re desperate for hope. When they discover that horror legend Robert Englund will be nearby in Birmingham for a press appearance, the team sets out to recruit him to inspire their dispirited director, John Ware.
About “Town of the Living Dead”
In “Town of the Living Dead” the colorful folks of Jasper, Alabama, are determined, once and for all, to complete their zombie movie Thr33 Days Dead… now six long years in the making. Based on a town urban legend, their film centers on a group of friends trying to survive a zombie apocalypse in rural Alabama. The series follows the intrepid and motley crew of amateur filmmakers as they surmount endless obstacles to finally finish their movie.
“Town of the Living Dead” is produced by True Entertainment (“The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes”). Executive producers are Glenda Hersh, Steven Weinstock, David Stefanou, Todd Hurvitz,Tony Biancosino, and Cherie Kloss.
For more info visit “Town of the Living Dead” on Syfy.com.
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Each year Kailey Marsh’s The Blood List stakes out on a mission to bring more awareness to darker genre screenplays and screenwriters. The endeavor has been met with much success, and being that we here at Dread Central realize that indie filmmakers and writers are what keeps the genre alive and shrieking, we feel it’s important to remind you about it!
The Blood List was created in 2009 to get the word out about the best unproduced horror screenplays. It’s since expanded and become the industry standard for the best darker genre screenplays every year.
If you’re a writer, you need to be aware of the official Blood List website, which just relaunched with a snazzy new design. It is one of the most vital and necessary horror resources you’ll ever need to break into the business. Check it out by following the links below, and put your pen to paper, kids! You just never know!
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Well Go USA is releasing Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (review) on DVD and Blu-ray at the end of the year, and right now we have a look at the artwork along with all the info you need to plan out your next zombie killfest!
From the Press Release
Dubbed “bigger, brasher, bloodier” by Film Threat’s Brian Tallerico, DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS. DEAD debuts on DVD and in a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray December 9th from Well Go USA Entertainment.
The sequel to the cult horror comedy from director Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) stars Vegar Hoel (Dead Snow, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters), Martin Starr (Knocked Up, Superbad), Jocelyn DeBoer (Stuck Like Chuck), and Ingrid Haas (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World). Picking up immediately where the original left off, the film wastes no time getting right to the gore-filled action, leaving a bloody trail of intestines in its wake. Wirkola comes up with more inventive ways to maim and dismember than anyone ever thought possible. Combining wry humor with horrific worst-case scenarios, this follow-up to the 2009 Midnight classic shocked the weak-of-heart and delighted even the most hard-core fans of the horror genre when it made its debut at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
The DVD and the Blu-ray Collector’s Edition both feature audio commentary with the director and writer, a VFX featurette, and Dead Snow comic book while the Collector’s Edition exclusively features the international version of the film and the short film ARMEN.
DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS. DEAD has a runtime of approximately 101 minutes and is rated “R” for strong bloody horror violence and gore throughout and language, including some sexual references.
Martin (Vegar Hoel) hasn’t had the best vacation. He accidentally killed his girlfriend with an axe. He cut his own arm off with a chainsaw. And his friends STILL got devoured by a battalion of Nazi Zombies. This morning he woke up in a hospital bed with a new arm – but it’s a super-powered Zombie arm that wants to kill him and anything else it can reach. Martin’s PISSED. And with the help of his new Zombie Squad pals (Martin Starr, Jocelyn DeBoer, Ingrid Haas), he’s gonna deliver some payback to Colonel Herzog and his precious Nazi gold – by raising an undead army of his own.
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On November 14th, 1995, a group of early 20-somethings released an album that has since gone on to become one of metal’s most influential titles, laying the foundation for what would become known as “The Gothenburg Sound”. That album was At The Gates Slaughter Of The Soul.
Shortly after the release of the album, the group broke up and the members went their separate ways. The Björler brothers founded The Haunted while drummer Adrian Erlandsson played for several Cradle Of Filth albums. The band reformed a few times over the years but never committing to anything solid. Until now.
On October 28th, the band will release At War With Reality, the first new album from the band in 19 years. It’s completely evident that nearly two decades has had an effect on the band. However, that effect has only honed and sharpened their already razor-edged ferocity.
Before we head into this review, let’s take a moment to think of some memorable moments that have occurred in the last 19 years: 9/11, the release of the iPhone, Silent Hill 1 came out, Freddy Vs. Jason finally hit theaters, Hurricane Katrina, the Columbia space shuttle blowing up, the creation of Facebook… Have I listed enough events to make you realize just how long of a time 19 years truly is?
During that time, another event occurred that completely revolutionized the entertainment industry and how we absorb our preferred media: the internet. Whereas before finding bands was done primarily through word of mouth, sharing demos, tapes, and CDs, or reading reviews in whatever magazine/paper you enjoyed, nowadays you can go to websites that recommend tens, hundreds, even thousands of other bands that you’ll enjoy based upon your own tastes.
Because of this mass influx of music, this overabundance of options, we’ve had the opportunity to hear bands and sounds that we’d never even dreamed of. But what got lost was the time to appreciate a band before moving on and finding someone new to expand our horizons. Instead of listening to albums, we became a single-driven society. Why buy a whole album when I can just grab the songs I like off of iTunes, am I right?
Nearly 20 years of musical freedom has allowed people to constantly find something “heavier”, something “more extreme”, with the greatest of ease. And the landscape of music has shifted at what felt like a radical pace. What was “in” became passé far quicker than ever before.
But lest we forget, At The Gates were the progenitors of the melodic death metal sound. During their heyday, they were the apex of the genre.
Nineteen years can change a great many things for people. You can find a career, get married, have children… You can create a life. You can see that what originally was so important in your youth is but a passing thought as an adult. You develop strong, educated feelings on politics, religion, and the world around you. That life experience is exactly what you hear on this record. This is the anger of knowledge, the rage of awareness.
At War With Reality opens to the sound of a man speaking in Spanish. It sounds like some demonic incantation, some unholy ritual that is meant to awaken a destructive beast to lay waste to the Earth. And when “Death And The Labyrinth” kicks in, it’s immediately apparent that At The Gates is still the same raging animal that is was in the past, only this time it can hunt, using its past – in this case, there is a drum pattern that is nearly identical to the intro of “World Of Lies” – to know how to attack the jugular with precision and lethality.
The production and dynamics of this album are thrilling. From the haunting opening of “Order From Chaos” to the fast and melodically sinister “Upon Pillars Of Dust”, from the epic “The Book Of Sand (The Abomination)” to “Heroes And Tombs”, which screams “Gothenburg metal”, the album is a celebration of melodic death metal.
Vocalist Tomas Lindberg does sound a little different, but it’s more that his voice aged well with him, becoming deeper and more robust. Meanwhile, the harmonization between the guitars and bass is better than ever, again something I chalk up to experience. The drums are also just as fast and pounding as before.
At The Gates have not that changed their sound. It’s simply that it’s been almost two decades since we last heard them and we’ve heard a lot of music in that time, which changed our own expectations. This is most certainly a continuation in the history of the band and it feels glorious.
The Final Word: This is an album that truly deserves the music section’s first Editor’s Choice award. At War With Reality proves At The Gates are still the undisputed masters of their craft.