Die schwedischen Melodic Death Pioniere AT THE GATES haben den Titeltrack ihres neuen Albums mit einem Musikvideo versehen. Den unter der Anleitung von Patric Ullaeus (unter anderem IN FLAMES, ARCH ENEMY und DIMMU BORGIR) entstandenen Clip könnt ihr euch hier ansehen:
Der Bandfronter Tomas Lindberg erklärt, warum die Entscheidung auf den Titeltrack "To Drink From The Night Itself" fiel:
"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."
Das Album erscheint am 18. Mai 2018 über Century Media. Produziert von Russ Russell (NAPALM DEATH, THE HAUNTED, DIMMU BORGIR) in den britischen Parlour Studios, enthält "To Drink From The Night Itself" konzeptartworks aus der Feder von Costin Chioreanu (Twilight 13 Media), welcher auch schon am letzten Album vo AT THE GATES mitarbeitete.
"It has once again been an absolute pleasure working creativily with Costin." so Lindberg. "We had a lot of ideas for what we wanted to get across with the art this time around. Overall they were, not surprisingly, related to the general concept of the record.
What is great with Costin is that he understands the band. He knows what we are and where we come from. And me and him also have a strong artistic connection.
I have never met anyone that goes so deep into the world of my lyrics and concepts. When I first wrote to him describing my ideas, I was worried that my remarks were perhaps too long and too confusing, only to get back an even longer and very inspired response…
The inspiration for the actual front cover piece is taken from the Pergamon Altar, on display at the Pergamon museum in Berlin. It is, of course, linked closely to the concept that the whole record is based upon, but more on that later. But I will throw a name out there, for the interested ones; Peter Weiss.
I can't wait to get the whole record in my hands now, as this is just one of the many great artwork pieces that Costin has created for us on 'To Drink From The Night Itself'..."
"To Drink From The Night Itself" Tracklist:
01. Der Widerstand
02. To Drink From The Night Itself
03. A Stare Bound In Stone
04. Palace Of Lepers
05. Daggers Of Black Haze
06. The Chasm
07. In Nameless Sleep
08. The Colours Of The Beast
09. A Labyrinth Of Tombs
10. Seas Of Starvation
11. In Death They Shall Burn
12. The Mirror Black(Autor Saskia Z.)