At The Gates launch new video for “Cosmic Pessimism”, “The Nightmare Of Being” track-by-track clip series, and announce new live-dates!

Author Jad - 4.12.2021

Swedish melodic death metal pioneers At The Gates continue to promote their much acclaimed latest studio album “The Nightmare Of Being” (Released worldwide via Century Media Records) by launching a new video clip for the track “Cosmic Pessimism” today.

Check out the video directed by Costin Chioreanu / Twilight 13 Media here:

At The Gates vocalist Tomas Lindberg Redant comments about the outstanding “Cosmic Pessimism” song as follows: 

Cosmic Pessimism’ is one of the central tracks of the new record. Not only drawing the title from the Eugene Thacker book of the same name, the lyrics actually are written by Eugene himself. This is something I am very proud of, the collaboration with one of the central figures when it comes to modern day pessimism and the idea of how it correlates to cosmic horror. It is a suffocatingly strict and repetitive song, and it displays the mood of the lyrics brilliantly, in my opinion. At The Gates have always been fans of anything eclectic and extreme, and we are finally at a moment in our career where we feel comfortable lifting in some of these, more avantgarde influences within the at the gates trademark sound. Minimalistic neo classical influences here clash with the deutsche rock/”kraut” and no wave sounds that we love so much. The video is once again shot by Costin, our longtime collaborator, and, once again, he managed to add extra depth and texture to the music and lyrics.Tomas Lindberg Redant, vocalist At The Gates

Most recently, At The Gates have also launched a four-part lyrical talk as a track-by-track video series with Decibel Magazine, where Tomas Lindberg Redant expands upon the literature and philosophy that underpin “The Nightmare of Being”. Watch it here:

Episode 1/4:

Episode 2/4:

Episode 3/4:

Episode 4/4:

In other news, At The Gates will finally be hitting stages again to promote “The Nightmare Of Being”, starting out with tour of Scandinavia today. Here is an overview of all currently announced, upcoming tour dates:

At The Gates – Live 2021 / 2022:

02.12.2021 Uppsala (Sweden) – Katalin

03.12.2021 Norrköping (Sweden) – Dynamo

04.12.2021 Karlstad (Sweden) – Nöjesfabriken

07.12.2021 Göteborg (Sweden) – Trägårn

08.12.2021 Oslo (Norway) – John Dee

09.12.2021 Stockholm (Sweden) – Slaktkyrkan

10.12.2021 Huskvarna (Sweden) – Folkets Park

11.12.2021 Gävle (Sweden) – Gefle Metal Winter fest


03.02.2022 Kalmar (Sweden) – Kalmarsalen

04.02.2022 Malmö (Sweden) – KB

05.02.2022 Fredericia (Denmark) – Metal Magic Winter Festival

14.06.2022 Erica (The Netherlands) – Pit Fest

17.06.2022 Clisson (France) – Hellfest

23.06.2022 Nummijärvi (Finland) – Nummirock Festival

25.06.2022 Cartagena / Murcia (Spain) – Rock Imperium Festival

06.-09.07.2022 Ballenstedt (Germany) – RockHarz Festival

15.07.2022 Gävle (Sweden) – Gefle Metal Festival

16.07.2022 Anyksciai (Lithuania) – Devilstone Festival

21.-23.07.2022 Vila Nova de Famalicão (Portugal) – Laurus Nobilis Music Fest

09.-13.08.2022 Jaromer (Czech Republic) – Brutal Assault Open Air

And many more shows will be announced soon…

At The Gates‘ “The Nightmare Of Being” scored impressing chart entries worldwide upon initial release in July as follows: Germany: # 8, Austria: # 18, Switzerland: # 12, Sweden: # 20, Sweden (Physical): # 1, Sweden (Vinyl): # 1, Sweden (Hardrock/Metal): # 2, The Netherlands: # 77, Belgium: # 84, Finland: # 21, Finland (Physical): # 5, UK (Rock): # 3, USA (Current Hard Music Albums): #1, USA (Current Rock Albums): #4, USA (Current Album Sales): #14. USA (Album Sales): #28.

Check out the AT THE GATES videos/singles previously released for “The Nightmare Of Being” here:

Spectre of Extinction”:

The Paradox“:

The Fall Into Time”:

The Nightmare Of Being”:

Or stream “The Nightmare Of Being” in its entirety in a visualizer clip showing the album’s artwork – which was developed by artist Eva Nahon – here:

While main parts for “The Nightmare Of Being” were recorded in Sweden at several different studios – Drums at Studio Gröndal with Jens Bogren, guitars and bass with Andy La Rocque at Sonic Train Studio and vocals at Welfare Sounds with Per Stålberg -, the album was mixed and mastered at Fascination Street Studios (Amon Amarth, Opeth, Kreator, etc.) by Jens Bogren, who has previously worked with At The Gates on their “At War With Reality” album from 2014.

The tracklisting of “The Nightmare Of Being” (45:44 min.) is as follows:

  1. “Spectre of Extinction” (4:49)
  2. “The Paradox” (4:43)
  3. “The Nightmare of Being” (3:49)
  4. “Garden of Cyrus” (4:25)
  5. “Touched by the White Hands of Death” (4:07)
  6. “The Fall into Time” (6:45)
  7. “Cult of Salvation” (4:24)
  8. “The Abstract Enthroned” (4:26)
  9. “Cosmic Pessimism” (4:31)
  10. “Eternal Winter of Reason” (3:38)

“The Nightmare Of Being” is available in the following formats:

– Ltd. Deluxe Transparent Blood Red 2LP+3CD Artbook

– Ltd. 2CD Mediabook

– Standard CD Jewelcase

– Standard LP (Several vinyl variants!)

– Digital Album

The album’s limited deluxe 2LP+3CD Artbook contains exclusive transparent blood red vinyl on 180g. and includes a 9-track Live LP & CD as well as an exclusive instrumental version of the entire “The Nightmare Of Being” album as bonus CD. It furthermore comes with an extended 32-page booklet, a double-sided A2 poster and 4 art prints. The album’s limited 2CD Mediabook comes with an extended 32-page booklet and a 9-track Live CD as bonus.

You can still order the various album formats here:

Stay tuned for more news on At The Gates coming soon…

At The Gates line-up:

(From left to right on photo by Ester Segarra)

Adrian Erlandsson – Drums

Jonas Björler – Bass

Tomas Lindberg Redant – Vocals

Jonas Stålhammar– Guitar

Martin Larsson – Guitar

At The Gates online:

Century Media online: