At The Gates - Slaughter Of The Soul
It’s impossible to overstate the impact At The Gates' “Slaughter Of The Soul” had on the Metal world. At the time, Death Metal was a race towards musical extremity. Faster, darker, heavier. Usually, melodies were frowned upon. Complex song structures were welcomed. At The Gates decided to go in a different direction. They combined the brutality and heaviness of their peers with almost maidenesque melodies - packaged in simple, to-the-point song structures. The impact was huge. Melodic Death Metal was born and At The Gates’ sound has been copied countless times over the last two and a half decades. Great music came from that, but the original still sounds as fresh and intense as it did when it first came out.