Slaughter of the Soul

Slaughter of the Soul is the fourth studio album by Swedish melodic death metal band At the Gates, released on October 3, 1995. It was their last album before their eleven-year breakup from 1996 to 2007. Slaughter of the Soul is considered a landmark in melodic death metal and played a major role in popularizing the Gothenburg scene, alongside The Jester Race by In Flames and The Gallery by Dark Tranquillity.[1] The album was recorded and mixed in Studio Fredman, early 1995.

Slaughter of the Soul
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 3, 1995 (1995-10-03)
RecordedMay–July 1995
StudioStudio Fredman, Gothenburg, Sweden
GenreMelodic death metal
ProducerFredrik Nordström
At the Gates chronology
Terminal Spirit Disease
Slaughter of the Soul
At War with Reality

Andy LaRocque's neo-classical guest solo on "Cold" was widely acclaimed as one of the greatest metal solos and guitarist Anders Björler admitted in 2007 that he still couldn't play it properly.[2]

"Blinded by Fear" was covered by The Haunted (composed largely of ex-At The Gates members) on their Japanese version of their live/double disc album, Live Rounds in Tokyo and was also covered by Fleshgod Apocalypse on their Mafia EP. The song also appeared in the game Rock Band 2 as downloadable content.

Musical appearances

Tracks from the album have made appearances in several video games.


A 2002 Reissue contained 11 tracks from the original 1995 release of Slaughter of the Soul, plus 6 bonus audio tracks. Three of the bonus tracks were cover songs, two were demo tracks, and 1 was a previously unreleased track, recorded during the Slaughter of the Soul sessions. The 2006 reissue contained everything from the 2002 reissue, but also included an additional bonus DVD, which featured a 35-minute behind-the-scenes documentary as the highlight. The 2008 reissue contains everything from the 2002 and 2006 rereleases (all audio and DVD material), as well as additional DVD footage—an eight-song live set, recorded in Kraków, Poland on December 30, 1995.


Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Rock Hard7/10[6]

Reviews for Slaughter of the Soul have been mostly positive. AllMusic's Steve Huey awarded the album five stars and called it an "excellent example of Gothenburg-style melodic death metal, and certainly the band's best and most focused album to date."[5]


In 2005, the album was ranked number 300 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[8] Metal Injection ranked Slaughter of the Soul No. 8 on their list "Top 10 Influential Heavy Metal Albums."[9] Slaughter of the Soul was inducted into the Decibel Magazine Hall of Fame in March 2005, being the second album overall to receive such award.[10] In 2017, Rolling Stone ranked Slaughter of the Soul as 79th on their list of 'The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time.'[11]

Track listing

All lyrics are written by Lindberg; all music is composed by Björler, Björler, except where noted.

1."Blinded by Fear"A. Björler3:12
2."Slaughter of the Soul"A. Björler / J. Björler3:02
3."Cold"A. Björler / J.Björler3:27
4."Under a Serpent Sun"A. Björler3:58
5."Into the Dead Sky" (instrumental)J. Björler / A. Björler2:12
6."Suicide Nation"A. Björler3:35
7."World of Lies"A. Björler, J. Björler, Larsson3:35
8."Unto Others"A. Björler / J. Björler3:11
9."Nausea"A. Björler2:23
10."Need"A. Björler / J.Björler2:36
11."The Flames of the End"A. Björler, Johansson, Lindberg2:57
Total length:34:08


Writing, performance and production credits are adapted from the album liner notes.[12]

Writing Credits

  • 01. Blinded by Fear (Music: A. Björler - Lyrics: Tomas Lindberg)
  • 02. Slaughter of the Soul (Music: A. Björler / J.Björler - Lyrics: Tomas Lindberg)
  • 03. Cold (Music: A. Björler - Lyrics: Tomas Lindberg)
  • 04. Under a Serpent Sun (Music: A. Björler - Lyrics: Tomas Lindberg)
  • 05. Into the Dead Sky (Music: J. Björler / A.Björler - Instrumental)
  • 06. Suicide Nation (Music: A. Björler - Lyrics: Tomas Lindberg)
  • 07. World of Lies (Music: A. Björler / J.Björler / Larsson - Lyrics: Tomas Lindberg)
  • 08. Unto Others (Music: A. Björler / J.Björler - Lyrics: Tomas Lindberg)
  • 09. Nausea (Music: A. Björler - Lyrics: Tomas Lindberg)
  • 10. Need (Music: A. Björler / J.Björler - Lyrics: Tomas Lindberg)
  • 11. The Flames of the End (Music: A. Björler / Johansson / Lindberg - Instrumental)


At the Gates

Guest musicians


Artwork and design

  • Kristian Wåhlinartwork, logo
  • Absolute Design Associates – additional artwork and layout
  • Frequent Form – logo concept



Chart Peak
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[13] 200


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