YMMV / At the Gates

  • Broken Base: Did the band peak with The Red in the Sky is Ours and devolve into a sound that served as a bastardization of everything that extreme metal stands for, or did the band consistently improve until they released the fullest distillation of their sound with Slaughter of the Soul? Ask a fan and the answer will be given to you vehemently and passionately.
  • Face of the Band - Tomas Lindberg.
  • Fandom Rivalry - With Dark Tranquillity and, to a lesser degree, In Flames, depending on who you ask. Unfounded, as all three bands have toured together, are all currently signed to the same label - Century Media Records, and helped each other from time to time.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks - The reaction from longtime fans to Slaughter of the Soul.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny - So many damn bands have copied the chug-heavy power riffing style present in Slaughter of the Soul, it can be hard for first-time listeners to figure out what was so special about it.
  • Signature Song - "Blinded by Fear", the opening track of Slaughter of the Soul.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks - As with the popularity reaction above, many fans really hated Slaughter of the Soul; they're generally easier on Terminal Spirit Disease, despite the fact that it was with TSD that At the Gates turned to melodeath.
    • For many, the biggest complaint about Slaughter of the Soul has to do with the fact that the songs and riffs have less variety than any of the previous albums moreso than the change to melodeath itself. There's also the fact that the riffs from Slaughter have been recycled by so many Metalcore bands, that some have even taken to retroactively labeling it as a Metalcore album. With Metalcore being The Scrappy of the metal world currently, the association automatically gives the album a fairly vocal Hate Dumb.