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  • Broken Base: To Drink from the Night Itself. Was it a good follow up to At War with Reality or even Slaughter of the Soul? Or was it a disappointing mess that just so happened to be tampered by Century Medianote 
  • 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.
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  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks! - Considering it's one of the greatest metal albums of all time, Slaughter of the Soul is bound to get some hate.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny - Tons of Metalcore bands have copied the sound displayed on Slaughter of the Soul, therefore 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.
  • Tough Act to Follow - At the Gates released Slaughter of the Soul in 1995. Then they disbanded on a good note. Oh, wait! 2014 brought us At War with Reality, and although it was critically acclaimed it's not on par with Slaughter.
  • Vindicated by History: As with "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny above; the huge influence of Slaughter of the Soul towards the melodic metalcore subgenre, coupled with the fact that Metalcore itself has become a Dead Horse Genre leads to Slaughter becoming a significant album in heavy metal history. It is now seen as one of the four highly-influential Melodic Death Metal albums along with Heartwork, The Gallery, and The Jester Race.

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