At The Gates
With Fear I Kiss the Burning Darkness
This was my favourite album when I was a greasy, long-haired kid in high school and remains one of my favourite albums as a greasy, dad-haired adult. There’s something about the way the guitars weave between each other that’s absolutely mesmerizing. Every song is full of left turns. Kinetic riffs appear out of nowhere, stick around for a second then vanish. That the album isn’t a complete mess is a testament to how talented they are. Although, the production is shit, but that’s true of all 90’s death metal. At The Gates went on to inspire every terrible metal band of the 2000’s, but this second album is absolutely untouchable.
(Jed Gauthier, guitar and vocals)