At the Gates singer Tomas Lindberg gave an update on the band's recently announced comeback record, confirming that the bar is as high as it can be for the Swedish five-piece.
"We feel that we have great and relevant new music in us," the vocalist explained. "And we know how important this next album will be. When Anders [Bjorler] came around saying that he had been jamming some new ideas around, it was not hard to make the decision to go 'all in,' so to say.
"I know it's kind of a gamble or what you want to call it," Tomas continued. "But this is a very creative album that we are writing right now, it's not a comfortable 'Slaughter of the Soul Pt. 2' or anything like that, it's an album that I feel is pushing our own boundaries, and challenges our collective creative intellect. And that is the main reason for us to do this, it's for our own sake."
Confirming 14 songs ready, 11 or 12 of which "have been deemed album worthy by the whole band," Lindberg added feeling "the vibe that existed when we were writing 'Slaughter of the Soul.' We live and breathe this new album, 24/7."
"This is an album that is so full on conceptually and creatively, so involved and ambitious that I am almost compelled to call it pretentious," the singer added, just to be asked about Carcass' "Surgical Steel" being the "bar for death metal comebacks."
"We set our own bar - and it's higher than 'Slaughter of the Soul' and 'Surgical Steel' combined," he responded. "I know that a lot of people have expectations of what a new At the Gates album would be like, good or bad. But it's our own expectations that will have to be met at the end of the day, and they are higher than anyone's out there, I can reassure you that."
"Slaughter of the Soul" saw its release in November 1995 via Earache Records.