"The Book Of Sand (The Abomination)", the new video from Swedish melodic death metal pioneers AT THE GATES, can be seen below. The clip was created by Costin Chioreanu, who was already responsible for the challenging artwork concept of the band's comeback album, "At War With Reality", as well as the creation of the animated video for the song "Heroes And Tombs".
"The Book Of Sand (The Abomination)" video consists of performance footage shot at the Rockstadt Extreme Fest in Romania on August 15:
Comments AT THE GATES guitarist Anders Björler: "Costin has been a huge part of 'At War With Reality' every step of the way. He did the magnificent album art and artwork as well as the impressive animated video for 'Heroes And Tombs'. Now, he captures the magic of our visit in Romania a couple of weeks ago. A festival situated on the grounds of Transylvania.
"'The Book Of Sand (The Abomination)' was actually the first song written for the new album and contains elements from our entire musical history."
Asked if there are any plans for AT THE GATES to head back into the studio to begin work on the follow-up to "At War With Reality", singer Tomas Lindberg told GetYourRockOut in June: "Right now, we're just doing this, because the album took so long; it was lots of hard work for us. And we are so happy with how it's received. And we are so happy to be able to play it live. Because we don't wanna do it as a career thing; we just wanna enjoy where we are. We're enjoying this now and this is what we do. When we feel like we're done touring this record, that's when we'll sit down and see, 'Do we have any more songs?' It's very undramatic. We don't want this to get stale either. When we're done with this record, that's when we'll start thinking about the new one."
On April 6, AT THE GATES released a very special split seven-inch EP (together with VOIVOD) to accompany the band's latest tour. The EP featured the AT THE GATES bonus track "Language Of The Dead" from the "At War With Reality" sessions — previously unreleased on vinyl! — while VOIVOD contributed a new track, "We Are Connected". The EP was "double A-sided" (meaning, each band has their own, reversible front-cover side!) and came with artwork created for both bands by VOIVOD's Michel "Away" Langevin.
"At War With Reality" was released on October 28, 2014 (one day earlier internationally) via Century Media. The CD, which sold 7,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 53 on The Billboard 200 chart, was recorded at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg and was mixed at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden with Jens Bogren (OPETH, KATATONIA, SOILWORK, PARADISE LOST, KREATOR).