Wat een fantastische videoclip! Wat een wereldnummer! Onze favoriete zingende "truckersklak" is terug en hoe. De intro geeft nog niet zoveel prijs maar dan, na zo'n anderhalve minuut komt Spectre of Extinction als een stevige muilpeer tegen uw bakkens aangevlogen. Met een bijzondere bijdrage van King Diamond gitarist Andy La Rocque op leadguitar. En dat is nog maar de voorbode voor het langverwachte nieuwe AT THE GATES album, The Nightmare of Being, dat op 2 juli op de wereld zal worden losgelaten via Century Media Records. Wij trekken alvast streepjes op de muren van onze isolatiecel om af te tellen.
Tomas Lindberg Redant commented about “Spectre of Extinction”, as follows: “It is always very hard to choose which song to release to the public first, especially with this album having so many layers and textures. We did feel, however, that this, the opening track of the record, represented the overall feel of the album. It has the musical depths that you would expect from an AT THE GATES track, and still carries that intensity and urgency that we have always tried to get across with our music. For the video, it was wonderful to be able to continue the work with the mighty Patric Ullaeus, as he understands our vision with the music and is willing to go all the way to portray the song’s inner dimensions. I think he did that excellently with this one and I’m very proud of the result. The lyrics deal with humanity’s will and how that clashes with our consciousness, and our knowledge of our mortality. Enjoy!”
While main parts for “The Nightmare Of Being” were recorded in several different Swedish studios - Drums at Studio Gröndal with Jens Bogren, guitars and bass with Andy La Rocque at Sonic Train Studio and vocals at Welfare Sounds with Per Stålberg -, the album was mixed and mastered at Fascination Street Studios (Amon Amarth, Opeth, Kreator, etc.) by Jens Bogren, who has previously worked with AT THE GATES on their “At War With Reality” comeback album from 2014. The album’s visual concept was developed by artist Eva Nahon.