Swedish metal band At The Gates, who are credited with pioneering the “Gothenburg style” melodic death metal sound, have unveiled the album artwork for their upcoming album At War With Reality, which comes out October 28th via Century Media Records. The artwork was designed by Costin Chioreanu who, “…gave the strong lyrical theme of At War With Reality an outstanding conceptual togetherness with the visuals he crafted for this project.”
Vocalist/lyricist Tomas Lindberg states:
The concept of ‘At War with Reality’ is based on the literary genre called ‘Magic Realism’. The main style within this genre is the notion that ‘reality’ is ever-changing, and needs to be constantly re-discovered and re-conquered. We felt that Costin’s artwork style would be the perfect visual contribution to this album, so he became the natural choice…
Guitarist Anders Björler further explained:
I got in touch with Costin a few years back. I was immediately impressed with his dark and original style. He collaborated on some T-shirt designs for AT THE GATES as well as designing the album artwork for my Instrumental Project. We realized pretty early on that his style would accompany the music and the concept perfectly.
Some of the songs included on At War With Reality are the following: “Death And The Labyrinth”, “The Circular Ruins”, “The Conspiracy Of The Blind”, “Order From Chaos”, “Eater Of Gods” and “Upon Pillars Of Dust”.
You can see the artwork below.
Album artist Costin Chioreanu comments:
I have been waiting for this album for almost 20 years and it’s the biggest honor for me to illustrate it – As there is no greater achievement for a dreamer than the moment when the dream becomes reality. ‘At War With Reality’ is by far the most complex visual story I have ever created, from all points of view. From the very first moment the band presented the concept, I found it extremely stunning and at the same time super-challenging. I like to think that visual art and music are tools to explore our minds – to create, to discover and to push the limits. AT THE GATES, one of my all-time favorite Metal bands, offered me a chance to explore a new dimension.