Vera : Before At The Gates would present themselves as one of the echelons of the Gothenburg sound with albums like the debut ‘The Red In The Sky Is Ours’ and (surely!) ‘With Fear I Kiss The Burning Darkness’ in the next years, they released a first demo EP ‘Gardens Of Grief’ in 1991. At that time on cassette only. Now Dissoance re-releases it on MCD.
In four songs – twenty minutes length – we learn that the foundation of the band’s sound was already present, yet in embryonic form. ‘Souls Of The Evil Departed’ opens with dark, mysterious sounds, but soon we hear that legendary sprinkling guitar sound. The low-ranged guttural grunts of Lindberg sound less hysterical than later. Raucousness prevails in ‘At The Gates’, while ‘All Life Ends’ includes any doom influences. ‘City Of Screaming Statues’ is used as bonus track on a couple of reissues before. This might be interesting for diehard fans. As usual with demos, the proper potential still has to be developed. We look forward to new work of the Swedish band. ‘To Drink From The Night Itself’ will be released mid May.