As “The Nightmare Of Being” approaches, Swedish Grand Masters of Metal At The Gates have chosen to work with director Patric Ullaeus (Arch Enemy, In Flames, Dimmu Borgir) to create a music video for the second single from the 2nd July via Century Media appearing album. The song of choice is “The Paradox”, which follows opening cut “Spectre of Extinction” from an album that was recorded in Sweden at several different 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 before the album was mixed and mastered at Fascination Street Studios (Amon Amarth, Opeth, Kreator) by Jens Bogren.
Vocalist Tomas Lindberg Redant commented about “The Paradox” and its video: “Humanity is the biggest paradox. We as humans always want justification for the big things: death, the meaning of life, etc. Our knowledge of being mortals drives us away from being human, hence the paradox. We invent defense mechanisms to protect us from the thought of death, religion, different –isms, etc. This first time our producer Jens Bogren heard this song, he said “This is a monster!”. It touches on some core parts of the At The Gates sound, but builds further, on top of that, some classic NWOBHM, Mercyful Fate vibes thrown in for good measure. It is a death metal song, but has its progressive moments. Enjoy! This was a very fun video to record, as we tried to create most of the “special effects” in an analog way, and not just to be added in the editing. Hence we were drenched in tons of crushed coal and soil, which took over a week and a lot of showers to get out of our hair, haha. We really wanted an oppressive, apocalyptic emotion for this video. And Patric Ullaeus, being the master that he is, went all the way to make that happen!”