Hear This: Recapturing romance with At The Gates’ Slaughter Of The Soul

In Hear This, A.V. Club writers sing the praises of songs they know well. This week, like the sheep we are, we’re picking songs by the first bands we loved because a significant other loved them.

At The Gates, Slaughter Of The Soul (1995)

I haven’t had a lot of significant others. My first boyfriend was really into Dave Matthews Band and Austin Powers, so I didn’t take much from that romantic foray, musically speaking. My second “serious” boyfriend, Thom, was a bit of a contradiction though, in that he loved both light stuff, like Ida and K., and metal. (He even fronted a screaming fantasy metal act.) He died while we were dating, and it was horrible and tragic, so pretty much everything I remember about him has a big sentimental place in my heart. So, while there are videos of Thom being weird and …

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