At The Gates revealed their replacement for founder and legendary guitarist Anders Bjorler, who announced in March that he was leaving the band. The new axe-man is none other than Jonas Stålhammar . Stålhammar has played in a plethora of bands (The Lurking Fear, Crippled Black Phoenix, Bombs Of Hades and God Macabre, and more) and has known the guys from ATG for years, so it's a logical choice and will be a good fit for the group. It will be interesting to see what new dynamic he brings to the band.
ATG has also announced that it has eleven new songs ready to be recorded for a new album, which is due out some time in 2018. The recording is scheduled to begin November 2017 and last through January 2018.
At The Gates' official announcement stated: “We have finally decided on a new guitar player, and we are ready to rip again! Actually he was our first choice, and we are happy to have him on board. Jonas Stålhammar has been a friend since the late eighties (Tomas used to tape trade with him back then!), and our paths have crossed many times during our careers.)"
"We were looking for someone who had the same reference points as we do, someone from the same path, so to say, who understand the greatness of both Autopsy and King Crimson. Of course it was essential that our new member could fill the shoes of Anders' performance-wise as well, but that was never an issue with Jonas. We were looking for someone with a deep understanding of what AT THE GATES are about, someone who could contribute creatively to the band."