Unexpectedly for the fans, the guitarist Anders Björler, who has been in the band since the beginning announced that he withdraws for good. In his own words: “Just a quick note to let everybody know that I am leaving At The Gates permanently. The passion is just gone. There might be a more lengthy statement in the future, but at the moment I feel no need to explain further. This is a personal decision, and it has 100% to do with the music side of things. The reunion in 2008, and the subsequent tours, as well as the comeback album At War With Reality, really helped revisiting our friendship, and it brought us together in a way I will always remember and cherish. I would also like to thank all the people that supported us throughout the reunion shows as well as the At War With Reality album. Thanks a lot!”
At The Gates announced regarding Anders Björler leaving: “So, it is now official that Anders Björler is no longer a part of At The Gates. He will always be part of the At The Gates family, of course, but he will no longer write, record or play with us live. This is something that we, the rest of the band, have felt was on its way for quite some time, as that special spark was no longer with him the last year. We are grateful for all we have experienced together with him, all the records, all the songs, all the gigs, all the laughs and good times.”
Meanwhile the band is writing new songs for their upcoming album ‘At War With Reality‘.