Band Photo: Arch Enemy (?)
From: Halmstad, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active
This melodic death metal band, formed by former Carcass’ guitarist, Michael Amott, started out with Johan Liiva on vocals, but then replaced him with Angela Gossow. Though a female replaced him, the band still has the same death metal vocal style. Gossow, who has only been with the band on the past two albums, has been able to create a strong presence in the band.
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Arch Enemy proudly presents new live DVD "As The Stages Burn," taken from the band's largest stage production to date and unforgettable performance last summer at the Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany.
This performance marks the pinnacle of a campaign in support of "War Eternal." It all began in March of 2014 when the band announced new vocalist Alissa White-Gluz as well as the video for the album title track. This debut track went on to become the bands most successful video, surpassing 20 million views on YouTube.
The release of "War Eternal" also saw Arch Enemy reaching highest U.S. and German chart positions to date and playing more than 200 shows in over 40 countries around the world. Exclusive "As The Stages Burn" release shows with special support from Lacuna Coil and The Haunted have also been announced:
03.30.2017 - Zeche, Bochum, Germany *
03.31.2017 - Hellraiser, Leipzig, Germany *
04.01.2017 - Rock in Hell, Colmar, France *
04.02.2017 - Heavy Scotland, Edinburgh, UK
04.04.2017 - Neue Stadthalle, Langen (Hessen), Germany **
04.05.2017 - Backstage Werk, München, Germany **
04.06.2017 -Saarbrücken - Garage, Germany **
04.07.2017 - Durbuy Rock Festival, Durbuy, Belgium **
04.08.2017 - Betiz Fest, Cambrai, France *
04.09.2017 -Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik, Germany **
* with The Haunted
** with The Haunted and Lacuna Coil More...
UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - have now opened up the 2017 installment to public sales. Check out how to plan your metal vacation using the link below.
In addition, the lineup is taking shape as an additional 20 acts were added to the bill, bringing the total announced at 36 of 60 bands, as follows:
Arch Enemy, Demolition Hammer, Devildriver, Draconinan, Dying Fetus, Gojira, Marduk, Moonsorrow, Omnium Gatherum, Orden Ogan, Revocation, Saltatio Mortis, Serenity, Stamina, Stuck Mojo, Testament, Uli Jon Roth, Unleashed, Vreid and Xandria.
70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail on February 2nd-6th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and for the first time will port in Haiti at Labadee.
The festival will once again be hosted by The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!
The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.
Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service. For more information or to book your high seas metal adventure, head on over to 70000tons.com.
Arch Enemy, Demolition Hammer, Devildriver, Draconinan, Dying Fetus, Gojira, Marduk, Moonsorrow, Omnium Gatherum, Orden Ogan, Revocation, Saltatio Mortis, Serenity, Stamina, Stuck Mojo, Testament, Uli Jon Roth, Unleashed, Vreid and Xandria join the previously named 16 acts, with 24 still to be announced: More...
Pro-shot footage from this weekend’s "Wacken Open Air" festival in Germany is streaming below. Below you can watch the entire live sets from Arch Enemy & Triptykon:
Arch Enemy - Live @ Wacken 2016 - Full Concert:
Triptykon - Live @ Wacken 2016 - Full Concert: More...
This weekend, you can stream portions of the 2016 edition of Wacken Open Air live via Arte.tv. Some of the top bands offered for streaming: Iron Maiden, Blind Guardian, Saxon, Testament, Eluveitie and Ministry (among others).
The live stream can be accessed at this location.
The schedule for streaming can be found below (note: all times are CET):
Thursday, August 4th:
16h50-17h35 Henry Rollins
20h35-21h25 Phil Campbell’s All Starr Band
21h30-23h30 Iron Maiden
00h45-01h00 Born to Lose, Lived To Win (A Farewell to Lemmy Kilmister)
Friday, August 5:
16h20 17h20 Entombed A.D.
17h25-18h25 Axel Rudi Pell
19h50-21h05 Bullet For My Valentine
22h30-00h00 Blind Guardian
Saturday, August 6th:
17h00-18h10 Metal Church
19h35-20h50 Steel Panther
00h40-01h55 Parkway Drive
01h55-03h10 Arch Enemy More...
Arch Enemy will unveil the band's largest stage production to date at Wacken Open Air on Saturday, August 6th at around midnight, making this performance the pinnacle of a highly successful album campaign in support of "War Eternal."
It all began in March of 2014 when the band announced new vocalist Alissa White-Gluz as well as the video for the album title track, "War Eternal."
Though Wacken Open Air will not be the last time we see Arch Enemy supporting War Eternal live, it will be something that fans have never seen before. You can catch a press conferences from the band at Wacken on Friday August 5th 5:00pm - 5:45pm CET in the press tent / VIP area, or online at Facebook here the same day. Catch Arch Enemy live:
08.04.2016 Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
08.06.2016 Wacken Open Air, Wacken, Germany
08.07.2016 RheinRiot 2016, Cologne, Germany (with Devildriver, Aborted and more)
08.10.2016 Foir Aux Vins Festival, Colmar, France
08.11.2016 Hirsch, Nuremberg, Germany
08.12.2016 Brutal Assault Festival, Josefov, Czech Republic
08.13.2016 Metal on the Hill, Graz, Austria
08.15.2016 Klub B90, Danzig, Poland
08.17.2016 Barba Negra Track, Budapest, Hungary
08.19.2016 Summer Breeze, Dinkelsbuehl, Germany
08.20.2016 Himos Park, Jämsä, Finland (with Nightwish)
08.21.2016 Waterfront, Norwich, United Kingdom (supported by Soilwork)
08.22.2016 Corporation, Sheffield, United Kingdom (supported by Soilwork)
08.23.2016 Tramshed, Cardiff, United Kingdom (supported by Soilwork)
08.24.2016 Engine Rooms, Southampton, United Kingdom (supported by Soilwork)
08.26.2016 Reload Festival, Sulingen, Germany
08.27.2016 Neuborn Open Air Festival, Wörrstadt, Germany
09.22.2016 La Belle Électrique, Grenoble, France
09.23.2016 LA BAM, Metz, France
09.24.2016 Wuennstock Herbst Festival, Bad Wuennenberg, Germany
09.25.2016 Femme Metal Event, Eindhoven, Netherlands More...
Swedish metal band Soilwork released 10th album "The Ride Majestic" last year (reviewed here) and now the wait is finally over for U.K. fans to experience it live.
Soilwork will support Arch Enemy across the U.K. before playing a headline London show this August. Vocalist Bjorn 'Speed' Strid states:
"We are very excited to announce this UK run together with our fellow Swedes in Arch Enemy. For the first time since Ozzfest 2005, we are once again sharing the stage! It will be one hell of a riff-and shred fest, ladies and gents! We're also announcing a special one off headline show at the Underworld in London on August 25th. It's been a long time coming... do not miss out! See you in August!"
In January of 2016, Mexico will serve as host to Arch Enemy for three special events. These dates will kick off with the band's first ever appearance in Chihuahua, at the House of Blues.
Night two will see a performance in Monterrey, at Café Iguana, with night three landing at Palacio de los Deportes' Pabellon Oeste. This particular event will boast a setlist of exclusive songs and feature very special guests, Armageddon, which features Michael Amott's brother / ex-Arch Enemy guitar player, Christopher Amott.
On the upcoming performances, Arch Enemy chief song-writer and band leader Michael Amott comments: "Very excited to have the opportunity of returning to Mexico for three shows in January 2016! Mexico has been host to some of the craziest and most intense Arch Enemy shows - and this time will be no different I'm sure. This is War Eternal! ¡Que viva México!"
North America will also see Arch Enemy make a special appearance at the 2016 NAMM conference at the Schecter after party. More...
Metal Allegiance premieres another new music video for the band's cover of Dio's “We Rock“, taken from the band's self-titled debut album, which is out now in stores via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The supergroup's core musicians include Megadeth‘s David Ellefson, Testament‘s Alex Skolnick and Mike Portnoy of The Winery Dogs/ex-Dream Theater.
Joining them on "We Rock" are Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Chris Jericho (Fozzy), Tim "Ripper" Owens (ex-Judas Priest), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Chuck Billy (Testament), Steve “Zetro” Souza (Exodus), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Phil Demmel (Machine Head) and Gary Holt (Slayer/Exodus) with additional lead guitars.
Check it out now below.
Update: this is a bad year for U.S. metal tours. Obscura just dropped off the bill due to visa problems.
Arch Enemy is kicking off the 2015 installment of Summer Slaughter, which sees the griyo as the tour's headliner.
This will mark the band's second North American run on this album cycle - but the first stateside trek to feature new guitarist Jeff Loomis. For a preview of what concert-goers can expect live, a new tour trailer has been launched, featuring footage of the track "Avalanche" from Hellfest.
The Summer Slaughter tour also features Born Of Osiris, Veil of Maya, The Acacia Strain, Obscura, Beyond Creation, and Cattle Decapitation. Dates are as follows: More...
Arch Enemy is streaming a brand new illustration video demonstrating the creation of the layout used in a new Arch Enemy merch design. The clip was directed by Felix Laflamme. The song featured in the clip is "Avalanche" taken from the band's latest album "War Eternal" out via Century Media Records.
Check it out now below.
Michael Amott from Arch Enemy sat down for an interview at the Graspop Metal Meeting in Belgium, in which he discussed the band's success in changing vocalists from the iconic Angela Gossow to Alissa White-Gluz (in addition to changing from Johan Liiva to Angela Gossow back in 2000). Video of the interview can be seen below, while relevant excerpts are as follows:
"It all happened very quickly, actually. The initial feeling was also that this is gonna be very difficult to replace an iconic front figure in a band who is well established. But Alissa came into the picture very quickly. I mean, at the end of the day I had two choices: to stop the band and say, 'that was a great run,' and just finish it; or try something... with the new lineup. And we just did that, and it's worked out very, very well for us, so we're very happy.
He goes on to say, "I believe that it's in nature of being a fan that you want… you fall in love with a band at one point in your life and you want them to stay exactly the same for the rest of, never change the sound, how they look. And, obviously, this was a big change, but I think it was a successful one. There are a lot of examples when it hasn't worked out so well for bands when they changed their singer, but this is one of those rare cases where, actually, the band has kind of gone up instead of staying the same."
Arch Enemy presents "Burning Angel" hot sauce, which will be available during the Summer Slaughter tour this July/August (which we can only hope doesn't go the way of the Metal Alliance tour). Michael Amott comments:
"As an avid hot sauce enthusiast, I'm very excited to be able to bring out the Arch Enemy 'Burning Angel' Habanero Hot Sauce! We will start with selling it exclusively on the road during the Summer Slaughter U.S. tour. I guess a hot tour just got a little hotter!"
See the band live on these upcoming Summer Slaughter tour dates:
July 28, 2015 - The Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO
July 30, 2015 - Val Air Ballroom - Des Moines, IA
July 31, 2015 - Skyway Theater - Minneapolis, MN
Aug. 1, 2015 - Mojoes - Joliet, IL
Aug. 2, 2015 - The Agora Theatre - Cleveland, OH
Aug. 3, 2015 - The Northland Performing Arts Center - Columbus, OH
Aug. 5, 2015 - Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA
Aug. 6, 2015 - Club 77 - Hamilton, ON
Aug. 7, 2015 - Heavy MTL - Montreal, QC
Aug. 8, 2015 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA
Aug. 9, 2015 - Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ
Aug. 12, 2015 - Webster Hall - New York, NY w/ The All Stars Tour
Aug. 13, 2015 - Rams Head Live - Baltimore, MD
Aug. 14, 2015 - Gwar-B-Q Fest - Richmond, VA
Aug. 15, 2015 - The International - Knoxville, TN
Aug. 17, 2015 - Gas Monkey Live! - Dallas, TX
Aug. 18, 2015 - Empire Control Room & Garage - Austin, TX
Aug. 20, 2015 - The Marquee - Tempe, AZ
Aug. 21, 2015 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA
Aug. 22, 2015 - City National Grove Of Anaheim - Anaheim, CA
Aug. 23, 2015 - The Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
Aug. 24, 2015 - Regent Theater - Los Angeles, CA More...
German/French TV station ARTE is streaming pro-shot live video footage of Arch Enemy's entire Hellfest performance, which took place last Sunday, June 21st in Clisson, France.
Check it out now below.
As previously announced, extreme metal titans Arch Enemy will return to North America this July/August to headline the 2015 installment of Summer Slaughter featuring Born Of Osiris, Veil of Maya, The Acacia Strain, Obscura, After the Burial, Cattle Decapitation, and Beyond Creation.
Additional dates have now been added to the summer trek, with the current full Summer Slaughter itinerary as follows:
July 28, 2015 - The Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO
July 30, 2015 - Val Air Ballroom - Des Moines, IA
July 31, 2015 - Skyway Theater - Minneapolis, MN More...
Arch Enemy will return to North America this July/August to headline the 2015 installment of the Summer Slaughter tour.
Featuring Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, The Acacia Strain, Obscura, After the Burial, Cattle Decapitation and Beyond Creation as support, this tour will mark the band's second North American run on this album cycle - but the first stateside trek to feature new guitarist Jeff Loomis.
Arch Enemy founder and guitarist Michael Amott comments: "Very pleased to be returning to North America on our current 'War Eternal' campaign...It's an absolute honor to headline the 2015 edition of the legendary Summer Slaughter tour! See you all very soon!"
Dates are as follows (more to be added in the coming weeks): More...
Swedish melodic death metal act Arch Enemy premiered a new music video for the track "Stolen Life" over at Decibel Magazine's site at this location (also in the player below). The song appears on the latest effort "War Eternal," which is out now via Century Media Records.
The band is currently trekking across Europe in support of the album. Remaining tour dates can be found over at this location.
Founder and guitarist Michael Amott comments: "I can't believe it's been almost a year since we released the 'War Eternal' album! Time flies when you're having fun huh?! We're just starting up our summer tour here in Europe and there's still a long way to go - we're booked up till Christmas! There has been such an amazing reaction to the new music and lineup and it is really keeping us motivated. Having Jeff Loomis out with us on the road is fantastic. A fine player and a true gentleman. I'm super happy that he could throw down a couple of leads on this new exciting version of 'Stolen Life', it really adds some new fire to the song. On our recent tour in Latin America we had the opportunity to film a video for our new single. It was a really good experience working with the talented Abysmo team and I'm more than happy with the end result! I look forward to seeing you all out there on the road..."
Check out "Stolen Life" here: More...
Unearth will be supporting the "Watchers Of Rule" album with a World Tour in 2015. The trip includes return stops in Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia and a first time trip to the island of Okinawa (Japan). The journey continues in May with shows and festival appearances in Europe like Groezrock Festival (Belgium), Grüne Hölle Rock (Germany), Viborg Metal Festival (Denmark) and many more. Furthermore the New England Metal pioneers have been announced as main support on the Arch Enemy "European War Eternal" 2015 Tour.
Vocalist Trevor Phipps commented: "We are amped to hit the road with the mighty Arch Enemy in Europe this May and June. We've collectively been fans of that band for years and are pumped to finally get to tour together. Get ready for a killer tour Europe! Also be sure to catch us at numerous festival appearances before and throughout the Arch Enemy dates."
30.04. Dunkerque - Les 4 Ecluses (France)
01.05. Meerhout - Groezrock Festival (Belgium)
02.05. Viborg - Viborg Metal Festival (Denmark)
03.05. Hannover - Faust (Germany)
04.05. Bourg en Bresse - La Tannerie (France)
05.05. Lille - Le Splendid (France) + ARCH ENEMY
06.05. Savigny Le Temple - L'Empreinte (France) + ARCH ENEMY
07.05. St. Etienne - Le Fil (France) + ARCH ENEMY
08.05. Audincourt - Le Moloco (France) + ARCH ENEMY
09.05. Bourg En Bresse - La Tannerie (France)
10.05. Uelsen - ZAK (Germany) + ARCH ENEMY
11.05. Zürich - Komplex 457 (Switzerland) + ARCH ENEMY
14.05. Lausanne - Les Docks (Switzerland) + ARCH ENEMY
15.05. Tonrino - Audiodrome (Italy) + ARCH ENEMY
16.05. Pinarella de Cervia - Rock Planet (Italy) + ARCH ENEMY
18.05. Bordeaux - Krakatoa (France)
21.05. Lisboa - Paradise Garage (Portugal)
22.05. Porto - Hardclub (Portugal)
23.05. Santiago de Compostela - Capitol (Spain)
28.05. Annecy - Brise Glase (France)
29.05. Nürburg - Grüne Hölle Rock (Germany)
30.05. Warsaw - Ursynalia 2015 (Poland)
31.05. München - Rockavaria (Germany)
02.06. Budapest - Open Air (Hungary)
03.06. Graz - Orpheum (Austria)
04.06. Wörgl - Komma (Austria)
07.06. Alkmaar - Podium Victorie (Netherlands)
20.-24.07. Tolmin - Metal Days Festival (Slovenia)
Finnish metal act Amorphis started the year off by demoing new songs for their upcoming 12th studio album, which is tarted for release in September. The band will start pre-production this month in Helsinki with producer Jens Bogren. The album recordings will begin in April at Bogren's Fascination Street Studio in Stockholm.
The lyrics are written by Amorphis' spiritual mentor Pekka Kainulainen: "Like Kalevala, they are descriptions of natural phenomena, seasons and the human mind. Recccuring situations where hope and uncertainty alternate. Attempting to gain advice from higher powers. The poems do not form a complete story per se, but they are drawn together by a certain theme. We live under a red cloud and once again, time weighs us.”
The new album will be released in September when Amorphis will embark on a world tour, starting from their native Finland. Amorphis will be touring Europe with Nightwish at the end of the year.
This past December, Amorphis completed a successful Central European "Retro" tour where the band played their legendary "Tales From The Thousand Lakes" album in its entirety to celebrate the 20th anniversary of said record. As a special treat for the fans, Amorphis also played songs from their debut album, which they haven't played in more than two decades. In Germany the media praised the tour of its authencity and its "time travel to 20 years ago" aspect.
"The tour set pays homage to the TFTTL album and did not include a single song released after 1995. It was great to see how boldly Tales... functions as a whole.”
Upcoming confirmed live dates are as follows:
Amorphis Summer Festivals in Finland:
06.06.2015 Tampere – Radio City South Park
27.06.2015 Helsinki – Tuska Open Air
03.07.2015 Turku – Ruisrock
17-19.07.2015 Joensuu – Ilosaarirock More...
A new video and trailer for Arch Enemy's upcoming European tour, featuring the 1st official live performance footage with the band's new guitarist, Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore), can be seen below.
States Michael Amott about Arch Enemy's musical chemistry: More...
Can 21st-century metalheads ever be truly happy if they’re not bitching about something on the web?
The pointless arguments over bands’ music, which mostly boil down to matters of taste, are exhausting enough. And there’s a simple solution to dissatisfaction with a particular tour package: stay home and masturbate.
But complaining about festival lineups? Really?
I have some news for you, sport: the only Perfect Metal Festival Lineup, which exists only in an individual’s imagination, attracts an audience of one. Your Perfect Lineup is different from mine.
There needs to be a common denominator, a compromise. I don’t know about you, but when I’m not basking in my serene, elite metal knowledge via trve and righteous, smarmy and self-congratulatory screeds on Facebook, I actually enjoy watching a live show in the company of others. And in reaching the compromise to make that social event possible, everyone’s Perfect Lineup inevitably becomes less than perfect. Such is the transition from fantasy to reality.
In the process, like small children finally realizing that vegetables aren’t going to kill them, we learn that the reality is almost always better than the fantasy (discounting the fact that the latter doesn’t exist). MTV’s Butt-Head once mused on this very issue: “If nothing sucked, and everything was, like, cool all the time… how would you KNOW it was cool?”
At a several-day festival with dozens of bands on multiple stages, we NEED at least a handful of acts we know we can ignore. Otherwise, think of the immense pressure to be constantly on our feet, rushing back and forth, watching every equally important band with rapt attention. Even if possible, it would be simply overwhelming. We’d pass out from exhaustion and forget to enjoy ourselves. Plus, the truly special acts wouldn’t seem as special.
Last summer at Tuska Open Air in Helsinki, rather than bitch about the injustice of Bring Me The Horizon directly preceding Anthrax, I was grateful for the chance to relax and have a beer before catching a show by one of the Big Four. More...