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Formed: 1996
From: Halmstad, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active

Background

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.

Latest Arch Enemy News

Below is our complete Arch Enemy news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Century Media Announces "Keep A Breast" Sale

The Century Family and the Keep A Breast Foundation have teamed up to launch a Halloween sale. Throughout the entire month of October, thirteen albums under The Century Family's umbrella will be for sale right here. For every album sold, The Century Family will donate $0.50 to the Keep A Breast Foundation to support their cause against breast cancer. Below is the list of albums involved in the sale:

...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - "TAO Of The Dead"
Arch Enemy - "Khaos Legions"
Blaqk Audio - "Bright Black Heaven"
Fozzy - "Sin And Bones"
In This Moment - "Blood"
Iwrestledabearonce - "Ruining It For Everybody"
Lacuna Coil - "Dark Adrenaline"
Matt Skiba & The Sekrets - "Babylon"
Otherwise - "True Love Never Dies"
Rise To Remain - "City Of Vultures"
Suicide Silence - "Black Crown"
The Agonist - "Prisoners"
Vampires Everywhere! - "Hellbound & Heartless"

In addition to having select albums on sale, The Century Family also has a limited number of t-shirts available via CM Distro. 100% of the proceeds from t-shirt sales will be donated to the Keep A Breast Foundation.

For many of the artists participating, they are not only supporting a good cause, but supporting something close to them. The Keep A Breast Foundation has posted videos of those artists talking about their personal experiences with breast cancer or cancer in general.

And now a relevant photo of Maria Brink from In This Moment: More...

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Arch Enemy Releases New Music Video

Arch Enemy's "Khaos Legions" campaign moves forward with a new video for the song “Cruelty Without Beauty” from the latest album, along with more tour dates to spread the Khaos worldwide. Check out the clip through Revolvermag.com here or in the player below.

Angela Gossow comments: “I’m very pleased we got this video done for one of my favourite songs off the Khaos Legions album. The video is quite raw and extreme as it reflects the lyrics very well I believe, dealing with a subject matter close to my heart - animal cruelty and vivisection.

"We want to thank the good folks at Peta2, Hardforce, Metalitalia and The Metal Circus for supporting a serious subject. All of us have been well aware that a video like this doesn’t find everybody’s acceptance. But rock music was always more than guitar riffs – it’s also the voice of the voiceless.

"The autumn will be busy with more Arch Enemy European shows including 4 shows in Spain with special support from extreme metal legends Voivod. The year will close with a South America tour ending in Mexico City (where despite the Mayan Calendar the world doesn’t end). The band hopes to see you somewhere!" More...

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Immolation Confirmed For Hell Inside Festival

U.S. death metal bulldozer Immolation (which is currently hard at work on the band's next album for Nuclear Blast) will play Hell Inside Festival on October 6th, 2012 in Würzburg, Germany. Tickets are available for pre-sale over at this location. The lineup is:

Friday, 05.10.2012
13:30 - 14:00 DEMOGORGON
14:15 - 14:45 CEREBRAL BORE
15:00 - 15:30 IZEGRIM
15:45 - 16:15 ZOMBIE INC.
16:30 - 17:15 CRIPPER
17:30 - 18:15 REVOCATION
18:30 - 19:15 EVOCATION
19:30 - 20:15 JOB FOR A COWBOY
20:35 - 21:35 ONSLAUGHT
21:55 - 22:55 DYING FETUS
23:30 - 01:00 ARCH ENEMY
01:20 - 02:00 KROW (Aftershow) More...

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Hackneyed Joining Arch Enemy On European Shows

After it was announced that Titans Eve would be joining Arch Enemy for upcoming tour dates, Hackneyed has now issued the following statement about also joining the European trek:

"We're very proud to announce that Hackneyed will support Arch Enemy on their upcoming european tour in October 2012! It's a honor for us to play with such a great band! Hope to see a lot of you guys there!" More...

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Titans Eve Joining Arch Enemy On Tour

Titans Eve has issued the following announcement about joining Arch Enemy on tour for ten upcoming live shows:

"We are pleased to announce we are going on tour with one of our favorite bands, Arch Enemy! Brian and Angela Gossow have been talking for some time and after listening to our latest album Life Apocalypse she's offered us 10 dates on their next European tour.

"This is really exciting for us and its an incredible opportunity to play to the awesome metal heads of Europe. We will see you all there in October!" More...

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Arch Enemy Shooting New Video

The Swedish metal squadron that is Arch Enemy has checked in with the following brief announcement about recording a new music video:

"It's 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 Fahrenheit) here in Cologne, Germany! So, I decided to take a refreshing bath in blood & mud and shoot some scenes for a new video we are working on... Guess for which 'Khaos Legions' song?"

A still photo from the shoot is available below, and you can also watch Arch Enemy's previously posted video for "Under Black Flags We March" at this location. More...

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Arch Enemy Drummer Breaks Finger

Swedish melodic death metal act Arch Enemy has checked in with the following brief announcement about the band's drummer breaking his finger:

"Send Daniel Erlandsson some love and positive energy... He will play our headline set Vagos Open Air with a broken finger on his right hand tonight."

In other news, Arch Enemy also released a music video for "Under Black Flags We March" earlier this year, which is available for viewing at this location. The track comes off the band's latest full-length album "Khaos Legions" (reviewed here).

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Arch Enemy Featured On Malaysian TV

Arch Enemy, which recently released a new music video for "Under Black Flags We March," has now been featured on a Malaysian TV segment. Check out the clip below. Arch Enemy also commented:

"8TV Malaysia has posted a short video feature about Arch Enemy's performance in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, April 24, 2012.

"Arch Enemy are one of the few international metal bands who have played in Malaysia so far and definitely left a lasting mark there. Enjoy the clip below."

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Arch Enemy Posts "Under Black Flags We March" Clip

Before the Swedish metal powerhouse went to Asia and Australia to present the latest album ”Khaos Legions” (reviewed here) for an ongoing world tour, Arch Enemy found time to finish the 3rd video for ”Under Black Flags We March.” The video was once again produced by the Swedish director Patric Ullaeus (In Flames, Dimmu Borgir, etc.) and is the first video to feature the new guitarist Nick Cordle (from the US band Arsis) who replaced Chris Amott earlier this year.

The video is being premiered worldwide through the website of Metal Hammer Germany. Watch the video at this location or in the player below.

Michael Amott (guitar) comments on the video: ”It was a pleasure as always to work with our friend Patric Ullaeus on this video, which will be the fourth clip he's made for us and he really is a consummate professional – truly excellent stuff! He's captured a very suitable and cool vibe on this one too. The track itself, ’Under Black Flags We March’, is a song that we've played at every Arch Enemy show since we released the 'Khaos Legions' album last year, we love playing it as it's a change of pace in our frantic live set and it's going down really well with audiences worldwide too.

"We felt this pounding metal anthem deserved a visual companion, so here it is! A couple of things to listen out for: we had a our new guitarist Nick Cordle throw down a little lick on the song and had audio master Andy Sneap remix the song a little… So, a few minor tweaks here and there to make it something special for this visual/sonic assault! Under Black Flags We March!” More...

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Metal Injection Posts New "On The Record" Clip

Metal Injection has posted another episode in the "On The Record" series, this time covering how the Internet has changed heavy metal. You can check out the episode here or in the player below, and Metal Injection also commented:

"The third episode in Metal Injection's ongoing series On The Record: A Decade Of Metal has been posted. We turn the cameras on the music industry and discuss the most important happening of the last decade in the newest episode: the internet. The internet has changed every facet of the music industry, from the way a band is promoted, to how music is distribute to how people even get their work down. In this edition, music industry heavyweights talk about these changes in great details, as this is the longest and most in-depth episode of On The Record yet."

Over the next three weeks, every Tuesday, Metal Injection will premiere another new episode focusing on the following topics:

- Women's ever-expanding role in metal
- The future of heavy metal More...

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Metal Injection Posts New "On The Record" Episode

Metal Injection has released the second episode of a series which turns the camera onto the people working behind the scenes in the music industry, titled "On The Record." This is the second of a five-part series focusing on "A Decade Of Metal."

Each week, some of the heavyweights that make the heavy metal industry tick will weigh in on the biggest subjects to occur in the metal scene in the last decade and this edition focuses on the ever growing amount of sub-genres in heavy metal that formed in the last decade, with genres such as metalcore, deathcore, pirate metal, re-thrash and more "out there" genres like crabcore and Sumeriancore discussed.

Watch the episode through Metal Injection or in the player below. Episode 1 focusing on the biggest reunions of the last 10 years, can also be seen at this location. More...

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Ax-Mayhem Festival Teaser Posted Online

Arch Enemy, which split with guitarist Christopher Amott last month, will headline the upcoming Ax-Mayhem Festival in Seoul, Korea on April 21st, 2012.

Also on the Ax-Mayhem bill are Chthonic, Each Of The Days, Crash, and Method. For more information and tickets head to this location. A teaser trailer for the festival has now been posted online and can be viewed below.

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Amazon Celebrating March Is Metal Month

Amazon is celebrating March the right way with the March is Metal Month campaign. Lasting for the whole month, the promotion features a number of metal albums all available digitally for under seven dollars.

Included in the digital promotion are twenty-one albums from Century Media artists. A full list of albums can be seen below so be sure to take advantage of this sale by clicking one of the purchase links below!

Aborted - Global Flatline
Arch Enemy - Khaos Legions
Architects (UK) - Here And Now
Deicide - To Hell With God
Devin Townsend Project - Deconstruction
ICS Vortex - Storm Seeker
In Flames - Sounds Of A Playground Fading
In This Moment - A Star-Crossed Wasteland
Insomnium - One For Sorrow
Intronaut - Valley of Smoke
Krisiun - The Great Execution
Napalm Death - Utilitarian
Sleeping Giant - Kingdom Days In An Evil Age
SS-Kaliert - Subzero
Suicide Silence - The Black Crown
TesseracT - One
The Devastated - Devil's Messenger
The Great Commission - Heavy Worship
Vallenfyre - A Fragile King
Warbringer - Worlds Torn Asunder
Winds Of Plague - Against The World

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Arch Enemy Parts With Guitarist Chris Amott

Arch Enemy has again parted ways with guitarist Christopher Amott. Christopher Amott was a member of the group between 1996-2005 and again between 2007-2011. Arch Enemy commented:

”We thank Christopher for the time he’s worked with the band and of course wish him the very best in his future endeavours.

"Thankfully, there is no drama behind the scenes here. This is the best way forward for all involved. Christopher simply isn’t into playing extreme metal anymore.

"We have already chosen and rehearsed with a new guitar player and we will complete the ’Khaos Legions’ 2012 touring cycle as planned. We are highly motivated and look forward to continue spreading our music around the world!

"Finally, our deepest thanks go to the ARCH ENEMY fans, whose amazing support and belief inspires us ever onward.” More...

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Breaker Confirmed For Bang Your Head 2012

Cleveland, Ohio metallers Breaker been confirmed for this year's edition of the Bang Your Head festival, set to take place July 13th - 14th, 2012 in Balingen, Germany.

Breaker will perform an exclusive European reunion show with original vocalist Jim Hamar to celebrate the band's 30th anniversary and the 25th anniversary of the release of the landmark "Get Tough!" album on Auburn Records.

This will be Breaker's fifth visit to Germany and second to Bang Your Head. The band's only previous festival appearance in Germany with Hamar on vocals was at Wacken Open Air in 2000.
Visit the Bang Your Head website for more information.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows: More...

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"Monsters Of Metal - Vol. 8" Release Pushed Back

The release date for the upcoming compilation “Monsters of Metal - Vol. 8” on DVD/Blu-Ray with 90 music videos and over 400 minutes of pure metal is postponed until March 16th, 2012.

The compilation includes two DVDs and one Blu-ray with clips from bands like Nightwish, Edguy, Dimmu Borgir, Amorphis, Hammerfall, Accept, Blind Guardian, Avantasia, Deathstars, Monster Magnet, Leaves' Eyes, Tristania, Nevermore, Lacuna Coil, Arch Enemy, Machine Head, Opeth and more.

The track list is as follows:

DVD1
01 Nightwish - Storytime
02 Deathstars - Metal
03 Pain - The Great Pretender
04 Amorphis - You I Need
05 Opeth - The Devils Orchard
06 Lacuna Coil - Within Me
07 Therion - Kali Yuga Part 3: Autumn Of The Aeons
08 Leaves Eyes - Take The Devil In Me
09 Tristania - Year Of The Rat
10 Draconian - The Last Hour Of Ancient Sunlight
11 Saltatio Mortis - Hochzeitstanz
12 Die Apokalyptischen Reiter - Dr. Pest
13 Monster Magnet - Gods & Punks
14 Graveyard - Hisingen Blues
15 Seventh Void - Heaven Is Gone
16 Chrome Division - Bulldogs Unleashed
17 Dream Theater - On The Backs Of Angels
18 Gotthard - Remember Its Me
19 Edguy - Robin Hood
20 Blind Guardian A Voice In The Dark
21 Accept - Pandemic
22 Sabaton - Screaming Eagles
23 Hammerfall - One More Time
24 Rhapsody Of Fire - Sea Of Fate
25 Avantasia - Dying For An Angel
26 Powerwolf - We Drink Your Blood
27 Grave Digger - Rebellion Live@Wacken
28 Hell - On Earth As It Is In Hell
29 Tarot - Wings OfDarkness
30 Bullet - Stay Wild
31 Steelwing - The Illusion
32 Enforcer - Midnight Vice
33 Skullfist - Head Of The Pack
34 White Wizzard - Over The Top
35 Cauldron - Chained Up In Chains
36 Huntress - Eight Of Swords
37 Battle Beast - Into The Metalworld
38 Armored Saint - Left Hook From Right Field
39 Nevermore - Born
40 Alestorm - Shipwrecked
41 Turisas - Stand Up And Fight
42 Heidevolk - Nehalennia
43 Trollfest - Die VerdammteHungersnot
44. Milking The Goatmachine -The Wolf Is Dead More...

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Re-recording Metal - For Better or for Worse?

Back in 2005, Dimmu Borgir was a band still basking in the unholy success of its latest outing “Death Cult Armageddon.” And yet instead of launching into a new opus for fans to consume the band members decided on a new approach; they would re-release an early and often praised album (“Stormblåst”) by completely re-recording it, updating the sound with modern production and slap “MMV” on the end. There had of course been prior examples of bands making this choice, but it was perhaps here that best truly crystallized the new era of metal re-recordings. No doubt you have heard of similar re-recordings in the same vein, perhaps most recently Gorgoroth’s “Under the Sign of Hell 2011” or Burzum’s “From the Depths of Darkness”? Perhaps not, but that’s what I aim to uncover for you here. More...

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Engel Headed To Japan

Engel has issued the following announcement about performing two upcoming Japanese shows alongside Arch Enemy:

"As you might, or might not figured out. We will be back in Japan to do two shows with Arch Enemy in April! We are really psyched about this and we are looking forward to it as hell.

"We play the following dates: 13/4-2012 Tokyo, SHIBUYA-AX and 14/4-2012 Yokohama, BLITZ Hope to see you there!"

Engel's upcoming live shows are as follows:

2012.04.13 – SHIBUYA-AX, Tokyo, JAPAN
2012.04.14 – BLITZ, Yokohama, JAPAN
2012.08.16-18 – Rockstad Falun, Falun, SWEDEN

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Angela Gossow Discusses Her Vegan Diet

PETA has conducted an interview with Arch Enemy's Angela Gossow about her veganism, and the organization has issued the following statement:

"If you've ever wondered what represents the arch enemy to Angela Gossow, you can find out in the Arch Enemy lead vocalist's exclusive interview with peta2, PETA's youth division, in which the Swedish death-metal singer reveals her foremost foe: factory farming. In the recent interview, Gossow—a lifelong vegetarian—opens up about why she decided to dump eggs and dairy products from her diet and go vegan for good. And from now through January 2, visitors to peta2.com can enter to win an Arch Enemy prize pack containing a copy of Khaos Legions, the group's latest studio album; a Century Media compilation CD; and an Arch Enemy poster and stickers.

"Besides the indisputable health benefits of ditching meat and other unhealthy animal products from their diets, vegans have a smaller carbon footprint than their meat-eating counterparts— and each vegan saves the lives of more than 100 animals every year.

"Gossow joins an ever-growing list of musicians—including The Agonist's Alissa White-Gluz, OTEP, Dillinger Escape Plan, GWAR, and Lacuna Coil's Cristina Scabbia—who have teamed up with peta2 to challenge archaic, cruel attitudes about animals." More...

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Christmas Metal Festival Lineup Announced

Napalm Records has issued the following statement about the upcoming Christmas Metal Festival in Germany:

"Metal fans who would like to rock out before the holidays, should make sure to visit Germany's biggest indoor festival. The festival takes place at the Eventhalle in Geiselwind. Besides Napalm artists like Grave Digger and Van Canto, an illustrious line-up including Blind Guardian, Iced Earth, Morbid Angel, and Arch Enemy, will guarantee raised fists and sore throats.

"Furthermore, the Napalm merchandise booth will offer a wide range of items just waiting to become part of your personal collection. Be sure to say 'hello' to our mailorder team! All details concerning the festival are available here. The official festival trailer may be watched below!"

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