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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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Motley Crue, SOAD, Slipknot, Mudvayne Show Numbers

The following are a few select recent heavy metal/hard rock concert attendance figures, as reported by Billboard magazine:

Artist/Event: MÖTLEY CRÜE, SUM 41, THE EXIES, SILVERTIDE
Venue: Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge
City/State: Bristow, Va.
Date: Aug. 13, 2005
Attendance: 10,336
Capacity: 22,667

Artist/Event: MÖTLEY CRÜE, SUM 41, THE EXIES, SILVERTIDE
Venue: PNC Bank Arts Center
City/State: Holmdel, N.J.
Date: Aug. 14, 2005
Attendance: 16,203
Capacity: 16,944

Artist/Event: MÖTLEY CRÜE, SUM 41, THE EXIES, SILVERTIDE
Venue: Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach Theater
City/State: Wantagh, N.Y.
Date: Aug. 16, 2005
Attendance: 13,281
Capacity: 13,855

Artist/Event: MÖTLEY CRÜE, SUM 41, THE EXIES, SILVERTIDE
Venue: New England Dodge Music Center
City/State: Hartford, Conn.
Date: Aug. 20, 2005
Attendance: 9,918
Capacity: 24,212

Artist/Event: MÖTLEY CRÜE, SUM 41, THE EXIES, SILVERTIDE
Venue: Verizon Wireless Arena
City/State: Manchester, N.H.
Date: Aug. 21, 2005
Attendance: 7,565
Capacity: 8,469

Artist/Event: MÖTLEY CRÜE, SUM 41, THE EXIES, SILVERTIDE
Venue: DTE Energy Music Center
City/State: Clarkston, Mich.
Date: Aug. 24, 2005
Attendance: 15,663
Capacity: 15,663

Artist/Event: SYSTEM OF A DOWN, THE MARS VOLTA, BAD ACID TRIP
Venue: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
City/State: The Woodlands, Texas
Date: Aug. 13, 2005
Attendance: 11,600
Capacity: 15,809

Artist/Event: SYSTEM OF A DOWN, THE MARS VOLTA, BAD ACID TRIP
Venue: Continental Airlines Arena
City/State: East Rutherford, N.J.
Date: Aug. 23, 2005
Attendance: 16,209
Capacity: 17,417

Artist/Event: SYSTEM OF A DOWN, THE MARS VOLTA, BAD ACID TRIP
Venue: Hampton Coliseum
City/State: Hampton, Va.
Date: Aug. 21, 2005
Attendance: 5,928
Capacity: 11,699

Artist/Event: SYSTEM OF A DOWN, THE MARS VOLTA, BAD ACID TRIP
Venue: 1st Mariner Arena
City/State: Baltimore, Md.
Date: Aug. 22, 2005
Attendance: 6,644
Capacity: 12,758

Artist/Event: MUSHROOMHEAD, DOPE, PITBULL DAYCARE, NOCTURNE
Venue: House of Blues
City/State: Las Vegas, Nev.
Date: Aug. 28, 2005
Attendance: 314
Capacity: 1,800

Artist/Event: MUDVAYNE, SHADOWS FALL, IN FLAMES, TRIVIUM
Venue: House of Blues
City/State: Las Vegas, Nev.
Date: Aug. 17, 2005
Attendance: 1,800
Capacity: 1,800

Artist/Event: ROB ZOMBIE, MASTODON
Venue: House of Blues
City/State: Las Vegas, Nev.
Date: Aug. 19, 2005
Attendance: 1,800
Capacity: 1,800

Artist/Event: SLIPKNOT, ARCH ENEMY, DEVILDRIVER
Venue: House of Blues
City/State: Las Vegas, Nev.
Date: Aug. 21-22, 2005
Attendance: 3,600
Capacity: 3,600

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Arch Enemy Guitarist: US Bands Sound More Swedish

Kyle Jongerden of the Vermont Cynic recently conducted an interview with ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

Vermont Cynic: Why do you think heavy metal is becoming so popular in America?

Michael: "I mean, everything seems to go around in circles. Now people seem to be more open. A few years ago it was bands like GODSMACK. That stuff was still pretty heavy, I guess, but it had a certain atmosphere, a 'nu-metal' tag or whatever. I don't really know, I'm not from here so I don't really know what goes on too much. I just know there's an increased interest in what we do, that's always exciting. There are some bands that are doing really well, like KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and SHADOWS FALL. They're doing really well and it's cool. I don't really follow it too closely so I don't know what that is. We've just been doing what we've always been doing.

"When we started out, no one was interested over here. For the first three albums nobody even really bothered to schedule an interview for us over here. There was no interest and we definitely didn't tour. And then suddenly, yeah, things come around and it's like, 'Yeah this band's really cool,' and it's like, 'Oh, yeah, they've got guitar solos,' but it was before anyone was really into us.

"We really haven't changed for this tour [Ozzfest]. We're evolving as a band but we're doing what we're going to do. We don't pay attention to what goes on. We don't know what things are happening. Something that we thought about was that we definitely want to retain our European sound, our European feel. I know that some European bands are trying to sound American, it seems that way when you listen to stuff. Then a lot of Americans are trying to sound like Swedish bands. I definitely want to keep our European metal atmosphere."

Vermont Cynic: If you could create a genre to describe ARCH ENEMY, what would it be?

Michael: "Pure metal (laughs). It's just metal to me. Extreme metal I guess. There are labels and labels you know. I understand heavy metal, I understand thrash metal, I even understand death metal. But now it seems like these boxes are getting smaller and smaller and it's not that fun sitting in a box that small and like, 'This is what we are.' Then you do a song that's different and everybody will say, 'Well that's not what they should be doing, it's a bit weird.' Music is an art form, it's supposed to be creative, you're supposed to have fun with it. Be creative and be an artist."

Read the entire interview at VermontCynic.com.

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Arch Enemy And Trivium To Tour Japan

ARCH ENEMY will be embarking on a Japanese headlining tour in late October. Support at all dates will come from TRIVIUM. The details are as follows:

Oct. 22 – Tokyo, JPN - Shinkiba Studio Coast
Oct. 23 - Osaka, JPN - Zepp Osaka
Oct. 25 - Nagoya, JPN - Zepp Nagoya
Oct. 26 - Hiroshima, JPN - Hiroshima Club Quattro
Oct. 27 - Fukuoka, JPN - Zepp Fukuoka

Commented ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott: "Finally we can confirm the Japan 2005 tour! We have had a great time on the Ozzfest tour in America, but we are very much looking forward to playing our own shows with a lot of songs. We know we will have a great time our fantastic fans in Japan once again! See you soon!"

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Dark Tranquillity Drop Off Arch Enemy Tour

Sweden's DARK TRANQUILLITY have posted the following message on their official website:

"We're sorry to announce that due to several reasons beyond our control, we're not able to do the previously announced ARCH ENEMY/TRIVIUM tour in Sep/Oct. We were looking forward to the trip and examined all possible solutions, but at the end of the day we have no option but to cancel our participation. Apologies to the people that got their hopes up as well as to the ARCH ENEMY camp."

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Arch Enemy's Angela Checks In w/ Ozzfest Update

Angela Gossow, frontwoman for Arch Enemy, has checked in with the following Ozzfest update:

"Dear friends,

"It’s about time for an update, quite a few things have happened over the last few days.

"Let’s start with the show in Phoenix, AZ 18th of August. With 110 Degrees out there this was easily the hottest day on the tour so far. By noon, people were dropping like flies. Nevertheless, we had a great show with a very energetic audience. Unfortunately, I got a slight case of food poisoning that day and had quite a rough ride thru the mountains to San Diego, where we played an off-show with Killswitch Engage the next day, Friday August the 19th.

"The show went surprisingly well though, I didn’t have any ‘accidents’ during our set - the wonderful crowd really carried me through. I am sorry I didn’t hang out after the show, but I was back to being full-on nauseas. We had some hardcore fans out there that evening; I even got to sign a very rare Asmodina CD!

"So we travelled on to L.A, to play the Ozzfest show that went down in history for the very wrong reasons… Anyway, we had a blast during our show in front of the largest crowd on the whole tour so far, extremely energetic and enthusiastic, stirring up a dust cloud from hell in the moshpit. It felt like eating large spoons full of sand whilst being on stage.

"L.A is famous for having all kinds of ‘important’ people hanging around backstage, whom we decided to escape around 5pm that afternoon – so we left the site. We didn’t witness any of the absurd events that went down during the Iron Maiden set later on that night.

"We played another off-show the next day, supporting Slipknot in Las Vegas. The Slipknot fans (or ‘maggots’) gave us a warm reception – THANK YOU! Last time we were in ‘sin city’ was two years ago with Slayer. We all enjoyed ourselves in one way or the other – I chose the other way and spent a relaxing day in the Spa. The gambling doesn’t do it for me. Neither do the hookers. I am sure the guys made up for my boring behaviour though, he-he…

"On August the 23rd, we played a small but raging Ozzfest show in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Today, we played the Dallas Ozzfest – another very intense and SHORT performance!

"Listening to the new Obituary album, love the old-school vibe and John Tardy’s vocals, sick as always.

"So long,

Angela"

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Nevermore Win Last Week's Dig It Or Dis It

Last weeks' theme on Yahoo! Music's Dig It or Dis It was Metal Madness. You got the chance to vote for some metal videos. The winner with 40% of the votes was Nevermore's "Final Product."

Here are the results for the other videos:

Arch Enemy, "Nemesis" - 10%
Trivium, "Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr" - 36%
Soilwork, "Light the Torch" - 4%
Unearth, "Zombie Autopilot" - 12%

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New Arch Enemy Album SoundScans 19,000 Copies

Arch Enemy's critically acclaimed new album, "Doomsday Machine," landed on the Billboard Top 200 chart two weeks in a row (#87 and #162) SoundScanning 19,000 copies. The group’s highly-anticipated new video for “Nemesis” will also make its Headbangers Ball debut this Saturday at 10PM EST/7PM PST.

Mike Amott (guitars) checks in with the following report from the road:

Well, here we are half way through the Ozzfest and everything is going extremely well. We are more than satisfied with the crowd response and the overall vibe of the tour and are having a blast. Second week's sales in the U.S. for Doomsday Machine are very strong, and it’s amazing to us that so many people seem to have discovered Arch Enemy lately.

Our new video, "Nemesis," will premiere on Headbangers Ball this weekend - be sure to check it out if you haven’t yet seen it. We did this video with Jorge Bravo, the same director as the "We Will Rise" clip a couple of years ago, and he’s a very creative and cool guy. He was throwing snakes, fire and black feathers at us during the shoot. Enjoy the video. I’d also like to mention that meeting all of the nice fans at Ozzfest during the FYE and Jägermeister signings is very cool. Thanks to everyone for buying the album - without you this doesn’t happen! We know that and appreciate your support of Arch Enemy 100%! We are looking forward to the rest of the Ozzfest and our summer here in the U.S. See you out there somewhere.

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Vote For Metal Videos On Yahoo Music

This week's theme on Yahoo music's Dig It or Dis It:

METAL MADNESS: Rock 'n' roll history is filled with hallowed headbangers, from Zeppelin to Sabbath, Maiden to Priest, Motley to Metallica, UFO to GNR. Which new-school metal band will take its rightful place alongside these hard-rockin' greats? Pick the next loud legend-in-the-making now.

You can vote for the following videos:
- Arch Enemy, "Nemesis"
- Trivium, "Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr"
- Nevermore, "Final Product"
- Soilwork, "Light the Torch"
- Unearth, "Zombie Autopilot"

Visit Yahoo music to vote.

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Dark Tranquillity & Trivium To Support Arch Enemy

Dark Tranquillity and Trivium have been confirmed as the support acts for Arch Enemy on the 1st leg of the European headlining tour for "Doomsday Machine." Tour dates are as follows:

Sep. 26 Manchester, UK @ Academy II*
Sep. 27 Cardiff, UK @ Coal Exchange*
Sep. 28 Wolverhampton, UK @ Wolfrun Hall*
Sep. 29 Glasgow, UK @ QMU*
Sep. 30 London, UK @ Forum*
Oct. 02 Paris, FRA @ Bataclan
Oct. 03 Haarlem, NETH @ Patronat
Oct. 04 Köln, GER @ Live Music Hall
Oct. 05 Eindhoven, NETH Effenaar
Oct. 06 Stuttgart, GER Longhorn
Oct. 08 Ternat, BEL @ Ternat Rock Festival (w/ DIO)
Oct. 10 Hamburg, GER @ Markthalle
Oct. 11 Berlin, GER @ Columbia Club
Oct. 13 Oslo, NOR @ Rockefeller
Oct. 14 Gothenburg, SWE @ Kåren
Oct. 15 Stockholm, SWE @ Klubben
Oct. 16 Copenhagen, DEN @ Pumpehuset

*No Trivium on the U.K. dates, another support act will be announced shortly.

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Arch Enemy Guitarist Updates From Ozzfest

Arch Enemy guitarist, Michael Amott, has posted part 4 of their Ozzfest diary on the band's website:

Hello Arch Enemies!

Well, here we are…half way through the OZZFEST! Everything is going extremely well, we are more than satisfied with the crowd response and the overall vibe of the Ozzfest – we are having a blast!

Second week's sales in the US for “Doomsday Machine” are very strong and it’s amazing to us that so many people seem to have discovered ARCH ENEMY lately! Cool!

Our new video, “Nemesis” will premiere on Headbangers Ball next weekend – be sure to check it out if you haven’t yet seen it (On FUSE TV or online maybe)… We did the “Nemesis” video with the same director as the “We Will Rise” clip a couple of years ago; Mr. Jorge Bravo…he’s a very creative and cool guy...he was throwing snakes, fire and eh, black feathers at us during the shoot… Enjoy the video!

I’d also like to mention that meeting all of the nice fans at Ozzfest during the FYE and Jägermeister signings is an experience in itself. Thanks to everyone for buying the album – without you this doesn’t happen! We know that, and appreciate your support of Arch Enemy 100%!

We are looking forward to the rest of the Ozzfest and our summer here in the US – see you out there somewhere!

Michael Amott

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Arch Enemy To Play Two Shows Next Monday

Arch Enemy has posted a message on their official website regarding the Ozzfest shuffle:

Arch Enemy plays 2 shows in 1 day…

There have been some changes in the Ozzfest schedule, see www.ozzfest.com for details.

However, Arch Enemy WILL PLAY the previously announced headline show in Sparks, Nevada on the 15th of August.
Earlier that day, Arch Enemy will perform on the Second Stage at Ozzfest in Marysville, CA at Sleep Train Amphitheatre.

See you there!

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Watch Arch Enemy's "Nemesis" Video Online

Arch Enemy are out with the video to their new single 'Nemesis', from the album 'Doomsday Machine'. You can watch it online at Yahoo! Music.

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Hearse Sign To Cold Records

Swedish "death 'n' roll" band HEARSE, featuring former ARCH ENEMY singer Johan Liiva, have inked a deal with Cold Records. The group recently issued their third album, "The Last Ordeal", through Holland's Karmageddon Media.

Formed by longtime friends Max Thornell (drums) and Liiva, HEARSE recorded a demo before signing with Hammerheart Records. The band released a limited-edition 7-inch single, entitled "Torch", prior to issuing their debut album, "Dominion Reptillian", in 2003. A follow-up effort, "Armageddon Mon Amour", came out in 2004.

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Arch Enemy's Doomsday Machine Debuts At 87

According to Nielsen Soundscan, Arch Enemys new album Doomsday Machine pushed 12,000 copies on its opening week. Good enough to debut at #87 on the billboard top 200.

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Arch Enemy Plan European Tour

ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott has posted the following message on the band's official website:

"Just taking a quick break from sweating our asses off out here on the Ozzfest in the States to give you the good news that European tour dates are now falling into place for this autumn. Below is what we have confirmed so far, more details to follow (ticket info etc) in the next few days. if you don't see your city or country down here yet, don't panic, there are still some more dates which we are trying to lock in right now. I'm hoping we'll be able to announce these next week, so keep your eye on the tour dates section for updates. Quite a few places here that we haven't been to for a long, long time — can't wait to get back out there in front of you guys again — these are nearly all headline shows so we'll be able to give you the full ARCH ENEMY experience for a change!! Support bands to be confirmed soon as well."
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EMI & Century Media Ink Distribution Deal

According to Hollywood Reporter, EMI Music on Friday said it has expanded its U.S. deal with Century Media in an exclusive international licensing and distribution agreement with the U.K.- and Germany-based independent label, which has an extensive roster of hard rock and metal acts. Century's product has been distributed in the U.S. by EMI's Caroline Distribution since 1997, and the music major will now distribute it throughout the U.K. and Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The first album due under the new arrangement is Seattle band NEVERMORE's new album "This Godless Endeavor." Other Century Media acts include ARCH ENEMY, LACUNA COIL, NAPALM DEATH, and others. No financial details were disclosed.


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Arch Enemy To Guest On Metal Asylum

Swedish/German extreme metallers ARCH ENEMY will be appearing on Fuse TV's "Metal Asylum" program, which airs Monday through Friday at 11:00 p.m. EST/8:00 p.m. PST. The episode will air Monday, August 1 and it will feature the world premiere of ARCH ENEMY's new video, "Nemesis", as well as the world premiere of the new OBITUARY video for "Insane".

ARCH ENEMY's new album, "Doomsday Machine", is scheduled for release in the U.S. on July 26 (August 22 in Europe) via Century Media Records.

"Doomsday Machine" was co-produced by the band and Rickard Bengtsson at Slaughterhouse Studio in Sweden and was mixed by Andy Sneap at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, U.K.

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Arch Enemy From Ozzfest Doomsday Machine Out Tues

Swedish/German extreme metallers ARCH ENEMY kicked off their first U.S. tour in support of "Doomsday Machine", their highly anticipated new album, last week on Ozzfest to rave reviews. The dynamic offering was mixed by acclaimed producer Andy Sneap (KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, NEVERMORE, OPETH) and features striking cover art by renowned artist Joachim Luetke (DIMMU BORGIR). A video for the track "Nemesis", shot by renowned director George Bravo (who also shot the group's "We Will Rise" clip), is now complete; look for it to make its "Headbanger's Ball" and "Metal Asylum" debut early next month. Be sure to also check out Decibel magazine's striking Angela Gossow cover feature, which is currently on stands.

Daniel Erlandsson (drums) checks in with a report from the road: "We are now back on track again after having missed the Camden, N.J. show, which was very disappointing, but shit happens and tour busses do break down. We ended up drinking ourselves silly while listening to old SCORPIONS albums in a parking lot.

"We just played another Ozzfest show today, this time in Darien Lakes, which is close to Buffalo. It was a great show, and we received an amazing response. We are playing one new song, 'Nemesis', off our new album, 'Doomsday Machine', and it is great to see the fans' amazing responses. A big thank you to all the people getting it on in the moshpit and all the people attending the FYE and Jägermeister signing sessions after our set, you all rule! Tomorrow we're playing another off-date show in London, Ontario with IN FLAMES and TRIVIUM, which should be another good one. We are looking forward to seeing all the fans there.

"No more groundbreaking news from here apart from me witnessing a couple of famous faces in the catering area. I'll have to leave you guessing."

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Arch Enemy Misses Camden Ozzfest Show

Swedish/German metallers Arch Enemy have posted the following message on their official web site:

It's been a bad day today — in the early hours of Tuesday morning (July 19) as the band were heading back to New Jersey from a successful off-day show in Burlington, VT, the bus broke down with transmission trouble. This had to get fixed properly which took some hours. Meantime, all efforts to get the band to the site on time to play their 2nd stage slot failed as there was just no way the distance could be covered in time, not even by plane.

At the time of writing this the band are heading to the site to try and complete their signing and promotion commitments and hopefully they will at least be able to meet some of the fans who missed seeing them play today.

Sincere apologies to all the fans at Camden, NJ who turned up today hoping to see Arch Enemy.

Arch Enemy later posts another message on their site saying they will not make it to the Ozzfest in New Jersey either.

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Arch Enemy's Angel Gossow On Ozzfest

Angela Gossow of Arch Enemy has posted an entry on Ozzfest on the band's website:

Yeah,

Here we are in Hartford today, played the first 2 Ozzfest gigs + a truly amazing headline show in Montreal, last night on the 16th of July.
Montreal – you guys and girls are simply pure fucking metal!!! Thanx again for the great support, the packed club and the frenetic response! You are the best!

Ozzfest is going really well for us, great crowd response so far – and this at an ungodly, way too early time in the morning. The signings at the FYE and Jägermeister tents are overwhelming. Great to see so many fans there!

Tomorrow we will play another off day headline show in Burlington VT. The Haunted and The Black Dahlia Murder will be supporting us. Make sure you don’t miss out on a night of raging metal if you live around there, crazy fuckers!

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