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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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Final Arch Enemy/Chimaira Tour Dates Confirmed

The final run of dates for the upcoming Jagermeister tour, featuring Arch Enemy, Chimaira, Nevermore/God Forbid and Hate Eternal, have been confirmed. Arch Enemy and Chimaira are headlining 14 shows each. Nevermore will be on the initial run of dates April 3rd - April 12th, after which they'll be replaced by God Forbid for the remaining dates.

Note: Not all these dates are 'Jagermeister' sponsored shows - on the 'Jagermeister' shows there'll be an additional 'Jager band' opening up the shows.
Check Jagermusic.com for more details.

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Arch Enemy Shoot "My Apocalypse" Video

Arch Enemy guitarist Michael Amott has posted the following update on the band's official website:

"We shot a video for the song ‘My Apocalypse’ on Monday. The shoot was smooth and fun. Our necks hurt for a couple of days though… ‘Bang that head!!!!’.
The director Roger Johansson tells us it will all look killer when he’s done with the editing and special effects. Looking forward to seeing it. Should be on a metal show near you in a few weeks!”

“We also had Paul Smith come out and do interviews for the ‘Live Apocalypse’ DVD – that was a lot of fun… I just hope we come across like the wonderful human beings that we are…ha ha ha”

Photos from the shoot have been posted online. Click on the following links to check them out: photo #1, photo #2 and photo #3.

Arch Enemy have been confirmed for the following festivals:

Jun. 9-11 Donington Park, England - Download Festival
Jun. 23-25 Clisson, France - Hellfest

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Chimaira and Arch Enemy Co-Headlining Tour

Chimaira are planning to hit the road with Arch Enemy for a co-headlining run come April. Hate Eternal will also be on the bill, while Nevermore will play on the first leg of dates, after which God Forbid will replace them for the second half of the tour. A full schedule is expected later this week, in the meantime the following dates have slipped out:

April 03rd Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre
April 05th Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
April 07th West Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues
April 08th Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues
April 09th San Francisco, CA - Fillmore
April 12th Seattle, WA - El Corazon
April 13th Vancouver, BC - Croatian Cultural Centre
April 14th Spokane, WA - Big Easy
April 15th Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall Ballroom
April 16th Edmonton, AB - The Starline Room
April 18th Winnipeg, MB - Ramada Conference Centre
April 20th Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Club
April 21st Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
April 22nd Detroit, MI - Harpo's
April 24th Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
April 28th Montreal, QC - Le Medley
April 30th Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

At present, God Forbid look set to join the bill on April 13th. Furthermore, a local Jagermeister sponsored band will open up each show.

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Heavy Metal Documentary To Premiere In March

Sam Dunn is a 30-year old anthropologist. He's also a lifelong metal fan. After years of studying diverse cultures Sam turns his academic eye a little closer to home and embarks on an epic journey into the heart of heavy metal. His mission: to try and figure out why metal music is consistently stereotyped, dismissed and condemned, even while the tribe that loves it stubbornly holds its ground - spreading the word, keeping the faith, and adopting the styles and attitudes that go way beyond the music.

Sam visits heavy metal landmarks as far flung as L.A.'s Sunset Strip, the dirty streets of Birmingham and the dark forests of Norway. Along the way, the two sides of Sam Dunn - curious anthropologist and rabid fan - collide, as Sam explores metal's obsession with sexuality, religion, violence and death, meets his heroes and discovers some things about the culture that even he can't defend. Part social document, part celebration of a misunderstood art form, this documentary is the first of its kind: a chance for metal fans to speak out and a window into a culture that's far more complex than it appears.

The film stars Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Arch Enemy, Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Geddy Lee (Rush), Vince Neil (Motley Crue), Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead) and others.

The film is written and directed by Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen and is distributed by Seville Pictures.

The film opened in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Quebec City yesterday (Feb. 24) and will open in the U.S., UK, Germany, Australia, Scandinavia, Brazil, Japan, Poland and Belgium in early March.

For more information, visit www.metalhistory.com.

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New England Metal & Hardcore Festival 2006 Details

MassConcerts has announced that the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival will return once again to the Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts, on Friday April 28, Saturday April 29 and Sunday April 30. Friday tickets are $35.00; Saturday and Sunday individual day tickets are $40.00. Three-day passes are $109.50. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 24 at 10:00am at all Strawberries Record Stores, online at tickets.com, or by calling tickets.com at (800) 477-6849.

Proclaimed in past years as one of the best American festivals focusing on heavy music, the three-day show will host numerous metal, hardcore, and metalcore bands along with a jam-packed vendor area where fans can purchase hard-to-find CDs, t-shirts, and other music merchandise. ESP Guitars will be giving away guitars and Krank Amps will be giving away amps and even a half stack. These two great companies will also be bringing you up close and personal with some of the bands they endorse - so as we get closer to fest we will have schedule of artist signings and other surprises.

The show will once again take place on two stages at The Palladium. Bands that have already been confirmed for the festival are: Lacuna Coil, Gamma Ray, DragonForce (first time EVER in America!), Arch Enemy, Chimaira, The Black Dahlia Murder, Bullet For My Valentine, Exodus, Cryptopsy, 100 Demons, A Perfect Murder, Alarum, Arsis, Bloodlined Calligraphy, Bronx Casket Company, Byzantine, Caliban, Cattle Decapitation, Colin Of Arabia, Damnation AD, Dead To Fall, Death Threat, Demiricous, Dying Eyes Bleed, Ed Gein, Embrace The End, Folly, Full Blown Chaos, Goat Horn, God Forbid, Hate Eternal, Horse The Band, Hypersolid, If Hope Dies, Immolation, Inked In Blood, Into Eternity, Ion Dissonance, Ligeia, Losa, Mercury Switch, Necrophagist, Neuraxis, Nodes Of Ranvier, On Broken Wings, Protest The Hero, Ramallah, Righteous Jams, Ringworm, Sanctity, Scars Of Tomorrow, From A Second Story Window, Shoot To Kill, Since The Flood, Skinless, Still Remains, Suffocation, Sworn Enemy, The Acacia Strain, The Absence, The Classic Struggle, The Miles Between, Torn Assunder, Trouble, Twelve Tribes, I Killed The Prom Queen, Wolf, xDEATHSTARx, and xLOOKINGFORWARDx. More bands will be announced in the coming weeks. Talent is subject to change.

"We’ve been extremely happy with how this festival has grown over the years," said MassConcerts Booking Agent and festival co-founder Scott Lee, "and this year the lineup is one of the most varied yet - a great mixture of different styles of bands."

The 8th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is brought to you by ESP Guitars and Krank Amps, teaming up to present the festival this year; Prosthetic Records, which is sponsoring the 2nd Stage upstairs, Revolver Magazine our exclusive magazine partner and creator of the official event program, Facedown Records which is sponsoring our street marketing efforts, FUSE TV, Mazur PR and The Syndicate. Vendors this year include Century Media, Trustkill, Eulogy/Hand of Hope, Metal Blade, Red Rocket Records, and many others.

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Arch Enemy Live DVD Nearing Completion

Arch Enemy guitarist Michael Amott offered an update on the Arch Enemy DVD and touring:

“Hello dear Arch Enemies!

"About time for an update here at archenemy.net - don’t you think!?

"Ok, so what's happened ‘round here? Well, we’ve actually been keeping busy and focused during our time home since the holidays. A lot of effort has gone into working on the first ever Arch Enemy DVD, ‘LIVE APOCALYPSE’ which is now very near completion. The DVD is shaping up to be an ultra cool 2-disc affair and I honestly couldn’t be happier with it. The main show is from the Forum in London, U.K (December ’04) and we also have footage from Manchester, U.K in December ’05 (there’ll be 3 songs included from that). It goes without saying that there’s tons of extras/special features – as there should be!

"The artwork was done by Niklas Sundin of Cabin Fever Media. We’ll be posting the cover ASAP…

"Paul Smith - who’s been editing all the concert footage has done a superb job, it looks stunning. I spent a couple of days in London recently at his studio and that was a blast…had a lot of fun annoying him! More...

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MTV2 Headbangers Ball: The Revenge Details

MTV2 and Roadrunner Records have announced the release of the third installment in the successful series – MTV2 HEADBANGERS BALL: THE REVENGE. The low priced, double-disc is due in stores on April 11, 2006.

On the heels of the Gold certification of the first installment, MTV2 HEADBANGERS BALL, VOLUME 1 and the success with MTV2 HEADBANGERS BALL, VOLUME 2, MTV2 and Roadrunner Records once again set out to gather the very best in Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. The result is more than 2 1/2 hours of music on 2 CDs: disc one represents the strongest tracks from today's biggest rock bands, and disc two brings together the strongest up-and-comers from the underground rock scene.

In addition to the genre-defining anthems that represent the best of the show, there are enough rare and unreleased tracks to satisfy tastemaker metal fans as well. Packed with a total of 38 hard-charging tracks, this collection has 7 exclusive offerings. They include the Terry Date mix of Slipknot's "Before I Forget", and the live recording of Killswitch Engage's "A Bid Farewell", which both see their first CD release on this compilation. Other exclusives are brand new tracks from Hatebreed and Walls Of Jericho, both of which were written especially for this release (Hatebreed's lead vocalist, Jamey Jasta, is the host of the Headbangers Ball program on MTV2). A video for the Hatebreed track, entitled "To The Threshold", will air on video channels in March. A side project of Jasta's, Kingdom of Sorrow (which also includes members of Down, Crowbar and Seemless), also throws a brand new track into the ring. The compilation beat Dragonforce and 36 Crazyfists' record releases to the punch with fresh new tracks from these up-and-comers.

DOUBLE DISC TRACK LISTING More...

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Ex-Arch Enemy Guitarist Wasn't Having Fun Anymore

ARCH ENEMY's official French fan club The Dark Enemy Fan Club recently conducted an interview with former ARCH ENEMY guitarist Christopher Amott. A few excerpts from the question-and-answer session follow:

Q: Let us [bring up] a subject which astonished many people: Your departure from ARCH ENEMY. Could you explain us what justified your choice?

Christopher: "I wasn't feeling creative musically. I wasn't having fun anymore. ARCH ENEMY is a hard-working band and touring is great. But if you're not enjoying the shows it's no fun. I just wasn't into it anymore."

Q: Do you regret your decision?

Christopher: "No!"

Q: When you're looking at the past, what do you think about "Doomsday Machine"?

Christopher: "I haven't listened to it that much. It's a solid metal album with good songs and good production. I think ARCH ENEMY is one of the top 5 metalbands in the world and I'm proud to have been a part of this band. Everyone in the band is an amazing player and performer and Angela [Gossow] is fantastic growler and born to front a band.

"I drifted away from this kind of music, and I think it's better for everyone that I do my own thing."

Q: The day you send message to Mike [Amott] [that you were quitting] the band it [was] maybe a hard day for you. Do you speak with the band or just Mike? Which was the reaction of your brother Mike and the band?

Christopher: "It was a hard time, I felt like I was letting them down a bit and leaving them without a guitar player just before the Ozzfest. They were surprised but not entirely. Life goes on, we are still friends but we don't see each other that often. Everybody's busy with their own lifes."

Q: Which are your projects for the future?

Christopher: "I don't know. Playing in a band and being a rockstar is pretty far down on my list right now...I just want to develop as a musician and a person. Maybe I'll never do another album, I can't say right now. I'd love to do a solo album just the way I want it, mixing all kinds of styles and influences but I'm not hell-bent on succeding in the musicbusiness — I've seen how much work it takes and how most people in the business are sharks who wanna rip you off. I'm not very business-minded that way.

"If i do some kind of record it won't be metal anyway. I don't care if it sells....I know I will be starting from zero doing another style of music but it will be much more satisfying musically.

"If a make an album completely free artistically, just the way I want it and it only sells 500 copies, it don't matter, because I would be doing it for myself."

Read the full article at The Dark Enemy Fan Club.

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Arch Enemy Guitarist To Attend NAMM

Arch Enemy guitar player Michael Amott is set to attend the 2006 Winter NAMM show (National Association of Music Merchants) at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.

Michael Amott is attending as a guest of ESP guitars and will be signing at the ESP booth between 1:00 - 2:30 on Friday, January 20th.

Michael Amott comments:

“This is going to be fun – my first NAMM! I’m looking forward to showing you my secret weapon that I have been using with Arch Enemy for the past 18 months - on the road and in the studio. I am ofcourse talking about the NINJA V, my signature model guitar - which has so far only been available as a very expensive custom shop model in Japan.
The NINJA V will now be released as both ESP standard and LTD versions – worldwide! Needless to say, I am very proud and excited.

"It’s going to be cool meeting fans and music gear enthusiasts from all around the world. I’m going to be running around trying to say hello to all my friends and partners in metal… See you there!”

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Arch Enemy To Record New Album In 2006?

Arch Enemy have posted the following message on their official website:

"Seasonal Greetings, fellow Arch Enemies!

"We are finally back home from a monster tour that has taken ARCH ENEMY around the world in 80 days!

"Europe/Japan/Australia/USA/Europe/U.K…. Yes, the traveling was strenuous at times – and sometimes we hardly knew where we were playing! But the fact that we were headlining in front of our crazy fans and playing long challenging sets made it fun and worthwhile…

"To end the 2005 touring cycle with the sold-out U.K dates was very, very cool!!! 2,000 metal heads in London (the rest of the U.K dates were between 900-1,100 capacity)...so…METAL IS BACK!!!??

"Really killer having Strapping Young Lad along for the U.K tour – their music sounds like the musical equivalent to being raped in hell – a complete assault!

"Of course - a HUGE thanks to all the cool U.K fans! You rock!

"2005 was an extremely busy year for us and 2006 is looking like it’ll be more of the same - with more touring and also writing new music. We have already written a ton of riffs and melodies, we’ve actually been very professional and recorded all our ideas while on tour. Who knows when we might record a new album?

"To end this, Arch Enemy wishes the Arch Enemy fans worldwide a Very Metal Christmas and Super Heavy New Year!

"Thank you everybody who supported us in 2005! See you in 2006!

"/Michael, Daniel, Sharlee, Fredrik (NKOTB) and Angela…Arch Enemy."

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Revengia Announce New Singer

REVENGIA, the Swedish metal band featuring ARCH ENEMY drummer Daniel Erlandsson, have announced the addition of vocalist Andreas Tomasson to the group's ranks. "We feel that Andreas will take the songs to a higher level and provide a modern and raw edge that will work nice with REVENGIA's sound of today," the band write on their web site. "So far he has nailed four [new] songs and will go on with the rest of the songs during the coming month." Check out a photo of the new lineup at this location.

REVENGIA are currently in the studio recording the follow-up to "A Decade in the Dark", tentatively due next year va an as-yet-undetermined label. 12 songs are being recorded for the CD, including "Holy Lies", "Life" and "Breathe Me".

All record companies that are interested in releasing the new REVENGIA CD can contact the group at revengia@revengia.se.

Produced and mixed by Matti Almsenius at ZerOonE in Varberg during 2001–2004, "A Decade in the Dark" was released in June 2004 via Metal Fortress Entertainment.

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Witchery Sign To Century Media Records

Sweden's Witchery have returned from the dead after a two year hiatus to sign a worldwide deal with Century Media Records and deliver their highly-anticipated fourth full-length offering Don't Fear The Reaper, which is set for a late March release.

Led by Jensen (The Haunted), Richard Corpse, Toxine and Mique, Witchery's spell was cast upon our earthly existence back in 1997. Before recording their debut album, Restless And Dead, Jensen recruited Sharlee D'Angelo (Arch Enemy, ex-Mercyful Fate) and got him on board for the unholy alliance. Subsequently, the band released the Witchburner EP (feat. cover songs by Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, W.A.S.P. and Accept). Their second full-length album, Dead, Hot And Ready, stirred up a strong buzz in the underground metal scene, helping the band tour the U.S. and Europe.

In 2001, the group delivered Symphony For The Devil, their first album staring drummer Martin Axenrot (Bloodbath, Opeth), which quickly solidified them as one of the genre's best. Jensen's touring commitments with The Haunted forced Witchery into hibernation for some time, but the band finally recorded their new masterpiece Don't Fear The Reaper at Berno Studios in the Fall of 2004. The album was mixed by Tue Madsen at Antfarm Studios (The Haunted, Heaven Shall Burn, Mnemic) and features the band's catchiest, yet most savage material to date.

Jensen (guitars) further describes his excitement over their new deal: "Finally, I'll say it again...finally, Witchery has signed a new deal. This time with Century Media. I'm really glad that we will be handled by the same team that has done such a great job for our other bands – The Haunted and Arch Enemy. Our new album. Don't Fear The Reaper, has been recorded, mixed and mastered since October 2004, so it feels really great to be able to say to all the Witchery fans I've met over the past years that the album will definitely be out early next year! A new website will be up and running soon too, so keep an eye out for that. There will be touring and major festivals appearances coming up next year, as well. See you all out there soon."

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Arch Enemy Back On European Soil

Guitarist Michael Amott has posted this message on the official Arch Enemy website:

"Hey Metal Heads!

"ARCH ENEMY is back on European soil again – it’s been awhile… Japan, Australia and the U.S/Canada dates have all been great and the reactions to the songs from “DOOMSDAY MACHINE” live are strong and powerful. We are very grateful and pleased that our creation is touching metal hearts around the world.

"Next up for us now are 2 shows in Spain, 2 in Italy and 5 shows in the U.K…

"I heard they might let us go home after that, I’ll believe that when I’m there!

"The 2 Canadian shows we just did on this run were phenomenal – the Canadian metal fans are just great. Very enthusiastic indeed!

"Quebec was a revelation! The last (and only) time we played there before, it was as an opening act for the mighty Iron Maiden… As great as that was – it was nice to know that we can hold our own in a club up there. The audience was screaming and growling so loud at the beginning of the show that I couldn’t hear the intro tape.
That my friends, is METAL.

"Alain and all the people at “Capital Of Metal” are doing a superb job up at making the Quebec metal scene flourish and grow – we hope to be back soon again with ARCH ENEMY!

"After a 10 hour drive to Toronto and a pretty rocking sound check (messing around with some new riffs) I hooked up with my fave metal scribe, Martin Popoff. I purchased a bunch of his excellent books. I read the “RAINBOW: English Castle Magic” book on the flight to Germany coming over, blasting RAINBOW on my iPOD - great flight!

"Martin also did a short interview for an update at the BW&BK site. Some cool news and facts there - if you are interested. Check it out here.

"The Toronto show was killer too. A very loud audience again. Met a lot of great fans after the show. Said goodbye to our touring friends in A PERFECT MURDER, MNEMIC and ALL THAT REMAINS. We wish them the best of luck with their new album recordings and/or touring plans!

"I picked up a 2-CD version of Canadian 80's thrashers SACRIFICE – "Torment In Fire" album (originally released back in ’86)… Great early thrash/death album that I loved on vinyl as a kid – great to hear it again! "Homicidal Breath"!

"So yeah, we flew from Toronto, Canada to Frankfurt, Germany… Got here in the morning. Slept all day, now I am up all night. Great planning! Well, we are night creatures after all...that’s what 6 straight months on the road will do to you… Run with the wolf!"

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Arch Enemy Drummer Checks In With Tour Update

Arch Enemy drummer, Daniel Erlandsson, has checked in with the following tour update:

"Arch Heads!

"Finally it's the drummer's turn to update the diary! It's been quite a while since I posted anything here - I hope you haven't missed me too much!

"We are as you probably suspected on the road, last night we played the Irving Plaza, New York and had a great response from the crowd, an abundance of headbanging and moshing...truly an intense metal show!

"It's been a while since we played the Big Apple so we had a really good time coming back... Caught a bit of All That Remains set and they pulled off a great show too, good work! This show was the last in the U.S on this run of dates, we've got 2 shows left in Canada and if we get over the border (!) I'm pretty sure they're going to be very intense, looking forward to that – we’ve always had a blast in Canada!

"Last time we played Quebec we were opening up for Iron Maiden – so if 10% of the people that saw us at that show come on down, we are in good shape, ha-ha!

"We've had a couple of awesome shows the last couple of days including Jaxx in Springfield, VA and The Palladium in Worcester, MA...Thanks to all the people who showed up at the shows and an extra thank you to those hanging around patiently outside the bus - you all rule!!!

"In other news, we've started working on some new material in the confinements of the tour bus... It doesn't take much equipment to record ideas these days! It's at an earlier stage than embryonic right now, but to me it sounds like some really cool stuff - more on that later!

"The headline set we're doing on this tour is probably our most extensive to date, and of course that includes solos as well as other extras... Even though that might seem over the top to some (non-metal people), it has added some dynamics to the performance, and those parts of the show always goes down well!

"So, thanks to all the U.S metal fans that came out to the shows this time!

"Also thanks to A Perfect Murder, Mnemic and All That Remains – it's great having you all along for the tour!

"Next up after Canada is 9 shows in Europe (including 5 shows in the U.K)…this has been a long tour - We started in Europe a couple of months ago, and before that there was the Ozzfest. I can’t remember what it’s like sleeping in my own bed! We’ll be back home for the holidays, but for now - the metal crusade continues!"

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Throwdown Preparing For Arch Enemy Tour

THROWDOWN have just wrapped up their national tour with SOULFLY. However not before THROWDOWN vocalist Dave Peters joined SOULFLY on stage in L.A., Tucson and Anaheim to perform some of his favorite SEPULTURA songs — "Refuse/Resist" and "Territory". Max Cavalera, who helms SOULFLY, was previously in SEPULTURA, which was a huge influence on countless metal and hardcore bands for their uncompromising brutality and outspokenness. THROWDOWN, who are also known for their hard-hitting brand of hardcore with metal elements, have been covering SEPULTURA's song "Roots Bloody Roots" for years.

Commented Peters: "We were sending a song out to Max every night, he invited me up to his bus to hang out and we talked about how THROWDOWN had been covering 'Roots Bloody Roots' for years and how people brought it up in interviews he had done. He thought it was strange but cool that a hardcore band was covering his songs. He joked about us playing the song and him singing it and it eventually turned into me doing one of my favorite SEPULTURA songs with them."

THROWDOWN, who hail from Orange County, CA, were in their home element when Peters joined SOULFLY on stage. "I felt like a child that got picked for the Make A Wish foundation. I came in too early the first night cause I was so nervous, which I felt dumb about considering I have known that song for thirteen years. It was pretty sweet watching Max play that song at the first Ozzfest in 1996 from 300 yards back to helping him play it a few feet away."

THROWDOWN tour dates w/ ARCH ENEMY and STRAPPING YOUNG LAD:

Dec. 12 - Cardiff, UK - Coal Exchange
Dec. 13 - Manchester, UK - MDH
Dec. 14 - Glasgow, UK - QMU
Dec. 15 - London, UK - The Forum
Dec. 16 - Wolverhampton, UK - Wolfun Hall
Dec. 18 - York, UK - Fibbers
Dec. 19 - Oxford, UK - Zodiac
Dec. 20 - London, UK - Barfly

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Arch Enemy Guitarist Checks In From U.S.

Arch Enemy guitarist Michael Amott has checked in with the following update:

"Hello all ARCH ENEMY friends…

"We are in Boulder, CO today… I had to switch out my camo shorts for camo pants – damn it’s cold!

"I saw my first racoon today, right outside the coffee shop on the street…wow… I am from Sweden, I am not used this stuff. It was cool!
A local was telling me that they get bears and mountain lions coming down to their town too. That’s really mind blowing to me, but just a part of life here…

"We started this U.S leg of the 'Doomsday' tour in Tempe, Arizona – a much warmer place!

"I visited the KRANK factory – KRANK is the company that builds my amps… Great guys and fantastic amps! They hooked me up with a KRANKENSTEIN amp that sounds really raging - a high-gain monster! The KRANKENSTEIN amplifier is the Dimebag Darrel (R.I.P) signature amp.

"I think the world needs a 'Michael Amott amp' now, right??? ;-P More...

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Century Media Release Metal For The Masses Vol 4

Continuing the highly successful Metal For The Masses series, the Century Family unseals Metal For The Masses Volume Four, once again exclusive to Hot Topic locations nationwide. The 2-disc compilation contains 40 tracks totaling over 2 hours of music. The artwork for Volume Four incorporates the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to stunning effect and also depicts the album art for each featured artist within as well as additional artist and album information. Volume Four comes housed in a deluxe double Digipak and is available now at all Hot Topic locations nationwide.

Started in 2003, Metal For The Masses has become The Century Family's largest-selling compilation series, replacing the budget priced Identity series. The Metal For The Masses series is also one of Hot Topic's longest-running exclusive compilations. Selling well over 60,000 copies each, Metal For The Masses continues to disseminate the word of metal.

Disc One Includes Century Media Artists:

God Forbid, Manntis, Diecast, Brand New Sin, Agents Of Man, Shadows Fall, Arch Enemy, The Haunted, Behemoth, Old Man's Child, Naglfar, Strapping Young Lad, Nevermore, Eyes Of Fire, Into Eternity, Cryptopsy, Watch Them Die, Napalm Death, Despised Icon and Immolation

Disc Two Includes:

Nuclear Blast Artists: Dimmu Borgir, Soilwork, In Flames, Meshuggah, Bleed The Sky, Darkane, Mnemic, Hypocrisy, Exodus and Cathedral

Liquor And Poker Music Artists: Fireball Ministry, Nebula, The Hellacopters, The Illuminati, The Black Halos, Crash Kelly, The Thieves, Scott Reeder, American Heartbreak and Backyard Babies

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Arch Enemy Guitarist Recap Japanese Tour

Arch Enemy guitarist Michael Amott has posted this message on the band's website:

"We arrived yesterday in sunny Brisbane, Australia…been catching up on sleep and going for walks around the area. Breath taking scenery…

"I guess it’s time for a recap on the Japanese tour we’ve just completed?

"We played 6 shows on our Japan tour and it really was a case of yet another Japanese Arch Enemy extravaganza! We had a blast!

"This was my 16th visit to Japan since 1997 (that’s counting promotional trips and 3 Spiritual Beggars tours) – I am a lucky bastard…I love Japan and I love my life! Ha!

"We enjoyed all the shows – although the extra show that was added at the end of the tour in Tokyo was probably the most intense, the crowd was close to us and the energy in the room was strong! We added “Hybrids Of Steel” to the setlist towards the end of the Japan tour and I am expecting it to stay in for the rest of the year, as it is so much fun to play!

"So many people to thank for the very smooth and highly enjoyable tour…
Firstly, I would like to thank all our wonderful Japanese fans for coming out to the shows in such large numbers (more fans this time in Tokyo and Osaka than last year!) and supporting us so LOUDLY and with such BIG hearts! Very cool… You guys make it worth the long trip and jet lag fatigue - every time! Domo Arigato!!!

"It was great to see that our new guitarist Fredrik Akesson was so warmly received by the Japanese Arch Enemy fans… More...

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Firewind Working With New Vocalist

FIREWIND, the Greek power metal act led by guitarist Gus G. (DREAM EVIL, ARCH ENEMY), have posted the following message on their official web site:

"As many of you know by now from other online sources, Chity Somapala [vocals] has decided to leave FIREWIND due to 'personal reasons.' But this doesn't mean that FIREWIND stops right here! We're already working with an incredible new vocalist and have eight brand new songs that kick ass!!

"Due to Chity's sudden departure, our plans for an extensive European tour this fall had to be cancelled. But we will be back on the road as soon as the new album is completed.

Although nothing's confirmed by now, we're looking at entering the studio in late January/early February 2006.

"More details and new singer info to follow soon."

FIREWIND's third album, "Forged by Fire", received its long-overdue U.S. release in July via Magick Records (a division of Cleopatra Records).

Somapala originally joined FIREWIND in early 2004 as the replacement for Stephen Fredrick. Chity appeared on "Forged by Fire", which was produced by band leader/guitarist Gus G. and mixed by Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden. Guest musicians on the album included former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman and ex-TESTAMENT/DEATH axeman James Murphy.

Gus G. recently toured with ARCH ENEMY on Ozzfest 2005 as the group's touring guitarist after Christoper Amott bowed out of that band in order to "fully concentrate on his studies at home in Sweden," according to ARCH ENEMY axeman Michael Amott.

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Arch Enemy Confirm More European Tour Dates

Arch Enemy has confirmed the addition of 4 more European dates for Itay and Spain. Dates are:

Dec. 5 Estragon, Italy - Bologna
Dec. 6 New Age, Italy - Treviso
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Other upcoming European dates:

Dec. 12 Cardiff, UK - Coal Exchange
Dec. 13 Manchester, UK - Academy 2
Dec. 14 Glasgow, UK - QMU
Dec. 15 London, UK - Astoria
Dec. 16 Wolverhampton, UK - Wulfrun Hall

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