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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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
TEMPLE OF BRUTALITY, the new band featuring former MEGADETH/current F5 bassist David Ellefson, ex-W.A.S.P. drummer Stet Howland, guitarist Peter Scheithauer (BELLADONNA, KILLING MACHINE) and vocalist Todd Barnes (13-A), will be joining the Jägermeister-sponsored CHIMAIRA/ARCH ENEMY/HATE ETERNAL tour between April 30 and May 6. The dates are as follows:
Apr. 30 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
May 02 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
May 03 - Norfolk, VA @ NorVa
May 04 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
May 05 - Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggy's
May 06 - Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls
TEMPLE OF BRUTALITY's debut album, "Lethal Agenda", will be released on May 24 in Europe and Asia and June 27 in North America. More U.S. shows are planned for May-July as is a European tour for August/September. TEMPLE OF BRUTALITY will also perform at the Rock convention in Mexico City on August 19. A U.S. tour in October/November is also in the works.
TEMPLE OF BRUTALITY's music is said to follow a very aggressive direction in the vein of SLAYER and PANTERA.
ARCH ENEMY have made the video for the track 'My Apocalypse' is now available online. You can snag it/check it out at this location.
The nominations for the fourth annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards — which this year takes place on Monday, June 12 at Koko in Camden, North London — were recently announced. In keeping with the "Valhalla" theme of this year's awards, Metal Hammer magazine have teamed up with the crew of the "Hammer of the Gods", an authentic full-size replica Viking longboat, to launch both the awards on June 12 and the team's cross channel row, which takes place on the weekend of June 3 to raise money for charity Task Brazil.
Leading the field for nominations are longstanding rock and metal purveyors Roadrunner Records, with a staggering total of 14 nominations for the label that is home to acts as diverse as SLIPKNOT, MACHINE HEAD and award-nominated DRAGONFORCE. Coming in a very close second for overall nominations is major label powerhouse Warner Music with an impressive 11 awards for their roster of breakthrough U.S. rock bands MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE and AVENGED SEVENFOLD (a favourite of Radio 1's Jo Whiley), as well as Valley boys FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND and Finnish rockers H.I.M. In a complete whitewash of the category, Warner Music have secured four of the five nominations in the "Best Video" category, with the fifth and final nomination going to Roadrunner.
Going head-to-head with a joint total of four nominations are Sony and Universal, while EMI have secured two nominations for metal stalwarts and British institution IRON MAIDEN. Coming on strong is independent challenger to the rock throne Visible Noise marginally trails Sony and Universal with three nominations including "Best UK Band" and "Album of the Year", both for BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE. U.S. alternative rockers COHEED & CAMBRIA have surprised many with 3 nominations including appearances in the prestigious "Best Album" and "Best International Band" categories.
The full nominations list for the fourth annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2006 is as follows: More...
"MTV2 Headbangers Ball: The Revenge" is now available for streaming in its entirety on AOL Music. The low priced, double-disc came out in stores on April 11, 2006 via Roadrunner Records. The double CD contains more than 2 1/2 hours of music. 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.
Here is the full track listing: More...
Arch Enemy have confirmed their first ever live performances in Mexico.
Guitarist Michael Amott comments: "Finally we are coming! We are super excited about this - looking forward to some METAL MADNESS...Mexico style!"
The dates are:
May 08 Monterrey, Mexico - Café Iguana
May 09 Mexico City, Mexico - Circo Volador
Arch Enemy will be embarking on co-headlining tour with Chimaira in April. The tour also features Nevermore, God Forbid and Hate Eternal. Dates are as follows: More...
The full lineup for the 8th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, which is sponsored this year by ESP Guitars and Krank Amps, has been confirmed.
The three-day festival at The Palladium in Worcester, MA, will feature headliners Lacuna Coil, Black Dahlia Murder, and Between the Buried and Me on Friday, April 28. Arch Enemy, Chimaira, and Exodus will headline Saturday, April 29. Headliners for Sunday, April 30 are Gamma Ray and DragonForce.
UK-based DragonForce will be making its first-ever American appearance at the festival. Italy's Lacuna Coil and Sweden's Arch Enemy will be making return appearances at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, after stellar performances at the 2003 and 2002 editions of the festival.
"It's fantastic to be a part of what is quite possibly the best U.S. metal fest around!" said Arch Enemy guitarist Mike Amott. "This is our third time playing the New England Metal and Hardcore fest and it's always a pleasure. It's held in a great venue with great fans."
"It is an honor for us to be one of this year's headliners at the New England Metal and Hardcore festival," said vocalist Andrea Ferro. "We are more than ready for it. We can't wait."
Bands confirmed for Friday (listed alphabetically) are: A Life Once Lost, A Perfect Murder, Alarum, Arsis, Between The Buried And Me, Black Dahlia Murder, Cephalic Carnage, Dead To Fall, Demiricous, Ed Gein, From A Second Story Window, Haste The Day, If Hope Dies, Lacuna Coil, Ligeia, Necrophagist, Neuraxis, Nodes Of Ranvier, Ringworm, Scarlet, Still Remains, Suicide Silence, The Absence, Thine Eyes Bleed and Through The Eyes Of The Dead.
Saturday's bands include 100 Demons, Arch Enemy, At All Cost, Caliban, Chimaira, Colin Of Arabia, Cryptopsy, Damnation AD, Death Threat, Embrace The End, Exodus, First Blood, Full Blown Chaos, God Forbid, Hate Eternal, Immolation, Into The Moat, Ion Dissonance, Overcast, Ramallah, Remembering Never, Righteous Jams, Scars Of Tomorrow, Shoot To Kill, Since The Flood, Skinless, Spitfire, Suffocation, Sworn Enemy, Terror, The Acacia Strain, The Classic Struggle, The JonBenet, and Turmoil.
Sunday's lineup is: A Love End Suicide, Bloodlined Calligraphy, Born Victim, Bronx Casket Company, Burn In Silence, Byzantine, Cannae, Cellador, Doom Raider, DragonForce, Folly, Gamma Ray, Goat Horn, Hypersolid, Inked In Blood, Into Eternity, Light This City, Losa, Mercury Switch, On Broken Wings, Phoenix Morning, Protest The Hero, Sanctity, The Miles Between, Torn Asunder, Trouble, Twelve Tribes, Who Killed The Prom Queen, Wolf, xdeathstarx, and xlooking forwardx.
Talent is subject to change.
The 8th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is also sponsored by Prosthetic Records, 2nd Stage sponsor; Revolver Magazine, exclusive magazine partner and creator of the official event program; Facedown Records, sponsor of street marketing efforts; FUSE TV; Mazur PR; The Syndicate; and many others.
Vendors this year include Century Media/Nuclear Blast, Deepsend Records, ESP Guitars/Krank Amps, Eulogy Recordings/Hand Of Hope Records, Facedown Records, Fuse TV/Uranium, Lifeforce Records, Metal Blade Records, Oak Knoll Productions, Prosthetic Records, Red Rocket Records, Relapse Records, Revolver Magazine, Stillborn Records/Hatewear Inc., Trustkill Records, Victory Records, and others.
Friday tickets are $35.00; Saturday and Sunday individual day tickets are $40.00. Three-day passes are $109.50. Tickets are available now at all Strawberries Record Stores, online at tickets.com, or by calling tickets.com at (800) 477-6849. There is re-entry at this all-day event until 6 p.m. each day.
The Palladium is located at 261 Main Street in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Arch Enemy drummer Daniel Erlandsson has posted the following message on their website:
"Right now we’re getting ready to start rehearsing with the whole band for the upcoming Jägermeister tour with Chimaira, I’m looking forward to seeing all fans and friends on the road! We’ll play an hours worth of music every night (regardless if we are closing the show or not) on this tour. So if you’re coming to the show, save some headbanging for us!
"It’s been a while since we rehearsed with the full formation, so that’s gonna be fun! As you might know we’ve been working on completing the 'Live Apocalypse' DVD during this 'break' and we shot a video for 'My Apocalypse' too.
We’ve also written new material for the future, some really intense and heavy material I should add!
"In other news, I'll be doing some signing sessions at the Frankfurt Music Messe on April 1st… I'll be at Pearl 11 AM, and also at the Sabian booth at 3 PM – hope to see all you drum freaks there!'
Arch Enemy, Chimaira, Nevermore/God Forbid and Hate Eternal tour dates: More...
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.
Dates are as follows: More...
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”
Arch Enemy have been confirmed for the following festivals:
Jun. 9-11 Donington Park, England - Download Festival
Jun. 23-25 Clisson, France - Hellfest
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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?
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.
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!”
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."
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 email@example.com.
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.
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."
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!"