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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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Christopher Amott Rejoins Arch Enemy

Arch Enemy are pleased to be able to announce the return of original guitarist Christopher Amott. The band, having finished an intense 18-month touring cycle all over the world promoting the Doomsday Machine album and Live Apocalypse DVD, are currently busy working on songs for their new studio album.

Christopher surprised many by departing Arch Enemy at the end of the Doomsday Machine recording sessions in 2005, having been in the band for 10 years (starting with Arch Enemy at age 18). Christopher followed his urges to see the world and find what else is out there apart from music. Having done that, the time is now right for him to return to the fold with a newly injected desire and focus and to resume his career.

Christopher states, "This is very exciting for me, returning to Arch Enemy as a fulltime member! Right now we are working on our forthcoming album, and I'm very pleased about the way it's turning out. The new songs are fast and furious with lots of melody! To all the people who sent me kind messages while I was out of the band, thank you for your support; it helped me a lot. After this (much needed) two-year break, I'm looking forward to getting back on the road. I hope to see you all later this year!" More...

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Metal's Darkside Vol. 2 Details and E-card

On this the 2nd volume of Metal’s Dark Side, sexy host Jasmin St. Claire guides you through even more uncensored videos, intense interviews, and extreme bonus footage. From back stage at the Key Club in L.A., to the NAMM Music Conference and other major summer music festivals, St. Claire invades the minds of metal legends such as Rick Hunolt & Gary Holt (Exodus), Sharlee D’Angelo (Arch Enemy), Paul Romanko & Brian Fair (Shadows Fall), Trevor Strand & Brian Eschbach (The Black Dahlia Murder) and more.

The track listing follows:

  • Shadows Fall - Interview with Paul Romanko & Brian Fair

  • Suffocation - Interview with Terrance Hobbs & Frank Mullen Suffocation - Video: “Surgery Of Impalement”

  • Exodus - Interview with Rick Hunolt & Gary Holt Exodus - Video: “War Is My Shepherd”

  • Deconstruct - Interview with Vanessa, Joe & Skitz Deconstruct - Live Footage: “Deeper Down”

  • The Black Dahlia Murder - Interview with Trevor Strand & Brian Eschbach

  • Arch Enemy - Interview with Sharlee D’Angelo

Bonus Footage:

  • Fight Paris - Video: “Complete Heat”

  • Firewind - Video: “Tyranny”

  • Suffocation - Bonus Interview

The DVD, which runs 71 minutes total, was slated to hit the streets January 30. An e-card for "Metal's Darkside Vol. 2 - The Deeply Disturbed" has also been posted online.

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Arch Enemy Guitarist and Drummer Comment on NAMM


ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott and drummer Daniel Erlandsson will attend the NAMM show, which is scheduled to take place January 18-21 in Anaheim, California at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Amott will be signing autographs at the ESP guitars booth Saturday, January 20 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Commented Michael: "I am honored to be invited by ESP guitars again this year. My 'Ninja V' signature model guitar has been very successful and well received by both the media and players. I am really thankful to ESP for their support and also of course to everyone who picked up a LTD or ESP 'Ninja V'!!!

"I will take part in a signing session together with some other great ESP players. Looking forward to seeing you fellow guitar freaks there!"

Daniel Erlandsson will be signing autographs Saturday, January 20 at 3:00 p.m. at the Pearl Drums booth.

Commented Erlandsson: "This will be my first time at the NAMM show and I'm looking forward to it! I will be signing autographs at the Pearl Drums booth with my brother, Adrian Erlandsson (ex-CRADLE OF FILTH) and Vinnie Paul and some other kick-ass Pearl players!"

The NAMM show is the largest music products trade show in the world. Held every January in Anaheim, California, the show brings together all facets of the music products industry to reveal new musical instruments/products and ideas to help music products retailers and manufacturers become more successful. More than 80,000 NAMM members and guests attended the January 2006 show. The NAMM show is not open to the general public.

Read the full article at Blabbermouth.

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Arch Enemy Prepares New Album

Swedish metal band Arch Enemy is currently working on material for their next album. Thus far the group has written 7-8 new tracks. According to guitarist Michael Amott, the songs are "life-changing and ridiculously huge metal hymns; this is all my own (not so) humble opinion of course. You'll see."

The band has booked studio time for March and April, with a release expected in summer 2007 via Century Media Records.

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Century Media Records Sign Deal with Zebralution

Century Media Records has signed a pan-European contract with Zebralution, Europe's biggest digital distributor. With offices in Berlin, Duisburg, Paris and New York, Zebralution has established itself in 2006 with such online hits as BOB SINCLAIR's "Love Generation" and songs by XAVIER NAIDOO.

Commented Century Media's Label Manager Antje Lange, "With Zebralution we have found an ideal partner in the field of online distribution. As Zebralution offers a network of offices in the major countries this means a big plus for our internationally active artist roster and ultimately convinced us to cooperate with them."

Kurt Thielen and Sascha Lazimbat of Zebralution are delighted to be able to expand their product range. "With approximately 5.000 high quality songs from the entire metal spectrum, we will be able to make our range even more attractive for people of more extreme sounds," Zebralution said in a statement. "Bands such as LACUNA COIL, ARCH ENEMY, CELTIC FROST and ICED EARTH will hopefully help us to further convince music lovers of legal downloads in the future."

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Textures To Support Arch Enemy On Tour

TEXTURES will be supporting metal titans Arch Enemy on their upcoming November / December European tour through Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and France. Here are the tour dates:

November 29 - Bochum, Zeche (Germany)
November 30 - Hamburg, Knust (Germany)
December 1 - Glachau, Alte Spinnerei (Germany)
December 3 - Zurich, Rohstofflager (Switzerland)
December 5 - Munich, New Backstage (Germany)
December 6 - Aschaffenburg, Colos-Saal (Germany)
December 8 - Antwerp, Hof Ter Lo (Belgium)
December 10 - Strasbourg, La Laiterie (France)

TEXTURES' 2nd album 'Drawing Circles' will be released officially in the U.S. on November 7th, 2006.

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Arch Enemy Venture Out To Perth, Australia

The Perth venue Club Capitol is strangely disturbing. Red velvet curtains, disco balls and red lighting combine to evoke a twilight zone somewhere between sleazy cabaret and low-budget submarine flick. However, there are not many suitable venues in this city for a band like Arch Enemy, so Tuesday night saw the club filled to overflowing with metal fans eager to experience the melodic metal legends. More...

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Angela Gossow Comments On The End of Gigantour

Although the Gigantour isn't over yet (we will be meeting up with Megadeth, Lamb Of God and Opeth in Japan and Australia again), I got the end of tour blues. I had to say good-bye to a lot of wonderful people already. I am sitting in a stupid hotel room at Orlando airport. I feel lonely, I miss the tourbus and always having somebody around. No laughter and music pouring through the aircon whilst I am trying to fall asleep. This room isn't moving. And it is way too big for me. I cant relax here.

I want to be in Japan NOW. And I don't really want to go back to Sweden. I don't miss home anymore. I don't need 4 rooms, stuffed wardrobes, cupboards and a big TV. I never owned a car anyway. All I need to be well fits into one bag. No drama, no worries, just the road, the bus, the venue, cool people.

The last couple of days were intense. We had the guitar contest winner R. Kelly (yes, this is REALLY his name! Ryan Kelly!) on stage with us in Tampa, Florida. He is 17 year old, from Seattle. And nailed that "Ravenous" solo without throwing up or fainting on stage. I would have done both simultaneously. This young man has nerves of steel! (Read the full story here.)

The Gigantour crew finally shot the live footage for the upcoming DVD in Sunrise, Florida. We gave it all, so it should turn out killer!

Orlando was the last Gigantour show in the US. We have almost a week off now until Loud Park festival, Tokyo. I thought I'd give it all and scream my voice to pieces that night. I really went for it, but didn't succeed. My voice doesn't even have a scratch. I have been absolutely careless with my voice on this tour. Drinking wine and sitting up talking nonsense to 5 in the morning. No voice rest. Fuck all this. My voice is doing better than ever. I hope Melissa isn't reading this..

To everybody I met at the shows/signings, shared dressing rooms, thoughts and drinks with: Thank you for being so nice and patient with me! I have had a wonderful time in the U.S. .. again! I love your friendliness, passion and your wholefoods markets! I will miss you A LOT!

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Gigantour Start on Stage Contest With Arch Enemy

According to a posting on Gigantour's official web site, "one lucky fan will be able to play on stage with ARCH ENEMY" during the tour. No further details are currently available.

The North American installment of Gigantour 2006 kicked off September 6 in Boise, Idaho. The trek features LAMB OF GOD, ARCH ENEMY, OPETH, OVERKILL, THE SMASHUP, INTO ETERNITY and SANCTITY in addition to the headliner MEGADETH.

ARCH ENEMY's double disc DVD set, "Live Apocalypse", was released last month. An e-card is available that features two videos taken from the DVD for the tracks "Ravenous" and "My Apocalypse", along with a new photo gallery. You can view the e-card by clicking here.

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Arch Enemy Frontwoman Joins Megadeth On Stage

Vocalist Angela Gossow of ARCH ENEMY — who are touring North America as part of Gigantour 2006 (also featuring LAMB OF GOD, OPETH, OVERKILL, THE SMASHUP, INTO ETERNITY and SANCTITY in addition to the headliner MEGADETH) — has posted the following message on her MySpace page:

"Chicago, Columbus and Detroit rocked! Especially Chicago the crowd was insane! And to everybody who is coming out the signings: Thank you for buying our stuff and your wonderful words. Meeting you all is pure fuel for the soul.

"Last night I joined MEGADETH on stage during the chorus of 'Peace Sells'. It was a 10-seconds-ultra-rush. I stood at the side of the stage, not feeling too nervous. Then you get the 'Go' sign from the stage manager, who is also watching the fireworks. I run up to Dave's mic and then suddenly IT hit me. I AM STANDING NEXT TO DAVE MUSTAINE, SINGING PEACE SELLS AND HEARING IS VOICE TOGETHER WITH MINE. I believe my heart exploded at this moment. And my brain. I got it on video cam so I can watch it again. I can hardly believe I WAS THERE. MUST. DO. IT. AGAIN. We will put the file on the website in a few days.. More...

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Coldworker Announce Tour With Arch Enemy

COLDWORKER (former NASUM drummer Anders Jakobson, guitarists Anders Baerilsson and Andre Alvinzi, bassist Oskar Palsson, and vocalist Joel Fornbrant) has announced their involvement in this year's Close-Up Made Us Do It Tour with ARCH ENEMY and PATH OF NO RETURN. The Close-Up Made Us Do It Tour is put together every year by Close-Up Magazine, the leading heavy music magazine in Scandinavia, and will cover ground in Sweden and Denmark during the month of November.

Additionally, COLDWORKER has set the European release date for their debut album The Contaminated Void for November 6th; its North American release will follow in early 2007. The Contaminated Void was recorded by the band this past June and mixed by Dan Swano. The finished track listing for The Contaminated Void is as follows: "The Interloper", "D.E.A.D.", "An Unforgiving Season", "The Contaminated Void", "Death Smiles At Me", "A Custom-made Hell", "Return To Ashes", "Strain At The Leash", Flammable", "Antidote", "They Crawl Inside Me Uninvited", "Waiting For Buildings To Collapse", "Heart Shaped Violence" and "Generations Decay".

An advance COLDWORKER MP3, for the track "An Unforgiving Season", will be made available via the Revolver Magazine Bootleg Series in next month's issue. For this free download, pick up the November issue of Revolver, on sale September 26th, and follow the instructions on the 'Bootleg Series' page.

Coldworker Tour Dates with Arch Enemy and Path of No Return:

11/16/06 Malmo, Sweden KB
11/17/06 Karlskrona, Sweden Kino
11/18/06 Göteborg, Sweden Trägårn
11/22/06 Stockholm, Sweden Klubben
11/23/06 Linköping, Sweden Platens Bar
11/24/06 Halmstad, Sweden Diezel
11/26/06 Copenhagen, Denmark Pumpehuset
11/27/06 Århus, Denmark Voxhall

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Arch Enemy Announce Australian Headlining Dates

ARCH ENEMY's official web site has been updated with the following message:

"As the fans of ARCH ENEMY 'Down Under' already know, ARCH ENEMY are returning to Australia on their 'Doomsday Machine' campaign to be a part of the Gigantour alongside MEGADETH and SOULFLY etc.! ARCH ENEMY has also booked two of their own headline shows in Perth and Adelaide."

Commented guitarist Michael Amott: "We didn't get to play Perth and Adelaide last year in Oz — so this is only fair, right?! We are very much looking forward to returning and playing to some of coolest metal fans in the world."

ARCH ENEMY Australian tour dates:

Oct. 17 - Perth, AUS @ Capitol
Oct. 19 - Adelaide, AUS @ Fowlers
Oct. 21 - Brisbane, AUS @ The Riverstage *
Oct. 22 - Sydney, AUS @ Hordern Pavilion *
Oct. 24 - Melbourne, AUS @ Festival Hall *

*Australian edition of the Gigantour featuring MEGADETH, SOULFLY, ARCH ENEMY, CALIBAN More...

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Gigantour 2006 Schedule Gets Tweaked

With the start of the second annual Gigantour looming on the horizon, organizers have tinkered with the schedule a bit, to include adding several new stops to the run.

Originally due to launch Sept. 7 in San Diego, the outing will now get underway Sept. 6 in Boise, ID, and won't hit San Diego until Sept. 9; the move knocks off the schedule a previously announced Sept. 9 show in San Luis Obispo, CA. Meanwhile, new stops have been added in Oklahoma City, OK; Boston; and Atlantic City, NJ.

The main-stage roster for the majority of the tour features headliners Megadeth, as well as Lamb of God, Opeth, Arch Enemy, Overkill, Into Eternity, Sanctity, and The Smashup. The Phoenix, Oklahoma City and Boston stops, however, won't include Into Eternity, Sanctity and The Smashup, and those three bands, as well as Overkill, won't be on board for the tour's Las Vegas engagement, which is now confirmed to take place at the House of Blues.

Tickets for most shows are on sale now, while those for stops in Chicago and Atlantic City will hit the box office Saturday (8/26). Details are shown in the itinerary below.

Gigantour is the brainchild of Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine, who last year mounted an inaugural run that also included Dream Theater, Fear Factory, Dillinger Escape Plan and Nevermore. That trek is documented on the forthcoming "Gigantour 2005," a live set that comprises a two-disc audio version that hits stores tomorrow (8/22), and a two-DVD video version that surfaces Sept. 5.

Earlier this year, Megadeth signed a new record deal with Roadrunner Records.

"It is exciting to be some place you are respected, understood and appreciated," Mustaine said a statement. "The truth is there's a lot of people I've known there over the years. I'm stoked we're all coming back together again to work on this project."

Roadrunner plans to release "United Abominations," Megadeth's follow-up to 2004's "The System Has Failed," later this year, according to the label.

Here are the latest Gigantour 2006 tour dates: More...

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Arch Enemy Updates On DVD and A Road Report

ARCH ENEMY's highly anticipated double disc DVD set, Live Apocalypse, is now available worldwide just in time for the group's triumphant return to the U.S. on Gigantour this September.

Some early reports from European DVD charts: German DVD-charts: 1st week : #12

Swedish DVD-charts: 1st week : #2 2nd week : #2

Michael Amott (guitars) comments: “Yes, the DVD is out all over the world now and the reviews are glowing and more importantly, the positive feedback from the fans is HUGE! On another note, we played our last summer festival show this year in Gothenburg last week. It was a really cool show with a great Swedish Metal crowd and tons of family and friends backstage – a great way to end this summer!

“We played a completely different kind of show in London, UK on Thursday, it was the ‘Kerrang! Day Of Rock’ and it was basically an in-store type deal in the basement of the Virgin Megastore on Oxford Street. We played a brief 30 minute set and thanks to the fans that came down and supported us it was actually fun. We’ve had a blast this summer playing the European festivals, the shows have been so cool and in some cases even AMAZING (Hello Wacken!). It’s been a real treat to meet all the ARCH ENEMY fans at the signing sessions of these festivals too – we love it!

“So now we have a little time off from the road before we head back to the U.S. for the Gigantour – we are all really looking forward to that. Hope to see you all soon.”

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Arch Enemy Ready For Gigantour

An official update from Arch Enemy reads as follows:

"Yes, the DVD is out all over the world now and the reviews are glowing and more importantly, the positive feedback from the fans is HUGE!

On another note, we played our last summer festival show this year in Gothenburg on Tuesday, really cool show with a great Swedish Metal crowd and tons of family and friends backstage – a great way to end this summer!

We played a completely different kind of show in London, UK on Thursday, it was the Kerrang! Day Of Rock and it was basically an in-store type deal in the basement of the Virgin Megastore on Oxford Street. We played a brief 30 minute set and thanks to the fans that came down and supported us it was actually fun!

We’ve had a blast this summer playing the European festivals, the shows have been so cool and in some cases even AMAZING (Hello Wacken!). It’s been a real treat to meet all the Arch Enemy fans at the signing sessions of these festivals too – we love it!

So now we have a little time off from the road before we head back to the U.S. for the Gigantour – we are all really looking forward to that tour…"

As previously reported, Arch Enemy's new double disc DVD set, Live Apocalypse, is now available just in time for the group’s return to North America on Gigantour this September. A new E-card is now available that features two videos taken from the DVD for the tracks 'Ravenous' and 'My Apocalypse', along with a new photo gallery. You can view the E-Card by clicking here.

Arche Enemy's Gigantour 2006 schedule is as follows:

September:
7 - San Diego, CA - TBA
8 - Oakland, CA at Oakland Coliseum
9 - San Luis Obispo, CA at Pozo Saloon Amphitheatre
10 - San Bernardino, CA at Hyundai Pavilion
12 - Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues
13 - Phoenix, AZ at Dodge Theatre
15 - Salt Lake City, UT at USANA
16 - Denver, CO at Coors Amphitheatre
17 - Albuquerque, NM at Journal Pavilion
19 - Oklahoma City, OK at Zoo Theater
21 - Milwaukee, WI at Eagles Ballroom
22 - Chicago, IL at Congress Theatre
23 - Columbus, OH at Nationwide Arena
24 - Detroit. MI at DTE Energy Amphitheatre
25 - Toronto, ONT at Molson Amphitheatre
27 - Montreal, QC atBell Centre
28 - Uniondale, NY at Nassau Coliseum
29 - TBD
30 - Holmdel, NJ at PNC Bank Center

October
1 - TBD
3 - TBD
5 - TBD
6 - Tampa, FL at St Pete Times Forum
7 - Sunrise, FL at Bank Atlantic Center
8 - Orlando, FL at Hard Rock Live
21 - Brisbane, Australia at The Riverstage
22 - Sydney, Australia at Hordern Pavilion
24 - Melbourne, Australia at Festival Hall

More dates are expected to be announced soon.

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Gigantour Australia Dates And Bands Announced

The Gigantour dates and bands have been finalised. Playing three massive shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane will be Megadeth, Soulfly, Arch Enemy and Caliban. Tickets will be made available for purchase through Ticketek (NSW) and Ticketmaster (QLD and VIC), from 9am on the 22nd of August. Show dates follow:

Sat 21 October - Brisbane, The Riverstage
Sun 22 October - Sydney, Hordern Pavilion
Tues 24 - October - Melbourne, Festival Hall

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Arch Enemy DVD Trailer Streaming Online

You can view a new trailer for the upcomming Arch Enemy DVD here. As previously reported Arch Enemy is currently gearing up for Gigantour 2.

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Wacken Open Air Photos Posted Online

A number of high-quality photos of reunited ATHEIST and CARNIVORE, along with ABORTED, ARCH ENEMY, CELTIC FROST, CHILDREN OF BODOM, DANKO JONES, FEAR FACTORY, LEGION OF THE DAMNED, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, MINISTRY, MORBID ANGEL, MOTÖRHEAD, NEVERMORE, SIX FEET UNDER, SOILWORK, SOULFLY, WHITESNAKE and WINTERSUN, taken at this year's Wacken Open Air festival — which took place on August 3-5 in Wacken, Germany — have been posted online at www.metal-experience.com.

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Krux To Release Sophomore Album In October

GMR Music has set an October 20 release date for the second album from KRUX, the Swedish band featuring CANDLEMASS mainman/bassist Leif Edling, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Mats Levon, ex-ENTOMBED drummer Peter Stjornvind, guitarist Jorgen Sandstrom (also in THE PROJECT HATE, ex-ENTOMBED / GRAVE), and current ARCH ENEMY guitarist Fredrik Akesson. Entitled "II", the CD was recorded at Studioland studio in Upplands Vosby, Sweden.

KRUX released their self-titled debut album in 2002 via Holland's Mascot Records. A live DVD containing the band's entire performance from May 18, 2003 at Kugelbanan in Stockholm, Sweden, plus a promo video for the track "Black Room" and an interview, was issued in 2003.

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Just For Fun

Cartoon Network Goes Death Metal

Larissa Glasser of The Phoenix recently conducted an interview with Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha, creators of the upcoming cartoon series "Dethklok Metalocalypse" about a half-Norwegian/half-American black metal band called DEATHKLOK.

Premiering this Sunday (August 6) at 11:45 p.m. on Adult Swim (the adult-oriented television programming block on Cartoon Network) and featuring voice cameos by METALLICA's James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett — along with members of ARCH ENEMY and NEVERMORE — "Metalocalypse" follows the mayhem surrounding the world's biggest band, and 12th-largest economy, DETHKLOK. They live in a gigantic upside-down dragon boat perched atop the fjords of Norway. They cause disaster, destruction, and bloodshed wherever they go. In an age where metal is king, DETHKLOK's business savvy trumps the world's most shrewd visionaries. But they're excessively dumb when it comes to the most rudimentary tasks. For example, they don't know how to make food for themselves — not even a sandwich. During one scene, guitarist Skwisgarr Skwigelf tries to make coffee with a toaster. Although they've outsold THE BEATLES, DETHKLOK are, Brendon Small promises, "Just a thousand times more dangerous and a billion times more stupid."

"Ted Nugent once said that there's something inherently stupid about rock and roll," Blacha explained to The Phoenix. "I agree, but we aren't derisive of metal. For example, when we had Michael Amott [guitarist, ARCH ENEMY] come in to do voices for the show, it was really pleasing to have him tell us in his Swedish accent, 'I don't like it when people make fun of metal, but you guys know what you're doing.' He gave us this one head nod, and we were like, 'YES! That's exactly what we wanted.' "

Read more at ThePhoenix.com.

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