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Formed: 1996
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.

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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."


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
Dec. 8 Mephisto, Spain - Barcelona
Dec. 9 Sala Jam, Spain - Bergara

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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SYL Support Arch Enemy in the U.K.

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD have been confirmed as the main support act on ARCH ENEMY's upcoming U.K. tour. The dates are as follows:

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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Arch Enemy Embark On US Headling Tour

After emerging as this year's Ozzfest breakthrough artist, ARCH ENEMY now prepares to conquer the U.S. once again this November on a stellar headlining tour with ALL THAT REMAINS, MNEMIC and A PERFECT MURDER in the support slots. The trek, which kicks off on November 11 and runs through December 1, will be the group's first headlining run in support of their critically acclaimed new album, "Doomsday Machine", which debuted at #87 on The Billboard 200 chart. The anticipation surrounding the group's return to the U.S. has been nothing short of phenomenal, as their new disc rapidly approaches the 50,000 SoundScan plateau.

As previously reported, ARCH ENEMY have recruited Fredrik Åkesson as a replacement for Chris Amott (guitar) for the continued "Doomsday Machine" touring campaign. Åkesson has lent his awesome guitar talent to such varied artists such as TALISMAN, JOHN NORUM, KRUX, TIAMAT and his own (now defunct) group, SOUTHPAW.

ARCH ENEMY start their European tour in Paris at the Bataclan on October 2. The band's "Doomsday Machine" album entered the official German Top 100 chart at position No. 34. The CD 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.


Nov. 11 - Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
Nov. 13 - House Of Blues – Hollywood, CA
Nov. 14 - Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
Nov. 16 - Fox Theatre – Boulder, CO
Nov. 18 - White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX

More dates will be added soon.

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Vote For Your Favorite HBB Video Of The Year

MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball" and Revolver magazine are teaming up to bring you the top metal videos of 2005. They have compiled 50 of the hottest metal and hardcore videos that premiered on the "Ball" this year — including LIFE OF AGONY's "Love to Let You Down", ARCH ENEMY's "Nemesis", BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's "In This River", CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's "Stone Breaker", DARK TRANQUILLITY's "The New Build", DISTURBED's "Stricken" and THE HAUNTED's "No Compromise". To vote for your favorite video, go to www.mtv2.com. The results will be seen on "Headbanger's Ball" and in an upcoming issue of Revolver.

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Arch Enemy To Hold Signing Session In Sweden

Arch Enemy will hold in-store signing sessions in Stockholm and Gothenburg.
Bring your Arch Enemy swag and meet the band.

Oct. 14 Stockholm - 2pm @ CD Exchange - Gamla Brogatan
Oct. 15 Gothenburg - 5pm @ CD Specialisten - Kungsgatan

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Arch Enemy Announce 3 Aussie Dates

Australia's Pyro Music have confirmed three dates of the upcoming Aussie ARCH ENEMY tour, set to take place this November.

November 2 - Brisbane, Australia @ The Arena, Brisbane
November 4 - Melbourne, Australia @ The Palace
November 5 - Sydney, Australia @ UNSW Roundhouse

Support for the trek is TBA. As previously reported, ARCH ENEMY recently welcomed into their ranks Fredrik Akesson as a replacement for guitarist Chris Amott for the continued "Doomsday Machine" touring campaign.

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Arch Enemy Announce New Guitarist

Arch Enemy have announced the addition of guitarist Fredrik Akesson, who replaces the departed Chris Amott. Akesson, a native of Sweden, has previously played with such bands as Talisman, Krux, and Tiamat. Comments Arch Enemy's Michael Amott:

"This guy, he just simply kills on the axe! Rhythms and Leads – he's really got a shredding and musical style. He was down here rehearsing with us last week and we had a great time playing music and hanging out. We are eagerly looking forward to hitting the road again, this time with Fredrik on board the good ship Arch Enemy."

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Arch Enemy Reschedule UK Tour

According to antiMUSIC.com, Arch Enemy have reluctantly taken the decision to RESCHEDULE their September UK shows until December due to the loss of the advertised and proposed support bands. Dark Tranquillity recently pulled out of the tour, and despite all the efforts of band, label and management, it has not been possible to find two adequate International acts to replace them at such short notice.

In today's market it is essential to give fans a great package that offers value for money, much as the Swedish Apocalypse show did last Christmas. It is the bands intention to use the intervening time to put together a great line-up that will give the fans more metal for their money.

All September tickets are 100% valid for the rescheduled December dates. In London, The Forum show has now moved to The Astoria where all tickets will still be valid.

The new dates are as follows:

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

The band apologises for any inconvenience caused, but nevertheless feels that rescheduling these dates is the lesser of two evils.

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Arch Enemy Back Home From Ozzfest

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

"Wow, that was 2 months that went by quickly – we had a blast this summer in the US! The Ozzfest dates were very successful for us and we enjoyed seeing our music connect with so many fans, new and old. Also our new album “Doomsday Machine” coming out while we were actually in the U.S.A (a first for us) was a highlight!

"We’d like to thank all the great fans for coming out and seeing us play (more often than not at a not-so-metal time of day) and supporting us at our signing sessions at the FYE and Jägermeister tents – you are the true spirit of the metal scene.

"Thank you to all the cool bands on Ozzfest – it was a pleasure sharing the 2nd stage with you - good luck to you all in the future! A metal salute to Jake at FYE (Ozzfest) for going out of his way to get my Black Sabbath box set signed – hopefully see you in November!

"Right now we are back home in Sweden, we’ll be starting rehearsals next week… With a new guitar player - a Swede this time! That’s going to be really cool…I am excited about this new guy – he’s a sick ripper! More on this very soon…

"Of course, we want to thank our Greek friend Gus for coming in and doing this summer with Arch Enemy in the US! The boy did good!!! (I am personally going to miss my Greek language lessons…I was making great progress...really, honestly!).

"Ahead of us lies a bunch of European dates (it’s been awhile!) and Japan (always amazing) – we are super excited about this of course!
(Rumors have it that we’ll also be making a trip to a continent Arch Enemy has not yet visited – this should be very close to being confirmed now…).

"Ok. That’s it. The next chapter of the Doomsday tale is soon upon us… We won’t be breathing Swedish air for much longer…"

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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:

Venue: Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge
City/State: Bristow, Va.
Date: Aug. 13, 2005
Attendance: 10,336
Capacity: 22,667

Venue: PNC Bank Arts Center
City/State: Holmdel, N.J.
Date: Aug. 14, 2005
Attendance: 16,203
Capacity: 16,944

Venue: Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach Theater
City/State: Wantagh, N.Y.
Date: Aug. 16, 2005
Attendance: 13,281
Capacity: 13,855

Venue: New England Dodge Music Center
City/State: Hartford, Conn.
Date: Aug. 20, 2005
Attendance: 9,918
Capacity: 24,212

Venue: Verizon Wireless Arena
City/State: Manchester, N.H.
Date: Aug. 21, 2005
Attendance: 7,565
Capacity: 8,469

Venue: DTE Energy Music Center
City/State: Clarkston, Mich.
Date: Aug. 24, 2005
Attendance: 15,663
Capacity: 15,663

Venue: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
City/State: The Woodlands, Texas
Date: Aug. 13, 2005
Attendance: 11,600
Capacity: 15,809

Venue: Continental Airlines Arena
City/State: East Rutherford, N.J.
Date: Aug. 23, 2005
Attendance: 16,209
Capacity: 17,417

Venue: Hampton Coliseum
City/State: Hampton, Va.
Date: Aug. 21, 2005
Attendance: 5,928
Capacity: 11,699

Venue: 1st Mariner Arena
City/State: Baltimore, Md.
Date: Aug. 22, 2005
Attendance: 6,644
Capacity: 12,758

Venue: House of Blues
City/State: Las Vegas, Nev.
Date: Aug. 28, 2005
Attendance: 314
Capacity: 1,800

Venue: House of Blues
City/State: Las Vegas, Nev.
Date: Aug. 17, 2005
Attendance: 1,800
Capacity: 1,800

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

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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