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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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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.

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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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Screaming Tips From Angela Gossow

ARCH ENEMY frontwoman Angela Gossow has posted the following message on her MySpace page:

"This is for everybody who is sending me the 'screaming advice' requests. I hope you find some useful info here..

"My short-cut vocal advice:

"Get some singing teaching/vocal coaching for the basics. i.e. breathing techniques, warm-ups. You have to use diaphragm breathing and rip-cage/back breathing. No chest-breathing and raised shoulders please!

"If you can't afford lessons, go and buy the DVD 'The Zen Of Screaming' from Melissa Cross. It's ram-packed with info, tips, explanations and artist features. You can order it at www.melissacross.com.

"Screaming/growling involves the vocal cords, but also the false cords. Make sure you got good control over them. Do plenty of exercise, which should also include melodic singing.

"Keep you body and your voice healthy. Smoking is not a good idea and so is drinking alcohol in large amounts. It eventually makes your vocal cords more vulnerable. Do sports (great for stamina and lung function) and eat healthy. Very spicy, fried or sugary food irritates the throat, causes acid reflux (number one cause for voice disorders!) and weakens your muscles. And vocal cords are muscles!

"Find out your range. If you are a soprano, don't try to sound like Chris Barnes. If you are an alto, approach those black metal screams with care.

"Get a good P.A. for the rehearsal room. Screaming is loud. Yes, I do not believe in muted screaming! But if you scream too hard you strain your throat unnecessarily and you will likely get sore. Or you start to bleed. Then run to the doctor. You have a hemorrhage on your chords!

"If you are sick, try not to scream. If you have to anyway (playing a show), try to avoid talking during the day and warm up your voice properly. Drink plenty of warm water with honey. It soothes the inflammation. If you get really bad, get a steroid shot to reduce the swelling on the cords and antibiotics to stop the inflammation. This is a last resort though this stuff is really, really bad for your health!

"If you suffer from allergies and asthma (like I do), make sure you are on the right medication. Some asthma sprays make you hoarse and more prone to colds, irritations etc. Try out a few, until you find the right one. Take antihistamines if you suffer from airborne allergies and have to perform outside or in a very dusty environment. Avoid passive smoking.

"Enjoy what you do, scream out your frustration, anger, whatever but always stay controlled. Never push too hard, especially live. I do it plenty though, its so much fun. I try to restrict it to the last shows of a tour, where I am allowed to blow my voice out a little, hehe. But only if I know I have a two-week break after that and plenty of time for voice recovery!

"Go to an ENT once a year and have your vocal cords and larynx checked. If you are constantly hoarse or you suddenly lose your upper range, you are very likely developing nodules. Stop immediately with the screaming and seek professional advice: first a doctor, then a vocal coach. You are doing something wrong. Maybe it's not the way you sing/scream, but more the way you talk!

"Stay metal! Boyish singing in the chorus is for emo kids. I love clean vocals but only the raw metal style. Rob Halford is one of my faves.

"These are just tips and no 'must-dos.' You can do whatever you like, really. These tips are interesting, if you are just starting out or you are experience trouble with your voice."

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Century Media Posts Fourth Podcast

Century Media Records announces the fourth installment of its monthly Podcast is available for download today from iTunes or Century Media's website. The new Podcast features over 60 minutes of music, news, tour updates, and a contest.

Fans can download the free Podcast (available through iTunes) for their exclusive first chance to hear global premiers from international sensations NAPALM DEATH, DIECAST and ARCH ENEMY. The program also features new music from HEAVEN SHALL BURN, CELTIC FROST, TERRORIZER, MERCENARY, POISONBLACK and KRISIUN. In addition to the wealth of music from The Century Media library, the Podcast taps into co-conspiring labels from the Century Family with Nuclear Blast America lending a new ALL SHALL PERISH track, Liquor & Poker Music offer up a CRUCIFIED BARBARA song, and Abacus Recordings presents a tune from CLIFTON. The Century Media Podcast series, furthermore, highlights a title exclusive to CM Distro in each installment. This month, Galy Records recording artist SHAOLIN is featured.

To coincide with the fifteenth anniversary of Century Media's U.S. operations, the Podcast will showcase music from the label's rich history. This episode boasts remastered tracks from the NEVERMORE and STUCK MOJO reissues. There is a contest tied-in with the Podcast that will test everyone's knowledge of the Century Media catalogue. One, grand prize winner will receive a multitude of autographed materials from Shadows Fall, Arch Enemy and many more. Details and submission info is contained within the episode.

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Mustaine On Gigantour 2

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message on the "Forums" section of the Gigantour web site:

"Welcome to Gigantour 2006! I doubt I will get to meet many of you, but just know that I look forward to those of you that I do meet.

"I am very proud of the bands that I have chosen this year. And although some of us are similar, most of us aren't. One thing is that the guitarists are what makes me the proudest!

"To stand among the next generation of lead guitar heroes is thrilling, and while some may doubt the validity of what I am going to say, I look forward to seeing if I can learn anything from these excellent musicians. Old dogs can learn new tricks.

"I also want to keep an eye on all of the vocalists, especially the dude from THE SMASHUP, he has to sing in at least four or five different charachters when he sings — hella kewl!!! Knowing me, it's prolly all of the band taking turns and I'm just completely fooled.

"So, that's it for now. Come back soon, come back often, come out and see us on Gigantour 2006 North America, unless you are in Australia, then stay there and we'll come to you for Gigantour 2006 Australia, fondly called G.2006.OZ.

"Thank you for being part of my dream, part of this tour, part of our scene, and I will be watching you!"

The second edition of MEGADETH's Gigantour festival trek, which bowed last summer, will begin on September 7 in San Diego, California and feature LAMB OF GOD, OPETH, ARCH ENEMY, OVERKILL, THE SMASHUP, INTO ETERNITY and SANCTITY in addition to the headliner.

MEGADETH will release a new studio album, called "United Abominations", on October 31 via Roadrunner Records.

A CD of the first Gigantour will be out on August 22, while a DVD arrives on September 5.

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Angela Gossow Reports On Festivals

ARCH ENEMY frontwoman Angela Gossow has posted the following message on her MySpace page:

"We had two rather bizarre and chaotic festival weekends. The Arvika festival is a weird mélange between disco, pop, gothic, rock and a pinch of metal. The audience there is mostly dressed in stockings with no panties, big pink or red hair, huge boots (and some huge boobs hanging out too) and silly wedding dresses. I was surprised that so many people were squeezing into the tent when we played I had the gut feeling there wouldnt be any metal fans at all. Definitely the most colorful crossover audience we ever had. I got the impression a lot of people didnt know what to expect. When we kicked into 'Nemesis', I saw plenty of jaws dropping down and eyes popping out. They were obviously anticipation the more operatic vocals and were getting quite the opposite. Very amusing.

"Some cool pictures from Arvika — check it out [here].

"Earthshaker Fest we got what the name promised. A violent thunderstorm turned the scenery into a Hitchcock movie later that evening. Previously we had experienced our own little horror flick on stage. Our gear obviously got severely beaten up on the flight into Munich and wasnt working half the time. The poor kid who was teching for us that day was running back and forth to fix one end whilst the other one was breaking down again. We played 'Burning Angel' with one guitar only (Fredrik). In the meanwhile, Michael was going thru his shattered pedals and throwing them all out in the end. When we were about to tear into 'Ravenous', the stage manager screamed '5 minutes max' at us and we stumbled into 'We Will Rise' instead. This is the first ever show since 2001 where we did not play 'Ravenous'. A dark moment in ARCH ENEMY's history indeed. A good moment was the signing session where we got to meet so many dedicated fans. We were sitting there for over an hour until all the posters were out."

ARCH ENEMY will be making their triumphant return to the U.S. this September as part of the Gigantour, which features the legendary MEGADETH, genre titans such as LAMB OF GOD, OPETH and Century Media labelmates INTO ETERNITY, among others. The month-long trek will be the group's fourth and final U.S. run in support of their highly acclaimed album "Doomsday Machine", which debuted at No. 87 on The Billboard 200 chart. Additionally, on August 8, ARCH ENEMY will release their first DVD, "Live Apocalypse", a stunning double-disc set full of phenomenal live footage, in-depth interviews and promotional video clips.

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Arch Enemy Preps For Gigantour and DVD Release

ARCH ENEMY will be making their triumphant return to the U.S. this September as part of the mighty Gigantour, which features the legendary Megadeth, genre titans such as Lamb of God, Opeth and labelmates INTO ETERNITY, among others. The month long trek will be the group’s fourth and final U.S. run in support of their highly acclaimed album, Doomsday Machine, which debuted at #87 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Additionally, on August 8th, ARCH ENEMY will release their first DVD, Live Apocalypse, a stunning double-disc set full of phenomenal live footage, in-depth interviews and promotional video clips.

Mike Amott (guitars) further describes his thoughts on the upcoming trek: “We are ecstatic about returning to the U.S. for yet another cool tour after two months of European festivals this summer. It’s an honor for us to be a part of Gigantour this year and to share the stage with metal legends Megadeth! We are also looking forward to hanging out with our Swedish friends in Opeth and making lots of new friends along the way. This will most likely be the last time the U.S. fans will see us on tour for the Doomsday Machine album, and we are more than ready to deliver a full on metal assault, ARCH ENEMY style! Let the ‘Symphony of Destruction’ begin.”

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Gigantour 2006 Lineup and Dates Revealed

The fast and furious traveling festival that was hailed last year by Revolver magazine as "the mother of all shred fests" will kick off its second year in early September.

Look for the tour--the brainchild of MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine --to launch in the Northeast and to work its way through 25 major markets before wrapping in mid-October, with Xbox's "Gears of War" sponsoring the trek. MEGADETH will return as the festival headliner on a bill that includes fellow heavy-hitters Lamb of God, plus OPETH, ARCH ENEMY, OVERKILL, INTO ETERNITY, SANCTITY, and THE SMASHUP all confirmed for these mostly outdoor shows. Other second stage artists will be announced soon.

Mustaine personally hand-picks all the Gigantour bands, with a sharp eye on true musicianship. He says Gigantour is a great place for like-minded music fans to see a full day of music on two stages without breaking the bank, and he's glad the tour is back in '06. " This is the concert that I, as a heavy metal music fan, would want to see," says Mustaine. "It is going to be something to look forward to each year, to see what kind of tremendous talent we can assemble, for Gigantour festivals in the years to come."

LAMB OF GOD's Mark Morton says, "MEGADETH is one of the main reasons I started playing metal guitar in the first place. To finally tour with them is really exciting and it's a great way to start off our world tour supporting Sacrament. We've been dying to get the new material up and running on the live stage. We've worked so hard on the new record--it's really a great sense of accomplishment to see the new tunes come to life in a live setting. We're really looking forward to this one." The group's Chris Adler says, "Teaming up with Megadeth on GIGANTOUR is a metal dream come true. The lineup represents some of the most proficient metal bands and players from across the world and we are looking forward to joining forces and kicking ass. We're planning on a nice long set, introducing a lot of new and very heavy material from Sacrament as well as keeping the brutal live tracks from our previous albums. We can't wait to take the stage and destroy it."

Last year's inaugural GIGANTOUR was a six-week trek that was hailed by the Miami Herald for featuring "only bands whose musicianship matches their ability to melt faces with sheer volume and power." The Orange County Register agreed, saying, "...it does a heart good to see Mustaine able to buck the chameleon trend of rock and stay firm to his ideals, keeping the music the priority and not the image."

As for joining forces with GIGANTOUR, Craig Davison, Director of Global Games Marketing for Xbox, says, "We're totally jazzed about the partnership between Gigantour 2006 and our forthcoming Xbox 360 blockbuster, Gears of War ! Partnering a music extravaganza like GIGANTOUR with the launch of a mega-hit game like Gears of War captures the excitement around two awesome happenings for fans of music and video games!" Gears of War is a blockbuster video game exclusively for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system that blends tactical action with survival horror. Gears of War thrusts gamers into a harrowing story of humankind's epic battle for survival and is available this holiday.

In other GIGANTOUR news, Image Entertainment will release two-DVD and two-CD sets of GIGANTOUR 2005, which included Megadeth, Dream Theatre, Fear Factory, Anthrax, Nevermore, Life of Agony, Symphony X, Dry Kill Logic and Bobaflex. The CD is out August 22, with the DVD hitting stores September 5--just in time for this year's tour.

Stay tuned for more details, or check out www.GIGANTOUR.com , www.megadeth.com , www.myspace.com/gigantour2006 , and www.myspace.com/megadeth .

The current itinerary is below (note: exact line-up for shows subject to change). More...

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Q & A With Arch Enemy's Angela Gossow

ARCH ENEMY frontwoman Angela Gossow has posted the following message on her official MySpace page:

"I get so many wonderful messages every day it is almost overwhelming. I am sorry, but it is impossible to answer them all.. So I have collected the most frequently asked questions and will answer them here in one go:

Q: What are space cookies?

Angela: "They are my fave bedtime sweets. Their main ingredient is this lovely green plant called cannabis in its dried, processed form. I highly recommend the book 'Cannabis A History' from Martin Booth. It is literally food for thought. Remember though: Everything you consume can turn into a drug if you OVERconsume.. Food, alcohol, cigarettes, whatever — and space cookies too."

Q: Is this the REAL Angela?

Angela: "Yes, it is really ME. It would very scary, if somebody else out there would have my private pictures and could answer all these questions."

Q: What music influences [you], what are [your] fave bands?

Angela: "I am a metalhead. Period. There are no skeletons in the closet, no EMINEM or BRITNEY SPEARS in between my CDs. Its all pure fucking metal: ARCH ENEMY, ASPHYX, AUTOPSY, ACCEPT, ARMAGEDDON, ANNIHILATOR, BOLTHTROWER, BLACK SABBATH, BEHEMOTH, CARNAGE, CANDLEMASS, CARCASS, CELTIC FROST, CORONER, DIMMU BORGIR, DISMEMBER, DEATH, DEICIDE, DARK ANGEL, DEATH ANGEL, DANKO JONES, EXODUS, EUCHARIST, ENTOMBED, EDGE OF SANITY, GRAVE, GOJIRA, HALFORD, IMMORTAL, INCUBUS, ILLDISPOSED, JUDAS PRIEST, KING DIAMOND, MASSACRE, MASSACRA, MEMENTO MORI, MALMSTEEN, METALLICA, MALEVOLENT CREATION, MERCIFUL FATE, MY DYING BRIDE, MORBID ANGEL, NEVERMORE, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, OVERKILL, OBITUARY, OLD MANS CHILD, PUNGENT STENCH, POSSESSED, PESTILENCE, PANTERA, QUEEN, QUEENSRYCHE, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, SEPULTURA, SARCOFAGO, SADUS, SLAYER, SOLITUDE AETURNUS, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, THE HAUNTED, TESTAMENT, TERRORIZER, UNLEASHED, VITAL REMAINS, VENOM, WARRIOR SOUL, WINTER.. To name just a few."

"Influences: The music I love. The singers I respect: Chuck Schuldiner, John Tardy, David Vincent, Jeff Walker. They are brutal, yet clearly to understand. They never tried to sound like somebody else. These are my main goals too. People always try to draw comparisons. It's boring me."

Q: Do you play any instruments?

Angela: "I played the flute when I was a kid later on I switched to accordion for about four years Then I got into metal and a Strat plus small Marshall amp at the same time. Today I play ESP custom, left-handed. And I just started with piano lessons."

Q: How do [you] write lyrics / where do [you] find inspiration? Do [you] ever have a writer's block?

Angela: "I read a lot. This is my main source for inspiration. When I have a writer block, I dig deep into movies and poetry books. Fantastic stuff to steal from, hehe.. A thesaurus is very helpful for finding different expressions for one and the same word."

Q: How do [you] get [your] voice to sound like it sounds?

Angela: "I use my vocal cords in conjunction with my false cords. They produce this gargly, raspy sound. I do NOT use a pitchshifter or harmonizer to create my vocal sound. I do not think it is possible to create a good scream by using effects. Controlled, abdominal breathing is a necessity. Strong, flexible vocal chords and frequent training is also required, if you want to sustain your voice over long periods of touring, etc. Acid reflux and smoking are your vocal chords worst enemies. When your throat/your larynx starts to hurt, this is a bad sign. If you are on the road it's usually not possible to stop screaming for a week or two. Try not to speak in between shows to give your damaged voice a rest. Make sure you dont eat late, don't drink any alcohol and avoid spicy food. Be nice to your inflamed larynx. Living a boring life for a while is not as bad as canceling a show. I have learned that the hard way. A good introduction into screaming technique, warm-ups etc is Melissa Cross DVD 'The Zen Of Screaming'. You can order it at www. Melissacross.com."

Q: CARCASS and Michael's gear set-up:

Angela: "About CARCASS: I am afraid this is a question for Michael, really, as well as his gear set up. On www.myspace.com/michaelamott there is a detailed illustration of his effects and gear in the picture section."

Q: What is your favorite song you have done thus far with ARCH ENEMY?

Angela: "'Ravenous'."

Q: I was just wondering besides the fact that death metal in general is awesome. What was the reason for you to start listening to it? Was it a band or just the attitude?

Angela: "It was the sheer energy and aggression. I found a radio station from England that played metal. I was about 15 years old and I didnt even know that this is metal. I just knew: this sound is giving me strength. Soon I discovered there were more people out there who liked SLAYER, TESTAMENT, MORBID ANGEL. They hooked me up with lots of LPs and tapes. And with 17 I joined my first metal band."

Q: About being a vegetarian:

Angela: "I don't have a problem with carnivores as long as they are conscious about what they do and do chose the 'right' meat, which is either self-hunted or bought at an organic farm, where the animals can roam free and at least have a cruelty-free life. The problem is, most people have actually forgotten where their meat comes from. In fact, most kids don't even associate their steak or burger with a once-living creature. If everybody would think a little and act responsible, there wouldn't be a meat industry with all its evil and damage to the ecological system. It is the thoughtlessness and indifference of society that creates such terrible abuse and exploitation of animals."

Q: Your intro music for live shows: Who wrote it?

Angela: "It is from DEAD CAN DANCE 'Summoning Of The Muse'. The album is called 'Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun'."

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Megadeth Shoots Down Gigantour 2 Rumors So Far

MEGADETH drummer Shawn Drover has dismissed the rumored Gigantour 2 lineup which was published in Bass Player magazine as "so not true, it's actually funny."

As previously reported, new issue of the Bass Player magazine (see scan at this location) has named the following bands as taking part in the second installment of the Gigantour, the festival tour organized by MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine as a tour featuring "only bands whose musicianship matches their ability to melt faces with sheer volume and power":

MEGADETH
ARCH ENEMY
OPETH
ANTHRAX
BODY COUNT
SEVENDUST
NORMA JEAN

The official Gigantour 2 lineup is expected to be announced later this month.

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Arch Enemy To Enter Studio In February

Finland's HardcoreSounds.net recently conducted an interview with ARCH ENEMY drummer Daniel Erlandsson. A few excerpts from the chat follow:

HardcoreSounds.net: You have had the chance to tour almost everywhere. Which show has been the most memorable to you so far?

Daniel: "We have done so many shows so it's quite hard but quite recently we visited Mexico and we did two shows for the first time there. Mexico City was the second show and that was one of the best shows I have ever done."

HardcoreSounds.net: Why was it so special? Where there a lot of audience?

Daniel: "We played to a full house. We played for like something in between 2,500-3,000 people and we had an amazing crowd response. The whole place was jumping all the time. I was blown away."

HardcoreSounds.net: And maybe next year we will hear new material from you guys?

Daniel: "Definitely. That's the plan too. We will start recording the new album in February and hopefully we will get it released sometime in the summer or fall of next year. We have already started writing music and we have tons of ideas."

HardcoreSounds.net: Do you have any finished songs yet?

Daniel: "We have a lot of ideas which loosely fit together so we are gonna start making songs really soon instead of just jamming with riffs. Making an album is like a big puzzle where you try to add all the pieces into the puzzle while [rehearsing] songs."

HardcoreSounds.net: Where do you see the band in five years?

Daniel: "That's really a difficult question. If you judge ARCH ENEMY from the last five years from 2001 to this day the band has progressed with every album they have made, became bigger and bigger. If that continues we are going to be pretty big in 2011 and that's what I really wish."

Read the full article at HardcoreSounds.net.

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Angela Gossow's Pre-Arch Enemy Recordings Online

ARCH ENEMY frontwoman Angela Gossow has uploaded samples of her early demo recordings with the pre-ARCH ENEMY outfits ASMODINA and MISTRESS on her official MySpace profile.

"The quality is not the best - we basically recorded it all in one take live in the rehearsal room with my smashed SM 57 mic and no vocal effects," Angela explained. "We had zero cash for studio recording and home recording/ProTools wasnt happening yet back then (at least not for us, none of us even had a PC!). It's underground death metal, nothing original really. I uploaded it simply because so many people asking me for it. And I dont want anybody to spend a lot of cash on some demo he finds on eBay! So save your money and have a little laugh [at my expense]."

In other news, Angela has posted the following message on her MySpace page:

"We played Sweden Rock, Download, Hellfest and Graspop so far - and they all absolutely rocked. So many people, good weather (except Graspop - we had thunder and rainstorm) and lots of beer. The food was tasteless, as always, the showers cold and Hellfest sold backstage tickets to fans for 150 euros each. I HATE THIS. Total rip-off.

"Everybody who wanted an autograph/picture could meet us FOR FREE at the signing session... just like any other band. Those VIP tickets seem to become a big seller since Sharon Osbourne introduced them for Ozzfest.

"Do me a favor: Don't buy these overpriced tickets! At least not for festivals, 'cuz there is usually a good chance to meet the band at a signing session. Buy some good CDs instead and support the bands and not some greedy festival promoter..."

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Blind Guardian Confirmed For Earthshaker Fest

BLIND GUARDIAN, GOREFEST, MENDEED and JUSTICE have been confirmed for the 2006 edition of the Earthshaker Fest, set to take place July 21-22 in Kreuth. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

APO REITER
ARCH ENEMY
BLIND GUARDIAN
BRAINSTORM
CALIBAN
COMMUNIC
DEATHSTARS
EDGUY
EKTOMORF
ENSIFERUM
EQUILIBRIUM
EVERGREY
GOREFEST
HAMMERFALL
JON OLIVA'S PAIN
JUSTICE
KATAKLYSM
KNORKATOR
LORDI
MENDEED
NEVERMORE
ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET
OPETH
RAGE
SATYRICON
SAXON
SCAR SYMMETRY
SODOM
SOILWORK
TESTAMENT
THREAT SIGNAL
VENOM
WINTERSUN

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