Band Photo: Arch Enemy (?)
From: Halmstad, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active
This melodic death metal band, formed by former Carcass’ guitarist, Michael Amott, started out with Johan Liiva on vocals, but then replaced him with Angela Gossow. Though a female replaced him, the band still has the same death metal vocal style. Gossow, who has only been with the band on the past two albums, has been able to create a strong presence in the band.
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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":
The official Gigantour 2 lineup is expected to be announced later this month.
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.
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..."
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):
JON OLIVA'S PAIN
ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET
Just For Fun
METALLICA's James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett — along with members of ARCH ENEMY and NEVERMORE — have lent their voices to the cartoon series "Death Clock Metalocalypse". Check out the show teaser at this location.
Brendon Small, known for the series "Home Movies", co-created "Death Clock Metalocalypse" about a Norwegian heavy metal band called DEATHKLOK. Although they rock to the top of the charts with gusto, they are also incredibly stupid and leave a path of destruction and mayhem behind wherever they tour. The new series will premiere in August on on Adult Swim, the adult-oriented television programming block on Cartoon Network.
METALLICA had previously lent their voices to such animated shows as "The Simpsons" and "Dave the Barbarian".
This year's Metal Camp Festival is set to take place on July 21- 23 in Tolmin, Slovenia. The organizers have announced the addition of SOILWORK and very promissing Swedish newcomers SCAR SYMMETRY. Also appearing on the main stage are German Power metallers MYSTIC PROPHECY.
The Talent Forum Stage is being introduced for the first time this year. Bands set to play there include Blind Petition (AUT), Asterius (GER), Subhuman (ITA), Bleak Origin (CHE) and many others. For more information, visit the Metal Camp official page.
Below is the complete list of confirmed bands: More...
MTV.com talked to Arch Enemy's Michael Amott about touring (Ozzfest and their current Jagermeister tour and more) and the shooting of their latest video, upcoming DVD and more. During the conversation Amott revealed that Arch Enemy will be on this year's Gigantour (2006):
"We know we're on ... the main stage, and I know it runs from late August to October," he said, adding that the only other band he knows will be on the bill is Megadeth — sort of a given, since Dave Mustaine organizes the festival. "We're excited about coming back to the U.S. once again. We're happy we can get work, you know? It's going to be a good tour for us. We did Ozzfest last year and we made a lot of new fans and sold a lot of records. It's great to come out on another big package tour, and I think there's probably a more traditional metal audience out there who could pick up on what we do as well through Gigantour."
Arch Enemy recently shot a video for "My Apocalypse" in Sweden with director Roger Johansson (In Flames), and it will debut on MTV2's "Headbangers Ball" this month. It's a performance video "with wind blowing, and we have great hair, and you can kind of see through our bodies, so you can see our skeletons — in red," Amott explained. "When [Johansson] told me, I said, 'That sounds pretty metal.' "
Before Arch Enemy do Gigantour, they'll issue a DVD called "Live Apocalypse" on August 8. The package will feature the band's final live set with Amott's brother, Christopher, which was shot in London in late 2004, before the second guitarist and founding member left. Fans can also expect band interviews, a segment in which Arch Enemy discuss and exhibit the equipment they use when they perform live, and the usual bloopers-on-a-tour-bus clips. "I'm super proud of it," he said of the two-disc set.
"We didn't want to focus too heavy on [behind-the-scenes footage]," he added. "Those things are kind of boring. I mean, how many times can you watch a drunk musician? But the interviews with the band are very good. A lot of people may never really get to know us. They only know us by picture, and they don't get to see you talk or know what kind of person you are — that you have a sense of humor, that you're not only just an iconic metal god."
He also said Arch Enemy have been working on material while on the road, which they've never done before. He says they'd like to start recording the follow-up to Doomsday Machine early next year.
"It's very different for us this time, because we never write on the road at all," he said. "This year, we've been writing a lot on the road. We're just making these little demos, really. But they're not proper songs — just riffs sort of thrown together. We've never been this far ahead of the game before, as far as material [goes], because usually we're scrambling for songs once we hit the studio. This time, we'll be very well prepared."
Read the full article at MTV.com.
A posting on the official Cannibal Corpse reads:
"[Drummer] Paul [Mazurkiewicz] is sexy?
That is right, not only is the man sexy in the world of death metal, his scope of sexiness might ooze out into the real world too...Paul has been nominated for PETA's annual World's Sexiest Vegetarian competition. He is competing against Napalm Death's Barney Greenwat and Arch Enemy's Angela Gossow, but also Hollywood celebs such as Alicia Silverstone, Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson. Even if you are not too supportive of PETA or of the vegetarian lifestyle, think about how ironic it would be to have the drummer from
Carnivore Corpse Cannibal Corpse as the world's sexiest vegetarian! That, plus the fact that the man is a lean mean sex machine and deserves to win."
ARCH ENEMY have announced the following Summer festival appearances, as well as a new DVD:
June 8-10, 2006 - Sweden Rock Festival (Sölvesborg, Sweden)
June 10, 2006 - Download (Donington Park, Derbyshire, England)
June 23–25, 2006 - Graspop (Belgium)
June 23-25, 2006 - Hellfest (Clisson, France)
June 30-July 2 - 2006, Tuska Metal Festival (Helsinki, Finland)
June 30 – July 2 - 2006, With Full Force (Germany)
July 13 -15, 2006 - Arvika Festivalen (Sweden)
July 21-22, 2006 - Earthshaker Fest (Germany)
July 21-23, 2006 - Metalcamp Festival (Tolmin, Slovenia)
July 28-30, 2006 - MetalWay Festival (Gernika. SPAIN)
August 3-5, 2006 - Wacken Open Air Festival (Germany)
August 8, 2006 - Gothenburg City Fest (Sweden)
Watch out for ARCH ENEMY’s first-ever DVD entitled “Live Apocalypse” and tentatively set for a summer release.
Century Media recording artists Angela Gossow (Arch Enemy) and Barney Greenway (Napalm Death) have been nominated for PETA’s (People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals) sexiest vegetarian of 2006. Interviewed in 2005 for the PETA website, vocalist Barney Greenway and Napalm Death will be the first band to lend their image to PETA’s new anti-vivisection campaign, “Save #99,” more info here. Calling vivisection, “the ultimate act of disrespect” Barney was honored that the band was chosen to pioneer this campaign.
There are actually a fair number of hardcore and metal artists listed, and you can view the list and/or vote here.
Napalm Death, who recently wrapped up their North American co-headlining tour with Kreator, will enter Foel Studios (Wales, England) next month to record the follow up to 2005’s The Code Is Red… Long Live The Code.
TEMPLE OF BRUTALITY, the new band featuring former MEGADETH/current F5 bassist David Ellefson, ex-W.A.S.P. drummer Stet Howland, guitarist Peter Scheithauer (BELLADONNA, KILLING MACHINE) and vocalist Todd Barnes (13-A), will be joining the Jägermeister-sponsored CHIMAIRA/ARCH ENEMY/HATE ETERNAL tour between April 30 and May 6. The dates are as follows:
Apr. 30 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
May 02 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
May 03 - Norfolk, VA @ NorVa
May 04 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
May 05 - Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggy's
May 06 - Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls
TEMPLE OF BRUTALITY's debut album, "Lethal Agenda", will be released on May 24 in Europe and Asia and June 27 in North America. More U.S. shows are planned for May-July as is a European tour for August/September. TEMPLE OF BRUTALITY will also perform at the Rock convention in Mexico City on August 19. A U.S. tour in October/November is also in the works.
TEMPLE OF BRUTALITY's music is said to follow a very aggressive direction in the vein of SLAYER and PANTERA.
ARCH ENEMY have made the video for the track 'My Apocalypse' is now available online. You can snag it/check it out at this location.
The nominations for the fourth annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards — which this year takes place on Monday, June 12 at Koko in Camden, North London — were recently announced. In keeping with the "Valhalla" theme of this year's awards, Metal Hammer magazine have teamed up with the crew of the "Hammer of the Gods", an authentic full-size replica Viking longboat, to launch both the awards on June 12 and the team's cross channel row, which takes place on the weekend of June 3 to raise money for charity Task Brazil.
Leading the field for nominations are longstanding rock and metal purveyors Roadrunner Records, with a staggering total of 14 nominations for the label that is home to acts as diverse as SLIPKNOT, MACHINE HEAD and award-nominated DRAGONFORCE. Coming in a very close second for overall nominations is major label powerhouse Warner Music with an impressive 11 awards for their roster of breakthrough U.S. rock bands MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE and AVENGED SEVENFOLD (a favourite of Radio 1's Jo Whiley), as well as Valley boys FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND and Finnish rockers H.I.M. In a complete whitewash of the category, Warner Music have secured four of the five nominations in the "Best Video" category, with the fifth and final nomination going to Roadrunner.
Going head-to-head with a joint total of four nominations are Sony and Universal, while EMI have secured two nominations for metal stalwarts and British institution IRON MAIDEN. Coming on strong is independent challenger to the rock throne Visible Noise marginally trails Sony and Universal with three nominations including "Best UK Band" and "Album of the Year", both for BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE. U.S. alternative rockers COHEED & CAMBRIA have surprised many with 3 nominations including appearances in the prestigious "Best Album" and "Best International Band" categories.
The full nominations list for the fourth annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2006 is as follows: More...
"MTV2 Headbangers Ball: The Revenge" is now available for streaming in its entirety on AOL Music. The low priced, double-disc came out in stores on April 11, 2006 via Roadrunner Records. The double CD contains more than 2 1/2 hours of music. Disc one represents the strongest tracks from today's biggest rock bands, and disc two brings together the strongest up-and-comers from the underground rock scene.
Here is the full track listing: More...
Arch Enemy have confirmed their first ever live performances in Mexico.
Guitarist Michael Amott comments: "Finally we are coming! We are super excited about this - looking forward to some METAL MADNESS...Mexico style!"
The dates are:
May 08 Monterrey, Mexico - Café Iguana
May 09 Mexico City, Mexico - Circo Volador
Arch Enemy will be embarking on co-headlining tour with Chimaira in April. The tour also features Nevermore, God Forbid and Hate Eternal. Dates are as follows: More...
The full lineup for the 8th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, which is sponsored this year by ESP Guitars and Krank Amps, has been confirmed.
The three-day festival at The Palladium in Worcester, MA, will feature headliners Lacuna Coil, Black Dahlia Murder, and Between the Buried and Me on Friday, April 28. Arch Enemy, Chimaira, and Exodus will headline Saturday, April 29. Headliners for Sunday, April 30 are Gamma Ray and DragonForce.
UK-based DragonForce will be making its first-ever American appearance at the festival. Italy's Lacuna Coil and Sweden's Arch Enemy will be making return appearances at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, after stellar performances at the 2003 and 2002 editions of the festival.
"It's fantastic to be a part of what is quite possibly the best U.S. metal fest around!" said Arch Enemy guitarist Mike Amott. "This is our third time playing the New England Metal and Hardcore fest and it's always a pleasure. It's held in a great venue with great fans."
"It is an honor for us to be one of this year's headliners at the New England Metal and Hardcore festival," said vocalist Andrea Ferro. "We are more than ready for it. We can't wait."
Bands confirmed for Friday (listed alphabetically) are: A Life Once Lost, A Perfect Murder, Alarum, Arsis, Between The Buried And Me, Black Dahlia Murder, Cephalic Carnage, Dead To Fall, Demiricous, Ed Gein, From A Second Story Window, Haste The Day, If Hope Dies, Lacuna Coil, Ligeia, Necrophagist, Neuraxis, Nodes Of Ranvier, Ringworm, Scarlet, Still Remains, Suicide Silence, The Absence, Thine Eyes Bleed and Through The Eyes Of The Dead.
Saturday's bands include 100 Demons, Arch Enemy, At All Cost, Caliban, Chimaira, Colin Of Arabia, Cryptopsy, Damnation AD, Death Threat, Embrace The End, Exodus, First Blood, Full Blown Chaos, God Forbid, Hate Eternal, Immolation, Into The Moat, Ion Dissonance, Overcast, Ramallah, Remembering Never, Righteous Jams, Scars Of Tomorrow, Shoot To Kill, Since The Flood, Skinless, Spitfire, Suffocation, Sworn Enemy, Terror, The Acacia Strain, The Classic Struggle, The JonBenet, and Turmoil.
Sunday's lineup is: A Love End Suicide, Bloodlined Calligraphy, Born Victim, Bronx Casket Company, Burn In Silence, Byzantine, Cannae, Cellador, Doom Raider, DragonForce, Folly, Gamma Ray, Goat Horn, Hypersolid, Inked In Blood, Into Eternity, Light This City, Losa, Mercury Switch, On Broken Wings, Phoenix Morning, Protest The Hero, Sanctity, The Miles Between, Torn Asunder, Trouble, Twelve Tribes, Who Killed The Prom Queen, Wolf, xdeathstarx, and xlooking forwardx.
Talent is subject to change.
The 8th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is also sponsored by Prosthetic Records, 2nd Stage sponsor; Revolver Magazine, exclusive magazine partner and creator of the official event program; Facedown Records, sponsor of street marketing efforts; FUSE TV; Mazur PR; The Syndicate; and many others.
Vendors this year include Century Media/Nuclear Blast, Deepsend Records, ESP Guitars/Krank Amps, Eulogy Recordings/Hand Of Hope Records, Facedown Records, Fuse TV/Uranium, Lifeforce Records, Metal Blade Records, Oak Knoll Productions, Prosthetic Records, Red Rocket Records, Relapse Records, Revolver Magazine, Stillborn Records/Hatewear Inc., Trustkill Records, Victory Records, and others.
Friday tickets are $35.00; Saturday and Sunday individual day tickets are $40.00. Three-day passes are $109.50. Tickets are available now at all Strawberries Record Stores, online at tickets.com, or by calling tickets.com at (800) 477-6849. There is re-entry at this all-day event until 6 p.m. each day.
The Palladium is located at 261 Main Street in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Arch Enemy drummer Daniel Erlandsson has posted the following message on their website:
"Right now we’re getting ready to start rehearsing with the whole band for the upcoming Jägermeister tour with Chimaira, I’m looking forward to seeing all fans and friends on the road! We’ll play an hours worth of music every night (regardless if we are closing the show or not) on this tour. So if you’re coming to the show, save some headbanging for us!
"It’s been a while since we rehearsed with the full formation, so that’s gonna be fun! As you might know we’ve been working on completing the 'Live Apocalypse' DVD during this 'break' and we shot a video for 'My Apocalypse' too.
We’ve also written new material for the future, some really intense and heavy material I should add!
"In other news, I'll be doing some signing sessions at the Frankfurt Music Messe on April 1st… I'll be at Pearl 11 AM, and also at the Sabian booth at 3 PM – hope to see all you drum freaks there!'
Arch Enemy, Chimaira, Nevermore/God Forbid and Hate Eternal tour dates: More...
The final run of dates for the upcoming Jagermeister tour, featuring Arch Enemy, Chimaira, Nevermore/God Forbid and Hate Eternal, have been confirmed. Arch Enemy and Chimaira are headlining 14 shows each. Nevermore will be on the initial run of dates April 3rd - April 12th, after which they'll be replaced by God Forbid for the remaining dates.
Note: Not all these dates are 'Jagermeister' sponsored shows - on the 'Jagermeister' shows there'll be an additional 'Jager band' opening up the shows.
Check Jagermusic.com for more details.
Dates are as follows: More...
Arch Enemy guitarist Michael Amott has posted the following update on the band's official website:
"We shot a video for the song ‘My Apocalypse’ on Monday. The shoot was smooth and fun. Our necks hurt for a couple of days though… ‘Bang that head!!!!’.
The director Roger Johansson tells us it will all look killer when he’s done with the editing and special effects. Looking forward to seeing it. Should be on a metal show near you in a few weeks!”
“We also had Paul Smith come out and do interviews for the ‘Live Apocalypse’ DVD – that was a lot of fun… I just hope we come across like the wonderful human beings that we are…ha ha ha”
Arch Enemy have been confirmed for the following festivals:
Jun. 9-11 Donington Park, England - Download Festival
Jun. 23-25 Clisson, France - Hellfest
Chimaira are planning to hit the road with Arch Enemy for a co-headlining run come April. Hate Eternal will also be on the bill, while Nevermore will play on the first leg of dates, after which God Forbid will replace them for the second half of the tour. A full schedule is expected later this week, in the meantime the following dates have slipped out:
April 03rd Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre
April 05th Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
April 07th West Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues
April 08th Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues
April 09th San Francisco, CA - Fillmore
April 12th Seattle, WA - El Corazon
April 13th Vancouver, BC - Croatian Cultural Centre
April 14th Spokane, WA - Big Easy
April 15th Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall Ballroom
April 16th Edmonton, AB - The Starline Room
April 18th Winnipeg, MB - Ramada Conference Centre
April 20th Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Club
April 21st Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
April 22nd Detroit, MI - Harpo's
April 24th Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
April 28th Montreal, QC - Le Medley
April 30th Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
At present, God Forbid look set to join the bill on April 13th. Furthermore, a local Jagermeister sponsored band will open up each show.