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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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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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Arch Enemy And Trivium To Tour Japan

ARCH ENEMY will be embarking on a Japanese headlining tour in late October. Support at all dates will come from TRIVIUM. The details are as follows:

Oct. 22 – Tokyo, JPN - Shinkiba Studio Coast
Oct. 23 - Osaka, JPN - Zepp Osaka
Oct. 25 - Nagoya, JPN - Zepp Nagoya
Oct. 26 - Hiroshima, JPN - Hiroshima Club Quattro
Oct. 27 - Fukuoka, JPN - Zepp Fukuoka

Commented ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott: "Finally we can confirm the Japan 2005 tour! We have had a great time on the Ozzfest tour in America, but we are very much looking forward to playing our own shows with a lot of songs. We know we will have a great time our fantastic fans in Japan once again! See you soon!"

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Dark Tranquillity Drop Off Arch Enemy Tour

Sweden's DARK TRANQUILLITY have posted the following message on their official website:

"We're sorry to announce that due to several reasons beyond our control, we're not able to do the previously announced ARCH ENEMY/TRIVIUM tour in Sep/Oct. We were looking forward to the trip and examined all possible solutions, but at the end of the day we have no option but to cancel our participation. Apologies to the people that got their hopes up as well as to the ARCH ENEMY camp."

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Arch Enemy's Angela Checks In w/ Ozzfest Update

Angela Gossow, frontwoman for Arch Enemy, has checked in with the following Ozzfest update:

"Dear friends,

"It’s about time for an update, quite a few things have happened over the last few days.

"Let’s start with the show in Phoenix, AZ 18th of August. With 110 Degrees out there this was easily the hottest day on the tour so far. By noon, people were dropping like flies. Nevertheless, we had a great show with a very energetic audience. Unfortunately, I got a slight case of food poisoning that day and had quite a rough ride thru the mountains to San Diego, where we played an off-show with Killswitch Engage the next day, Friday August the 19th.

"The show went surprisingly well though, I didn’t have any ‘accidents’ during our set - the wonderful crowd really carried me through. I am sorry I didn’t hang out after the show, but I was back to being full-on nauseas. We had some hardcore fans out there that evening; I even got to sign a very rare Asmodina CD!

"So we travelled on to L.A, to play the Ozzfest show that went down in history for the very wrong reasons… Anyway, we had a blast during our show in front of the largest crowd on the whole tour so far, extremely energetic and enthusiastic, stirring up a dust cloud from hell in the moshpit. It felt like eating large spoons full of sand whilst being on stage.

"L.A is famous for having all kinds of ‘important’ people hanging around backstage, whom we decided to escape around 5pm that afternoon – so we left the site. We didn’t witness any of the absurd events that went down during the Iron Maiden set later on that night.

"We played another off-show the next day, supporting Slipknot in Las Vegas. The Slipknot fans (or ‘maggots’) gave us a warm reception – THANK YOU! Last time we were in ‘sin city’ was two years ago with Slayer. We all enjoyed ourselves in one way or the other – I chose the other way and spent a relaxing day in the Spa. The gambling doesn’t do it for me. Neither do the hookers. I am sure the guys made up for my boring behaviour though, he-he…

"On August the 23rd, we played a small but raging Ozzfest show in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Today, we played the Dallas Ozzfest – another very intense and SHORT performance!

"Listening to the new Obituary album, love the old-school vibe and John Tardy’s vocals, sick as always.

"So long,


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Nevermore Win Last Week's Dig It Or Dis It

Last weeks' theme on Yahoo! Music's Dig It or Dis It was Metal Madness. You got the chance to vote for some metal videos. The winner with 40% of the votes was Nevermore's "Final Product."

Here are the results for the other videos:

Arch Enemy, "Nemesis" - 10%
Trivium, "Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr" - 36%
Soilwork, "Light the Torch" - 4%
Unearth, "Zombie Autopilot" - 12%

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New Arch Enemy Album SoundScans 19,000 Copies

Arch Enemy's critically acclaimed new album, "Doomsday Machine," landed on the Billboard Top 200 chart two weeks in a row (#87 and #162) SoundScanning 19,000 copies. The group’s highly-anticipated new video for “Nemesis” will also make its Headbangers Ball debut this Saturday at 10PM EST/7PM PST.

Mike Amott (guitars) checks in with the following report from the road:

Well, here we are half way through the Ozzfest and everything is going extremely well. We are more than satisfied with the crowd response and the overall vibe of the tour and are having a blast. Second week's sales in the U.S. for Doomsday Machine are very strong, and it’s amazing to us that so many people seem to have discovered Arch Enemy lately.

Our new video, "Nemesis," will premiere on Headbangers Ball this weekend - be sure to check it out if you haven’t yet seen it. We did this video with Jorge Bravo, the same director as the "We Will Rise" clip a couple of years ago, and he’s a very creative and cool guy. He was throwing snakes, fire and black feathers at us during the shoot. Enjoy the video. I’d also like to mention that meeting all of the nice fans at Ozzfest during the FYE and Jägermeister signings is very cool. Thanks to everyone for buying the album - without you this doesn’t happen! We know that and appreciate your support of Arch Enemy 100%! We are looking forward to the rest of the Ozzfest and our summer here in the U.S. See you out there somewhere.

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Vote For Metal Videos On Yahoo Music

This week's theme on Yahoo music's Dig It or Dis It:

METAL MADNESS: Rock 'n' roll history is filled with hallowed headbangers, from Zeppelin to Sabbath, Maiden to Priest, Motley to Metallica, UFO to GNR. Which new-school metal band will take its rightful place alongside these hard-rockin' greats? Pick the next loud legend-in-the-making now.

You can vote for the following videos:
- Arch Enemy, "Nemesis"
- Trivium, "Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr"
- Nevermore, "Final Product"
- Soilwork, "Light the Torch"
- Unearth, "Zombie Autopilot"

Visit Yahoo music to vote.

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Dark Tranquillity & Trivium To Support Arch Enemy

Dark Tranquillity and Trivium have been confirmed as the support acts for Arch Enemy on the 1st leg of the European headlining tour for "Doomsday Machine." Tour dates are as follows:

Sep. 26 Manchester, UK @ Academy II*
Sep. 27 Cardiff, UK @ Coal Exchange*
Sep. 28 Wolverhampton, UK @ Wolfrun Hall*
Sep. 29 Glasgow, UK @ QMU*
Sep. 30 London, UK @ Forum*
Oct. 02 Paris, FRA @ Bataclan
Oct. 03 Haarlem, NETH @ Patronat
Oct. 04 Köln, GER @ Live Music Hall
Oct. 05 Eindhoven, NETH Effenaar
Oct. 06 Stuttgart, GER Longhorn
Oct. 08 Ternat, BEL @ Ternat Rock Festival (w/ DIO)
Oct. 10 Hamburg, GER @ Markthalle
Oct. 11 Berlin, GER @ Columbia Club
Oct. 13 Oslo, NOR @ Rockefeller
Oct. 14 Gothenburg, SWE @ Kåren
Oct. 15 Stockholm, SWE @ Klubben
Oct. 16 Copenhagen, DEN @ Pumpehuset

*No Trivium on the U.K. dates, another support act will be announced shortly.

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Arch Enemy Guitarist Updates From Ozzfest

Arch Enemy guitarist, Michael Amott, has posted part 4 of their Ozzfest diary on the band's website:

Hello Arch Enemies!

Well, here we are…half way through the OZZFEST! Everything is going extremely well, we are more than satisfied with the crowd response and the overall vibe of the Ozzfest – we are having a blast!

Second week's sales in the US for “Doomsday Machine” are very strong and it’s amazing to us that so many people seem to have discovered ARCH ENEMY lately! Cool!

Our new video, “Nemesis” will premiere on Headbangers Ball next weekend – be sure to check it out if you haven’t yet seen it (On FUSE TV or online maybe)… We did the “Nemesis” video with the same director as the “We Will Rise” clip a couple of years ago; Mr. Jorge Bravo…he’s a very creative and cool guy...he was throwing snakes, fire and eh, black feathers at us during the shoot… Enjoy the video!

I’d also like to mention that meeting all of the nice fans at Ozzfest during the FYE and Jägermeister signings is an experience in itself. Thanks to everyone for buying the album – without you this doesn’t happen! We know that, and appreciate your support of Arch Enemy 100%!

We are looking forward to the rest of the Ozzfest and our summer here in the US – see you out there somewhere!

Michael Amott

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Arch Enemy To Play Two Shows Next Monday

Arch Enemy has posted a message on their official website regarding the Ozzfest shuffle:

Arch Enemy plays 2 shows in 1 day…

There have been some changes in the Ozzfest schedule, see www.ozzfest.com for details.

However, Arch Enemy WILL PLAY the previously announced headline show in Sparks, Nevada on the 15th of August.
Earlier that day, Arch Enemy will perform on the Second Stage at Ozzfest in Marysville, CA at Sleep Train Amphitheatre.

See you there!

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Watch Arch Enemy's "Nemesis" Video Online

Arch Enemy are out with the video to their new single 'Nemesis', from the album 'Doomsday Machine'. You can watch it online at Yahoo! Music.

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Hearse Sign To Cold Records

Swedish "death 'n' roll" band HEARSE, featuring former ARCH ENEMY singer Johan Liiva, have inked a deal with Cold Records. The group recently issued their third album, "The Last Ordeal", through Holland's Karmageddon Media.

Formed by longtime friends Max Thornell (drums) and Liiva, HEARSE recorded a demo before signing with Hammerheart Records. The band released a limited-edition 7-inch single, entitled "Torch", prior to issuing their debut album, "Dominion Reptillian", in 2003. A follow-up effort, "Armageddon Mon Amour", came out in 2004.

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Arch Enemy's Doomsday Machine Debuts At 87

According to Nielsen Soundscan, Arch Enemys new album Doomsday Machine pushed 12,000 copies on its opening week. Good enough to debut at #87 on the billboard top 200.

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