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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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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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Arch Enemy Plan European Tour

ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott has posted the following message on the band's official website:

"Just taking a quick break from sweating our asses off out here on the Ozzfest in the States to give you the good news that European tour dates are now falling into place for this autumn. Below is what we have confirmed so far, more details to follow (ticket info etc) in the next few days. if you don't see your city or country down here yet, don't panic, there are still some more dates which we are trying to lock in right now. I'm hoping we'll be able to announce these next week, so keep your eye on the tour dates section for updates. Quite a few places here that we haven't been to for a long, long time — can't wait to get back out there in front of you guys again — these are nearly all headline shows so we'll be able to give you the full ARCH ENEMY experience for a change!! Support bands to be confirmed soon as well."

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EMI & Century Media Ink Distribution Deal

According to Hollywood Reporter, EMI Music on Friday said it has expanded its U.S. deal with Century Media in an exclusive international licensing and distribution agreement with the U.K.- and Germany-based independent label, which has an extensive roster of hard rock and metal acts. Century's product has been distributed in the U.S. by EMI's Caroline Distribution since 1997, and the music major will now distribute it throughout the U.K. and Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The first album due under the new arrangement is Seattle band NEVERMORE's new album "This Godless Endeavor." Other Century Media acts include ARCH ENEMY, LACUNA COIL, NAPALM DEATH, and others. No financial details were disclosed.

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Arch Enemy To Guest On Metal Asylum

Swedish/German extreme metallers ARCH ENEMY will be appearing on Fuse TV's "Metal Asylum" program, which airs Monday through Friday at 11:00 p.m. EST/8:00 p.m. PST. The episode will air Monday, August 1 and it will feature the world premiere of ARCH ENEMY's new video, "Nemesis", as well as the world premiere of the new OBITUARY video for "Insane".

ARCH ENEMY's new album, "Doomsday Machine", is scheduled for release in the U.S. on July 26 (August 22 in Europe) via Century Media Records.

"Doomsday Machine" 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.

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Arch Enemy From Ozzfest Doomsday Machine Out Tues

Swedish/German extreme metallers ARCH ENEMY kicked off their first U.S. tour in support of "Doomsday Machine", their highly anticipated new album, last week on Ozzfest to rave reviews. The dynamic offering was mixed by acclaimed producer Andy Sneap (KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, NEVERMORE, OPETH) and features striking cover art by renowned artist Joachim Luetke (DIMMU BORGIR). A video for the track "Nemesis", shot by renowned director George Bravo (who also shot the group's "We Will Rise" clip), is now complete; look for it to make its "Headbanger's Ball" and "Metal Asylum" debut early next month. Be sure to also check out Decibel magazine's striking Angela Gossow cover feature, which is currently on stands.

Daniel Erlandsson (drums) checks in with a report from the road: "We are now back on track again after having missed the Camden, N.J. show, which was very disappointing, but shit happens and tour busses do break down. We ended up drinking ourselves silly while listening to old SCORPIONS albums in a parking lot.

"We just played another Ozzfest show today, this time in Darien Lakes, which is close to Buffalo. It was a great show, and we received an amazing response. We are playing one new song, 'Nemesis', off our new album, 'Doomsday Machine', and it is great to see the fans' amazing responses. A big thank you to all the people getting it on in the moshpit and all the people attending the FYE and Jägermeister signing sessions after our set, you all rule! Tomorrow we're playing another off-date show in London, Ontario with IN FLAMES and TRIVIUM, which should be another good one. We are looking forward to seeing all the fans there.

"No more groundbreaking news from here apart from me witnessing a couple of famous faces in the catering area. I'll have to leave you guessing."

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Arch Enemy Misses Camden Ozzfest Show

Swedish/German metallers Arch Enemy have posted the following message on their official web site:

It's been a bad day today — in the early hours of Tuesday morning (July 19) as the band were heading back to New Jersey from a successful off-day show in Burlington, VT, the bus broke down with transmission trouble. This had to get fixed properly which took some hours. Meantime, all efforts to get the band to the site on time to play their 2nd stage slot failed as there was just no way the distance could be covered in time, not even by plane.

At the time of writing this the band are heading to the site to try and complete their signing and promotion commitments and hopefully they will at least be able to meet some of the fans who missed seeing them play today.

Sincere apologies to all the fans at Camden, NJ who turned up today hoping to see Arch Enemy.

Arch Enemy later posts another message on their site saying they will not make it to the Ozzfest in New Jersey either.

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Arch Enemy's Angel Gossow On Ozzfest

Angela Gossow of Arch Enemy has posted an entry on Ozzfest on the band's website:


Here we are in Hartford today, played the first 2 Ozzfest gigs + a truly amazing headline show in Montreal, last night on the 16th of July.
Montreal – you guys and girls are simply pure fucking metal!!! Thanx again for the great support, the packed club and the frenetic response! You are the best!

Ozzfest is going really well for us, great crowd response so far – and this at an ungodly, way too early time in the morning. The signings at the FYE and Jägermeister tents are overwhelming. Great to see so many fans there!

Tomorrow we will play another off day headline show in Burlington VT. The Haunted and The Black Dahlia Murder will be supporting us. Make sure you don’t miss out on a night of raging metal if you live around there, crazy fuckers!

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Set Times For First 2 Ozzfest 2005 Dates Revealed

The set times for the first two Ozzfest dates have been officially released. They are as follows:

July 15 - Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts:

Second Stage:

WICKED WISDOM - 9:10-9:30am
GIZMACHI - 9:35-9:55am
SOILWORK - 10:00-10:20am
IT DIES TODAY - 10:25-10:45am
ARCH ENEMY - 10:50-11:10am
TRIVIUM - 11:15-11:35am
THE BLACK DALIA MURDER - 11:40am-12:00pm
A DOZEN FURIES - 12:05-12:35pm
MASTODON - 12:40-1:10pm
THE HAUNTED - 1:15-1:35pm
BURY YOUR DEAD - 1:40-2:00pm
AS I LAY DYING - 2:05-2:35pm
ROB ZOMBIE - 3:35-4:35pm

Main Stage:

IN FLAMES - 4:35-4:55pm
SHADOWS FALL - 5:55-6:35pm
MUDVAYNE - 6:45-7:35pm
IRON MAIDEN - 8:00-9:10pm
BLACK SABBATH - 9:30-11:00pm

July 17 - Hartford, CT @ New England Dodge Music Center:

Second Stage:

GIZMACHI - 10:10am
SOILWORK - 10:35am
IT DIES TODAY - 11:00am
ARCH ENEMY - 11:25am
TRIVIUM - 11:50am
THE HAUNTED - 12:40pm
MASTODON - 1:40pm
AS I LAY DYING - 2:15pm
ROB ZOMBIE - 3:45pm

Main Stage:

IN FLAMES - 4:35pm
MUDVAYNE - 6:45pm
IRON MAIDEN - 8:05pm

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Arch Enemy Adds More US Tour Dates

Arch Enemy will be playing 13 additional shows in the US around the dates on Ozzfest. There is a great mix of Arch Enemy headline shows and shows with different line-ups featuring various bands. Tour dates:

Jul. 16 Montreal QC, The Medley (w/ The Haunted, The Black Dahlia Murder, It Dies Today)
Jul. 18 S. Burlington, VT, Higher Ground (w/ The Black Dahlia Murder, The Haunted, It Dies Today, A Dozen Furies)
Jul. 22 London, ON, The Drink (w/ In Flames, Trivium, A Dozen Furies)
Jul. 29, Sauget IL, Pops (w/ In Flames, A Dozen Furies, Gizmachi)
Aug. 01 Cleveland OH, Peabodys (w/ The Haunted, The Black Dahlia Murder, It Dies Today, A Dozen Furies)
Aug. 05 Cincinnati OH, Bogarts (w/ Shadows Fall, In Flames, The Black Dahlia Murder, The Haunted, It Dies Today)
Aug. 09 Ft. Collins CO, The Starlight (w/ The Haunted, The Black Dahlia Murder, It Dies Today, A Dozen Furies)
Aug. 15 Sparks NV, New Oasis (w/ The Haunted, The Black Dahlia Murder, It Dies Today)
Aug. 19, San Diego CA, Soma 2300 (w/ Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying, Soilwork, The Haunted, The Black Dahlia Murder, It Dies Today, A Dozen Furies)
Aug. 21 Las Vegas NV, House of Blue (w/ Slipknot)
Aug. 26 Mc Allen TX, La Villa Rea (w/ Shadows Fall, In Flames, The Haunted, The Black Dahlia Murder, It Dies Today, A Dozen Furies)
Aug. 30, Atlanta GA, Masquerade Atlanta (w/ The Haunted, The Black Dahlia Murder, It Dies Today, A Dozen Furies)
Sept. 01 North Myrtle Beach SC, House Of Blues (w/ Shadows Fall, In Flames, The Haunted)

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Firewind Vocalist Departs

Chitty Samapala, singer with Greek metalheads Firewind, has left the band due to 'personal reasons'. The future for Firewind must now be in doubt, as guitarist Gus G recently joined Arch Enemy, albeit on a temporary basis.

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New Arch Enemy Song Posted Online

Arch Enemy's new track "Nemesis" has now been posted online in streaming Windows Media format and can be found here. The song serves as the lead off single from the groups upcoming new album "Doomsday Machine" and a video for it will soon be shot with director George Bravo. "Doomsday Machine" is on track for a July 26th release date through Century Media

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Track Listing For New Arch Enemy Album

Arch Enemy have set the tentative track listing to their new album "Doomsday Machine", here's how it looks:

01 - "Enter The Machine"
02 - "Taking Back My Soul"
03 - "Nemesis"
04 - "My Apocalypse"
05 - "Carry The Cross"
06 - "I Am Legend / Out For Blood"
07 - "Skeleton Dance"
08 - "Hybrids Of Steel"
09 - "Mechanic God Creation"
10 - "Machtkampf"
11 - "Slaves Of Yesterday"

The track "Nemesis" has been chosen as the first single from the release, with plans for a video currently in the works. "Doomsday Machine" will see a July 26th release date through Century Media

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Ozzfest 2005 Summer Sampler Track Listing Revealed

The track listing has been finalized for the Ozzfest 2005 summer sampler. The CD will be available at the Ozzfest Summer Sampler tent for free, and as a consolation prize in the Village of the Damned at any of the game booths.

Ozzfest 2005 summer sampler track listing:

OZZY OSBOURNE – "21st Century Schizoid Man"
TONY IOMMI – "Dopamine"
GZR - "Pardon My Depression"
A DOZEN FURIES – "The Everlasting Grudge"
THE HAUNTED – "No Compromise"
IT DIES TODAY – "Freak Gasoline Fight Accident"
SOILWORK – "Stabbing The Drama"
ARCH ENEMY – "Nemesis" (Rough Mix)
BRUCE DICKINSON – "Tyranny of Souls"
GIZMACHI – "The Answer"
BURY YOUR DEAD - 'The Color of Money'
IN FLAMES – "My Sweet Shadow"
TRIVIUM – "A Gunshot To The Head of Trepidation"
WICKED WISDOM – "Something Inside of Me"

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Arch Enemy Reveals Album Title And Cover Art

Arch Enemy have completed work on their highly anticipated new album, "Doomsday Machine," set for a July 26th release. The disc’s striking cover art by acclaimed artist Joachim Luetke (Dimmu Borgir) has just been posted here.

Michael Amott (guitarist/songwriter) comments:

We are all extremely pleased with the artwork for the new album! I had a few ideas initially that I discussed with Joachim on the phone, and when he started sending over images, we were seriously blown away. When you work with creative people of this caliber, you just let them do what they do, so we just let him get on with it. He’s a very productive guy, very sharp. He expanded on the Doomsday Machine concept and took it to some really interesting (albeit very dark) places. It’s one of those great situations when the artwork totally works with the music. Simply awesome.

With their dynamic mixture of melody and aggression, Arch Enemy are poised to be this year’s Ozzfest breakthrough artist. They have a slew of high profile off-dates scheduled this summer with such acclaimed acts as Black Dahlia Murder, In Flames, The Haunted and Trivum, among others (see below for their complete summer touring schedule). With Doomsday Machine, the group delivers the album of their career and redefines the genre they helped to create.

Arch Enemy tour dates: More...

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Arch Enemy Get Touring Guitarist

Arch Enemy will have a new guitarist in their line-up when they hit the road. He's Gus G., of Firewind fame. He temporarily replaces Christopher Amott, who's taking time out for his studies. The latter, though, is on the band's new album 'Doomsday Machine', which is released at the end of July.

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