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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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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:

Yeah,

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
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE - 2:40-3:20pm
ROB ZOMBIE - 3:35-4:35pm

Main Stage:

IN FLAMES - 4:35-4:55pm
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY - 5:05-5:45pm
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:

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

Main Stage:

IN FLAMES - 4:35pm
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY - 5:05pm
SHADOWS FALL - 5:55pm
MUDVAYNE - 6:45pm
IRON MAIDEN - 8:05pm
BLACK SABBATH - 9:30pm

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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 BLACK DAHLIA MURDER – "A Vulger Picture"
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.

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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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Andy Sneap Begins Mixing New Arch Enemy Album

British producer extraordinaire (and former SABBAT guitarist) Andy "Undie" Sneap has posted the following message on his official web site:

"And so it turns out I am finally mixing the new ARCH ENEMY album, 'Doomsday Machine'.

"With them getting a slot on the Ozzfest, things have been very hectic, schedule-wise, with them having to use two studios to get the tracking done in time, but everythings going great and we are now well into the mix.

"Daniel [Erlandsson, drummer] and Rickard [Bengtsson, producer] came over last week to get things started and Mike [Amott, guitarist] came in on Tuesday.

"The material is really heavy, more solos which I always approve of and some great melodic stuff going on.

"Rickard's done a great job with the tracking, he did the bonus tracks for the 'Dead Eyes' EP that I mixed last year, so I knew we were in safe hands.

"Not much more to report. EXODUS has been put back due to complications with Tom's [Hunting, drummer] health as I'm sure you've all read about. Hopefully only by a couple of weeks as Paul Bostaph is stepping in, and the way it looks like it's going to pan out is I'm just going to mix...we'll see. I've heard Rob Dukes, their new singer, and he's a great addition, a lot of potential. Kinda reminds me of [late EXODUS frontman Paul] Baloff with timing and a more modern edge."

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First "Off-Fest" Tour Dates Announced

An off-fest show with Arch Enemy, The Black Dahlia Murder, It Dies Today, The Haunted, and A Dozen Furies has been confirmed for July 17th in Burlington, VT at the Higher Ground Ballroom. More off-fest dates are as follows:

Shadows Fall - Opening bands for these dates are still to be announced:

July 22 - Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere's
September 1 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues

Killswitch Engage with Soilwork and As I Lay Dying :

July 20 - State College, PA @ Crowbar
July 22 - Johnson City, NY @ Magic City Music Hall

In Flames with Arch Enemy: TBA

Rob Zombie with Mastodon:

August 21 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

Iron Maiden with Mastodon:

July 16 - Quebec City, QUE @ Colisee Pepsi Arena
August 3 - Toronto, ONT @ Molson Amphitheatre

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Gizmachi Confirmed For Ozzfest 2005 Second Stage

upstate New York's GIZMACHI have now officially filled one of the "mystery band" slots on the second stage of this year's Ozzfest.

GIZMACHI will release their debut CD, "The Imbuing", on May 3 on Big Orange Clown Records, an imprint of Sanctuary Records. "The Imbuing" was produced by SLIPKNOT's M. Shawn Crahan (who also founded Big Orange Clown Records), engineered by Josh Wilbur and recorded at Spin Studios in New York City. GIZMACHI is comprised of Sean Kane on vocals, Jay Hannon and Mike Laurino on guitars, Kris Gilmore on bass and Jimmie Hatcher on drums.

The band filmed the video for their first single, "The Answer", in February in New York. The video was directed by Crahan and produced by Doug Spangenberg (KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, LAMB OF GOD, EVERY TIME I DIE).

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