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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Three years after the release of "Khaos Legions," Arch Enemy has started mixing a 9th studio album with Jens Bogren at Fascination Street in Sweden.
Michael Amott (guitar) comments: "We've been producing ourselves, as we did on 'Khaos Legions'. We have a clear vision of what we want Arch Enemy to sound like, and we can actually achieve it without the help of outside producers. We also have the advantage of having two talented sound engineers among our ranks in Daniel Erlandsson (drums) and Nick Cordle (guitar).
"We've been tracking at a few different studios here in Sweden, the drums at Fascination Street Studio and guitars and bass in another room. We just finished vocals in a third studio with engineer Staffan Karlsson ('Khaos Legions') and the mix and mastering will done by Jens Bogren at his Fascination Street mixing facility.
"Musically, this album is going a few places we haven't visited before. As our fans have come expect, our albums have all had their own vibe and 'War Eternal' will leave its own mark. Lyrically it's a much more personal record, and I feel the songs have more dynamics and depth than ever before. The songs are loaded with strong and vicious metal, drenched in tons of melody and emotion. All the trademarks of Arch Enemy are present, just more in your face and turned up to 11."
The new album will be titled "War Eternal," and Michael explains: "A lot of times life is a struggle, a war against what I like to call 'mental chains' in society that try to prevent you from living life the way you want, that try to stop you from making your dreams come true. I have always resented that and I always will. The title sums up our collective attitude a band as well; stages will be destroyed, eardrums will bleed. There will be no choice. This, ladies and gentlemen, is 'War Eternal'..."
2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the Austrian Nova Rock festival, an annual event that saw some of the greatest names of the scene performing on its previous nine iterations.
For the jubilee tenth edition organizers are preparing a special event, with headliners Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and The Prodigy.
The event takes place in the Nickeldorf’s Pannonia Fields II from June 13th to June 15th. The line-up for the upcoming edition is not final, as organizers say that there will be more acts added with the event getting closer. See the currently announced lineup in the poster below. More...
It's getting hot in here - but is it the rising summer temperatures or the nominees in the Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity 2013 contest sponsored by peta2?
You can no cast your votes in the annual contest to help peta2 decide whom it should pick as the winners, and this year's nominees include metal stars Alissa White-Gluz of The Agonist, Angela Gossow of Arch Enemy, and tattoo artist Megan Massacre.
The full list of nominees - which also includes Anne Hathaway, Kristen Wiig, Jared Leto, and Russell Brand, among others - is available at this location.
Voting ends August 16th, and the winners will be announced August 19th. Winners will be chosen by peta2 based on several factors, including vote count. More...
Metal music stars Wayne Static and Michael Amott have become boss characters in "Eternal Descent: Heavy Metal Heroes," a new video game due out July 17th.
Following the recent announcement of Joe Satriani, Andrew W.K. and Misha Mansoor of Periphery appearing as heroic assists within the game, today the real-world musicians who will appear as boss characters when "Eternal Descent: Heavy Metal Heroes" arrives on iOS platforms later this month have been revealed. The creators of the game comment:
"Evil Disco Storm bringer, Wayne Static (Static-X) returns to electrify the city streets, leaving a wasteland in his wake. Beware: High Voltage! Original Voice Acting and SFX Performances. Collaborated on unique Boss Theme featuring 'Pighammer' audio masters. Reprising his role from the Eternal Descent comic series (Vol.1 #4)
"Metal Master Michael Amott (Arch Enemy, Spiritual Beggars) commands his Khaos Legions at the gates of hell. Imbued with Khaos Magic and Hellfire! Original Guitar performances from Arch Enemy's 'Khaos Legions'. Collaborated on unique Boss Theme based on 'Yesterday is Dead And Gone'. Reprising his role from the Eternal Descent comic series (Vol.2 #5-6)
"Fight your way through to the depths of the underworld and face a mysterious final boss. Dark Lord of the Pit! Original Guitars and theme by ED creator Llexi Leon."
The game will be available on iTunes for £1.99, with a series of updates and expansions planned throughout the year. Android, PC, and home console versions are planned throughout 2014. More...
Arch Enemy is currently wrapping up a busy 2012 with an eight date tour in Latin America, dubbed "Latin American Khaos." The band is capturing a lot of the action for an upcoming DVD/BluRay release in 2013. Impressions from the Latin America Khaos tour can be viewed in the player below. The band also recently checked in from the road:
"Thank you so much, Mexico City - again! It's been a blast.. really enjoyed it tonight!!! Strange to play songs like 'Web Of Lies' live.. feels like playing a new track, haha.. Now we have to leave the sunny side of this planet and head towards the snow covered hills of Scandinavia. Thank you Latin and South America for the passion, the love, the chants and the sun :-) You rocked our world for the last 3 weeks!!!" More...
The Century Family and the Keep A Breast Foundation have teamed up to launch a Halloween sale. Throughout the entire month of October, thirteen albums under The Century Family's umbrella will be for sale right here. For every album sold, The Century Family will donate $0.50 to the Keep A Breast Foundation to support their cause against breast cancer. Below is the list of albums involved in the sale:
...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - "TAO Of The Dead"
Arch Enemy - "Khaos Legions"
Blaqk Audio - "Bright Black Heaven"
Fozzy - "Sin And Bones"
In This Moment - "Blood"
Iwrestledabearonce - "Ruining It For Everybody"
Lacuna Coil - "Dark Adrenaline"
Matt Skiba & The Sekrets - "Babylon"
Otherwise - "True Love Never Dies"
Rise To Remain - "City Of Vultures"
Suicide Silence - "Black Crown"
The Agonist - "Prisoners"
Vampires Everywhere! - "Hellbound & Heartless"
In addition to having select albums on sale, The Century Family also has a limited number of t-shirts available via CM Distro. 100% of the proceeds from t-shirt sales will be donated to the Keep A Breast Foundation.
For many of the artists participating, they are not only supporting a good cause, but supporting something close to them. The Keep A Breast Foundation has posted videos of those artists talking about their personal experiences with breast cancer or cancer in general.
And now a relevant photo of Maria Brink from In This Moment: More...
Arch Enemy's "Khaos Legions" campaign moves forward with a new video for the song “Cruelty Without Beauty” from the latest album, along with more tour dates to spread the Khaos worldwide. Check out the clip through Revolvermag.com here or in the player below.
Angela Gossow comments: “I’m very pleased we got this video done for one of my favourite songs off the Khaos Legions album. The video is quite raw and extreme as it reflects the lyrics very well I believe, dealing with a subject matter close to my heart - animal cruelty and vivisection.
"We want to thank the good folks at Peta2, Hardforce, Metalitalia and The Metal Circus for supporting a serious subject. All of us have been well aware that a video like this doesn’t find everybody’s acceptance. But rock music was always more than guitar riffs – it’s also the voice of the voiceless.
"The autumn will be busy with more Arch Enemy European shows including 4 shows in Spain with special support from extreme metal legends Voivod. The year will close with a South America tour ending in Mexico City (where despite the Mayan Calendar the world doesn’t end). The band hopes to see you somewhere!" More...
U.S. death metal bulldozer Immolation (which is currently hard at work on the band's next album for Nuclear Blast) will play Hell Inside Festival on October 6th, 2012 in Würzburg, Germany. Tickets are available for pre-sale over at this location. The lineup is:
13:30 - 14:00 DEMOGORGON
14:15 - 14:45 CEREBRAL BORE
15:00 - 15:30 IZEGRIM
15:45 - 16:15 ZOMBIE INC.
16:30 - 17:15 CRIPPER
17:30 - 18:15 REVOCATION
18:30 - 19:15 EVOCATION
19:30 - 20:15 JOB FOR A COWBOY
20:35 - 21:35 ONSLAUGHT
21:55 - 22:55 DYING FETUS
23:30 - 01:00 ARCH ENEMY
01:20 - 02:00 KROW (Aftershow) More...
After it was announced that Titans Eve would be joining Arch Enemy for upcoming tour dates, Hackneyed has now issued the following statement about also joining the European trek:
"We're very proud to announce that Hackneyed will support Arch Enemy on their upcoming european tour in October 2012! It's a honor for us to play with such a great band! Hope to see a lot of you guys there!" More...
Titans Eve has issued the following announcement about joining Arch Enemy on tour for ten upcoming live shows:
"We are pleased to announce we are going on tour with one of our favorite bands, Arch Enemy! Brian and Angela Gossow have been talking for some time and after listening to our latest album Life Apocalypse she's offered us 10 dates on their next European tour.
"This is really exciting for us and its an incredible opportunity to play to the awesome metal heads of Europe. We will see you all there in October!" More...
The Swedish metal squadron that is Arch Enemy has checked in with the following brief announcement about recording a new music video:
"It's 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 Fahrenheit) here in Cologne, Germany! So, I decided to take a refreshing bath in blood & mud and shoot some scenes for a new video we are working on... Guess for which 'Khaos Legions' song?"
Swedish melodic death metal act Arch Enemy has checked in with the following brief announcement about the band's drummer breaking his finger:
"Send Daniel Erlandsson some love and positive energy... He will play our headline set Vagos Open Air with a broken finger on his right hand tonight."
In other news, Arch Enemy also released a music video for "Under Black Flags We March" earlier this year, which is available for viewing at this location. The track comes off the band's latest full-length album "Khaos Legions" (reviewed here).
Arch Enemy, which recently released a new music video for "Under Black Flags We March," has now been featured on a Malaysian TV segment. Check out the clip below. Arch Enemy also commented:
"8TV Malaysia has posted a short video feature about Arch Enemy's performance in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, April 24, 2012.
"Arch Enemy are one of the few international metal bands who have played in Malaysia so far and definitely left a lasting mark there. Enjoy the clip below."
Before the Swedish metal powerhouse went to Asia and Australia to present the latest album ”Khaos Legions” (reviewed here) for an ongoing world tour, Arch Enemy found time to finish the 3rd video for ”Under Black Flags We March.” The video was once again produced by the Swedish director Patric Ullaeus (In Flames, Dimmu Borgir, etc.) and is the first video to feature the new guitarist Nick Cordle (from the US band Arsis) who replaced Chris Amott earlier this year.
The video is being premiered worldwide through the website of Metal Hammer Germany. Watch the video at this location or in the player below.
Michael Amott (guitar) comments on the video: ”It was a pleasure as always to work with our friend Patric Ullaeus on this video, which will be the fourth clip he's made for us and he really is a consummate professional – truly excellent stuff! He's captured a very suitable and cool vibe on this one too. The track itself, ’Under Black Flags We March’, is a song that we've played at every Arch Enemy show since we released the 'Khaos Legions' album last year, we love playing it as it's a change of pace in our frantic live set and it's going down really well with audiences worldwide too.
"We felt this pounding metal anthem deserved a visual companion, so here it is! A couple of things to listen out for: we had a our new guitarist Nick Cordle throw down a little lick on the song and had audio master Andy Sneap remix the song a little… So, a few minor tweaks here and there to make it something special for this visual/sonic assault! Under Black Flags We March!” More...
Metal Injection has posted another episode in the "On The Record" series, this time covering how the Internet has changed heavy metal. You can check out the episode here or in the player below, and Metal Injection also commented:
"The third episode in Metal Injection's ongoing series On The Record: A Decade Of Metal has been posted. We turn the cameras on the music industry and discuss the most important happening of the last decade in the newest episode: the internet. The internet has changed every facet of the music industry, from the way a band is promoted, to how music is distribute to how people even get their work down. In this edition, music industry heavyweights talk about these changes in great details, as this is the longest and most in-depth episode of On The Record yet."
Over the next three weeks, every Tuesday, Metal Injection will premiere another new episode focusing on the following topics:
- Women's ever-expanding role in metal
- The future of heavy metal More...
Metal Injection has released the second episode of a series which turns the camera onto the people working behind the scenes in the music industry, titled "On The Record." This is the second of a five-part series focusing on "A Decade Of Metal."
Each week, some of the heavyweights that make the heavy metal industry tick will weigh in on the biggest subjects to occur in the metal scene in the last decade and this edition focuses on the ever growing amount of sub-genres in heavy metal that formed in the last decade, with genres such as metalcore, deathcore, pirate metal, re-thrash and more "out there" genres like crabcore and Sumeriancore discussed.
Arch Enemy, which split with guitarist Christopher Amott last month, will headline the upcoming Ax-Mayhem Festival in Seoul, Korea on April 21st, 2012.
Also on the Ax-Mayhem bill are Chthonic, Each Of The Days, Crash, and Method. For more information and tickets head to this location. A teaser trailer for the festival has now been posted online and can be viewed below.
Amazon is celebrating March the right way with the March is Metal Month campaign. Lasting for the whole month, the promotion features a number of metal albums all available digitally for under seven dollars.
Included in the digital promotion are twenty-one albums from Century Media artists. A full list of albums can be seen below so be sure to take advantage of this sale by clicking one of the purchase links below!
Aborted - Global Flatline
Arch Enemy - Khaos Legions
Architects (UK) - Here And Now
Deicide - To Hell With God
Devin Townsend Project - Deconstruction
ICS Vortex - Storm Seeker
In Flames - Sounds Of A Playground Fading
In This Moment - A Star-Crossed Wasteland
Insomnium - One For Sorrow
Intronaut - Valley of Smoke
Krisiun - The Great Execution
Napalm Death - Utilitarian
Sleeping Giant - Kingdom Days In An Evil Age
SS-Kaliert - Subzero
Suicide Silence - The Black Crown
TesseracT - One
The Devastated - Devil's Messenger
The Great Commission - Heavy Worship
Vallenfyre - A Fragile King
Warbringer - Worlds Torn Asunder
Winds Of Plague - Against The World
Arch Enemy has again parted ways with guitarist Christopher Amott. Christopher Amott was a member of the group between 1996-2005 and again between 2007-2011. Arch Enemy commented:
”We thank Christopher for the time he’s worked with the band and of course wish him the very best in his future endeavours.
"Thankfully, there is no drama behind the scenes here. This is the best way forward for all involved. Christopher simply isn’t into playing extreme metal anymore.
"We have already chosen and rehearsed with a new guitar player and we will complete the ’Khaos Legions’ 2012 touring cycle as planned. We are highly motivated and look forward to continue spreading our music around the world!
"Finally, our deepest thanks go to the ARCH ENEMY fans, whose amazing support and belief inspires us ever onward.” More...
Cleveland, Ohio metallers Breaker been confirmed for this year's edition of the Bang Your Head festival, set to take place July 13th - 14th, 2012 in Balingen, Germany.
Breaker will perform an exclusive European reunion show with original vocalist Jim Hamar to celebrate the band's 30th anniversary and the 25th anniversary of the release of the landmark "Get Tough!" album on Auburn Records.
This will be Breaker's fifth visit to Germany and second to Bang Your Head. The band's only previous festival appearance in Germany with Hamar on vocals was at Wacken Open Air in 2000.
Visit the Bang Your Head website for more information.
The festival billing is shaping up as follows: More...