Arch Enemy ResignsTo Century Media Records
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Swedish death metallers ARCH ENEMY have re-signed with Century Media Records. The Press release is as follows:
Metal titans ARCH ENEMY – whose dynamic mixture of melody and aggression has earned them massive critical acclaim, a rabid worldwide fan base and a slot on this summer’s Ozzfest – have officially signed a new agreement that sees Century Media Records, in conjunction with band leader Mike Amott’s Savage Messiah Music label, become the home for the group’s future albums worldwide outside Southeast Asia.
The band is currently wrapping up work on their highly anticipated new full-length album "Doomsday Machine", which is set for a July 25 release in Europe (July 26 in North America). “We have all been working hard in the studio to make the ultimate metal album,” Mike says. “The drums sound totally amazing, as Daniel [Erlandsson] has excelled himself yet again and the grooves he's created are catchy but powerful as hell. People will be stunned when they hear what he has done.
“I think all great metal needs that killer mix of classic riffs and ripping solos, something that has been a bit of a dying art recently,” he continues. “We are doing our best to recreate that mix on this new album, and one thing I can guarantee is that there will be tons of guitar for fans to headbang to. All in all, I am really happy with the songs and I believe we have found the right balance of melody and brutality – the ARCH ENEMY trademark! Welcome to the Doomsday Machine.”
ARCH ENEMY, featuring the all-star lineup of Mike Amott (guitars), Chris Amott (guitars), Sharlee D’Angelo (bass) and Daniel Erlandsson (drums), first garnered praise with the metal milestones Black Earth (1997), Stigmata (1998) and Burning Bridges (1999). These albums were fueled by flawless dual guitar technical execution and a previously unheard of mixture of melody and aggression, which helped them quickly solidify their reputation as one of the genre’s elite. However, ARCH ENEMY really began to develop their true potential once vocalist Angela Gossow joined the fold on 2001’s critically acclaimed "Wages of Sin".
The band’s 2003 album, "Anthems of Rebellion", was immediately hailed as a metal masterpiece. It was their second offering with Angela, touted by Metal Edge as “one of the most promising talents in years.” The record proved to be a landmark release for Century Media, as it delivered the label its then-highest first-week U.S. SoundScan sales ever on the way to becoming one of its 10 best-selling albums of all time. Press raves continued to pour in, as Anthems scored an unprecedented 5/5 in both Alternative Press and Kerrang! while going on to land the #1 album of 2003 in Metal Maniacs Readers’ Poll, earning them staunch recognition and high-profile U.S. tours with such acts as SLAYER, HATEBREED, CRADLE OF FILTH and IRON MAIDEN.
In Europe the band gained great appreciation and respect with this release and "Anthems Of Rebellion" entered the German, Swedish, French, Dutch, Greek and Finnish national album- and metal-charts. A lengthy European tour with labelmates Nevermore, a headline tour as well as festival appearances at Download, Wacken Open Air, With Full Force and Rock Hard Festival followed the album’s release, which also achieved the band a cover story feature and “Album Of The Month” ranking in the prestigious German metal magazine Rock Hard. The video clip for the album’s lead-track “We Will Rise” additionally received massive rotation at German TV stations Viva and VivaPlus and Kerrang! TV in the UK.
ARCH ENEMY have been called “one of the 25 most important bands in metal” by Alternative Press and “metal messiahs” by Guitar World. All of this high praise, along with the undying support of MTV2’s Headbangers Ball (including the program’s most recent affiliated tour), continues to attract an ever-expanding audience to the band’s unique style of metal. Expect their stellar musicianship and unparalleled live shows to continue garnering them new legions of fans throughout Ozzfest and their upcoming appearances at the following selected European Summer festivals:
June 10 - Sölvesborg (S) @ Sweden Rock
June 18 - Nijmegen (NL) @ Fields of Rock
June 24 - Le Mans (F) @ Fury Fest
June 26 - Dessel (B) @ Graspop
July 1-3 - Roitzschjora (D) @ With Full Force
Source: siN's Metal News
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