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Arch Enemy Plans To Re-Record Album Of Early Material, Working On New Material Too

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BW&BK writer Martin Popoff recently caught up with Michael Amott, who revealed current plans to re-record some early (pre-Angela Gossow) material for a new release as well as work on a new album. Here are some excerpts:

"We actually tracked drums already for a new record, which is… it's not a brand-new album in that sense, but we had another singer on the first three albums, before Angela joined. And we've basically taken 12 songs from that era of the band, from those three records, and we kind of redo those, with Angela and Sharlee, everybody, the current band. Daniel, for instance, didn't play drums on the second album. So it's just playing those songs the way we play them now and put them out next year. It's basically songs that we would like to start playing live again, you know, from the first three records. In Japan, those three records were big, but in the rest of the world nobody really knows about them. They didn't pick up in sales after we became gradually bigger with Angela in the band. Those first three records didn't get pulled along with that, because I guess people want to hear us how we are now, with Angela. But there are some great tunes there and we are redoing 12 of our favourites. So that's going to be coming out next year."

"And then slowly we are putting together music for the next record. But we toured really heavily on the last album, Rise Of The Tyrant, so we've been touring. So now this kind of came in so I haven't had much of a break. It's been the busiest couple of years I've ever had. And yeah, there are more people on the Toronto guest list than in our hometown. I guess we've been there too many times (laughs). But it's been good stuff. I love keeping busy. That's what we signed up for."

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1. Anubiz writes:

I prefer old Arch Enemy so this is great news.

# Sep 22, 2008 @ 9:20 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. That_One_Guy writes:

That's cool and all, but what's with the recent trend of re-recording material? Why can't bands just leave it be?

# Sep 22, 2008 @ 10:55 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. RIFF-MASTER writes:

My guess is, they want their firts 3 albums to receive exposure. I think it's a great idea. I am a fan of both era's so this is 2x great news. Why didn't they mention the DVD they're working on?

# Sep 22, 2008 @ 11:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Gunface138 writes:

This is pretty killer. I've been meaning to get into their older stuff, and this will make it that much easier haha. I love Angela, she's great.

# Sep 22, 2008 @ 11:32 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. deathbringer writes:

Yeah, I'm all for it. The technology alone often makes it worthwhile. I thoroughly enjoyed Testament's "First Strike Still Deadly" and Dimmu's "Stormblast." There are so many good albums that are just not as playable today due to poor production from the 80s and earlier. And sometimes when you have a major switch in vocal styles, it's worth it as well. The classic Iced Earth songs that were re-recorded with Matt Barlow on vocals kicked a$$ too. In this case for Arch Enemy, it sounds like it makes total sense, especially since the band wants to play more of them live - better sound quality, new vocals and band members, and more exposure for those old songs.

Of course if a band totally screws it up, it's another story. Then you'll hear "why did you go and f*** it up?!?!" But I have enjoyed quite a few re-recordings, so I'm optimistic.

# Sep 22, 2008 @ 11:36 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. That_One_Guy writes:

Maybe it's just me, but poor production quality doesn't really bother me.. the whole "necro" sound and such. Sure, it's hard to understand lyrics and decipher the riffs, but that doesn't make it "bad", in my opinion.

# Sep 22, 2008 @ 11:47 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. That_One_Guy writes:

Besides, I'll probably pick it up anyway, just to hear Gossow's takes on the classics. I'd love to hear a new version of "Let the Killing Begin" or "Bury Me an Angel".

# Sep 22, 2008 @ 11:48 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Jenny writes:

I personally don't mind older quality, but I this news is kick a$$ !

# Sep 22, 2008 @ 1:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Overcow writes:

Nice, I've always preferred the old sound of AE but Angela beats the old singer every day.

# Sep 22, 2008 @ 2:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Red writes:

Why do old when you can do new ? It's like sticking to stones and sticks when you can have a bright new shiny gun...

# Sep 22, 2008 @ 5:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Txmetalhead writes:

Money!!

# Sep 22, 2008 @ 6:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Strictly4DK writes:

I gotta disagree with everyone, I prefer Johan Liiva big time. Burning bridges with Angela on vocals is not something I want to even imagine. Angela is all one tone and cadence, Johan mixed it up much more. Given that, listen to Liiva's current band Hearse instead.

# Sep 22, 2008 @ 7:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. bbristowe writes:

Night of the Stormrider + Matt Barlow = heart.

# Sep 23, 2008 @ 4:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. FocusShift writes:

I think what gets me about it is if it weren't for Johan being in the band on those disks, the music wouldn't be as good as it is. Aside from WOS (which he had a hand in the music too before he left), Arch Enemy's gone generally downhill musically since Angela's release.

And those vocals on Doomsday Machine. . .*shudder*

# Sep 23, 2008 @ 8:48 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. That_One_Guy writes:

I loved Johan Liiva in the band, don't get me wrong. I just think it'd be interesting to hear Gossow sing some of the older stuff, even if it's not as good as Liiva.. which it probably won't be.

# Sep 30, 2008 @ 10:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Echo Valentine writes:

I love Angela Gossow voice and Im very happy and excited that Arch Enemy is re-recording their old stuff I think it will sound better with a better singer not that Johan Liiva wasnt good Angela Gossow's is just simply better. I cant wait till the release of this new album.

# Oct 5, 2008 @ 11:58 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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