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“Live Apocalypse” by Arch Enemy

Artist: Arch Enemy
Title: “Live Apocalypse”
Label: Century Media Records
Release Date: 8/8/2006
Genre: Death Metal
Rating: 5/5

As someone who has been listening to the musical super-power that is Arch Enemy for a little over a year now, I was very excited to see this DVD announced and subsequently arrive on the shelves for the hungry Metal masses. As I began to watch it I was honestly convinced that this film would do nothing more except firm up the belief that you are witnessing one of the best bands the Metal industry has going today. Fronted by Angela Gossow on vocals, the twin blistering guitars of Michael and Christopher Amott along with the thunderous rhythm section of Sharlee D’Angelo (bass) and Daniel Erlandsson (drums); Arch Enemy is not a band you would soon forget after catching their live performance. Consistency in delivering their brand of Death Metal with a healthy dose of Power is what Arch Enemy is all about. If you have not yet been able to see a show then the video release will surely make you want to correct the error of your ways. Filmed on tour at the London Forum (2004) the show finds the band in prime and their element. This was before the release of Gossow’s third outing with the group (the 2005 released “The Doomsday Machine”). I have to say that the best way to describe Arch Enemy is that it is a full-frontal assault on your Metal understandings. Gossow, while a beautiful woman, is far from the demure and angelic singer one finds in bands like Nightwish or Within Temptation. Instead she is a rage spewing, intense and focused performer who holds the audience in her hand as she sings, part of it in awe and the other perhaps just a little bit of fear.
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