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Arch Enemy’s Angela Gossow Resigns; The Agonists Alissa White-Gluz Joins

My plan for St. Patrick’s Day today was to make it only an enjoyable and non-stressed filled time here at the PiercingMetal Command HQ since some rest was surely needed after a busy concert going weekend. The goal was to have the largest working of my time be focused on finding a big, tasty platter of Corned Beef and Cabbage and catch up on the Netflix. Then the press release from those find folks at Century Media Records hit the mailbox and all of the Internet Metal Journalists were set into high speed content creation mode. I’ve copied portions of the press copy for you to see and will add my own views to the mix at the closing. Be aware that this is ground breaking stuff here as if the title didn’t clue you in just a little bit.

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In early June 2014, ARCH ENEMY will unleash their 9th studio album, War Eternal, worldwide via Century Media Records and Trooper Entertainment in Japan. With this upcoming release, the band will introduce a new member to their ranks: Alissa White-Gluz, former vocalist of Canadian extreme metallers THE AGONIST. Angela Gossow, who joined ARCH ENEMY in 2000 and made her debut on the now classic Wages Of Sin (2001), will be stepping down as front-woman and focusing on management, while Alissa takes her place.

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Angela Gossow comments:

“Dear ARCH ENEMY fans, this is not easy to tell you…I have decided to step down from being ARCH ENEMY’s voice of anger. After 13 years of pure fucking metal, 6 studio albums and countless tours through five continents, I feel the need to enter a different phase in my life, be with my family and pursue other interests. I will however remain business manager for ARCH ENEMY, and I will continue to develop my artist management roster. I am staying true to my heavy metal roots, just leaving the spotlight so to speak. I am passing the torch to the super talented Alissa White-Gluz, whom I’ve known as a dear friend and a superb vocalist for many years. I always thought she deserved a chance to shine – and now she’s getting it. Just like I got that chance back in 2001. I want to thank all ARCH ENEMY fans, our labels Century Media (worldwide) and Trooper Entertainment (Japan), our dedicated road crew, and in particular Michael, Daniel and Sharlee for their love and support throughout all these years. It’s been one hell of a ride! We conquered every situation, made it through thick & thin together in the most exciting and rewarding time of my life. Thank you all for being there with me on stage, in front of the stage, and backstage. You have touched my heart, and I hope I was able to give something back to you. I am grateful for the wonderful memories – I will cherish them forever! I am looking forward to the next decade of ARCH ENEMY madness! Right now I am listening through rough mixes of the new studio album and I am blown away! 2014 will see a renewed ARCH ENEMY at the top of their game. I am proud to be part of this ARCH ENEMY chapter, albeit in a different way – revving up the engines behind the scenes. I hope to see you in front of the stage; I will join you there this time. Let the killing begin, once again!”

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Arch Enemy & Exodus @ Nokia Theatre Times Square (1/22/2010)

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Artist: Arch Enemy
Venue: Nokia Theatre Times Square (New York, NY)
Opener: Exodus, Arsis, Mutiny Within
Date: 1/22/2010
Label: Century Media Records

It was great to find Arch Enemy doing a headlining tour again because the last time that we found them visiting us in NYC they were doing a “co-headlining” run called “The Black Tyranny Tour”. This excellent event paired them with Roadrunner Records’ own Machinehead and while they lined it out as co-headlining gigs, Arch had always seemed to be the direct support for Machinehead and I am not sure there were too many swapped shows. Of course, I don’t think many of the Metal legions actually minded about this back when those shows had happened because Machinehead was on the rise again and dishing out the tunes for those who enjoyed the incredible sounds on their album of the time “The Blackening”. Tonight’s gig would be an interesting one as it found Exodus hitting the stage as the bands direct support and give us the long awaited return of Arsis while also treating us to some relative newcomers to the scene with Mutiny Within.
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Revisiting “Metal Edge” Magazine: The DVD Reviews – Part 1

These video overviews were originally written for Metal Edge Magazine when I was a contributor to their DVD reviews section back in 2006. With the magazine wrapping up publication a few months ago, I decided to add them to the context of our PiercingMetal presentation. I felt that by doing this I would not only be raising the horns in remembrance of the magazine but to also showcase just how different writing for a major publication was when it all came down to it. These posts will feature several reviews each until we run out of them. The freelance writing tenure at Metal Edge Magazine was discussed on THIS LINK so please check that out when done. Here we go with the first group of DVD Reviews.

Alice Cooper: “The Nightmare Returns Tour” (1987) (Universal Music)

1986 – It was the year that Alice Cooper would reinvent and rise from the fallings he had found himself in the middle of. He was both unable to get attention for his latest music and also was recovering from the pains of alcohol addictions. Despite these turn of events Alice would rise like a phoenix and take hold of the power of Shock Rock that he helped create so many years ago once again. The DVD filmed in 1987 was shot on a very appropriate Halloween night in front of a sold-out crowd in Detroit. Alice’s return would also show a new and very Metal side to his brand of Rock for a change; this would be a welcome format for the classic numbers that suddenly seemed to have so much more attitude and life than they ever had before. The eerie opening of “Welcome To My Nightmare” would set the pace as Alice emerged from under the stage to a blast of Metal power from his new band. The legendary performer was smart to bring on a truly kick ass Metal band for this tour whose lineup consisted of the Rambo-esque Kane Roberts, Devlin 7, Kip Winger III, Ken Mary, and Paul Horrors. Most know that Winger and Roberts went on to solo careers with Kip being the one who found the most success of the two. The Alice Cooper set for the show would be chocked full of fear-filled hits and over the top stage dramatics for every one of them. “Billion Dollar Babies” finds Alice performing with a baby doll on a sword as he throws play money around while “Only Women Bleed” finds him singing to an apparently lifeless dummy, which is not as it seems for the whole song. “I Love The Dead” is among the truly terrifying moments in the show as Alice meets the Grand Executioner and let’s just say heads will roll with this one. It is not a scene for the timid, and Alice and company pull it off without a margin of error. The overall choices in the songs for the show would satisfy the most ardent of Alice supporters, but better still serves as a great new take on his classics for those who might not have enough knowledge of his work. My personal favorites are too numerous to list, but the best example to describe this is as a live Greatest Hits concert video. Everything you expect and more is there to enjoy and since this is the first time on DVD you should buy it to witness a master at work.

Amon Amarth: “Wrath Of The Norsmen” (Metal Blade Records)

Quite a few bands claim to be Vikings and there are also many who hold the spirit of their ancestors high but I have to admit that none pull this off as effectively as Amon Amarth. This DVD celebrates their longtime allegiance to the Metal Blade Records family and it the kind of DVD that is perfect for existing fans but also the manages to win over potential ones. I can attest to this since I was one of these potentials who after seeing them support Fate Of Norns on the Children Of Bodom tour can admit to being blown away. The group was only able to do a little more than a handful of songs but you could tell by their presence and the crowd approval that there was much more to this group than most openers had to them. This DVD gives you 7.5 hours of concert footage to absorb and it should be more than enough to help you feel the same way as we did that night. This lengthy piece offers five full concert appearances with a performance in Cologne from 2005 being the longest. It runs a full 22 numbers and even includes a full Viking battle. The dramatic lighting added to the impact of this segment very well. The other performances come from Summer Breeze Festival, Live at the Metal Blade RRROOOAAARRR, Wacken Open Air, and Live in Ludwigsburg. There is no real bonus stuff to speak of but you do get the Metal which is a factor that works best for me. A DVD done properly with no pointless banter and endless crowd shots and screaming drunken idiots. No one buys DVD’s for that as opposed to the music and bonus content should never overshadow the main part of the program. There are instances of song duplication but that is to be expected when one has five whole shows to sit through. On the whole you get practically all of the music the band had recorded over the years. More bands need to follow in this example and give the audience a better value for the money the are spending on them. Many groups possess a lot more footage than we ever see so this release was a pleasant surprise for me to watch. I found no disappointment at all – Now, if you’ll please excuse me – I have a sword to sharpen.
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“Tyrants of the Rising Sun: Live in Japan” by Arch Enemy

Artist: Arch Enemy
Title: “Tyrants of the Rising Sun: Live in Japan”
Label: Century Media Records
Release Date: 11/24/2008
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Rating: 4/5

While I am not sure of the rationale behind the release of another live Arch Enemy live DVD only two short years after their “Live Apocalypse” edition, I am hesitant to complain because when it comes down to it, Arch Enemy is one of those bands who continually seem to deliver the goods for the Metal legions. This time around we find the band performing in front of a “Ravenous” Japanese fan base and you must pardon the obvious pun using the bands own song. As most Metal heads know – the Japanese really take their music seriously when they believe in a band and we saw this very long ago with the likes of both KISS and Cheap Trick along with countless others. From this film we see that their love of the mighty Arch Enemy is caught very early for the observing eye and the crowd seems to absorb every tune with delight as the band delivers not only classic material from their back catalog but also offers up some of their new greatness from “Rise Of The Tyrant”. While I had questioned the relevance of another live DVD in the opening of this piece, when one considers that this is the first tour that found the returning Amott brother back in action then it is a no brainer to capture more attention for this great event. Arch Enemy fans or those who just follow the Metal might remember that the guitarist had left the group to pursue other interests and once he had finished with them decided to return. He was replaced for a time by Fredrik Akesson who did an incredible job and now with his return was no longer needed by the group. I wouldn’t worry too much about him because he is working in Opeth now and doing a stand up job over in that camp because he is very clearly an incredible player for the more Melodic styled Death Metal. Thank you for your contributions to Arch Enemy sir, you were a great addition to the lineup.
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Machine Head @ Nokia Theatre Times Square (9/22/2007)

Machinehead had been winning people over with “The Blackening”, a smoldering new CD that delivered on all counts and as part of the “Black Tyranny” Tour would embark on a journey that paired them up with Arch Enemy. Throwdown and Sanctity were there in addition to us and should you want to learn more just click the logo below to see our item on the main PiercingMetal.com site.

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Artist: Machine Head & Arch Enemy
Venue: Nokia Theatre (New York, NY)
Opener: Throwdown, Sanctity
Date: 9/22/2007
Label: Roadrunner Records

It was called “The Black Tyranny” Tour and it would find two powerhouses in today’s Metal world sharing a co-headlining bill. This blockbuster tour de force brought the ferocity of Arch Enemy and Machinehead together and both would be supported by Metal up and comers Sanctity and Hardcore stars Throwdown. The nomme de guerre of the tour would be a combination of each headlining bands newest album titles as Arch Enemy’s “Age Of Tyranny” was melded with Machine Head’s “The Blackening” to become one formidable phrase.
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