Artist: Arch Enemy Title: “War Eternal” (Single) Label: Century Media Records Release Date: 4/29/2014 Genre: Melodic Death Metal Rating: 4/5
Back when the news was announced on St. Patrick’s Day that longtime singer Angela Gossow had stepped down from Arch Enemy and named her successor as being Alissa White-Gluz of The Agonist a lot of the rumblings from the fans could be heard. Some were good and some not too much and now that the single “War Eternal” from the bands album of the same name is available for purchase I figured I would toss some thoughts together about track and give you a purchase link. Here we go.
The tune starts off with a strong melodic riffing that finds you getting charged up and even getting a little bit of the head banging started before Alissa comes in with the first verse. There is a superb pattern of double bass being delivered by Erlandsson and as a former skin basher I just like how this “felt” to my Metal ears. Now those who have seen The Agonist or ever heard their music before already know that Alissa is a growler, but one who has the luxury of a soaring clean register to her vocal skills as well. For this tune she sticks with the growling and quickly appears to be in command of the tune as she rallies the forces of the band with her. I liked it and wondered if there would be at least a few “clean notes” to be found here but we don’t get them. The chorus sounded powerful to me and after playing it back a couple of times I felt that it might be a great live song and envisioned the Metal masses raising their fists and singing along with her. The guitar solo from Michael Amott worked well but I expected as much since he is the guiding composing force in the group and I am sure those shredders out there will not be disappointed. For me this works overall and I am excited about the possibilities for the band going forward and to hear the full on release in a little over a month. I plan on a deeper examination when my media download link hits the mailbox so stay tuned. Continue reading “War Eternal” (Single) by Arch Enemy→
Just the other day the announcement came from the Arch Enemy camp that their long time singer Angela Gossow was leaving the lineup and joining the group in her stead would be Alissa White-Gluz from The Agonist. I blogged the official statements along with some photos that I took over the years right HERE for you to refresh your memory. Now that its public knowledge, we have our first look and listen to Arch Enemy with Alissa fronting them in the new video “War Eternal”. Take a look.
PiercingMetal Thoughts: As you can see the clip was done by Patric Ulleaues who is very well known for the form and adept at bringing a powerful Metal video to the masses. The setting of the clip finds the band on a sort of stage with lots of light flashing at you while their banners fly in the background. Alissa looks good as she commands the charge while they play and she is the most visible in the clip as well. In general the band is shadowy or faded with only brief clarity when the light hits them. This was likely done on purpose to lay heavy emphasis on Alissa in the role as new singer. The song is pretty straight forward recent sounding Arch Enemy in terms of its composition so if you have been enjoying what they have been doing in the recent past this track should appease you. I think Alissa does a fine job on this tune and am very interested in seeing how she delivers the classics like “We Will Rise” and “Dead Eyes See No Future”. What do you folks think? I have left the comments open for you to share about the video.
The shot above shows Alissa fronting The Agonist back in 2012 at one of the many shows of theirs that I photographed. As you can see she has an intensity about her on the stage and this reassures me about the adventure that she is preparing to undertake. I know a lot of the legions of Arch Enemy fans are up in arms about this news but let’s give Alissa a chance. Remember to keep up with the latest band developments via their Official Website which is linked below. “War Eternal” will be released in June 2014 via Century Media Records. Let the countdown to the next chapter in Arch Enemy history begin now…….
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. Continue reading Arch Enemy & Exodus @ Nokia Theatre Times Square (1/22/2010)→
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. Continue reading “Tyrants of the Rising Sun: Live in Japan” by Arch Enemy→
Artist: Carcass Venue: Nokia Theater (New York, NY) Opener: Suffocation, The Aborted, Necrophagist, 1349, Rotten Sound Date: 9/6/2008 Label: Nuclear Blast Records
The summer still had a few weeks left to go before the fall would offer our region some much needed relief from the stifling heat that we had this particular summer season and based on this it made sense that one of the year’s hottest tickets would take place before it closed out. The killer show that I am talking about is none other than the reunion jaunt of the mighty Carcass – the absolute legends of the Grindcore scene and pretty much the reason that the whole genre came about in the first place. The hotter than Hell bill for this event was labeled as the “Exhumed To Consume” tour and not only would it feature Suffocation, 1349, The Aborted, Necrophagist and Rotten Sound as the openers but it would also come to the Big Apple hand in hand with Hurricane Hanna. Readers should know that I don’t mean some sort of female wrestler but instead a super powerful storm system that had been making the news for days before it hit us. Luckily, those who actually had tickets for the long sold out event would be safe inside the depths of the Nokia Theater in Times Square. The doors opened for the venue at around 6:30 to my knowledge but the first band would not go on for another hour. That’s a lot of time to wait around the Nokia, and with six bands in total on the bill this was looking to be a very long night of Metal. Here is how the evening went down for those who missed it. Continue reading Carcass @ Nokia Theatre Times Square (9/6/2008)→