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“The Doomsday Machine” by Arch Enemy

Artist: Arch Enemy
Title: “The Doomsday Machine”
Label: Century Media Records
Release Date: 7/26/2005
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 4/5

The highly anticipated album by Sweden’s Arch Enemy has arrived and “The Doomsday Machine” will roll over you like a freight train if you are not careful. The band has become one of the more interesting providers of the form, with a very musical and technical level of Death Metal meets Thrash, along with the growling demon vocals. Led by the twin-guitar wizardry of the Amott Brothers (Christopher and Michael), the band demonstrates that you can be brutally heavy and fast, but still rip up the guitar strings like the most progressive of players. It is this Maiden meets Priest kind of ability on top of the brutality that I think separates Arch Enemy from other bands in the Metal genre. With “The Doomsday Machine”, there are many peaks and valleys as you are often brought to the top of the mountain only to be thrown over the edge by their intensity. The release might come across to some as too accessible and not as destructive as “Anthems Of Rebellion” or “Wages Of Sin”, but there is nothing on the recording that shows the band following a commercial edge in my opinion. The band needs no such tricks to guarantee their success and have proven a growth in their popularity here in the States by being selected to be part of Ozzfest as well as sold-out headlining shows at many popular venues along the way. The album begins with a mood setting “enter The Machine”, which is an instrumental and serves as the perfect opener for “Taking Back My Soul”. This track itself displays many of the skills you will enjoy from the players around the whole record. “Nemesis” is the song that gained most of the attention on the album and rightfully so since we find Angela Gossow delivering the goods like never before. She is clearly not your typical female front person and shows that not all female leads need to be demure and soft. Angela seems to be the type to kill beers with and who you want on your side when the going gets tough – a true beauty, but also a wild woman on the stage and recording. Those who have ever caught the band live already know how imposing she is as a performer. Her presence in a band like this also gives inspiration to other female singers who are less like Tarja (Nightwish) and instead hold a darker level of vocal talent. It’s a welcome change to a role that risked becoming stagnant otherwise.
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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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