Arch Enemy

Arch Enemy

Infobox musical artist
Name = Arch Enemy

Img_capt = Arch Enemy performing live in 2008
l-r: Michael Amott, Sharlee D'Angelo, Daniel Erlandsson, Angela Gossow and Christopher Amott.
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Origin = Halmstad, Sweden
Genre = Melodic death metal
Thrash metal [ [ The BNR Metal Pages, Version 2] ]
Years_active = 1996−present
Label = Century Media
Wrong Again
Associated_acts = Armageddon, Candlemass, Carcass, Carnage, Dismember, Eucharist, In Flames, Liers in Wait, Opeth, Mercyful Fate, Spiritual Beggars, Witchery
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Current_members = Angela Gossow
Michael Amott
Christopher Amott
Sharlee D'Angelo
Daniel Erlandsson
Past_members = See: Former members section

Arch Enemy is a Swedish melodic death metal band, formed in 1996 by Carcass guitarist Michael Amott along with Johan Liiva, both originally from the influential death metal band Carnage. The band has released seven studio albums, a live album, three EPs, and a DVD (Live Apocalypse). The band was originally fronted by Johan Liiva; frontwoman Angela Gossow joined as lead vocalist in 2001.


With Johan Liiva (1996–2000)

Early days (1996)

Arch Enemy, the brainchild of Michael Amott (Carcass, Carnage and Spiritual Beggars) was originally assembled when Michael Amott left Carcass. Guitarists Michael Amott and younger brother Christopher Amott (Armageddon) joined forces with vocalist Johan Liiva (ex-Carnage, Furbowl, Furbowl|Devourment) and then-session drummer Daniel Erlandsson (Eucharist) in what Michael Amott called "an attempt to merge melody with aggression and technicality."

"Black Earth" (1996-1997)

The band's debut, entitled "Black Earth", was released by the now defunct Wrong Again Records in 1996. It obtained a fair amount of success in Japan, achieving MTV rotation with their first single "Bury Me an Angel", as well as moderate success in Sweden. At this point, Arch Enemy was more of a "solo effort" than a full band: Michael Amott wrote all the songs himself, and even played bass guitar on the album, contrary to the album's liner notes, which listed vocalist Johan Liiva as handling bass duties. Amott later revealed that he had the credits listed that way to make the album seem more of a "band" effort. Many consider it to be the band's most aggressive album, a trait that was softened to some degree on its following releases, but never abandoned.

"Stigmata" (1997-1999)

After the release of "Black Earth" the band switched labels, signing a contract with Century Media. In 1998 Arch Enemy released "Stigmata", for which bassist Martin Bengtsson and drummer Peter Wildoer joined the band. This album obtained the attention of a wider audience, gaining popularity in both Europe and America. This was also the first Arch Enemy album to be released worldwide.

"Burning Bridges" (1999-2000)

In 1999, Sharlee D'Angelo assumed the role of Arch Enemy's bassist, and Daniel Erlandsson was once again recruited to handle drum duties, this time on a permanent basis. "Burning Bridges" was released, and was soon followed by the live album "Burning Japan Live 1999", which was initially a release limited to Japan, but later given worldwide distribution due to demands from fans. During the touring-cycle for Burning Bridges Sharlee D'Angelo was temporarily replaced twice, first by Dick Lövgren (Meshuggah, ex-Armageddon) and secondly, by Roger Nilsson (ex-Spiritual Beggars, Firebird, The Quill). Burning Bridges marked a shift in Arch Enemy's core sound, now opting for a more melodic approach, while still keeping the brutal heaviness of the first two albums.

In November 2000 vocalist Johan Liiva was asked to quit the band. Michael Amott stated that the he wanted a more "dynamic frontman", and that Liiva's live performance was not up to par with the rest of the band. Liiva was soon replaced by amateur German journalist, and death metal vocalist Angela Gossow, who had given a demo tape to Christopher Amott earlier that year during an interview she had conducted with him. Gossow proved to be a competent singer and was received warmly by most fans.

With Angela Gossow (2001–present)

"Wages of Sin" (2001-2003)

The first album with songs featuring Gossow was "Wages of Sin", released in 2001. In December of the same year, Arch Enemy took part in the "Japan's Beast Feast 2002" concert, playing alongside Slayer and Motörhead.

"Anthems of Remellion" (2003-2005)

"Anthems of Rebellion" was released in 2003 and brought some innovations, such as the use of a second voice singing in harmony, for example in "End of the Line" and "Dehumanization". In November of the following year, the band released the EP "Dead Eyes See No Future", which featured live recordings, along with covers of Manowar, Megadeth and Carcass songs.

"Doomsday Machine" (2005-2007)

In June 2005, Arch Enemy finished the recording for their sixth album, "Doomsday Machine". In July 2005, guitarist Christopher Amott left the band in order to focus on his personal life. He was temporarily replaced by guitarist Gus G. (ex-Dream Evil, Firewind), and then by Fredrik Åkesson. Christopher returned on a permanent basis in March 2007, shortly before the band entered the studio to begin recording their new album with producer Fredrik Nordström (Who has produced for acts such as In Flames and Soilwork). [ [ BLABBERMOUTH.NET - ARCH ENEMY: Guitarist CHRISTOPHER AMOTT Rejoins The Fold ] ] Åkesson would then go on to become Opeth's new lead guitarist in May, 2007. An album from Arch Enemy's earlier work, "Black Earth", was reissued on April 24, 2007. Liiva's vocals are present on the album.

"Rise of the Tyrant" (2007-Present)

Arch Enemy's seventh album, titled "Rise of the Tyrant" was released on September 24, 2007 in Europe and September 25, 2007 in the USA. The album was leaked onto file sharing networks before the initial release, but lacked several elements of the final release. Rise of The Tyrant debuted at #84 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. This surpasses the Doomsday Machine chart entry making it the band's highest charting effort yet.

Recent events

Arch Enemy played the Bloodstock Open Air Festival 2007, between Sabbat and In Flames, headlined by Lacuna Coil. Finntroll and the metal band from Costa Rica, Sight Of Emptiness were also among the bands playing. [ [ Bloodstock Heavy Metal festivals - UK's largest Independent Heavy Metal Festivals ] ] Gossow has been quoted saying the new album has more emotion and less double vocals. [ [ The Official Arch Enemy website | ] ]

Arch Enemy played the Black Crusade tour at the end of 2007, with Machine Head, Trivium, DragonForce and Shadows Fall. With this, as reported on the band's website. Michael Amott posted that "These will be the first European shows we do with Arch Enemy after the release of our new album". Arch Enemy also co-headlined the Defenders of the Faith tour in April 2008 with Opeth and DevilDriver. 3 Inches of Blood opened for them.

On March 8th 2008, Arch Enemy filmed a live show in Tokyo, Japan for an upcoming live DVD. [cite news |url=|title=Arch Enemy's Audio Message for Japanese Fans|date=2008-03-05|accessdate=2008-03-05]

Arch Enemy headlined the Tyranny and Bloodshred tour in May 2008 with Dark Tranquillity, Divine Heresy, and Firewind as supporting acts.

On the September 15th 2008, Arch Enemy was confirmed for the Dubai Desert Rock Festival 2009, along side Opeth and Chimaira. [cite news |url=|title=Dubai Desert Rock Festival 2009 attendance press release|date=2008-09-15|accessdate=2008-10-06]


Current members

* Angela Gossow − vocals (2001–present)
* Michael Amott − lead/rhythm guitar, occasional vocals (1996–present)
* Christopher Amott − lead/rhythm guitar (1996–2005, 2007–present)
* Sharlee D'Angelobass guitar (1999–present)
* Daniel Erlandssondrums (1996–1997, 1999–present)

Former members

* Johan Liiva − vocals (1996–2000), bass guitar (1996-1997)
* Martin Bengtsson − bass guitar (1997−1998)
* Peter Wildoer − drums (1997−1998)
* Fredrik Åkesson − guitar (2005−2007)

essional members

* Dick Lövgren − touring bassist (1999)
* Roger Nilsson − touring bassist (1999−2000)
* Gus G. − touring guitarist (2005), guest guitar solo on "Doomsday Machine" ("Taking Back My Soul")



External links

* [ Official website]
* [ MTV News interview with Angela]

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