Arch Enemy Biography

Review The Artist (10)


Arch Enemy-photo
Sweden's supergroup ARCH ENEMY is back with a new masterpiece of melodic yet brutal metal, entitled "Wages Of Sin". For the first time in the history of extreme metal an established act like ARCH ENEMY has replaced the dropped vocalist Johan Liiva with a she, a female . Her name is Angela Gossow and her extraordinary vocal-range - from deep growls to aggressive screams - gives the new album "Wages Of Sin" the final, deadly touch.

The band's three previous studio albums "Black Earth", "Stigmata", "Burning Bridges" have made an enormous impact on the extreme music scene of the late 90's with respectable world-wide sales, highly acclaimed shows and amazing reviews to back it up.

ARCH ENEMY is perhaps the finest example of a pure metal band, one that possesses sheer aggression, technical wit and a catchy songwriting approach. With "Wages Of Sin" ARCH ENEMY is out for world domination with an improved line-up consisting of Michael Amott and his brother Christopher on guitars, Angela Gossow on vocals, drummer Daniel Erlandsson and bassist Sharlee D'Angelo.

To simply write about ARCH ENEMY's accomplishment of blending classic metal with thrash and death-metal flavours does the band absolutely no justice. For the truth was made clear in 1996 when the band released their "Black Earth" debut in Europe which displayed their unique, melodic rhythms and progressive beats, chilling dual-guitar harmonies and powerful, belting vocals. Produced by Fredrik Nordstrom (At The Gates, Hammerfall), Black Earth completely shook up the metal world and left fans amazed and wanting more.

In 1997 the band entered the studio again with producer Fredrik Nordstrom to record the "Stigmata" album. Containing more mature songwriting but with a raw and primitive production style, "Stigmata" was an inviting record for metal fans of all kind.

ARCH ENEMY's third studio album "Burning Bridges" was yet another example of the band's unstoppable musical talent and vision. Gathering the very best elements of death, thrash and progressive metal and adding an incredible sense of melodic balance. Over the last few years the band has become the biggest and most successful extreme metal band in Japan ever, a fact that the band celebrated by recording a live album, "Burning Japan" on their third tour of Japan in 1999 and releasing it in 2000 (in Japan only).

In autumn 2000 ARCH ENEMY split up from former vocalist Liiva, they felt the new album "Wages Of Sin" demands a much more aggressive, intense vocalist. Fortunately, they spotted the amazing Angela Gossow from Germany, a metal-goddess with a frightening demonic and variable guttural roar.

For "Wages Of Sin" the band returned once again to the familiar surroundings of Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden. Although this time the final mix was done in the UK by noted metal producer Andy Sneap, known for his great work with bands like Testament, Nevermore and Stuck Mojo. Andy Sneap added a modern twist to the already well known musical qualities of ARCH ENEMY and made "Wages Of Sin" the hardest and most focused ARCH ENEMY album to date!

Tracks such as "Enemy Within", "Burning Angel" and the vicious "Ravenous" portray the impact of this band, and the buzz on "Wages Of Sin" has already made waves throughout the metal world. The new album is a culmination of hard work and unmatched musicianship, packed with crushing riffs, furious solos, catchy melodies, stylish harmonies, aggressive yet emotional vocal-lines and intelligent lyrics far away from the general metal-clich├ęs.

ARCH ENEMY are stronger than ever and willing to conquer the metal-world once again! Metal is on its way back and ARCH ENEMY is in the frontline!

Please click here to submit the latest Arch Enemy biography




ANGELA is a Goddess......UR A REAL INSPIRATION TO ME...\m/..... | Reviewer: Bruce | 8/31/10

The best band in the world..guess words are limited to describe this band...ANGELA is the best vocalist n she always be my favourite...I'M just in love wit her looks n especially her voice... songs like Raveonus,WE Will rise,DEAD eyes see no future,nemesis shows that she's undoubtedly the best metal vocalist



review arch enemy | Reviewer: michael lambert | 10/2/09

I have never encountered a band whose music is so packed with energy, aggression and expression. Their music is a stunning mix of harmonics, screaming female vocals (a new idea, though in this case highly succesful), beatiful guitar solo's and the best percussion work (rythm and drums) I've encountered in ages. While, unfortunately, some metal bands tend to release albums where all the tracks sound vaguely the same, Arch Enemy excells in creating albums where no two tracks sound alike. Every song has it's own flavour and texture, offering a wide variety to suit any taste, though this band should particularly appeal to fans of bands such as In Flames and Children Of Bodom. Best tracks: My Apocalypse (Doomsday Machine), Nemesis (Doomsday Machine), We Will Rise (Anthems Of Rebellion), Enemy Within (Wages Of Sin) and Behind The Smile (Wages Of Sin).




ARCH ENEMY | Reviewer: aefan | 9/20/09

Micheal Ammot is a god. the guitar rifts i hear him play are absolutely amazing. i thank my BF everyday for introducing me to Arch enemy. they are one band you can never forget. if you want meetal with meaning, arch enemy is for you



good metal | Reviewer: brenda rodriguez | 12/31/07

well arch enemyis an awessome metal band i mean a good example of what a metal band should sound like u like arch enemy ?? CHECK OUT ABORTED !!!! GO GO GO



the best | Reviewer: deathmaster | 12/26/07

this band is the best band in the world of metal masters angela is my heroin my inspiration on my tattoo designs
arch enemy rules



Simply Metal | Reviewer: Brenda Rodriguez | 12/27/07

well this band is GOOD i mean you like metal u cant say no to arch enemy although when michael made arch enemy umm i dunno it was ok i guess but i preffer angela vossow i mean her voice its exciting to isten to good lyrics too although i mean a lot of people may of heard of this band its quite rare to find someone that really follows through with actually falling hard for it but i am one of em i LIKE arch enemy i appreciate their good music and lyrics u dont like them ??? email me tell me why not elizabethgann@netzero.com



Pure | Reviewer: Brenda | 12/24/07

im just here to add a compliment to the list i think the music explains for it self its pure metal but yet u have to admire the fact that these girls are finally standing up and becoming smarter her voice is good i mean mabe not the best but good hell better than kitty lol jk well anyways i apprecite this band and i mean if u like metal theres no reason why you should dielike this band (listening to wasges of sin)well anyways if u like this band u need to get your self a cd by ABORTED you like metal youll like them GRIND !!



Arch Enemy rules | Reviewer: Chelsey | 7/10/07

Arch Enemy is fucking amazing. Angela is such an inspiration to me, she's so fucking metal and she has such a wide range with her voice. I'm so glad A.E. found her cause she is just awesome! I also think Micheal and Christopher Ammot are amazing guitarists, they write such brutal riffs! ARCH ENEMY is "pure fucking metal"! XD



arch enemy | Reviewer: euronymous | 4/9/07

this band is possibly the my favorite band angela is a very imppresive singer.the guitar i think surpasses most bands.i think more people should listen to arch enemy.i just love the the song silent wars the lyrics the guitar and the drums work together to make the guitar seem much faster than it really is.i would give anything to go to an arch enemy.well the point is this band the best band in life.and angel gossow is my role model i have my own band and hopefully ill make as far as they do.



Rock on | Reviewer: *fiekie* | 5/29/06

I have never encountered a band whose music is so packed with energy, aggression and expression. Their music is a stunning mix of harmonics, screaming female vocals (a new idea, though in this case highly succesful), beatiful guitar solo's and the best percussion work (rythm and drums) I've encountered in ages. While, unfortunately, some metal bands tend to release albums where all the tracks sound vaguely the same, Arch Enemy excells in creating albums where no two tracks sound alike. Every song has it's own flavour and texture, offering a wide variety to suit any taste, though this band should particularly appeal to fans of bands such as In Flames and Children Of Bodom. Best tracks: My Apocalypse (Doomsday Machine), Nemesis (Doomsday Machine), We Will Rise (Anthems Of Rebellion), Enemy Within (Wages Of Sin) and Behind The Smile (Wages Of Sin).




The following area is only for review,
Your Name:
(Notes: Your name will be published if you input it)

Review about Arch Enemy

Please enter a title for your review:

-------- 04/18/2014
Type your review in the space below: