By: The Asian Invasion
The Asian Invasion is here and "War Eternal" is the brand new album by Swedish stalwarts Arch Enemy. In 1995, Michael Amott started this very band and set out to make the most melodic heavy metal band ever. 19 years later, here we are with their latest release and they are far from finished in the metal world. In all honesty, this has to be my favorite Arch Enemy cut in years and the personnel changes over the last little while has completely reinvigorated them as heavyweights in the genre.
Ex- Arsis guitarist Nick Cordle who was recruited in 2012 by Arch Enemy, has become more than just a sidekick to Amott. He can trade sick solos and wicked riffs with utmost ease. The dudes super talented and is the perfect six-stringer to play off Amott. His technicality is at the forefront on tracks such as "Never Forgive, Never Forget" and "As The Pages Burn" and he shows his skill very well on his official full length debut with the group.
Not to be outdone, the best kept secret of 2014 and, in my opinion, the biggest story so far this year is Angela Gossow's departure from the lead vocals of Arch Enemy and into a management role. Gossow changed the metal world forever and her imprint will never be forgotten.
Alissa White-Gluz officially came into the fold after Gossow's decision to leave became evident. The former singer for The Agonist, the unrelenting Canadian White-Gluz will no doubt open a whole new chapter for Arch Enemy. Her devastating rasp and hardcore delivery will definitely make people feel that she's the ultimate predecessor to Gossow. Particularly on the title track, she seems more than ready to conquer the metal world. Her powerful and deadly voice set the tone for the entire album and really make it a standout in their discography.
Says White-Gluz, "My goal is to keep Arch Enemy alive and thriving! I want to open a whole new chapter for Arch Enemy, powerful and diverse, all the while respecting the legions of fans that love traditional Arch Enemy. Fans can expect loads of pure fucking metal."
This release will kick your ass so hard. All 13 tracks, even the clean instrumentals, contribute to quite possibly the quintessential Arch Enemy album. It's a nod to the nostalgia of the band and foreshadowing to what could behold them in the future.
The true essence of the band is brought out in the production, that was spearheaded by Amott and the band themselves. They didn't go overboard on cleaning it up to a fault and the beauty of the music still remains intact. Jens Bogren ended up mixing and mastering the album, who's worked with highly esteemed acts in the past like Opeth.
June 10 is the North American release date and you would be doing yourself a great service by buying this album. If you've enjoyed Arch Enemy at any point in your life, you'll be more than pleased with the effort.
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