Arch Enemy

Powerful Female Vocals Are Hallmark of Arch Enemy
Powerful Female Vocals Are Hallmark of Arch Enemy

Arch Enemy is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Halmstad, founded in 1996 by guitarist Michael Amott after leaving his previous band Carcass. Arch Enemy made its big breakthrough when the band’s former German singer Angela Gossow took her place in the band in connection with the album Wages of Sin (2001).

Arch Enemy is one of Sweden’s biggest death metal bands and has since the start released eight studio albums, two live albums/videos and three EPs (but never any singles). The band plays classic melodic death metal, but also mixes in a lot of elements from the thrash metal scene, and also a bit of 80’s hard rock, which is heard by the band placing great emphasis on guitar solos. A relatively original feature of Arch Enemy is the fact that they have a female singer, who performs growls as loud and dull as a male voice.

After recording the band’s sixth album Doomsday Machine (2005), guitarist Christopher Amott dropped out of the band to concentrate on his studies. He was replaced by Fredrik Ã…kesson. In March 2007, Christopher Amott reunited with the band.

Angela Gossow left the band as a singer in March 2014 but continues to work as the band’s manager. She was replaced by Canadian singer Alissa White-Gluz, former singer in The Agonist.

Arch Enemy’s eleventh studio album, Will to Power, was released on September 8, 2017.

I took pictures of Arch Enemy on December 03, 2004 at Shaw Conference Center in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, where they opened after Himsa and Bleeding Through for Cradle of Filth:

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