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Halmstad, Sweden (1996 – present)

Arch Enemy is a Swedish band from Halmstad, Sweden, formed in 1996. Founded 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 (Burning Japan Live 1999), two DVDs and three EPs. The band was originally fronted by Johan Liiva, who was replaced by Angela Gossow as lead vocalist in 2000, with Gossow stepping down in March 2014 and being replaced by Alissa White-Gluz, formerly lead singer for The Agonist.

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 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.”

The band’s debut, entitled Black Earth was recorded at Studio Fredman and 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.


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  • quicktohell

    the new album is incrible

    Yesterday 11:02pm Reply
  • ghost5fdp

    zajebisty koncert w Polsce!

    25 Jul 2:15pm Reply
  • yen4th

    war eternal is pretty solid

    23 Jul 3:07am Reply
  • Maquina_Muerte

    is it just me or are the better songs situated on the second part of the album ?

    19 Jul 5:00am Reply
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    17 Jul 7:32am Reply
  • barcisz

    Alissa is great in live shows!

    17 Jul 7:06am Reply
  • ImLooserman

    versionfiv, why?

    16 Jul 4:50pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    i didnt know people still listened to this band. surprised.

    14 Jul 10:00pm Reply
  • MetalRock1989

    Good new album 4/5.

    14 Jul 7:27am Reply
  • Lost_Souls_UK

    Judging from the horribly over-produced vocals by Angela and Alissa on the last few albums, the next album will be fronted by Siri (with Scarlett Johansson for the live shows of course).

    11 Jul 1:49pm Reply
  • flaviovigatto

    New album is good!

    11 Jul 3:56am Reply
  • FjordSweetFjord

    new album is superb, especially "Time is Black"

    9 Jul 8:27pm Reply
  • Youko_o

    I can't decide between Angela and Alissa. Both are great singers and each one's drive vocals have peculiarities making them unique.

    9 Jul 4:45pm Reply
  • Tomboi

    If you have to choose someone to replace Angela then Alissa absolutely. Im suprised in a good way of the new album! Avalance, On and On and War eternal my faves so far \\,,/

    8 Jul 7:16pm Reply
  • Kaiser_19

    Alissa vocals aren't that different from Angela's to be honest. Still: Johan > Angela and Alissa

    8 Jul 7:12pm Reply
  • matdecampos

    I really like when Alissa do something with her voice that make her sound like a big flying beast ahahahahaha, She is awesome. <3

    5 Jul 8:42pm Reply
  • Russian_Wolf

    сам ты РИП. хороший альбом

    4 Jul 9:26pm Reply
  • OrzeszekLaskowy

    War Eternal!

    3 Jul 9:48pm Reply
  • SkjoldStang

    Arch Enemy R.I.P

    2 Jul 7:17pm Reply
  • Judgement_364

    Alissa is not bad. Problem is Michael Amott imo. After Chris left the band, War Eternal is their worst album so far. I'm a big fan since Wages of Sin. This album reminds me 3th class Atari games soundtracks. Boring.

    2 Jul 6:44pm Reply
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