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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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  • turnupthenight

    jeff loomis isn't on any arch enemy album

    13 Apr 7:01pm Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    And yet people aren't annoyed about how Jeff Loomis's talents are wasted here. Was exactly as I feared, hopefully there'll be a new COnquering Dystopia album....the parts I heard sampling the album were intensely underwhelming given his skills.

    12 Apr 4:03am Reply
  • Ryncol

    War Eternal is like the catchiest metal song ever.

    11 Apr 12:42pm Reply
  • Goregious

    lol still arguing over which vocalist is better. [2] Amott should kick that blue head's ass and start a instrumental shred melodjent band named Inferior Ally.

    6 Apr 10:10pm Reply
  • LetseemyFuneral

    it's better now

    4 Apr 10:14pm Reply
  • Sergio934

    норм группа, а геи это ваши убогие блекари

    4 Apr 7:25pm Reply
  • dani666v

    johan liva was their best singer [1]

    4 Apr 5:56am Reply
  • Mainstream001

    gay band

    4 Apr 2:02am Reply
  • DeathQueen

    They turned into complete shit after they replaced Johan Liiva [2]

    2 Apr 10:27pm Reply
  • spineshank155

    lol still arguing over which vocalist is better.

    31 Mar 4:44pm Reply
  • vargviagranes

    I think Alissa White-Gluz Voice is so much better than Angela Gossow. [3]

    29 Mar 1:38pm Reply
  • HaohmaruRocks

    Angela is like an Angel.

    26 Mar 12:34pm Reply
  • CriticalSwitch

    They turned into complete shit after they replaced Johan Liiva with that ugly whore Gossow. I don't like Alissa's vocals as well, but at least she is good-looking.

    20 Mar 8:26am Reply
  • RealThoughtt

    I tag this "gay mdm" .

    19 Mar 1:13pm Reply
  • sizoxxx

    my gruop

    10 Mar 3:38pm Reply
  • KickAssMetalGuy

    Angela Gossow is so much better than this awful new singer. I wish she was back on the band :'( This version of Arch Enemy sounds like Flyleaf LOL

    9 Mar 6:49am Reply
  • iSui

    I think Alissa White-Gluz Voice is so much better than Angela Gossow. [2]

    7 Mar 7:37pm Reply
  • waarsnico

    R.I.P Arch Enemy

    7 Mar 6:40pm Reply
  • MrDissection

    I think Alissa White-Gluz Voice is so much better than Angela Gossow.

    6 Mar 8:09pm Reply
  • Murpurfur

    pussy metal for subhumans and hipsters.

    6 Mar 3:47pm Reply
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