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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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  • MegaDave89

    Imo going to listen to all they're albums this night,

    27 Aug 7:20pm Reply
  • Andrey_Potokin +++++

    26 Aug 5:03pm Reply
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    25 Aug 10:41pm Reply
  • VoodooMadMike

    @RealThoughtt Tell me more... Female vocals so what? Are you sexist? Alissa sounds awesome and so did Angela and there's nothing gay about it. Don't have the balls to listen to a female singer? Right

    24 Aug 10:11am Reply
  • RealThoughtt

    really female vocal in metal, gayest think ever. U reached Ultrafuckinggayestlevel, AE. Cong.

    23 Aug 7:33pm Reply
  • SowahWoo

    WHAT_THA_HELL_IS_THIS? Wheres Angela? Who took Daria Stavrovich from SLOT as vocalist of this legendary band????

    22 Aug 7:53pm Reply
  • Kingsforlife

    I want Angela back GOAT vocalist

    22 Aug 6:06am Reply
  • fffading_

    I've been noticing that old school fans are desperately trying to blame Alissa for the way that Arch Enemy changed on their last album, just like The Agonist fans are blaming Vicky for their new "soft edges". But the thing is that if Michael and the rest of the band would not agree with it, they just wouldn't do it! Personally, I think that AE made a very wise choice on War Eternal, exploring paths they never did before. It's refreshing for the band, for the fans and for the music itself. I'm a great Alissa fan since her days on The Agonist and I think she did fit Arch Enemy as well as Angela did. And... The fact that Angela herself chose Alissa and told Michael that she was the best choice to do it should be considered.

    22 Aug 1:36am Reply
  • nicolasbj

    @Huevas, At first I thought it was a marketing move or somethng like that (just a prejudice), but when I started listen her carefully I realized she sounds even better and more versatile than Angela (IMO).

    18 Aug 5:21am Reply
  • ElHuevas1428574

    @nicolasbj Why?. / Doomsday Machine and Anthems Of Rebellion released in 1900... can anyone explain why that appears???.

    17 Aug 11:55pm Reply
  • Juninho951

    As The Pages Burn <3

    14 Aug 8:46pm Reply
  • nicolasbj

    I had a prejudice but the new singer is really good

    12 Aug 6:04am Reply
  • mattimek

    + Not Long for This World +

    11 Aug 2:46pm Reply
  • salvadorsas


    10 Aug 10:25am Reply
  • ImpotentGod

    Judging from the horribly over-produced vocals by Angela and Alissa on the last few albums, the next album will be fronted by Siri (2)

    4 Aug 1:25pm Reply
  • Andros777

    Was a great show at wacken, thank you!!! [2]

    4 Aug 11:28am Reply
  • NoMoreHero7

    Was a great show at wacken, thank you!!!

    3 Aug 11:36pm Reply
  • xxvendettaxx

    Alissa is great in live shows! [2]

    2 Aug 4:07pm Reply
  • A7X2233

    Best band ever but i'm not sure about the new album?

    31 Jul 7:35pm Reply
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