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Arch Enemy

Many bands see lead singers come and go but Arch Enemy utilized vocalists from three different countries: Swede Johan Liiva ('96-'00), German Angela Gossow ('00-'14) and Canadian Alissa White-Gluz ('14 - present).

Liiva and guitarist Michael Amott founded Carnage in '88. Eight years later, Amott launched Arch Enemy as a Death Metal solo effort but he added Liiva on vocals and bass. According to Amott, he wanted to "merge melody with aggression and technicality."

The band's debut, "Black Earth," arrived in '96. After its release, the band signed with Century Media where they unfurled '98's "Stigmata." The album, Arch Enemy's first worldwide release, included bassist Martin Bengtsson and drummer Peter Wildoer.

In '99, Sharlee D'Angelo took over on bass while Daniel Erlandsson handled drums. "Burning Bridges" dropped that year and because Arch Enemy was popular in Japan, their next effort, "Burning Japan Live 1999," had its initial release limited to Japan before getting worldwide distribution.

Liiva soon parted ways with the group and was replaced by female vocalist Angela Gossow. Her first effort with Arch Enemy was '01's "Wages Of Sin."

"Anthems Of Rebellion" ('03) and the EP "Dead Eyes See No Future," a collection of live recordings along with covers, followed.

"Doomsday Machine" gave Arch Enemy its highest chart entry but that was eclipsed by their next effort, "Rise Of The Tyrant" which debuted at #84 on the Billboard 200.

Arch Enemy's eighth album "The Root Of All Evil" landed the group opening slots for Megadeth, Judas Priest, Slayer, Anthrax, Rob Zombie and Children Of Bodom.

With "Khaos Legions" out, guitarist Christopher Amott, who had previously been in and out of the group (to deal with personal matters) left again in '12. He was replaced by Nick Cordle.

The personnel changes continued. Just two weeks after the release of Arch Enemy's tenth album, "War Eternal," Gossow announced her departure stating she was "passing the torch to the super talented Alissa White-Gluz (formerly of The Agonist), whom I've known as a dear friend and a superb vocalist for many years. I always thought she deserved a chance to shine." Gossow also revealed that she would remain the group's business manager.

"I love the energy of working with new people and Alissa and Nick have certainly brought a lot of talent and enthusiasm to the band," enthused Amott.

But Cordle was not long for Arch Enemy. He announced his departure (11/10/14) mid-way through the North American tour in support of "War Eternal." Christopher Amott stepped in to complete the trek before guitarist Jeff Loomis (formerly of Nevermore) became the official replacement. Loomis made his debut as Arch Enemy's guitarist on the band's '14 European Tour.

Black Earth, taking their name from Arch Enemy's debut album, was essentially a return of the '90's-era line-up (current members Erlandsson, Michael Amott, and D'Angelo - plus of former members Liiva and Christopher Amott). The group toured prior to Arch Enemy's return to the studio for "Will To Power."

The band's 10th album but only the second with White-Gluz was a '17 release. The set was promoted by the music video for "The World Is Yours," which gained more than 1.1 million views on YouTube in its first two days.

Arch Enemy Discography


1996 Black Earth
1998 Stigmata
1999 Burning Bridges
2001 Wages Of Sin
2003 Anthems Of Rebellion
2005 Doomsday Machine
2007 Rise Of The Tyrant
2009 The Root Of All Evil
2011 Khaos Legions
2014 War Eternal
2017 Will To Power

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