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War Eternal

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WAR ETERNAL

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  • Audio CD (June 10, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Century Media
  • ASIN: B00JZ4X9V4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,070 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I'm sure that most of the focus on a lot of reviews of this album are going to be on the whole vocalists situation so I'm going to just slightly touch on the subject. Angela was great, she left the vocal position by choice and on good terms and is still involved with the band, and no matter what happens from here she helped shape Arch Enemy into the well-known band that it is. Alissa is probably the best replacement they could of found for her and instead of trying to change things up and reinvent the band, she helps continue the Arch Enemy legacy with respect for the music in a way that is a major compliment to Angela.

Now onto the music. I think War Eternal is the most focused and creative that Arch Enemy has been since Doomsday Machine. Doomsday Machine had a magic to it that I thought each following album lacked, until now. Not that those other albums were bad, they just weren't as good, in my opinion. It's obvious that every song on this album was carefully crafted and they all stand out. Some past AE albums had some similar-sounding songs. Each member has stepped up and really put their 'all' in this album.

Overall, if you like Arch Enemy, you will probably love this album. I'm sure the fact that Angela and the band have done a great job of getting the word out about why she left the position will greatly reduce the amount of Alissa-haters. Anyone who doesn't want to give this album a chance just because it doesn't have Angela is really going to miss out on something great and the beginning of a new era for Arch Enemy.
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The writing on this album is phenomenal. It's catchy, heavy, melodic and the strings are a very welcome addition to the Arch Enemy sound. Angela will be missed, but Alissa is rockin' it as well.
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I just got my copy today....on the release date!
Angela Gossow will always be the true voice of Arch Enemy but Alissa White-Gluz is very much like her in singing style and since they needed a vocalist, they certainly chose the ideal replacement with Alissa. The band has indeed stayed true to their roots and this album is far superior to all the mainstream garbage that people these days call "metal." It's loud, heavy, fast, angry and rebellious....the way pure f***ing metal was meant to be! This Arch Enemy can never be defeated!
*I bought a CD copy. I prefer having the real thing, not a download. I got the deluxe edition that came with a sticker and patch!
Hurry up and get this, people!
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The ninth long-player from Swedish melodic death metal titans Arch Enemy is their first release with a new vocalist (Alissa White-Gluz replaced Angela Gossow earlier this year) in thirteen years. Even so, 2014's "War Eternal" is the sound of a band doing what they do best: Producing a highly infectious and groove-oriented brand of European death metal that is influenced equally by Iron Maiden and Iced Earth as by Slayer and Metallica, and latter-day Carcass and Soilwork as by Death and Morbid Angel.

Gluz is certainly a very competent vocalist, as her growls and bellows are both visceral and simultaneously intelligible and believable. But it is, once again, Arch Enemy's instrumental prowess that takes over most of the spotlight over the course of this thirteen track, fifty-minute long playing time. As a result of both of these factors, "War Eternal" is not only a definite standout in A.E.'s discography, it is arguably their best album since 2001's "Wages Of Sin." Drummer Daniel Erlandsson lays the foundation for the songs with tight and precise double-time pummel, and Sharlee D'Angelo completes the rock-solid rhythm section with solid, grooving bass lines. But it is the axemen (Michael Arnott and Nick Cordie) that really light up the sky, doing so by uncorking one catchy guitar lick and unforgettably pyrotechnic lead/solo after another.

The record's curveballs usually come from the band adopting an increased sense of melody, as evidenced by the symphonic opener ("Tempore Nihil Sanat"), and the closing "Not Long For This World," which is a completely instrumental piece that possesses a very dramatic, drawn-out, and epic feeling where a plodding tempo gives way to nicely harmonic leads and a cool, classical music-derived piano solo.
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Arch Enemy is changing, and because of the new singer? Heck! When they announced that Angela would be stepping down, all I could think, well if they manage to steal Alissa White-Gluz that would be perfect... Oh! Wait they did manage to get her (Angela suggested that Alissa was the perfect fit). My trouble with the album is that Chris Amott is no longer playing on it. He moved on and this is basically the big difference that shows in the album. New guitar player Nick Cordle is awesome, but Chris did all the parts that I loved from the band and it shows, albeit it still has the Arch Enemy elements, Nick is not Chris. "But hey! Angela is not here!" Yes, true, but Alissa does a great job, she lives up to the standard that Angela left and does her own thing! Musically it does start to veer into a different direction that sounds good, it just needs to sink in and enjoy the ride. If you started with the band since Black Earth, then you might be accustomed to the changes and welcome this one, if you started from the Wages of Sin, then it will take a listen or two and you'll be a happy camper. New fans will like it very much. So why 3 stars and not higher? I'm still getting over the fact that Chris is missing as some will also be missing Angela. Time will tell how well this album ages and the future looks bright with the new band members. Songs to listen the title track, You Will Know My Name and As The Pages Burn, the others tracks get settled in after a few playbacks.
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