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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.
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!
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.Read more ›
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I expected more from Arch Enemy's first album with new vocalist Alissa White-Gluz. Then again, I'm not sure why I did. Read morePublished 1 month ago by TQKimber
When Angela revealed she was stepping down as the vocalist of Arch Enemy, some of the fans went nuts - after all, there are not many that can deliver a performance like Angela can. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Shez Palmer
I have been an avid fan of Arch Enemy. First, Chris Ammott left, then did Angela. The losses of these members are quite noticeable in a sad way. Read morePublished 5 months ago by DocJp
I love this bad. The metal is heavy and the singer is wonderful. SO HEAVY, SO PERFECT. Listen to a few songs first to see if this album is right for you.Published 5 months ago by Michael
I've just got into Arch Enemy. I like this a lot and I'll buy the previous ones. I do know this is the first album with the new singer but I have heard other stuff and like it as... Read morePublished 7 months ago by JJonas