War Eternal

June 10, 2014 | Format: MP3

$7.99
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  • Original Release Date: June 10, 2014
  • Label: Century Media
  • Copyright: (c) 2014 Savage Messiah Music. Licensed exclusively in the Territory to Century Media Records Ltd.
  • Total Length: 50:26
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  • ASIN: B00JV5IC78
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,756 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Arch Enemy it's back with a vengeance!
Christico1
She has a beautiful clean singing voice, but she has as much guttural range as almost any man across this wide genre of music.
Old School Gamer
If you are a longtime Arch Enemy fan like myself I am sure you will enjoy this album.
M. Gandol

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Midway 47 on June 10, 2014
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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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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By DD on June 10, 2014
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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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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Carl on June 10, 2014
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By the rickster on July 30, 2014
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I'm afraid I have to disagree with the overwhelming support of the fanboys. as an avid follower of AE since their transition with Angela on vox, I've purchased every CD fresh off the presses. this one is pedestrian. vox get old fast, no emotion or variety, just metal-bellowing. solos tend to veer to the tired 'wheedly-wheedly-whee' arpeggio clichés, very little original shredding. song-writing is mediocre, again a lot of clichés. drumming and bass are buried in the mix. rhythm guitar work is nothing that any cover band cannot do. did you notice that most of the songs are very 'anthem'-like, with simplistic choruses that a drunken crowd can fist-pump and yell along to? and the instrumentals -- back in the day, we called that a "waste of tape". I listened to the CD once, and was not impressed. I put it away for two weeks, thinking maybe I was in a bad mood / over-expectant with the new release. Listened to it again. still not impressed. the band is coming to AZ later this year, and I'm sad to say that I'm not moved to buy a ticket and see this version of the band. the passion of the earlier releases is not there, AE now sound like a corporate packaged version of what a 'melodic death metal band' should be on the label's roster. good luck to them, I hope they make a lot of money with this dumbed-down version of the band.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Stutheit on July 10, 2014
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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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