War Eternal

June 10, 2014 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #867 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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I've been a fan of Arch Enemy since stigmata.
E. Santiago
This album will not disappoint and I hope they continue on in this direction in the future.
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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17 of 20 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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12 of 14 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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14 of 18 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert Berger on June 13, 2014
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Arch Enemy has been a little hit and miss for me in the past, and I have to say I like this record from start to finish more than possibly any of their other records. It's definitely more catchy, which I imagine is going to upset some of their fans, but hey, metal doesn't always have to be punching you in the face to be good. That being said, it is full of heavy riffs.

I've seen Alissa's previous band, The Agonist a couple of times, one of which was a tiny venue in LA. She always brings a lot of energy to her live shows and is a nice person to boot. I like this record so much I think I might actually go see them live now.
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1 of 1 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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I was pleasantly surprised. After hearing one of the more generic songs on the album, I was expecting a repeat of one of the past few albums, which were pretty generic and uncreative. I was wrong; there is actually a lot to love about this album and it is probably one of Arch Enemy's best. It will probably sit up along with my favorites along with Wages of Sin.

I love the album, but to be a critical snob, I'll tell you why it wasn't quite 5 stars to me. First off, it seems like Alyssa's amazing lyric-writing abilities got Arch Enemied. Her writing for The Agonist was some of the best in the industry, but most of the writing on this album is mediocre at best. It fits Arch Enemy well, previous albums considered, but if you have a lyrical genius among you, you should use that asset more heavily, instead of more generic rebellion anthems that Arch Enemy is known for. Also, as far as vocals goes, Angela was still a better fit for Arch Enemy because she has more powerful shrieks, and Alyssa's are good, but her strength was always her clean voice.

Most songs on this album have excellent structure, good enough lyrics, nice riffs and hooks, and the entire album overall is creative enough that it is one of the few albums I can listen to all the way through and not get bored or sick of the sound. Every song has a signature, even if some of them match previous albums.

Anyways. Well worth the money.
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