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Arch Enemy has put together a killer of a release with The Root of all Evil. I don't believe any of the songs on this were re-recorded for the love of money, if you'll forgive the biblical expression. This album is a compilation of songs from early AE albums Black Earth, Stigmata, and Burning Bridges, but to call this album a compilation is doing it a great injustice.
No one blends thrash and death metal musical styles as well as Arch Enemy. Simply put, I have not been able to find a flaw in this album, and believe me, I have tried. The production is impeccable. Angela Gossow's vocals are even more venomous, and noticeably so. The Amott brothers shred the backing with a full-on assault of musical power. Daniel Erlandsson's drumming is of fine quality, and Sharlee's bass bellows beneath the surface.
I think I have a new favorite AE album, if only my CD player can recover.
Buy this. You'll love it. Classic AE! The Root of all Evil gets 4.75/5 stars.
Anyway, don't pass judgment on this so soon. If you're too close-minded to bother with this, then don't.Read more ›
I've been a fan of Arch Enemy since the Burning Bridges days. I caught their very first U.S. performance, which was in Waunakee, Wisconsin of all places (I figured they would start on the east coast and work their way west), opening for Nevermore on their Dreaming Neon Black tour. I think my girlfriend at the time and I were the only ones standing at the gate screaming with horns up . . . many of those present were locals who didn't understand the greatness they were witnessing. Followed the tour to Milwaukee for seconds the next night. I was on the email list and received word of Angela Gossow's induction into the band. I remember that Mike & Company teased us with sound samples and commented: "soon we'll reveal the one behind the vocals." Along with the rest of the world, my jaw dropped as I learned that it was noneother than . . . the very beautiful Angela Gossow! What a treat! And I remember sending Angela an email to express my congratulations to her and my anticipation of hearing everything to come with her in the band. The down to earth and friendly person she is, she sent me a very nice reply. AE are not only incredibly musicians, they're a great bunch.
There, those are my AE credentials. LOL.
Let's not forget that all the material on this album is over 10 years old, and my experience is that it has been a rarity to hear this material played live anymore. I very much missed stomping along to such favorites as Dead Inside or Pilgrim. While I would have loved to see a re-make of my personal favorites: Eureka and Idolatress, I suppose the band had to draw a line at some point - they can't remake everything, LOL.Read more ›
I'm sure this will seem like sacrilege to the old school Arch Enemy fans that can't get into the band's second incarnation, but I think the band struck the right tone with The Root of All Evil (though Anthrax beat them to the punch with their similarly titled and identically themed The Greater of Two Evils). They're not trying to airbrush history. If that were the case I doubt they would have agreed to such elaborate reissues of Stigmata and Burning Bridges earlier this year. They're simply giving fans a chance to hear studio versions of some of the old songs with the current lineup - not to mention more modern technology and production values.Read more ›
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My boyfriend loves arch enemy music n he payed it all the time.Arch Enemy is his favorite music group. Please inform me of any concerts of arch enemy coming to vegas. TyPublished on March 9, 2014 by LINDA COLON
I'm new to Arch Enemy so I'm getting caught up on their material. I didn't realize that this was a re-recording of early material when I bought it. Read morePublished on January 2, 2012 by N. Perz
One of the greatest slabs of metal ever produced. I have all of their previous releses, and was floored when I heard they were re-recording an amazing list of older material. Read morePublished on January 5, 2010 by Michael R. Perner
This album is really a fantasitc listening experience, sonically brutal- and the excellent production is only equaled by the players performances. Read morePublished on January 4, 2010 by Bidjje
I was at Hot Topic the other day checking out the latest Jonas Brothers t-shirts and came across a couple CD's... Read morePublished on December 8, 2009 by Jonas Brothers #1 Fan
Arch Enemy need to hire some 90s grunge band to swipe the stage after they are done-they give it all live and someone needs to clean up all the sweat! Read morePublished on October 18, 2009 by LBL
With "The Root Of All Evil", it's out - I'm not the world's greatest Arch Enemy fan. Nor am I the most casual one either, I'm somewhere in between. Read morePublished on October 12, 2009 by Robin Solsjö Höglund