JUNE 22nd 2014
ARCH ENEMY: WAR ETERNAL

Review by Metal Mom

Band Members:
Michael Amott – Guitar
Daniel Erlandsson – Drums
Sharlee D’Angelo – Bass
Nick Cordle – Guitar
Alissa White-Gluz – Vocals

Track-listing: (47+ minutes)
1. Tempore Nihil Sanat (Prelude in F minor)
2. Never Forgive, Never Forget
3. War Eternal
4. As The Pages Burn
5. No More Regrets
6. You Will Know My Name
7. Graveyard Of Dreams
8. Stolen Life
9. Time Is Black
10. On And On
11. Avalanche
12. Down To Nothing
13. Not Long For This World
Bonus track on special edition:
14. Shadow On The Wall (Mike Oldfield cover)

Artwork - Constin Chioreanu (twilight13media.com)
Produced by - Michael Amott and Arch Enemy
Mixed and mastered by - Jens Bogren at Fascination Street

This album just happens to be the 10th full length album to date from these pure freakin metal masterminds.  Arch Enemy has caught everyone’s attention with this album, especially with guitarist Nick Cordle replacing Amott’s younger brother, and Alissa White-Gluz replacing long time front woman Angela Gossow . We all know that it is a tough sell for any band to change the vocalist in the band, especially when they have been there for such a long time and are so well respected. Sometimes change is a good thing, and it’s possible it is what the band needed to do.

Nick for example is quick, has some wicked riffs and some amazing solos, and more important is the fact he brought to the band his musicality and his technicality, and is great support for Amott. Alissa, seems to be the latest weapon arsenal added to Arch Enemy, with a tenacious roar, and a unique look that states I am ready to take on the world. Daniel on drums always blasts away and creates that beat you drum yourself when listening. Sharlee on bass, is not overpowering, but seems to pull it all together musically on the album. And well we all know the talent Michael has on his guitar, I don’t need to tell you that.

Okay, I will tell you the truth here, I have been a huge fan of Arch Enemy for a very long time, and the news that Angela had left was devastating. Was this the end of AE, could they get her to return. I was so sceptical to see another woman step in and take over the helm of raspy roars. And of course the first song they released with Alissa, I didn’t like it. That’s just how it is with avid fans. But then I thought that’s not fair, I need to listen, put aside how I felt about the other Arch Enemy and give War Eternal my full attention without any prejudice.  

I did just that, and let me tell you, you have got to do the same, Alissa vocals are powerful, and diversified. A new weapon to take AE to a whole new chapter in their career. They are alive and even more powerful than ever. Don’t forget the other members are the same, so you still are going to get that full punch in the face sound. I had thought maybe these guys were done when I heard about the change in vocalist, I could not have been more wrong, they still have much more to give.

Back to memory lane with the bands past, “Never Forgive, Never Forget”, “No More Regrets”, and then pushing into the future “Down to Nothing”, “Time is Black”. Probably the song that stands out the most for me, “War Eternal”, yes the one they released first, and the one that I thought would put an end to AE. Like I said I was wrong, in fact it brought in 1.5 million views in the first 10 days.

I think the band has pushed so much harder, and have probably hit another milestone in their career as a band. You just have to listen to this astonishing album to see I am right. All around this album has been well thought out, put some great thought into what they wanted to put out, and executed it to perfection.

This album “War Eternal” has surpassed all previous albums.