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“War Eternal” (Single) by Arch Enemy

Artist: Arch Enemy
Title: “War Eternal” (Single)
Label: Century Media Records
Release Date: 4/29/2014
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Rating: 4/5

Back when the news was announced on St. Patrick’s Day that longtime singer Angela Gossow had stepped down from Arch Enemy and named her successor as being Alissa White-Gluz of The Agonist a lot of the rumblings from the fans could be heard. Some were good and some not too much and now that the single “War Eternal” from the bands album of the same name is available for purchase I figured I would toss some thoughts together about track and give you a purchase link. Here we go.

The tune starts off with a strong melodic riffing that finds you getting charged up and even getting a little bit of the head banging started before Alissa comes in with the first verse. There is a superb pattern of double bass being delivered by Erlandsson and as a former skin basher I just like how this “felt” to my Metal ears. Now those who have seen The Agonist or ever heard their music before already know that Alissa is a growler, but one who has the luxury of a soaring clean register to her vocal skills as well. For this tune she sticks with the growling and quickly appears to be in command of the tune as she rallies the forces of the band with her. I liked it and wondered if there would be at least a few “clean notes” to be found here but we don’t get them. The chorus sounded powerful to me and after playing it back a couple of times I felt that it might be a great live song and envisioned the Metal masses raising their fists and singing along with her. The guitar solo from Michael Amott worked well but I expected as much since he is the guiding composing force in the group and I am sure those shredders out there will not be disappointed. For me this works overall and I am excited about the possibilities for the band going forward and to hear the full on release in a little over a month. I plan on a deeper examination when my media download link hits the mailbox so stay tuned.
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Watch Arch Enemy’s New Video “War Eternal” w/Alissa White-Gluz

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Just the other day the announcement came from the Arch Enemy camp that their long time singer Angela Gossow was leaving the lineup and joining the group in her stead would be Alissa White-Gluz from The Agonist. I blogged the official statements along with some photos that I took over the years right HERE for you to refresh your memory. Now that its public knowledge, we have our first look and listen to Arch Enemy with Alissa fronting them in the new video “War Eternal”. Take a look.

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As you can see the clip was done by Patric Ulleaues who is very well known for the form and adept at bringing a powerful Metal video to the masses. The setting of the clip finds the band on a sort of stage with lots of light flashing at you while their banners fly in the background. Alissa looks good as she commands the charge while they play and she is the most visible in the clip as well. In general the band is shadowy or faded with only brief clarity when the light hits them. This was likely done on purpose to lay heavy emphasis on Alissa in the role as new singer. The song is pretty straight forward recent sounding Arch Enemy in terms of its composition so if you have been enjoying what they have been doing in the recent past this track should appease you. I think Alissa does a fine job on this tune and am very interested in seeing how she delivers the classics like “We Will Rise” and “Dead Eyes See No Future”. What do you folks think? I have left the comments open for you to share about the video.

Alissa White-Gluz (w/The Agonist 2012)
Alissa White-Gluz (w/The Agonist 2012)

The shot above shows Alissa fronting The Agonist back in 2012 at one of the many shows of theirs that I photographed. As you can see she has an intensity about her on the stage and this reassures me about the adventure that she is preparing to undertake. I know a lot of the legions of Arch Enemy fans are up in arms about this news but let’s give Alissa a chance. Remember to keep up with the latest band developments via their Official Website which is linked below. “War Eternal” will be released in June 2014 via Century Media Records. Let the countdown to the next chapter in Arch Enemy history begin now…….

Official Website: http://www.archenemy.net