ARCH ENEMY RETURNS WITH DECEIVERS
Arch Enemy has been at the forefront of metal for some time now. They’re one of those bands that you’re used to seeing at festivals, with their logo being one of the biggest to appear in the line-up. If you’re a fan of the band or metal in general, you know how important and groundbreaking the switch from Johan Liiva to Angela Gossow was.
This was the first time that a female singer was predominantly showcased that was using guttural vocals. It helped spawn plenty of others such as the band’s current singer Alissa White-Gluz. The thing was Alissa was also known for her soaring clean vocals, as can be heard from her work with The Agonist and Kamelot among others. So all of these years we wondered, would Michael want to add her other talents to Arch Enemy’s music?
The other knock was you have Jeff Loomis in the band, and he isn’t writing a single note on an album? Here’s a guy that arguably has a bigger signature model than the band’s leader. He’s known for his work in Nevermore, regarded as one of the best metal guitarists of the last few decades, yet you have him in the corner like Vivian Campbell?
The single “Hand Shake With Hell” was released, and finally, Alissa was doing something different on the track. But what about the rest of the album?
This is album number eleven, their first since 2017’s Will To Power.
The album was produced by Jacob Hansen.
The band is currently on Century Media.
The band has been together since 1995.
That would be a resounding no. Aside from the next to last track on the album “One Last Time”, there is no clean singing on the rest of the album. Something that several long-time fans of the band that I know were hoping the band would do. I would go so far as to mention that a well-known guitarist has told me that he wished that they had done more to break their formula. His quote was “we’ve heard it all before angry verse, happy chorus.”
To play devil’s advocate, this is still Michael Amott’s band. That formula has been working for quite some time now and has helped propel the band to where they are in the grand scheme of things. It’s helped pay for many a meal, among other things. So why change that now? Plus if you want clean singing, he could easily say, check out Spiritual Beggers!
As alluded to above, the band really hasn’t strayed from what’s made them popular. If you’re a die-hard you’ll enjoy the album. If you’re a casual fan, then you may feel like you’ve heard all of this before. Either way, check the album out and make up your own mind if any of these tracks slots into your Arch Enemy playlist.
Here is Arch Enemy with the track "Hand Shake With Hell" off of their latest album Deceivers.
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