Posts Tagged ‘Michael Amott’

archenemy_willtopower_2017For a couple of weeks, I have been trying to figure out what bands do I love that I have yet to cover for Album Of The Week? Then it dawned on me when I was looking back at some of my favorite albums of 2017 that I have yet to cover Arch Enemy. Arch Enemy was a band at one point that was considered a supergroup, but they’ve earned enough respect over the years to be known as a Swedish Melodic Death Metal band. The album that I chose for all of you today is the band’s tenth studio Will To Power which once again features Alissa White-Gluz (Lead Vocals) for her second album with the band, Daniel Erlandsson (Drums, Co-Producer), Sharlee D’Angelo (Bass), Jeff Loomis  (Guitars) in his first official full length album with the band, and Michael Amott (Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Co-Producer). The album becomes just the fifth album to ever hit the Billboard Top 200 charts as it peaked at 90 (Doomsday Machine #87, Rise Of The Tyrant #84, Khaos Legions #78, and War Eternal #44). The album also peaked at #3 on the Billboard US Top Hard Rock Albums and #15 on the Billboard US Top Rock Albums charts as well.

archenemy2017promonew2_6381. Set Flame to the Night– An instrumental that showcases the guitar work complete with sirens and police chatter that help set up the next track. 4/5

2. The Race– An all out blitzkrieg of metal fury launches into overdrive when Alissa takes control vocally. The track contains elements of thrash with just pure heavy metal and the lyrics are deep as Alissa talks about Race and how it has affected mankind. 5/5

3. Blood In The Water– Another track that is just pure heavy metal from start to finish and Alissa does a good job balancing semi-clean vocals with her distinct death metal growl. The track features an insane guitar solo that is a true highlight of the track. Alissa is singing about the current climate of the world that is just engulfed in hate and war. 5/5

4. The World Is Yours– a sonic face melter right riff starts off the track in a track that is all about seizing the day because no one else is going to do it for you. 4.5/5

5. The Eagle Flies Alone– The track starts off with a cool melodic riff before it turns into a straight up metal track reminding me a little of 90’s Megadeth in a track that is all about someone who is just an outsider and lives by their own rules. 5/5

6. Reason To Believe– This is one of my favorite tracks on the record and I love if because it feels like it has a very Scorpion-esque sound to it. It’s very melodic and melancholic with a cool guitar riff from Amott and Loomis. I also love the fact that we get some clean vocals from Alissa to go with the screams. This is also the only track to have been written and featuring Michael’s brother Christopher. 5/5

arch enemy7. Murder Scene- A bass driven track to start before the all out double bass peddle madness begins complete with some amazing guitar solos. The track’s lyrics are very interesting because it could be about someone who faced trauma or the fact that a relationship is over makes it hard for a person to deal with. 4/5

8. First Day In Hell– A very dark track that chronicles the horrors of going to a concentration camp back in the late 1930’s/early 40’s. 4.5/5

9. Saturnine– An instrumental track featuring a keyboard or piano before the guiatrists come in as it leads to the next track. 4/5

10. Dreams Of Retribution– With the power and fierceness of Judas Priest, the band blazes through your speakers in a track that is about someone that is locked away in an asylum because of someone and they are plotting their revenge for the day they leave. 4.5/5

11. My Shadow And I– The all out assault on your ear drums continues in this one that seems to be about your conscious tormenting you for ever decision you make, but I could be wrong. 4/5

12. A Fight I Must Win– The last track on the album that talks about no matter what you face in life, you have to overcome it or you’ll be sucked into the agony of whatever it is. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– I think Alissa has done an amazing job with the band as she fits in perfectly with the bunch. I know the band is listed as Melodic Death Metal band, but let’s be honest their only link is the vocal style. This is a metal band right here that deserves to be in convos with other greats. My favorite tracks on the album are Reason To Believe, Blood In The Water, and The Race. My least favorite track(s) are My Shadow And I and Murder Scene.I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade. Be sure to check them on tour right now and in the fall.

Sometimes one of the greatest ways to show your respect for someone or a band is to cover their song and do it justice. When I found out earlier today that Nick Menza had passed away, I was saddened as he was apart of my favorite lineup of Megadeth dubbed the classic lineup (Menza, Friedman, Ellefson, and Mustaine). So after hearing that I decided that I was going to dedicate the Cover Of The Week to Nick Menza and I chose the perfect Megadeth cover. In 2004, melodic Death Metal act Arch Enemy released an EP titled Dead Eyes See No Future and on that EP was a cover of the Megadeth classic Symphony Of Destruction. The twin guitar attack of Chris and Michael Amott do the song justice while Angela Gossow takes the vocals and makes them heavier with her incredible vocal abilities. It almost sounds to me  like the band had to slow it down a bit to match with her vocal flow which is OK with me because it’s a balls to the wall amazing cover all around. Check it out below and don’t forget to check out the album itself. R.I.P. Nick Menza