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Arch Enemy
War Eternal
June 2014
Released: 2014, Century Media
Rating: 2.0/5
Reviewer: Helias Papadopoulos

Arch Enemy will release their new album, the tenth one under a great name, WAR ETERNAL. The band lives for 18 years. Angela Gossow stepped out from the vocal spot and surely this was a big damage for the band, even Alissa White-Gluz is a very good successor. And after those many years there is an esoteric eternal war.

The songwriting block is what I am talking about. What distinguished them from the large pile of bands of the Swedish melodic death metal were the gifted and talented songwriting character of Amott brothers, but the surprise was realizing that there is a female, sweet blond beast behind the microphone (now it’s blue-hair).

Looking back the discography of the Swedish melodic beast, I tried to remember the last good-but-not-excellent album and I go back around seven years back in RISE OF THE TYRANT. Michael Amott may have considered that the recruitment of 28 year-old Canadian Alissa would be sufficient by itself to give Arch Enemy new and bigger impetus. However, the standardization featuring tracks from WAR ETERNAL from the songwriting point of view does not allow them to get out of the rut in which they have fallen the recent years.

To avoid any misunderstandings, I can see some new elements in WAR ETERNAL. I do like the djent-meets-Classic Arch Enemy style-through-classical orcherstration in “Time is Back”, I like the catchy title track, which was the first single that metal community has listened to. “As The Pages Burn” is the last track I really like here. I have listen to this record six times. There isn’t any track, lead or guitar solo that stuck in my head.

All in all, the songs are not bad, but they are flat in parts and it the band seems to copy itself. Michael Amott has a lot of to think over and over before he writes any new stuff. He must do something with the songwriting section before it’s too late.
Track Listing

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


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

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