Arch Enemy Premiere “Sunset Over The Empire” Music Video

Arch Enemy have premiered a new video for their new song “Sunset Over The Empire.“ This track is from the band’s new album “Deceivers,” which will be released on July 29. Guitarist Michael Amott commented:

“Behold the ‘Sunset Over The Empire‘, the 4th single from our upcoming ‘Deceivers‘ album! This is a faster song with some manic riffs and a relentless beat that I can envision becoming a ‘hit in the pit’! Lyrically, it’s sadly one of those that seems to ring more true with each and every passing day nowadays…’Words turned to war, brother fighting brother, another false truce, as the people die…’. The accompanying video was shot in Poland with the Grupa13 team and doesn’t follow the lyrics slavishly but has a great message and vibe in its own right. Oh, and I’m stoked that we’re releasing ‘Sunset Over The Empire‘ as a limited edition physical single on 7″ vinyl!”

Iron Maiden Announce “Legacy Of The Beast” In-Game Collaboration With Arch Enemy

Iron Maiden have teamed up with Arch Enemy for a new collaboration inside their “Legacy Of The Beast” mobile game. The band’s frontwoman Alissa White-Gluz will appear as “Queen Beast” in the game during an “Atomic Sunset” event, which will run for a week starting today (May 12).

A press release offered more details:

“The week-long event will take fans and players on a journey with Eddie and Queen Beast, a regal warrior harnessing the fierce powers of wild animals, striking fear in the hearts of all who oppose her!

As they walk through a post-war dystopian wasteland, society at large is witnessing the rise of a mutant species, a creature that is the product of the nuclear war. They are driven to destroy all of what is left of the natural world; human and animal kind.

Queen Beast and her companion GreyClaw must work together with Doomsday Eddie to gather survivors and rebuild the community while fighting mutant henchmen. Future generations’ survival lies in their hands.”

White-Gluz commented:

“We made sure to include elements of the entire band. We worked directly with the developers to make this character really special and unique that really symbolizes Arch Enemy.

I think fans playing this game will have a fun time, also seeing AE lyrics in the script, in the storyline of the game and I’m curious to see who picks up on the little easter eggs we left in there. It’s really exciting to see that AE will be fighting alongside Eddie and our character that we’ve developed Queen Beast along with her companion Greyclaw.”

She also added the following about the “Queen Beast” character:

“Strength, femininity, power and compassion! We really put a lot of detail into developing her attacks, the way she looks, the way she moves, and I think its gonna be a really fun element for people playing the game.”

Tool’s Adam Jones Says He Would Like To Tour With Arch Enemy

During a recent interview with Metal Hammer, Tool’s Adam Jones opened up about choosing opening acts for the band’s headlining tours. Notably, he also mentioned that he would like to tour with Arch Enemy someday.

Jones said the following about choosing openers:

“I mean, a lot of bands that are our level do the industry giveaway, take out a band that will actually pay them for the exposure. We’ve never done that. Never done pay-to-play back in the old Sunset Strip days, and never charged bands that we take out with us. We always pay the bands and ask them ourselves, and we always take out bands that we like.

We don’t have to look for a band to draw tickets, because we don’t really have a problem doing that, so what we do is we take turns. It’s Dan‘s turn so he picks this band, then it’s Justin’s turn and he picks that band, Maynard‘s turn and he picks a band. This time it was my turn and I picked Brass Against. I have always really liked them: their energy, their cover songs, their wind section…you don’t really see that anymore.”

He also added the following when asked which band he would like tour with someday:

“That’s a loaded question! There are so many! I really like Arch Enemy. That was one that I was really thinking about asking.”

Arch Enemy To Release “Sunset Over The Empire” 7″ In May

Arch Enemy will be releasing a new 7″ single titled “Sunset Over The Empire” on May 20. The effort will come with two songs including the title track and “The Judging Eyes.” This news comes as the band are preparing to release their new album “Deceivers“ on July 29. Michael Amott commented:

“I am thrilled that we are releasing our next single ‘Sunset Over The Empire‘ not only digitally everywhere as usual, but also as a physical 7″ vinyl record. I’m a big fan of the vinyl format myself and I think this killer looking 7″ will be a nice collector’s item as it’s a limited run. The B-side is an instrumental we’ve never released before on a record, and the A-side is one of my fave tracks off our new upcoming album ‘Deceivers‘!”

Lamb Of God, Cradle Of Filth, Etc. Added To Knotfest Finland

More bands have been added to this year’s Knotfest Finland. The event will take place in Turku, Finland on August 12-13 and it will now feature the following:

August 12: Nightwish, Lamb Of God, Arch Enemy, Stam1na, Lähiöbotox, and Huora.

August 13: Slipknot, Bring Me The Horizon, Cradle Of Filth, TesseracT, Blind Channel, Moon Shot, and Stoned Statues.

Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy) Says Her New Solo Album Is “Done”

Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy) has confirmed that her new solo album is officially finished. However, release details for the effort are still pending.

White-Gluz said the following about the record during an appearance on the “Vox&Hops” podcast:

“What happened was it was announced [in September 2016] that I signed [with Napalm Records] for a solo album. All I did was sign to do one, but I think a lot of people interpreted that I had an album that I was ready to put out. So, basically, when the news came out about this solo album, the only thing that happened at that point was that I just agreed to do one. And then I was on tour for, like, three hundred days of the year up until 2020. And so now it’s done, because now I’ve actually been home long enough to write the songs and get them done. And it’s awesome and I love it.”

She continued when asked about release plans:

“There’s nothing holding it back — it’s done — but I need to be careful with how I release it, because now there’s so many releases happening that I wanna make sure that the music gets the attention it deserves. So it’s not gonna come out at the same time as an ARCH ENEMY album, for sure, because that’s just not a good idea, but I will find a time to release it in a way that makes sense.”

She also added the following about the musical direction:

“It doesn’t really sound like ARCH ENEMY, actually. It’s still me, so it’s gonna sound a little bit like ARCH ENEMY, but it’s kind of different. I feel like it’s kind of an amalgam of that really interesting place that you’re at when you’re a beginner musician, because although I’m not a beginner vocalist or songwriter, I am a beginner guitarist — I’m very bad at guitar. So when I’m writing songs on guitar, I have an approach that is probably totally wrong, and that’s what, I think, makes it cool. It’s different — it’s an unorthodox approach. I mean, I can still play it, but it’s not my main instrument, so when I’m writing riffs on a guitar, I’m writing like a vocalist writing riffs on a guitar. Some could argue that that’s kind of how Michael [Amott, ARCH ENEMY] writes too, actually, because his riffs are so ‘sing-songy.’ But, yeah, so I wrote a bunch with Jeff [Loomis, ARCH ENEMY guitarist] and I wrote a bunch with a lot of other people, actually, which I don’t wanna spoil and announce them all now. But there’s clean singing, there’s growling, of course, and other interesting vocal techniques with the note screaming and some operatic stuff. It’s a heavy album. I don’t know what genre to call it. It’s totally self-produced in that sense. It’s honest. It’s exactly what I just felt like writing for this. So there’s some prog elements, there’s some rock and roll elements, there’s a lot of metal in it, obviously. But, yeah, I’m really happy with it. So I hope that other people like it too, basically.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Annihilator Share Lyric Video For “Couple Suicide” Featuring Angela Gossow And Danko Jones

Annihilator have shared a lyric video for a new version of their song “Couple Suicide.” The updated take on the track features new contributions from Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer) and Stu Block (ex-Iced Earth), as well as its original guests Angela Gossow (ex-Arch Enemy) and Danko Jones. The new version of “Couple Suicide” will appear on the band’s reworked version of “Metal.” As previously reported, that effort is called “Metal II” and it will be available tomorrow (February 18). Jeff Waters commented:

“I’m a big fan of Danko and Angela. Danko and I have written songs over the years. He is a badass rocker meets punk rocker with a bit of pop and metal in there, plus he’s a nice guy. He and I discussed doing a project/record together someday. Angela was the vocal queen of her genre and I loved her in Arch Enemy. It’s such a conflicting, ‘opposite end of the spectrum’ vocal pairing, that it has to be cool! And it is!”

Arch Enemy Premiere “Handshake With Hell” Music Video

Arch Enemy have premiered a new video for their new song “Handshake With Hell.“ This track is from the band’s new album “Deceivers,” which will be released on July 29.

Guitarist Michael Amott commented:

“Our new single/video ‘Handshake With Hell‘ started off with some riffs and melodies that I thought might be suitable for each other, and when I showed the parts I had to Daniel [Erlandsson], he also felt it had potential. We worked on a demo of it, developing it much further together, and once we had reached a point where we felt it was ready, we sent the instrumental version to Alissa [White-Gluz] over in Canada.

She came back with this really cool approach to the vocals and lyrics that elevated the song even further. To me, it’s a stand-out track on the new ‘Deceivers‘ album, really showcasing what we are capable of as songwriters and performers in 2022 – it’s definitely one of the new songs I’m dying to play live on tour!”

Vocalist Alissa White-Gluz added:

“When Michael and Daniel showed me the instrumental they had cooked up, I got a ton of vocal ideas to complete the song. ‘Handshake With Hell‘ has a classic heavy metal feel, and it felt like the right time to unleash some classic heavy metal vocals to match. I think the result is really interesting and catchy!”

Arch Enemy, Lamb Of God, Butcher Babies, Etc. Members To Appear In New Horror Movie “The Virginia Bitches”

“Bad Candy” directors Scott and Desiree Hansen have announced a new vampire and metal-themed horror movie called “The Virginia Bitches.” The film, which is being produced by Dallas Taylor (Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster) and Chris Dudley (Underoath), will feature a number of metal artists.

Here’s a description of the movie:

“A female death metal band who are vampires break down in a town full of cannibals led by a Warlock..”

The cast includes the following:

  • Bill Mosely (“House Of 1000 Corpses”, etc.)
  • Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy)
  • Dallas Taylor (Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster)
  • Heidi Shepherd (Butcher Babies)
  • Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein (Misfits)
  • Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God)
  • Scott Ian Lewis (Carnifex)
  • Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust)
  • Lucas Mann (Rings Of Saturn)
  • Cristian Machado (ex-Ill Niño)
  • Michael Vampire (Vampires Everywhere!)
  • Efro Kinyonez (Saint Diablo)

Fans can donate to the film and get some cool perks at Indiegogo.com.

Arch Enemy To Release New Album “Deceivers” In July

Arch Enemy have announced that their new album “Deceivers” will be released on July 29. Pre-orders will launch on February 4 alongside the premiere of a new single titled “Handshake With Hell.”

“Deceivers” Track Listing:

01. “Handshake With Hell”
02. “Deceiver, Deceiver”
03. “In The Eye Of The Storm”
04. “The Watcher”
05. “Poisoned Arrow”
06. “Sunset Over The Empire”
07. “House Of Mirrors”
08. “Spreading Black Wings”
09. “Mourning Star”
10. “One Last Time”
11. “Exiled From Earth”

Guitarist Michael Amott commented:

“Having just celebrated our 25th anniversary as a group and now releasing our 11th studio album, one could easily assume that we would be cruising along and going through the motions at this point. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to Arch Enemy and our new album, ‘Deceivers‘.

It is without a doubt always a challenge to raise the bar each time in both the songwriting and production side of things, and it can feel a bit daunting before we get into it. But once we do get started and fully immerse ourselves in the creative process, it’s really like there is nothing else in the world and we are very focused. And believe it or not, for the most part, we have a ton of fun making this music!

Creating ‘Deceivers‘ was no different, once again we shut out the outside world and went deep into the artistic zone. I believe we pulled out some really interesting musical and lyrical themes this time, a few things might even raise an eyebrow or two – while retaining all the signature elements of the band. In the end, it’s Arch Enemy at full speed and power!”