Swedish Melodeath titans, Arch Enemy, just announced they’re planning to present a new album in June! They released a good bit of information on this venture.
Here’s the official press release!
Three years after the release of Khaos Legions and their most successful world tour so far, the extreme metal icon, Arch Enemy, starts mixing their 9th studio album with Jens Bogren (Opeth, Paradise Lost, Kreator) at Fascination Street in Sweden.
Michael Amott (guitar): “We’ve been producing ourselves, as we did on Khaos Legions. We have a clear vision of what we want Arch Enemy to sound like and we can actually achieve it without the help of outside producers, we also have the advantage of having two talented sound engineers among our ranks in Daniel Erlandsson (drums) and Nick Cordle (guitar).
“We’ve been tracking at a few different studios here in Sweden, the drums at Fascination Street Studio and guitars and bass in another room. We just finished vocals in a third studio with engineer Staffan Karlsson (Khaos Legions) and the mix and mastering will done by Jens Bogren at his Fascination Street mixing facility.
“Musically, this album is going a few places we haven’t visited before. As our fans have come expect, our albums have all had their own vibe and War Eternal will leave its own mark. Lyrically it’s a much more personal record and I feel the songs have more dynamics and depth than ever before, the songs are loaded with strong and vicious metal drenched in tons of melody and emotion. All the trademarks of Arch Enemy are present, just more in your face and turned up to 11.”
The new album will be titled War Eternal. Michael explains: “A lot of times life is a struggle, a war against what I like to call ‘mental chains’ in society that try to prevent you from living life the way you want, trying to stop you from making your dreams come true. I have always resented that and I always will. The title sums up our collective attitude a band as well; stages will be destroyed, eardrums will bleed. There will be no choice. This, ladies and gentlemen, is War Eternal…”
Arch Enemy will debut new material on a short East European tour before the album comes out on June 10th (North America), this will be followed by an extensive run of European summer festivals including world famous Sweden Rock, Wacken and many more. North America will see the band in fall/winter 2014 for a full headline tour, as will Europe and the UK. Arch Enemy will once again tour nearly every corner of this world to spread the sound of War Eternal!
Stay tuned for more news from the headquarters.
And as per usual, here’s some music to put on blast while you wait!