Release Date: June 9th, 2014
Label: Century Media Records
With the stepping down of demon-lunged frontwoman Angela Gossow sending a tumultuous shock through metal circles just prior to the revealing of ‘War Eternal’, the anticipation surrounding the release of Arch Enemy‘s ninth full-length effort elevated dramatically. A linchpin for not only for the melodic death metal quintet, but in the seismic leap of female fronted extremity, the loss of the Gossow focal point understandably saw alarm bells chiming. Enter ex-The Agonist‘s Alissa White-Gluz, whose not radically dissimilar pipes slot rather seamlessly into Arch Enemy‘s Swedeath flavour, and make for an album, for better or worse, which sticks rather unflinchingly to the band’s nearly twenty year blueprint.