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War Eternal
War Eternal
Album info
ReleaseJune 9th, 2014 (Europe)
June 10th, 2014 (US)
June 4th, 2014 (Japan)[1]
RecordedLate 2013 - early 2014 at Fascination Street Studios, Örebro, Sweden
GenreMelodic death metal
Length50:32 (Standard edition)
LabelCentury Media
ProducerArch Enemy

War Eternal is the ninth studio album by Swedish melodic death metal band Arch Enemy, which was released on June 9, 2014 by Century Media. It is the first album since Wages of Sin (2001) to feature a new line-up, with Alissa White-Gluz on vocals after former long-time vocalist Angela Gossow stepped down from vocal duties to be the band's business manager,[2] and Nick Cordle on guitars who replaced Christopher Amott in 2012.

Background and developmentEdit

On March 3, 2014 the band revealed the album's title War Eternal and the release date.[3]

On March 17, 2014, Gossow released a statement announcing her departure from the group and welcoming her replacement, former vocalist of Canadian melodic death metal band The Agonist, Alissa White-Gluz. In the statement, she wrote that while she had enjoyed her time with the group, it was time for her to move on, be with her family and pursue other interests. Gossow did confirm that she would remain Arch Enemy's business manager, and would be "passing the torch to the super talented Alissa White-Gluz, whom I’ve known as a dear friend and a superb vocalist for many years. I always thought she deserved a chance to shine – and now she’s getting it. Just like I got that chance back in 2001."[2]

White-Gluz also released a statement saying:

"I am very honoured and happy to announce a new chapter in my life and musical career. Wages of Sin was the first metal album I ever bought, and it was love at first listen. It is not often that you get a phone call from your favourite band asking you to join! I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such amazingly talented musicians whom I also consider great friends. I look forward to being able to write and perform at a whole new level now with Arch Enemy! Music is forever, metal is limitless and this is only the beginning![4]

ArtworkEdit

The artwork for this album was created by Costin Chioreanu.[5] Chief song-writer, guitarist and band leader Michael Amott commented about the artwork:

"I was looking for a hand-drawn feel with a unique atmosphere, something that would complement the music that we’ve been working so hard on these last couple of years. In the end my choice fell upon Romanian artist Chioreanu Costin, who's work I’ve admired for some time. Costin really grasped my vision for the artwork and layout, he’s delivered some of the coolest artwork elements we've ever had with Arch Enemy![6]

PromotionEdit

The first single and music video "War Eternal" was released on March 20, 2014. The video was the first of three produced and directed by Patric Ullaeus and his Revolver Film Company.[7] The band will start their War Eternal world tour in May with an extensive run through Europe. A North American tour is planned for fall 2014, to be followed by more dates in Europe.[8] As of May, over 80 tour dates have been scheduled so far. On May 27th they released their second music video, "You Will Know My Name".[9] The third video, "No More Regrets" was released the same week as the album.

Track listingEdit

Standard Edition
No. TitleLyricsMusic Length
1. "Tempore Nihil Sanat (Prelude in F minor)"  Michael AmottAmott 1:12
2. "Never Forgive, Never Forget"  AmottAmott, Nick Cordle 3:44
3. "War Eternal"  AmottAmott, Cordle 4:16
4. "As the Pages Burn"  Alissa White-GluzAmott 4:01
5. "No More Regrets"  White-GluzAmott, Cordle 4:06
6. "You Will Know My Name"  AmottAmott, Cordle 4:37
7. "Graveyard of Dreams"  INSTRUMENTALAmott, Daniel Erlandsson 1:10
8. "Stolen Life"  AmottAmott 2:59
9. "Time Is Black"  White-GluzAmott, Erlandsson 5:24
10. "On and On"  White-GluzAmott, Cordle 4:05
11. "Avalanche"  White-GluzAmott, Cordle, Erlandsson 4:39
12. "Down to Nothing"  AmottAmott, Cordle 3:48
13. "Not Long for This World"  INSTRUMENTALAmott 3:29
Total length:
50:32

Personnel Edit

Arch Enemy
Additional musicians
  • Per Wiberg − mellotron
  • Henrik Janson − orchestration, string arrangements
  • Ulf Janson − additional keyboards, orchestration, string arrangements
  • Stockholm Session Strings − [strings
Production and design
  • Arch Enemy − producer
  • Jens Bogren − mixing, mastering
  • Staffan Karlsson − engineering (vocals)
  • Nick Cordle − engineering (guitars & bass)
  • Daniel Erlandsson − engineering (guitars & bass)
  • Johan Örnborg − engineering (drums)
  • Linn Fijal − engineering (strings & keyboards)
  • Costin Chioreanu − artwork, layout
  • Patric Ullaeus − photography
  • Jens Prüter − A&R

Release historyEdit

Region Date Label Format
Japan June 4, 2014 Trooper Entertainment CD
Europe June 9, 2014 Century Media Records CD
US June 10, 2014 Century Media Records CD
Australia June 13, 2014 Century Media Records CD

ReferencesEdit

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