People tend to ask “so how’s your dissertation going?” Well, the answer is short and simple:
Right, now that that’s out of the way, we move on to Arch Enemy’s latest single, and this isn’t the only new curveball that Arch Enemy have decided to throw our way. After Amott brother Christopher left the band for the second time in 2012, Arsis axeman Nick Cordle joined the fray, shredding his way to front of stage superiority.
HOWEVER! This was but smallfry compared to the great big whale sized whopper that AE decided to drop into our laps this week (Cheers AE, the laundry bill’s on you). Angela Gossow, otherwise known as part woman and part lioness, announced that she was leaving the band, and that Alissa White-Gluz (y’know, that blue haired one from The Agonist) would be taking her place.
As a fan of The Agonist, I was unsure, as to how White-Gluz would fit in. Besides making Arch Enemy less and less Swedish by the day, a few whiny little garden gnomes (otherwise known as metal fans) were concerned that White-Gluz’s introduction would mean clean vocals on an Arch Enemy record.
Well, I have two things to say to these people:
1.) You’re wrong, there weren’t any and White-Gluz absolutely bosses this track
2.) Go and visit a proctologist, your head might be up your arse
Lyrically, I can already tell that White-Gluz’s introduction into the Arch Enemy ranks is injecting some new lyrical life into the band. After hearing the word “Revolution” more times than a marathon viewing of Les Miserables on previous AE releases, “War Eternal” features a bit more innovation, a bit more for people to sink their teeth into, as opposed to jumping right at you like a particularly angry spider. White-Gluz’s vocals also sound a lot less processed, by which I mean her voice is not reminiscent of angrily sizzling bacon ,which can be nothing but a good thing in my eyes. The less “ruby tubing” (that’s what it’s called in the biz dontcha know?) that a voice receives, the better it’ll sound live! (which is kinda/sorta important).
The riffage and soloage (that’s a word now, deal with it) in this song is also absofuckinglutely incredible! I like to describe it as Trivium’s “Brave This Storm” with more melody…and y’know done right. The chorus melody and pre-chorus riff sound like “The Day You Died” (Rise of the Tyrant, 2007) and “Nemesis” (Doomsday Machine, 2005) somehow collided creating an entirely new melody! Band founder, Michael Amott dabbles in some of the shreddy stuff we’ve heard on previous records, before breaking down into his bluesy melodies that we know and love. The real standout, and track MVP is *trumpet fanfare* Nick Cordle! Bringing a razor sharp technical mastery and showing a clear ability to shred both waves and licks, Cordle clearly displays more than ever that he’s more than at home in Arch Enemy.
Overall, I’ve enjoyed this track. Musically, there isn’t much different, but the fact that Arch Enemy have released a new track so soon after announcing a new vocalist is sure to silence anybody that thought that Gossow was the “be all-end all” of AE’s vocals. I’m looking forward to this new record, hoping that this rejigged lineup can bring something fresh back to AE’s machine.
I’m giving “War Eternal” a:
War Eternal – 4/5
“War Eternal” is out June 10th via Century Media