NewsMarch 17, 2014 1:15 PM ET6,923 views

Arch Enemy singer quits; Alissa White-Gluz joins

Official press release: In early June 2014, Arch Enemy will unleash their 9th studio album, War Eternal, worldwide via Century Media Records and Trooper Entertainment in Japan. With this upcoming release, the band will introduce a new member to their ranks: Alissa White-Gluz, former vocalist of Canadian extreme metallers The Agonist. Angela Gossow, who joined Arch Enemy in 2000 and made her debut on the now classic Wages Of Sin (2001), will be stepping down as front-woman and focusing on management, while Alissa takes her place. Angela Gossow comments:
"Dear Arch Enemy fans, this is not easy to tell you…I have decided to step down from being Arch Enemy's voice of anger. After 13 years of pure fucking metal, 6 studio albums and countless tours through five continents, I feel the need to enter a different phase in my life, be with my family and pursue other interests. I will however remain business manager for Arch Enemy, and I will continue to develop my artist management roster. "I am staying true to my heavy metal roots, just leaving the spotlight so to speak. I am 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. "I want to thank all Arch Enemy fans, our labels Century Media (worldwide) and Trooper Entertainment (Japan), our dedicated road crew, and in particular Michael, Daniel and Sharlee for their love and support throughout all these years. It's been one hell of a ride! We conquered every situation, made it through thick & thin together in the most exciting and rewarding time of my life. Thank you all for being there with me on stage, in front of the stage, and backstage. You have touched my heart, and I hope I was able to give something back to you. I am grateful for the wonderful memories - I will cherish them forever! I am looking forward to the next decade of Arch Enemy madness! Right now I am listening through rough mixes of the new studio album and I am blown away! 2014 will see a renewed Arch Enemy at the top of their game. I am proud to be part of this Arch Enemy chapter, albeit in a different way - revving up the engines behind the scenes. I hope to see you in front of the stage, I will join you there this time. Let the killing begin, once again!"
Alissa White-Gluz comments:
"I am very honored and happy to announce a new chapter in my life and musical career beginning now; I have joined forces with one of my all-time favorite and globally respected bands, Arch Enemy. '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 favorite 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!"
Chief song-writer and band leader Michael Amott, who founded Arch Enemy in 1995, comments:
"We are eternally grateful to Angela for all her passion, hard work and talent. Her legacy is tremendous and will always be a big part of the band's history. We feel great pride in what has been achieved in the past, but also look forward to new battles and new victories. We welcome Alissa with open arms - and we hope you will have open ears. We might have just created our most wicked metal opus yet with our upcoming album 'War Eternal'!"

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anonymous 3/17/2014 10:40:15 AM

"'Wages of Sin' was the first metal album I ever bought" yeah the fuq right


sandpaperseatbelts 3/17/2014 10:41:20 AM

Alissa White-Gluz... SPLOOSH!


anonymous 3/17/2014 11:05:35 AM

So they're sticking with the female vocalist gimmick? They should have brought back their original singer.


SuckMeBeautiful 3/17/2014 12:40:34 PM

obligatory Johan was better comment.


RickRock 3/17/2014 1:10:23 PM

The new chick is pretty hot. I'd let her shit on me.


anonymous 3/17/2014 3:06:52 PM

Very few bands do this style worth a shit anymore. I don't care if the vocalist is Michele Obama, it will still be decent.


anonymous 3/17/2014 3:36:58 PM

the microphone should be a plastic tampon


anonymous 3/17/2014 3:57:09 PM

That Alissa chick is an annoying c*nt bag who listens to the shittest music. She used to act like she was special by being a chick into metal on Turntable and really just listened to Hot Topic garbage. The Agonist sucks, Arch Enemy hasn't been good in like a decade and this whole thing is retarded. Bus flip.


anonymous 3/17/2014 4:30:56 PM

Girls are always on their periods, they shouldn't be allowed to have jobs much less play in bands.


anonymous 3/17/2014 5:29:00 PM

Sounds like you momma's-boy trolls are jealous that woman can do a man's job with much more ease and class.


anonymous 3/17/2014 7:53:18 PM

^ Alissa Gluz ^


RickRock 3/18/2014 7:35:39 AM

Alissa Precum-chomper


anonymous 3/18/2014 8:08:10 AM

Hot Topic is stoked


anonymous 3/18/2014 12:25:38 PM

I've always been a fan of Arch Enemy. Even with the original singer but more so with Glasgow. Wages of Sin and Anthems of Rebellion were solid albums. I love the guitar styles. The Agonist was a decent band so this should be interesting.


anonymous 3/18/2014 8:12:42 PM

^Glasgow autocorrect^


anonymous 5/7/2017 10:25:52 AM

'I always thought she deserved a chance to shine – and now she's getting it.' You can say that again





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