As you may have seen from my post earlier this week, Angela Gossow has recently stepped down as Arch Enemy’s vocalist, and has been replaced by Alissa White-Gluz, who was in the Metalcore band The Agonist. Some people have cried out against this choice because of The Agonist’s Metalcore style and also the fact that Angela is so amazing, the idea of replacing her seems unfathomable.
Yet from this video, I think that Arch Enemy made a damned good choice. This is only one song, so I can’t make a judgement about how Alissa will fit in regarding future albums to come. Yet at least in this song, Alissa’s vocals fit in very well with the established style of the band. She sounds almost exactly like Angela!
However, in future albums to come, I’d like to see if Alissa can add something new to the band in terms of style and sound. Alissa has shown in The Agonist that she is really good at switching to clean vocals after delivering some guttural carnage. I hope in future songs she throws in some clean vocals even though this is not exactly Arch Enemy’s style, it would be a huge waste of her vocal talent if she didn’t.
Cheers to you Alissa! I take my metaphorical hat off to you!
UPDATE (3-21-14) Angela released an official Goodbye on her facebook:
Thank you for all your kind words, your support, your understanding. I am sorry some of you are really sad
So am I in many ways, it’s really hard to say good-bye. I have had a lot of time to reflect on my life in 2013.. I had to turn a page. We all get to this point in our life some time.. I do embrace this change, I hope you do too.
I am very busy with Arch Enemy right now as you can imagine, they got a lot of things lined up. The music is still a 100% Arch Enemy, trust me Thank you for the last 13 years, they have been truly wonderful, I enjoyed playing live for many of you, meeting you, interacting with you. I am not sure yet what I’ll do with this page, I will most likely use it to keep you up-to-date with all things Arch Enemy, my band management business and whatever else my busy little brain comes across.. thoughts, inspirations, things that make me laugh. Be well, take good care of yourselves and enjoy life. It’s too short to look back.
After 13 years of being a hard core voice of metal hell, Angela is stepping out of the limelight. Gods knows that the woman deserves it. She comments more below:
“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.”
Angela will be replaced by Alissa White-Glutz of The Agonist. Alissa responded as following:
Alissa White-Gluz comments: “I am very honoured 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 favourite 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!”
It will be very hard to fill Angela’s spiked leather shoes, but I’m going to give Alissa a try. In a salute to Angela, I’d like to post a live version of my favorite Arch Enemy song, “Enemy Within.” Check out the amazing energy! This video makes me want to have a Gay Marriage with Angela, adopt a child from China and settle down with her in The Caribbean for a nice Metal Retirement.
THE ENEMY WITHIN LIVE – ARCH ENEMY
Here’s a sample of the new singer Alissa with her former band, The Agonist.
THE AGONIST – PANOPHOBIA