Arch Enemy Gets Nihilistic In New Single, Video; Summer Festival Shows, European Tour Planned

Courtesy: Century Media

Veteran extreme metal outfit Arch Enemy opened the weekend with another single from its new album, along with the song’s video.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Sunset Over The Empire‘ and its video Thursday. The song is the fourth single from the band’s forthcoming album, Deceivers, which is scheduled for release July 29 through Century Media Records. The album has also produced the singles, ‘Handshake With Hell,’ Deceiver, Deceiver,’ and ‘House of Mirrors.’

Guitarist and principal songwriter Michael Amott talked about the song’s musical arrangement in a prepared statement.

“This is a faster song with some manic riffs and a relentless beat that I can envision becoming a ‘hit in the pit’!,” he said.

Amott’s description is correct. The machine gun fast beats within the solid time keeping work with the equally sharp work on the bass and guitars to form a powerful foundation for the arrangement. Vocalist Allysa Gluz’s screams are just as powerful as ever here, too.

The song’s lyrical theme is a cynical, nihilistic statement, according to Amott.

“Lyrically, it’s sadly one of those that seems to ring more true with each and every passing day nowadays,” he said. “Words turned to war, brother fighting brother, another false truce, as the people die.”

The song’s video features a young girl making her way through a post apocalyptic setting. At one point she is pursued by a drone. She escapes the drone, finding safety in an empty shed, where she pulls out a tablet and watches the band’s video within the very story. That alone makes for an interesting visual. At other points in the video, the girl sees a fallen Statute of Liberty, and even a furry friend who joins her.

Arch Enemy’s new album will release through a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below along with the album’s track listing.

Digital Album

Ltd. Deluxe 2LP+CD Artbook

hand-numbered limited edition with noble hot foil stamping

LP1: multi-colored vinyl (each design is unique)

LP2: picture vinyl with two bonus tracks & zoetrope effect

CD: album + two bonus tracks

12″ Artbook with 36-pages booklet incl. liner-notes and art print

 —Ltd. Deluxe CD Box Set

DVD-sized clamshell box with noble hot foil stamping

CD in eco-friendly packaging with two bonus tracks

32-page DIN A5 booklet incl. liner-notes

Tote Bag

Metal Pin

Ltd. Black & colored 180g LP

incl. 8-page booklet + Obi-Strip

 —Special Edition CD

eco-friendly packaging incl. 16-page booklet

Deceivers track-listing

1. Handshake With Hell

2. Deceiver, Deceiver

3. In The Eye Of The Storm

4. The Watcher

5. Poisoned Arrow

6. Sunset Over The Empire

7. House Of Mirrors

8. Spreading Black Wings

9. Mourning Star

10. One Last Time

11. Exiled From Earth

In other news, Arch Enemy has an extensive live schedule this summer and fall in support of Deceivers. The band’s tour schedule, which includes a handful of summer festival shows in August, is noted below.

Arch Enemy 2022 festival dates

Aug. 6, 2022 – Wacken, DE @ Wacken Open Air

Aug. 17-20, 2022 – Dinkelsbuehl, DE @ Summer Breeze Festival

Aug. 18-20, 2022 – Sulingen, DE @ Reload Festival

“The European Siege 2022” tour dates

w/ Arch Enemy & Behemoth

+ special guests Carcass, Unto Others

Sept. 27, 2022 – Dublin, IE @ Olympia Theatre

Sept. 29, 2022 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy Glasgow

Sept. 30, 2022 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo

Oct. 1, 2022 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy Birmingham

Oct. 2, 2022 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton

Oct. 4, 2022 – Paris, FR @ Le Zénith

Oct. 5, 2022 – Toulouse, FR @ Le Bikini

Oct. 7, 2022 – Lisbon, PT @ Coliseu de Lisboa

Oct. 8, 2022 – Madrid, ES @ Palacio Vistalegre

Oct. 9, 2022 – Barcelona, ES @ Palau Sant Jordi

Oct. 11, 2022 – Lyon, FR @ Le Radiant

Oct. 12, 2022 – Milano, IT @ Alcatraz

Oct. 14, 2022 – Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle

Oct. 15, 2022 – Prague, CZ @ Tipsport Arena

Oct. 16, 2022 – Budapest, HU @ Barba Negra

Oct. 18, 2022 – Vienna, AT @ Gasometer

Oct. 19, 2022 – Katowice, PL @ Spodek

Oct. 21, 2022 – Ludwigsburg, DE @ MHP Arena

Oct. 22, 2022 – Den Bosch, NL @ Mainstage Brabanthallen

Oct. 23, 2022 – Brussels, BE @ Forest National

Oct. 25, 2022 – Zurich, CH @ Samsung Hall

Oct. 26, 2022 – Frankfurt, DE @ Jahrhunderthalle

Oct. 28, 2022 – Munich, DE @ Zenith

Oct. 29, 2022 – Düsseldorf, DE @ Mitsubishi Electric Halle

Oct. 30, 2022 – Hamburg, DE @ edel-optics.de Arena

Oct. 31, 2022 – Gothenburg, SE @ Partille Arena

Nov. 2, 2022 – Helsinki, FI @ Ice Hall

Nov. 4, 2022 – Stockholm, SE @ Annexet

Nov. 5, 2022 – Copenhagen, DK @ Forum

Nov. 6, 2022 – Oslo, NO @ Sentrum Scene

More information on Arch Enemy’s new album and tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.archenemy.net

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/archenemyofficial

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/archenemymetal

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