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.
—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
—Ltd. Black & colored 180g LP
incl. 8-page booklet + Obi-Strip
—Special Edition CD
eco-friendly packaging incl. 16-page booklet
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
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