Arch Enemy’s “Khaos Legions” rise

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Metal nation members, put your horns in the air with pride.  The mighty Arch Enemy has returned with yet another solid album in its latest release, “Khaos Legions.”  The band–Angela Gossow (Vocals), Michael Amott (Guitars), Christopher Amott (Gutiars) Sharlee D’Angelo (Bass) and Daniel Erlandsson (Drums)–has never sounded better.  This album is everything that Arch Enemy’s fanbase has come to expect from the band and more.  Producer extraordinaire Andy Sneap (Stuck Mojo, Fozzy, Killswitch Engage, Nevermore, etc.) is back once again, this time serving mixing duties.  That’s just one more reason the album is so clear and solid in its brutality.

Longtime fans will love the absolutely shredding guitars of the Michael and Christopher Amott on every track.  And vocalist Angela Gossow’s screams are as pounding as ever.  And as on its past albums, the band continues its themes of rebellion against the norm.  One of the best of those songs on this work is ‘No Gods, No Masters.’  Gossow writes in the song, “I am who I am\take it or leave it\A Rebel at heart\No Gods, No masters\My time has come!”  if ever there was a fist pumping arena anthem from this metal titan, this song is it.  It’s one of those pieces that puts pride into fans for their individuality, much like that of Machine Head’s “Imperium.”

‘No Gods, No Masters’ is an absolutely brutal track that will make any purist metalhead proud.  But it’s not the only positive to this extreme metal act’s new release.  The album’s instrumental opener, ‘Khaos Overture’ sets the tone for what listeners are about to experience.  It then opens mercilessly into ‘Yesterday is Dead and Gone.’  The song, combined with the official video, is remiscent of scenes from riots across the globe in 2011.  Gossow writes in this piece, “Under a blood red sky\our voice will be heard\in a world where compassion is lost\you try to control us\This is so absurd\Freedom will be won at any cost/Yesrday is dead and gone…”  Combine the defiant lyrics with the pure musicianship of the Amotts, Gossow’s relentless screams, and Daniel Erlandsson’s blade sharp drumming, and audiences get what is bound to be one of the most memorable and powerful tracks on this album. 

Fans worldwide will get the chance throughout the Summer and into the Fall to experience these songs and a whole bunch more as the band tours in support of the album.  Arch Enemy will close out June with performances at the Peace and Love Festival in Borlange, Sweden on June 28th and the Dokkem Open Air Festival in Dokkum, Netherlands on June 30th.  From there the band will head across Europe and South America throughout the rest of the year.  Fans can keep up with all the latest tour dates online at http://www.archenemy.net and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/archenemyofficial

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