Sunday, October 19, 2008

Arch Enemy - Doomsday Machine

Arch Enemy is a Swedish melodic death metal band, formed in 1996 by Carcass guitarist Michael Amott along with Johan Liiva, both originally from the influential death metal band Carnage. The band has released seven studio albums, a live album (Burning Japan Live 1999), two DVDs and three EPs. The band was originally fronted by Johan Liiva; frontwoman Angela Gossow joined as lead vocalist in 2001. Arch Enemy, the brainchild of Michael Amott (Carcass, Carnage and Spiritual Beggars) was originally assembled when Michael Amott left Carcass. Guitarists Michael Amott and younger brother Christopher Amott (Armageddon) joined forces with vocalist Johan Liiva (ex-Carnage, Furbowl, Furbowl|Devourment) and then-session drummer Daniel Erlandsson (Eucharist) in what Michael Amott called "an attempt to merge melody with aggression and technicality."
The band's debut, entitled Black Earth, was released by the now defunct Wrong Again Records in 1996. It obtained a fair amount of success in Japan, achieving MTV rotation with their first single "Bury Me an Angel", as well as moderate success in Sweden. At this point, Arch Enemy was more of a "solo effort" than a full band: Michael Amott wrote all the songs himself, and even played bass guitar on the album, contrary to the album's liner notes, which listed vocalist Johan Liiva as handling bass duties. Amott later revealed that he had the credits listed that way to make the album seem more of a "band" effort. Many consider it to be the band's most aggressive album, a trait that was softened to some degree on its following releases, but never abandoned.

Tracks
# "Enter the Machine" – 2:02
# "Taking Back My Soul" – 4:35
# "Nemesis" – 4:12
# "My Apocalypse" – 5:25
# "Carry the Cross" – 4:12
# "I Am Legend / Out for Blood" – 4:58
# "Skeleton Dance" – 4:33
# "Hybrids of Steel" – 3:49
# "Mechanic God Creation" – 5:59
# "Machtkampf" – 4:16
# "Slaves of Yesterday" – 5:01

Details
.. Year: 2005
.. Label: Century Media
.. Country: Sweden
.. Bitrate: @ 256 kbps
.. Home-Page: www.archenemy.net/
.. MySpace: www.myspace.com/archenemy
.. BUY ME: CD Universe
.. BUY ME: http://www.centurymedia.com/us/

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