Arch Enemy - War Eternal

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Release date: 9 June 2014
Style: Gothenburg metal


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Disc I
01. Tempore Nihil Sanat (Prelude In F Minor)
02. Never Forgive, Never Forget
03. War Eternal
04. As The Pages Burn
05. No More Regrets
06. You Will Know My Name
07. Graveyard Of Dreams
08. Stolen Life
09. Time Is Black
10. On And On
11. Avalanche
12. Down To Nothing
13. Not Long For This World
14. Shadow On The Wall [Mike Oldfield cover] [bonus]
15. Breaking The Law [Judas Priest cover] [Japanese bonus]

Disc II [Seeds Of War - The Demos]
01. Never Forgive, Never Forget [demo]
02. No More Regrets [demo]
03. You Will Know My Name [demo]
04. On And On [demo]
05. As The Pages Turn [demo]

Disc III [Instrumental]
01. Never Forgive, Never Forget [instrumental version]
02. War Eternal [instrumental version]
03. As The Pages Burn [instrumental version]
04. No More Regrets [instrumental version]
05. You Will Know My Name [instrumental version]
06. Stolen Life [instrumental version]
07. Time Is Black [instrumental version]
08. On And On [instrumental version]
09. Avalanche [instrumental version]
10. Down To Nothing [instrumental version]

Alissa White-Gluz - vocals
Michael Amott - guitars
Nick Cordle - guitars, additional keyboards
Daniel Erlandsson - drums, additional keyboards
Sharlee D'Angelo - bass

Additional musicians:
Per Wiberg - mellotron
Ulf Janson - additional keyboards, additional programming

Stockholm Session Strings conducted by Ulf Janson and Henrik Janson.

Additional info
Produced by Michael Amott and Arch Enemy.
Mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studio.
The bonus track "Shadow On The Wall" is a Mike Oldfield cover, only featured in Media Book or 3CD Artbook Version.
A Judas Priest cover "Breaking The Law" is featured in Japanese Limited Version that also has a bonus DVD contains 2 music videos.
The Deluxe 3CD Artbook Version is limited to 2.500 hand-numbered copies, including extended booklet, guitar tabs.

Staff review by
Ag Fox
Ah… Arch Enemy - the love-it or hate-it band since having a female vocalist who growls. Regardless, most casual listeners of the band would agree that Khaos Legions was one of those forgettable releases that they won't mind putting behind.

Now that Angela Gossow has retreated to the side lines, the band has a chance to start afresh with Alissa White-Gluz. Personally, I usually had no problem with the vocals of Angela, and Alissa sounds like the perfect replacement. Instead, what matters is that the overall aggression and energy is back, so either the band has listened to its critics or Alissa has reinvigorated the sound of the band. The melodies and riffs sound less stale, the cascading solos are quite impressive and the music in general is definitely more head-bangable.

published 17.06.2014 | Comments (42)

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15.06.2014 - 22:27
Rating: 7
Finally listened to this. Definitely an improvement if you compare it to their last album. However, it still doesn't convince me. Maybe the new vocalist and guitarist can bring something invigorating in the future. We'll see. I'm still getting used to Alissa but the songs are at least better than KL. This one is more consistent.
Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29

Like you could kiss my ass.

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17.06.2014 - 18:26
Rating: 9
Black Knight
Not bad Arch Enemy, not bad. Amott seems to still have some drive left. War Eternal is miles ahead of Khaos Legion and right there with the AE classics. Alissa is a much better vocalist than Angela and she is one of the reasons why I enjoy this new album more than the previous ones. Great job, keep it up.
17.06.2014 - 20:22
Rating: 6
19.06.2014 - 23:03
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
Goddammit I listened to this album. I really regret it. Pretty much 100% shit

get that bag
19.06.2014 - 23:55
Rating: 9
Great record, why so much hate?
20.06.2014 - 19:30
Rating: 6
Ag Fox
Angel No More
It's just that different people are looking for different things when listening to this record. Some will feel fulfilled, and some won't. Simple as that. I'm sure the "Pure sh*t" comment by Alex is a bit exaggerated though, or else he would have rated it much lower
loves 小巫
21.06.2014 - 23:14
Written by infernaldeath87 on 19.06.2014 at 23:55

Great record, why so much hate?

Because they it's cool to hate them. They are a known name.
23.06.2014 - 21:22
Rating: 8
The Paul
Quite solid, didn't expect that much from them.
24.06.2014 - 07:23
Rating: 9
Because they it's cool to hate them. They are a known name.

Well yeah of course but it's still a great record nonetheless!
27.06.2014 - 19:02
Rating: 6
I really like this record. Typical Arch Enemy, but still some fresh air.
13.07.2014 - 19:51
Rating: 9
Much better than the last 2 albums,finally some new elements in their music!
08.08.2014 - 17:20
Burning inside
The Priest cover is, well, embarrassing.
08.08.2014 - 21:34
Rating: 9
Written by Athropos on 08.08.2014 at 17:20

The Priest cover is, well, embarrassing.

No more so than the album JP just released, though
08.08.2014 - 21:54
Troy Killjoy
Written by Sword_Chant on 08.08.2014 at 21:34
No more so than the album JP just released, though

The difference being that nobody in Arch Enemy is 60 years old.
I have no memory of this place.
09.08.2014 - 23:34
Rating: 9
Written by Troy Killjoy on 08.08.2014 at 21:54

Written by Sword_Chant on 08.08.2014 at 21:34
No more so than the album JP just released, though

The difference being that nobody in Arch Enemy is 60 years old.

Yeah 2 different styles altogether I guess but JP's aging is very evident in Redeemer Of Souls. That said I didn't mind the age aspect all that much... I thought other factors let down the new JP album a lot more, eg. the overall production.
16.08.2014 - 14:14
Rating: 6
I think arch enemy just keeps going down their new vocal is surly talented ( and beautiful ) but her voice has changed since she joined the band in some tracks u feel its a mans voice not a women she sounds better in The Agonist she sounds more original than here and i am a fan of Angela Gossow for sure ...
But the whole thing is that its not about the vocals its about the band the solos the riffs everything just gets weaker and Michael Amott Ex-Carcass and Former of Arch enemy one of the masters of melodic death plays so normally and average nowadays yeah surly its better than "Khaos of Legions" but its not Arch Enemy anymore
06.09.2014 - 15:41
Rating: 8
Angry Chair
First Arch Enemy album i have heard i really like it, good stuff. Dont get all the hate.
"Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest."
- Denis Diderot
07.10.2016 - 06:01
care fully orche strated!
25.08.2018 - 21:51
Rating: 9
I know lots of people don't like this one that much but to me it's the best album we had since Anthems of Rebellion and it's in my top 3 AE albums (1)Wages of Sin, 2)Anthems of Rebellion, 3)War Eternal. I'm as fan of Doomsday Machine as most people I know even if I still like it). I did not saw Arch Enemy in concert since before Angela Gossow left but War Eternal tempted me.

I don't like that trope that if a metal band gets really popular you should hate it, I see that a lot for AE since that particular album. What I disliked in AE is how the more you progress in their discography the more it looses punch but this one has more bite than the previous one. Like they got something back.

Also I like Alissa White-Gluz's harsh vocals, I'm glad she took the job and think it fits her like a glove. Her voice has that kind of energy I like.

Overall my favorite tracks are War Eternal, Time is Black, Never Forgive, Never Forget and No More Regrets.
18.06.2019 - 14:29
Rating: 9
I actually really like this one. I Liked Alissa when she was apart of the Agonist, so i went in knowing i'd like the new vocals.
Oh Glorious Metal
30.05.2020 - 17:15
Rating: 7
After the huge disappointment that "Khaos Legions" brought,this record is promising.
Although in my opinion Angela was the most suitable in vocal duties , it is high time the band moved on .She left the job to let Arch Enemy start afresh.By the time I realised she left the band I thought Arch Enemy would be beheaded but it seems Alissa did a great job at least to convince me as an Angela Fan.
Some few changes happened that I assume was not bad.
As The Pages Burn,Avalanche,On and On,You Will Know My Name are my favorites from this record that are really well-made.

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