Arch Eenemy

Will To Power

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Release Date:
8th September 2017
Record Label:
Century Media Records
Total Tracks:
12
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With more than ten full-length albums into their portfolio, one has to acknowledge that ARCH ENEMY are stronger than ever. There was a time when I thought that they were a light-weight, pop death metal outfit who happened to have a former Carcass guitarist within its ranks. That time, however, is long gone, and I’ve come to appreciate and deeply respect Michael Amott’s mission to create the “heaviest melodic metal band of all time” (quote archenemy.net).

The new album, Will To Power, which is about to be unleashed upon the world in a couple of days, is a testament to the determination of Michael Amott to write heavy and melodic music. Some things haven’t changed, as there is still a considerable touch of Malmsteen and Michael Schenker in Arch Enemy’s music. A prime example is ‘Dreams of Retribution’, and it works perfectly within the Swedish melodic death metal sound. As always, there is plenty of variation to be found in terms of tempo and riffing.

However, there are two things that have changed in my ears. One, with a force like Jeff Loomis on board, there has got to be a thing or two going on in the department of guitars. Luckily there is! There are details in the guitar work you can listen to over and over again, and never get tired of. When Loomis joined Arch Enemy back in 2015, I was kind of surprised, but it makes so much sense now. This is a marriage made in guitar heaven.

Two, Alissa White-Gluz has really stepped up into the role of front lady of Arch Enemy. She did a fine job on ‘War Eternal’, but this time there is so much more power and versatility in play on Will To Power. Alissa does a splendid job as she grunts, whispers, screams like a demon, and sings her way through the album. When White-Gluz grunts “This is a fight I must win” in the chorus of the song that has stuck in my brain the past couple of days, ‘A Fight I Must Win’, I almost automatically say, “No worries blue hair! You won the fight!”

Arch Enemy 04/2017
Tracklist:

01. Set Flame To The Night (01:20)
02. The Race (03:15)
03. Blood In The Water (03:55)
04. The World Is Yours (04:53)
05. The Eagle Flies Alone (05:16)
06. Reason To Believe (04:48)
07. Murder Scene (03:50)
08. First Day In Hell (04:48)
09. Saturnine (01:09)
10. Dreams Of Retribution (06:40)
11. My Shadow And I (04:05)
12. A Fight I Must Win (06:35)

Playing Time: 50 minutes
Line-Up:

Alissa White-Gluz - Vocals
Michael Amott - Guitars
Jeff Loomis - Guitars
Sharlee D’Angelo - Bass
Daniel Erlandsson – Drums

Thomas Nielsen
About Thomas Nielsen 1051 Articles
When my old buddy Kenn Jensen asked me if I wanted to contribute to the new site he had created, then called powermetal.dk, I didn't hesitate. My love for metal music was and is great. I wrote my first review during the summer of 2004 (Moonspell's 'Antidote' album). In 2015, I took over the editor-in-chief role, and held that position until January 2017, where I decided to focus only on live reviews.

2 Comments

  1. I disagree with this review and this rating.
    Music on this album is weak and much under true potential of this group. Melodies are even worse, than Evanescense. Loomis didn’t have any composing job on this stuff, he was just an assistance.
    4 / 10 is the best, what I can give.

    • Hi Kamil! Great that you voice your opinion here, although I’m of course completely aghast that you don’t agree with me 🙂 No, seriously, you’re entitled to have your opinion as I am to have mine. I’m enjoying this album very much as you can tell from the review. For me it’s a bunch of excellent songs, and they strike a chord for me. Thanks again for posting a counter-perspective, and I hope you’ll do this whenever you feel an urge to do so!

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