Arch Enemy – Khaos Legions (2011)

Angela Gossow is one of the very few successful female metal singers to use hell of the growling. Being part of bands such as Asmodina and Mistress, she joined Arch Enemy in November 2000, after former lead singer Johan Liiva was removed from the band. “Khaos Legions” is the eighth studio album by the band, it will be released on May 30, 2011 by Century Media and it will be the first material consist of new songs since “Rise of the Tyrant” from 2007. The album was produced by Arch Enemy and Rickard Bengtsson, who already worked with the band in their 2005 album “Doomsday Machine”. Arch Enemy was founded by Carcass guitarist Michael Amott in 1996, originally a supergroup, its members were in bands such as Carcass, Armageddon, Carnage, Mercyful Fate, Spiritual Beggars, and Eucharist and delivering traditional Swedish quality melodic death metal.

The current line-up consist of Angela Gossow − vocals, Michael Amott − lead and rhythm guitars, clean backing vocals in “No Gods, No Masters”,  Christopher Amott − lead and rhythm guitars,  Sharlee D’Angelo − bass, Daniel Erlandsson − drums and Per Wiberg − keyboards. The 14 songs of “Khaos Legions” are an intense blending of brutal and technical death metal with releasing melodious, sometimes acoustic, contrasting moments, Arch Enemy delivering excellent songs and this album sounds extremely brutal and cutting. Fans will be 100% delighted, Arch Enemy make no mistakes, take no prisoners.
Angela Gossow said about the album concept: “KHAOS is the beginning of the universe not only in the Greek mythology but also in our belief – an atheistic view of the world and its creation. Chaos is a very creative and fertile state and anything can emerge from that. Chaos also has a political meaning as in ‘anarchy’ – a state where there are no laws and rules and society can start anew. We feel the world and its belief systems today have become stagnant and very oppressive. The modern world is not free at all, despite our vast knowledge, science and many accessible open channels of education and information. Governments, multinational corporations and strong lobbyists plus religious terror and fear-inducing superstition are ruling supreme. We need to destroy these systems of terror, throw the modern world into chaos so to speak and then build something new and better.”

The artwork for this album was created by Brent Elliott White,  featuring a photo of the band cartooned in skeletons and it was inspired by Eugène Delacroix famous painting commemorating the July Revolution of 1830, “Liberty Leading the People”.

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