Popular Swedish band, Arch Enemy, have just released their latest album ‘War Eternal’, so we thought we would give you a heads up. Launching ‘War Eternal’ into a theatrical sound is ‘Tempore Nihil Sanat (Prelude in F Minor)’, a melodic and short track which introduces the album gently.
‘Never Forgive Never Forget’ encompasses Arch Enemy’s heavy sound – packed with experimental riffs and metal screams, the song really introduces the album and highlights the band’s musical abilities. The song itself has a deathly feeling to it, this spooky sound attached to the instrumentation and the growls are just a few aspects of the track that stood out in our minds.
‘War Eternal’, one of the most important tracks of the album, includes similar low growls, repetitively heavy riffs and promotes the band’s overall heavy metal sound. Whilst the track peaks and has both high and low instrumentation, the overall acknowledgement should be placed upon Nick Cordle and Michael Amott’s (lead guitarists) ability to produce such heavy riffs and solos. Of course, Amott founded the group in 1995 so lots of the musical decisions are down to this clever guy. In a recent interview and when discussing War Eternal, he said: “The greatest challenge for me is to keep improving every aspect of the compositions and arrangements. “I’m always searching for ‘the perfect Arch Enemy song.’”
Not forgetting the melodic, heavy metal infusion the band contribute to every track, a sound which is most poignant throughout ‘No More Regrets’ and ‘Stolen Life’. Comprising of low and repetitively catchy vocals/instrumentation, and demonstrating the importance of a solid, catchy drum beat; both songs reflect Arch Enemy’s talent and the effort put into creating ‘War Eternal’.
The album is heavy metal down to a tee. If you enjoy solid musicianship, growls and the darker sound of the metal genre, you are going to appreciate this album for it’s clever melodic experimentation.