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The Root of All Evil

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Album Review

Angela Gossow has been the best thing to ever happen to Arch Enemy. The Swedish melodic death act has improved steadily since bringing their German frontwoman on board with 2001's Wages of Sin, and now they're a genuinely great metal band. Gossow is a charismatic vocalist with a much wider range of emotion — even within the raw-throated genre of death metal — than her predecessor, Johan Liiva, and the band's songwriting skills have grown steadily over the years. So why revisit the early years? This album features re-recordings of songs from the Liiva years (four from Black Earth, three from Stigmata, and five from Burning Bridges, with Gossow on vocals). And while the performances are impressive, the songwriting is clearly much more crude and dependent on prevailing winds within Swedish death metal at the time than then-recent AE discs like Doomsday Machine and Rise of the Tyrant. Furthermore, if you want to hear Angela Gossow singing these songs, versions of five of them ("The Immortal," "Bury Me an Angel," "Dark Insanity," "Silverwing," and "Bridge of Destiny") appear on one or the other of the band's live DVDs. So while the performances are solid — the Amott brothers' always impressive guitar playing in particular — this is ultimately an inessential release that may wind up confusing fans who wonder about these heavier, almost overly complex songs that frequently lack the fist-in-the-air, singalong choruses of more recent work.

Customer Reviews


I love arch enemy! This album isn't their best but its definately good as usual :)


For those that don't know, this is a re-recording of old AE songs that were written before Angela joined. They decided to re-record those songs with Angela on vocals. Well deserved since she was part of the band for so long!!

It's a shame that she's gone now :(

The music is amazing, plenty of good riffs and melodies.


Formed: 1996 in Halmstad, Sweden

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Formed by ex-Carnage, Carcass, and Candlemass guitarist Michael Amott (concurrently of Spiritual Beggars) with his brother Christopher (Armageddon), Arch Enemy took a straight-ahead approach to death metal reminiscent of Entombed or late-period Carcass, blending catchy, classic-style metal riffs with crushing grooves for an intense yet accessible sound. The group's charter lineup was rounded out by bassist/vocalist Johan Liiva (Carnage, Furbowl) and drummer Daniel Erlandsson (Eucharist, session work...
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock
  • Released: Sep 01, 2009

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