Melodic death metal troop Arch Enemy have revealed that their next album will be called War Eternal and is set to be released in early June.
Just as they did on their last full-length, 2011’s blistering Khaos Legions, they will be producing it themselves without much outside help to ensure a clear vision of what they want Arch Enemy to sound like is achieved. They have been recording in Sweden over the past months and with vocals now complete it’s off to be mixed by Jens Bogren at his Fascination Street mixing facility.
Speaking about War Eternal guitarist Michael Amott said: “Musically, this album is going a few places we haven’t visited before. As our fans have come expect, our albums have all had their own vibe and War Eternal will leave its own mark. Lyrically it’s a much more personal record, and I feel the songs have more dynamics and depth than ever before. The songs are loaded with strong and vicious metal, drenched in tons of melody and emotion. All the trademarks of Arch Enemy are present, just more in your face and turned up to 11”.
War Eternal will be the first Arch Enemy material with Nick Cordle on guitars after Michael’s brother in arms Christopher Amott left the band for the second time in 2012. What kind of an effect this has on the music we’ll have to wait and see.
Explaining the title of the new album Michael continues: “A lot of times life is a struggle, a war against what I like to call ‘mental chains’ in society that try to prevent you from living life the way you want, that try to stop you from making your dreams come true. I have always resented that and I always will. The title sums up our collective attitude a band as well; stages will be destroyed, eardrums will bleed. There will be no choice. This, ladies and gentlemen, is War Eternal.”
The band will be making a UK festival exclusive appearance at Alt-Fest in August which will be many fans first chance to see some of the new material live.