Formed in 1996 Arch Enemy quickly became a sensation in the international metal scene. From the minds of Michael Amott (Carcass) and his Brother Christopher Amott (Armageddon) and with the idea of form a band with a melodic character, but also driven by aggression in a technical environment. Arch Enemy rose as one of the most extreme bands worldwide and has been up there ever since. In the year 2000 the band suffered an alteration on its original line up, as the original vocalist left the band and was replaced by Angela Gossow. and in the last 15 years the band had put out 6 studio albums, 2 live DVD’s, and played hundreds of shows around the world, spreading the gospel of rebellion and belligerence.
In 2o11 Arch Enemy returns with a new studio album after four years. Khaos Legions is a literal slap in the face of tyranny and oppression. the drive of the band has not change at all, pure aggression from beginning to end. The album presents itself to be more melodic and more technical than anything the band have produce so far.
Last night and after four long years of absence, the band played in Arizona again. A show that let us with no voices, “slayer necks” and body sores after Khaos was release into the mosh pits. The Age Of Metal talked with Michael Amott guitarist and founder of Arch Enemy, about the new record, the current tour and the future plans of the band. This is what he told us:
How is the tour going so far?
The past June you released your 6th album Khaos Legions, which follows the same line of rebellious, anarchic, and anti-religious trent of its predecessor Rise Of The Tyrant, what is the concept or idea now behind the lyrics of Khaos Legions?
What is your favorite track out of the album and why?
Khaos Legions came out after four years of releasing Rise Of The Tyrant, what the band did during all this time?
The album was produced by Rickard Bengtsson, who produced Doomsday Machine and mixed by Andy Sneap who had work with the band before, how was the experience to working with them this time around.
The album is more melodic but at the same time more aggressive, than anything that you guys have done before, musically, how do you describe Khaos Legions?
How has been the response from the fans to the new record so far?
Arch Enemy teamed up with Amnesty International for this tour to raise awareness of social injustices, how this alliance came to be? and in your opinion what is the worse social injustice that you have seen either personally or that had cause you an impression?
I heard you gonna be recording the show on Cologne Germany for a future DVD release, why Cologne? and what the fans can expect on that show?
You are also an active member of Carcass and Spiritual Beggars, what are the state those bands now?
What is next for Arch Enemy?