Angela Gossow

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Angela Gossow
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Angela Gossow in 2008
Background information
Birth name Angela Nathalie Gossow
Born (1974-11-05) 5 November 1974 (age 39)
Origin Cologne, Germany
Genres Melodic death metal, thrash metal, death metal
Occupations Singer-songwriter, manager, journalist
Instruments Vocals, guitar, accordion
Years active 1991–2014
Labels Century Media
Associated acts Arch Enemy, Mistress, Asmodina
Website www.archenemy.net
www.angelagossow.com

Angela Nathalie Gossow (born 5 November 1974) is a German vocalist, best known as the former lead vocalist for the Swedish melodic death metal band Arch Enemy. Her other previous bands include Asmodina and Mistress. She is considered to be one of the few successful female metal singers to use growling as her primary singing style. Her main influences are Jeff Walker of Carcass, David Vincent of Morbid Angel, Chuck Billy of Testament, John Tardy of Obituary, Chuck Schuldiner of Death, Dave Mustaine of Megadeth, and Rob Halford of Judas Priest.[1]

Early life[edit]

Angela Gossow was born to orthodox Christian parents in Cologne, Germany and had three siblings. She was 17 when her parents divorced. Further financial troubles came in when their business went bankrupt. Being anorexic and bulimic further added to her woes.[2] It was at this time that she decided to move out of home and join the metal band Asmodina. After graduation she joined an advertising company as a trainee, specializing in marketing. She simultaneously began studying economics. In 1997, the band Asmodina split and Gossow formed another band: Mistress.

Career with Arch Enemy[edit]

Angela Gossow (2007) in São Paulo, Brazil

Gossow joined Arch Enemy in November 2000, after the removal of lead singer Johan Liiva.[3] She had previously interviewed guitarist Michael Amott for a German webzine. While interviewing Amott, Gossow gave him a demo that she described as a "poor quality" video of a performance at a club. After sacking Liiva in 2000, the band called in Gossow for an audition. Amott later said that "she wiped the floor with all the other contenders." She then proceeded to record Wages of Sin with Arch Enemy.

On the eve of a 2002 tour, Gossow was diagnosed with nodules, which almost stopped her from growling. However, after some vocal therapy, she was able to recover her voice and she proceeded to begin taking piano and screaming lessons from renowned coach Melissa Cross. She continues to work in close conjunction with her.

On March 17, 2014, it was announced that Gossow was stepping down as Arch Enemy vocalist in order to pursue other interests and spend more time with her family. Gossow chose Alissa White-Gluz from Canadian metal band The Agonist as her replacement, and will remain business manager for the band.[4]

Other work[edit]

Gossow provides the voice for the recurring character, Lavona Succuboso in the animated television show Metalocalypse. According to an interview with Musiikki TV at the Frostbite Festival 2009, Gossow did guest vocals on the Astarte album Demonized, on the song "Black at Heart".

Gossow is featuring on Melissa Cross's 2nd DVD release The Zen of Screaming 2[5] released by Melissa Cross. Apart from being on the cover pages of many leading magazines, she was also voted the "best singer" and "shining star" at the Burrn! magazine awards in 2002.[6] Since 2008 she is the manager for Arch Enemy and Spiritual Beggars.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Gossow is among a small number of women to front as a death metal vocalist. She has a mezzo-soprano vocal range, with a death growl.[8] She is a vegan[9] and politically considers herself an anarchist, but votes "to make sure the right-wing doesn't get her vote."[10][11] She is an atheist.[12]

Discography[edit]

With Asmodina[edit]

  • Your Hidden Fear (Demo, 1991)
  • The Story of the True Human Personality (Demo, 1994)
  • Promo 1996 (Demo, 1996)
  • Inferno (1997)

With Mistress[edit]

  • Mistress (Demo, 1998)
  • Worship the Temptress (Demo, 1999)
  • Party in Hell (Demo, 2000)

With Arch Enemy[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Angela Gossow || Official Site and Blog » FAQ’s". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 15 September 2008. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Angelagossow Dot Com - Resist.Rebel.Reclaim". Angelagossow.com. 17 October 2010. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Ragnarök Radio Interview with Angela Gossow". Archived from the original on 26 February 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2009. 
  4. ^ "Angela Gossow Steps Down from ARCH ENEMY". Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Welcome to the Melissa Cross Vocal Studio :: Vocal Training, Vocal Coaching and Voice Lessons on DVD". Melissacross.com. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "BLABBERMOUTH.NET - ARCH ENEMY Clean Up At Burrn! Magazine Awards". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Arch Enemy's Angela Gossow: "I'm the boss" | GlobalCommentGlobalComment". Globalcomment.com. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Arch Enemy - Interview with Angela Gossow - Enslain Magazine". Ladyenslain.net. 20 June 2009. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "Arch Enemy's Angela Gossow Discusses Her Vegan Diet With Peta2". Metalunderground.com. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Angela's Story". Angelagossow.com. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  11. ^ Rustyn Rose (21 May 2011). "Arch Enemy: The Gospel According To Gossow – ‘There Is No God’". Metalholic Magazine. Retrieved 21 May 2011. 
  12. ^ "FAQ Religion". Angelagossow.com. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h "Angela Gossow - Guest/Session". Metal-Archives. 8 April 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  14. ^ "Arch Enemy frontwoman to guest on Never album". Blabbermouth.net. 27 February 2009. Archived from the original on 28 February 2009. Retrieved 27 February 2009. 

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Preceded by
Johan Liiva
Vocalist for Arch Enemy
since 2000
Succeeded by
Alissa White-Gluz