Alissa White-Gluz

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Alissa White-Gluz
Arch Enemy – Reload Festival 2016 44.jpg
Alissa White-Gluz live in 2016.
Background information
Born (1985-07-31) July 31, 1985 (age 31)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Genres Melodic death metal, metalcore, symphonic metal, power metal
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter[1]
Years active 2004–present
Labels Napalm Records, Century Media, Act, Spiritual Beast
Associated acts Arch Enemy, Delain, Kamelot, The Agonist

Alissa White-Gluz (/əˈlisə wt ɡlʌz/;[2] born July 31, 1985) is a Canadian vocalist, best known as the former lead vocalist and one of the founding members of the Canadian metal band The Agonist[3] and current lead vocalist for the Swedish death metal band Arch Enemy.[4]

Career[edit]

The Agonist[edit]

In 2004, White-Gluz formed The Agonist with fellow band members Danny Marino and Chris Kells in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.[5]

Arch Enemy[edit]

Alissa White-Gluz performing in Wacken Open Air 2014 with Arch Enemy
Alissa White-Gluz at Wacken Open Air 2016 with Arch Enemy

On March 17, 2014, Arch Enemy announced via press release that Alissa would be replacing their former vocalist Angela Gossow.[6]

White-Gluz released a statement on her Facebook page saying that she had left The Agonist, and that Vicky Psarakis had taken over as vocalist. "[I]t is with great sadness that I must also announce that The Agonist as you have come to know it is now a thing of the past. I had every intention of (and had even started) writing and recording yet another killer album this year, but my former band-mates decided to choose a different path. I wish I could change the situation but the unfortunate decision was made beyond my control so I can only wish them the very best of luck now that our time working together has concluded."[7]

In August 2015, White-Gluz revealed in an interview that the other members of the Agonist had in fact kicked her out of the band, and forcibly cut her off from anything to do with the group. She said,

"Little did I know that during that [during White-Gluz' European tour with The Agonist], The Agonist were lying to my face and they were actually going behind my back trying to find someone to replace me. They waited through an entire European tour with me, through local shows until the last show we had booked in 2013 which was I think December 7th. We played that show and the next day they all came to my house and basically kicked me out of the band, spit in my face, locked me out of my emails – what a big fucking mess. For the next week I was in total panic mode trying to regain access to my accounts and in total shock that the band I had built for ten years – for more than a 3rd of my life at that point – was now stolen from me. That was the hardest thing about this whole transition. It wasn’t hard to join Arch Enemy, it wasn’t hard to keep it a secret. It was totally professional and smooth on the side of Arch Enemy, unfortunately on the other side of the things it wasn’t and that was a very difficult situation for me, which I’m still coping with actually."[8]

Guest vocal work[edit]

White-Gluz has also recorded guest vocals for Slaves on Dope's CD Over the Influence as well as for Blackguard's EP, Another Round.[9][10] In February 2014, the Dutch symphonic metal band Delain announced that White-Gluz would be contributing guest vocals to their new album.[11] In February 2015, it was also announced that she would contribute guest vocals to Kamelot's album, Haven.[12]

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

With The Agonist[edit]

With Arch Enemy[edit]

Solo[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

Other media[edit]

White-Gluz has been selected multiple times as one of "the hottest chicks in metal" by Revolver.[14][15]

In 2006, White-Gluz appeared on Canadian Idol singing a cover of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody and received significant screen time.[16] In January 2012, White-Gluz was featured as a coach on an episode of MTV's Made.[17]

White-Gluz is appearing in visual companion content to American Murder Song as Pretty Lavinia.[18] Her character was first revealed at Steampunk World's Fair and has since been released on American Murder Song's YouTube channel.

Activism[edit]

As an animal rights activist, Alissa received a Libby award from PETA for her work in an international campaign advocating against the hunting of Canadian seals.[19][20] White-Gluz has been a vegan since 1998.[21][22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Interview with Alissa White-Gluz of The Agonist – August 14th, 2011". Lithium Magazine. August 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Alissa White-Gluz: Vlog #1: NEW MUSIC and GUEST VOCALS". January 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Century Media Records Artist Profile". 
  4. ^ "ARCH ENEMY Parts Ways With VOcalist ANGELA GOSSOW, Recruits THE AGONIST's ALISSA WHITE-GLUZ". Blabbermouth. March 17, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Interview with Alissa White-Gluz of The Agonist". Lithium Magazine. August 14, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Angela Gossow Leaves Arch Enemy, New Vocalist Announced". Metal Hammer. March 17, 2014. 
  7. ^ https://www.facebook.com/AlissaWhiteGluzFans?fref=ts
  8. ^ "Alissa White-Gluz – Arch Enemy". Femme Metal Webzine. August 26, 2015. 
  9. ^ "THE AGONIST Frontwoman To Guest On New SLAVES ON DOPE Album". Blabbermouth. September 6, 2009. 
  10. ^ "BLACKGUARD Frontman Explains Name Change". Blabbermouth. November 26, 2008. 
  11. ^ "Delain Taps Alissa White-Gluz For New Album The Human Contradiction.". Metal Underground. February 1, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Kamelot Announce Release Date For New Album "Haven". Artwork And Track Listing Revealed!". February 23, 2015. 
  13. ^ Arch Enemy Frontwoman Alissa White Gluz Signs Solo Deal With Napalm Records - Blabbermouth.net
  14. ^ "The Hottest Chicks in Metal: Alissa White-Gluz—the Outtakes". Revolver Magazine. March 18, 2009. 
  15. ^ "Preview the 2012 Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock Calendar". Revolver Magazine. October 13, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Agonist Singer Recalls Painful Time On 'Canadian Idol'; Plus Philip Anselmo & More News That Rules, In Metal File". MTV. December 7, 2007. 
  17. ^ "Top Five Tru Metal Moments in the Metal Screamer Episode of Made". Decibel Magazine. February 7, 2012. 
  18. ^ "ARCH ENEMY's ALISSA WHITE-GLUZ Plays America's First Female Serial Killer For AMERICAN MURDER SONG". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. 31 May 2016. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
  19. ^ "THE AGONIST Frontwoman Snags PETA2 Award". Blabbermouth. January 30, 2012. 
  20. ^ "The Agonist's Alissa White-Gluz Stars in PETA Ad Denouncing Seal Slaughter". Noise Creep. March 28, 2011. 
  21. ^ "The Agonist's Alissa White-Gluz on Being Vegan and Her Work With peta2". Noise Creep. October 3, 2011. 
  22. ^ "ARCH ENEMY's ALISSA WHITE-GLUZ Discusses Animal Rights, Being Vegan In New Video Interview". Blabbermouth. June 24, 2014.