Alissa White-Gluz

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Alissa White-Gluz
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Alissa White-Gluz at Wacken Open Air in 2018
Background information
Born (1985-07-31) 31 July 1985 (age 33)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
GenresMelodic death metal, symphonic metal, power metal, progressive metal, metalcore, deathcore
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active2004–present
LabelsNapalm Records, Century Media, Act, Spiritual Beast
Associated actsArch Enemy, Delain, Kamelot, the Agonist

Alissa White-Gluz (/əˈlsə ˈɡlʌz/;[2]) is a Canadian vocalist, best known as lead vocalist of the Swedish melodic death metal band Arch Enemy,[3] and former lead vocalist and founding member of the Canadian metal band the Agonist.[4] Her vocal style includes both growling and clean vocals (singing).[5] Although primarily associated with melodic death metal, she has appeared as a guest vocalist for power metal and symphonic metal bands, notably Kamelot and Delain, and has performed live with Nightwish and Tarja Turunen.

Early life[edit]

White-Gluz was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada,.[6] Her grandparents were prisoners in concentration camps during World War II and managed to escape. Their experiences in the camps would go on to inspire the Arch Enemy song, "First Day in Hell".[7]


The Agonist (2004−2014)[edit]

Alissa White-Gluz performing with The Agonist in July 2012

In 2004, White-Gluz formed the Agonist (then known as "Tempest") with fellow band members Danny Marino and Chris Kells in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.[8]

White-Gluz released a statement on her Facebook page saying that she had left the Agonist, and that Vicky Psarakis had taken over as the 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."[9]

In August 2015, White-Gluz revealed in an interview that the other members of the Agonist had 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.[10]

White-Gluz gave another interview in 2017 where she detailed the circumstances of her departure and how she considered it the "biggest betrayal" she'd ever felt in her life.[11] The Agonist later released their own public statement disputing her account, citing unprofessional behavior and infighting as the reason for her departure.[12]

Arch Enemy (2014−present)[edit]

Alissa White-Gluz performing with Arch Enemy at Nova Rock 2014

On March 17, 2014, Arch Enemy announced via press release that Alissa would be replacing their former vocalist Angela Gossow.[13]

Guest vocal work[edit]

Slaves on Dope[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.[14][15]


White-Gluz has worked with Kamelot on a number of occasions. In September and October 2012, she was a guest vocalist for Kamelot when they were the supporting act for Nightwish's North American tour.[16]

In February 2015, it was also announced that she would contribute guest vocals to Kamelot's album, Haven.[17]

In 2017 it was announced that White-Gluz's first solo album would feature collaborations with Kamelot members.[18]


Alissa White-Gluz, along with Elize Ryd, performing with Nightwish on September 28, 2012

At the Denver show on September 28, 2012, White-Gluz and Elize Ryd performed the Nightwish lead vocals live on stage with minimal preparation after Anette Olzon was taken ill.[19][20]

White-Gluz, Ryd and Tommy Karevik later joined Nightwish (now fronted by Floor Jansen) on stage again to sing the final song of the tour, Last Ride of the Day, in Orlando on October 14, 2012.[21]

Arch Enemy, with White-Gluz as lead vocalist, joined Nightwish as a supporting act on their 2015 European tour.[22]


In February 2014, the Dutch symphonic metal band Delain announced that White-Gluz would be contributing guest vocals to their fourth studio album The Human Contradiction.[23]

White-Gluz made a second guest appearance with Delain in 2016 on "Hands of Gold", the opening track of their fifth studio album Moonbathers.[24]


White-Gluz recorded guest vocals for Angra's CD Omni the album was released in February 2018. She appears on the third track "Black Widow's Web" alongside Brazilian singer Sandy.


White-Gluz provided guest vocals for Soilwork on the song "Stålfågel", which is part of their eleventh studio album Verkligheten. The album was released on January 11th, 2019.


The Agonist[edit]

Arch Enemy[edit]


Guest appearances[edit]

Other media[edit]

White-Gluz has been selected multiple times as one of "the hottest chicks in metal" by Revolver.[27][28]

In 2006, White-Gluz appeared on Canadian Idol singing a cover of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody and received significant screen time.[29] In January 2012, White-Gluz was featured as a coach on an episode of MTV's Made.[30]

White-Gluz is appearing in visual companion content to American Murder Song as Pretty Lavinia.[31] Her character was first revealed at Steampunk World's Fair and has since been released on American Murder Song's YouTube channel.[citation needed]


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.[32][33]

Personal life[edit]

White-Gluz has been a vegan since 1998.[34][35] She follows a straight edge lifestyle.[36][37]


  1. ^ "Interview with Alissa White-Gluz of The Agonist – August 14th, 2011". Lithium Magazine. August 14, 2011. Archived from the original on November 5, 2011.
  2. ^ "Alissa White-Gluz: Vlog #1: New Music and Guest Vocals". January 20, 2014.
  3. ^ "Arch Enemy Parts Ways With Vocalist Angela Gossow, Recruits The Agonist's Alissa White-Gluz". Blabbermouth. March 17, 2014.
  4. ^ "Century Media Records Artist Profile".
  5. ^ "Arch Enemy's Alissa White Gluz: 'If There's an Opportunity to Use Clean Vocals We'll Probably Do It'". Loudwire. January 23, 2016.
  6. ^ "THE AGONIST Vocalist ALISSA WHITE-GLUZ - "People Have To Start Thinking With Their Brains And Their Hearts Instead Of Their Social Conditioning"". Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  7. ^ "See Arch Enemy's Alissa White-Gluz Detail Intense Personal Story Behind "First Day in Hell"". Revolver. 7 September 2017. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Interview with Alissa White-Gluz of The Agonist". Lithium Magazine. August 14, 2011. Archived from the original on November 5, 2011.
  9. ^ "Alissa White-Gluz - Official Page". Facebook. March 17, 2014.
  10. ^ "Alissa White-Gluz – Arch Enemy". Femme Metal Webzine. August 26, 2015.
  11. ^ "ALISSA WHITE-GLUZ: Getting Fired From THE AGONIST Was 'The Worst Betrayal I've Ever Felt In My Life'". 15 April 2017.
  12. ^ "THE AGONIST Guitarist Responds To ALISSA WHITE-GLUZ's Accusation Of Betrayal'". 28 April 2017.
  13. ^ "Angela Gossow Leaves Arch Enemy, New Vocalist Announced". Metal Hammer. March 17, 2014. Archived from the original on March 17, 2014.
  14. ^ "THE AGONIST Frontwoman To Guest On New SLAVES ON DOPE Album". Blabbermouth. September 6, 2009.
  15. ^ "BLACKGUARD Frontman Explains Name Change". Blabbermouth. November 26, 2008.
  17. ^ "Kamelot Announce Release Date For New Album "Haven". Artwork And Track Listing Revealed!". February 23, 2015.
  18. ^ "ALISSA WHITE-GLUZ's Solo Debut Will Feature Collaborations With KAMELOT, ARCH ENEMY Members". Blabbermouth. August 27, 2017.
  19. ^ "NIGHTWISH In Denver: A Night Without ANETTE OLZON". Blabbermouth. September 29, 2012.
  20. ^ "Nightwish - The Denver Debacle". Youtube. March 3, 2016.
  21. ^ "Nightwish with Kamelot - Last Ride Of The Day - House of Blues Orlando 2012 (with Floor Jansen)". Youtube. October 15, 2012.
  22. ^ "NIGHTWISH To Tour Europe With AMORPHIS, ARCH ENEMY". Blabbermouth. March 4, 2015.
  23. ^ "Delain Taps Alissa White-Gluz For New Album The Human Contradiction". Metal Underground. February 1, 2014.
  24. ^ "DELAIN To Release 'Moonbathers' Album In August". 22 June 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  25. ^ "ARCH ENEMY Frontwoman ALISSA WHITE-GLUZ Signs Solo Deal With NAPALM RECORDS". 7 September 2016.
  26. ^ "LAMB OF GOD Guitarist's 'Anesthetic' Solo Album To Feature Guest Appearances By LINKIN PARK, PAPA ROACH Members". Blabbermouth. Retrieved 2018-12-14.
  27. ^ "The Hottest Chicks in Metal: Alissa White-Gluz—the Outtakes". Revolver Magazine. March 18, 2009.
  28. ^ "Preview the 2012 Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock Calendar". Revolver Magazine. October 13, 2012.
  29. ^ "Agonist Singer Recalls Painful Time On 'Canadian Idol'; Plus Philip Anselmo & More News That Rules, In Metal File". MTV. December 7, 2007.
  30. ^ "Top Five Tru Metal Moments in the Metal Screamer Episode of Made". Decibel Magazine. February 7, 2012.
  31. ^ "Arch Enemy's Alissa White-Gluz Plays America's First Female Serial Killer For American Murder Song". 31 May 2016. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  32. ^ "The Agonist Frontwoman Snags PETA2 Award". Blabbermouth. January 30, 2012.
  33. ^ "The Agonist's Alissa White-Gluz Stars in PETA Ad Denouncing Seal Slaughter". Noise Creep. March 28, 2011.
  34. ^ "The Agonist's Alissa White-Gluz on Being Vegan and Her Work With peta2". Noise Creep. October 3, 2011.
  35. ^ "Arch Enemy's Alissa White-Gluz Discusses Animal Rights, Being Vegan In New Video Interview". Blabbermouth. June 24, 2014.
  36. ^ "Interview Time with Alissa White Gluz". Metal Horizons.
  37. ^ "The Agonist's Alissa White-Gluz Stays Healthy On The Road". Noise Creep. August 20, 2009.