Black Earth (Arch Enemy album)

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Black Earth
Arch Enemy - Black Earth.jpg
Studio album by Arch Enemy
Released 12 December 1996
Recorded February–March 1996
Studio Studio Fredman
Genre Melodic death metal
Length 32:48
Label Wrong Again Records
Regain Records (reissue)
Producer Fredrik Nordström, Michael Amott
Arch Enemy chronology
Black Earth
(1996)
Stigmata
(1998)
Singles from Black Earth
  1. "Bury Me An Angel"
    Released: 1996

Black Earth is the debut album by the Swedish melodic death metal band Arch Enemy. The album was reissued on April 24, 2007 on Regain Records, featuring "Losing Faith", two Iron Maiden covers and the video for "Bury Me an Angel".[1]

During the time of recording Black Earth, Arch Enemy was more of a solo project.[citation needed] Michael Amott wrote all of the songs and played bass guitar on the album. Although Johan Liiva is cited as playing the bass, Michael later stated in an interview that he had it credited that way to make it seem more of a "band effort."[citation needed] Christopher Amott, who was attending music college at the time, only contributed his leads on the album, leaving Michael to record all the rhythm tracks.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]

Black Earth was critically well received. Anders Sandvall of Metal Rules stated that "the album is brilliant and there are no bad songs on it."[3] Allmusic's critic Alex Henderson wrote in his review that "Black Earth was a promising debut for Arch Enemy and is among the Swedish combo's more consistent and memorable efforts."[2] Ron Salden of Archaic Magazine said that Black Earth is a classic and praised the songs writing they "showcase a fresh mixture of death/thrash metal whilst the Amott brothers rip their guitars exquisitely to delightful bits of melody, harmony lines, guitar licks and solos." He praised "Bury Me an Angel" and comments that the songs "Eureka", "Transmigration Macabre" and "Fields of Desolation" still sounds fresh in these days.[4] Chad Bowar of About.com said that the album sound "was raw, but the songs still were very catchy with solid guitar work from Michael and Christopher Amott".[5] About the songs, Metal Review's journalist Jason Jordan states: ""Dark Insanity" is arguably the best of the lot due to its fantastic riffs and leads, which Erlandsson backs up with a pummeling, and at times appropriately restrained, performance." He also comments that some songs like "Idolatress", "Cosmic Retribution", "Transmigration Macabre" and "Fields of Desolation" have praiseworthy characteristics too, though none quite match the verve of the openers. Jordan praised mainly the band members writing that "Black Earth is a solid outing of melodic death metal with each member in fine form" and that "the brothers Amott turn in excellent performances as the band's guitarists, Daniel Erlandsson provides backbone support from atop the throne, and Johan Liiva contributes his unique vocals to one of the better Arch Enemy efforts."[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Bury Me an Angel" Michael Amott M. Amott 3:40
2. "Dark Insanity" Johan Liiva Liiva, M. Amott 3:16
3. "Eureka" M. Amott Christopher Amott, M. Amott 4:44
4. "Idolatress" Liiva Liiva, M. Amott 4:56
5. "Cosmic Retribution" M. Amott M. Amott 4:00
6. "Demoniality" Instrumental M. Amott 1:19
7. "Transmigration Macabre" M. Amott M. Amott 4:09
8. "Time Capsule" Instrumental C. Amott 1:09
9. "Fields of Desolation" Liiva C. Amott, M. Amott 5:31
Reissue
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
10. "Losing Faith" Liiva C. Amott, Daniel Erlandsson, M. Amott 3:16
11. "The Ides of March" Instrumental Steve Harris 1:46
12. "Aces High" Harris Harris 4:23
"The Ides of March" and "Aces High" are covers of Iron Maiden songs, from Killers and Powerslave respectively.
"Losing Faith" and "The Ides of March" are bonus tracks on the re-issue by Century Media, and Regain; the Regain edition also has "Aces High".

Personnel[edit]

Personnel credits adapted from Black Earth album liner notes.[7]

Arch Enemy[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Fredrik Nordströmproducer, engineer, mixing, keyboards
  • Wez Wenedikter – executive producer, design
  • Baskim Zuta – assistant engineer
  • Miran Kim – cover art
  • Kenneth Johansson – band photography
  • Urszula Striner – model photography
  • Sara Grundquist – model
  • Johanna Lindskough – make-up artist
  • M&A Music Art – layout

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Arch Enemy: Black Earth to be reissued". Blabbermouth.net. March 16, 2007. Retrieved July 4, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b {{cite web |url=http://www.allmusic.com/album/black-earth-r528079/review |title=Review: Arch Enemy - Black Earth |last=Henderson |first=Alex |work=Allmusic |publisher=All Media Guide |deadurl=no |accessdate=January 5, 2017
  3. ^ Sandvall, Anders (June 2002). "Arch Enemy - Black Earth". Metal Rules. Archived from the original on September 2, 2011. Retrieved January 5, 2017. 
  4. ^ Salden, Ron (September 20, 2005). "Arch Enemy - Black Earth". Archaic Magazine. Archived from the original on August 21, 2011. Retrieved August 21, 2011. 
  5. ^ Bowar, Chad. "Arch Enemy - Black Earth". About.com. The New York Times Company. Archived from the original on August 21, 2011. Retrieved August 21, 2011. 
  6. ^ Jordan, Jason (May 29, 2007). "Arch Enemy - Black Earth". Metal Review. Archived from the original on August 21, 2011. Retrieved August 21, 2011. 
  7. ^ Black Earth (Media notes). Arch Enemy. W.A.R. 1996. 

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