War Eternal

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War Eternal
Arch Enemy - War Eternal artwork.jpg
Studio album by
Released4 June 2014 (2014-06-04) (Japan)
9 June 2014 (2014-06-09) (Europe)
10 June 2014 (2014-06-10) (US)[1]
Recorded2014 at Fascination Street Studios, Örebro, Sweden
GenreMelodic death metal
Length47:30 (standard)
1:51:29 (artbook)
LabelCentury Media
ProducerArch Enemy
Arch Enemy chronology
Khaos Legions
(2011)
War Eternal
(2014)
Will to Power
(2017)
Singles from War Eternal
  1. "War Eternal"
    Released: 20 March 2014
  2. "As the Pages Burn"
    Released: 28 April 2014
  3. "You Will Know My Name"
    Released: 26 May 2014
  4. "No More Regrets"
    Released: 10 June 2014
  5. "Stolen Life"
    Released: 25 February 2015
  6. "Avalanche"
    Released: 20 July 2015
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Blabbermouth.net9/10[2]
Metal Hammer DE6/7[3]
Metal Hammer UK (print)8/10[4]
Metal Injection9/10[5]
Terrorizer7.5/10[6]

War Eternal is the ninth studio album by Swedish melodic death metal band Arch Enemy, which was released on 9 June 2014 by Century Media. It is the first Arch Enemy album in 15 years since Burning Bridges to feature a new line-up; Alissa White-Gluz took over on vocals after former long-time vocalist Angela Gossow stepped down from vocal duties to be the band's business manager.[7] Additionally, ex-Arsis guitarist Nick Cordle replaced Christopher Amott in 2012. Cordle ultimately left the band just before their European tour and was replaced by former Nevermore guitarist Jeff Loomis.[8]

Background and development[edit]

On 3 March 2014 the band revealed the album's title War Eternal and the release date.[9]

On 17 March 2014, Gossow released a statement announcing her departure from the group and welcoming her replacement, former vocalist of Canadian melodic death metal band The Agonist, Alissa White-Gluz. In the statement, she wrote that while she had enjoyed her time with the group, it was time for her to move on, be with her family and pursue other interests. Gossow did confirm that she would remain Arch Enemy's business manager, and would be "passing the torch to the super talented Alissa White-Gluz, whom I’ve known as a dear friend and a superb vocalist for many years. I always thought she deserved a chance to shine – and now she’s getting it. Just like I got that chance back in 2001."[7]

White-Gluz also released a statement saying:

Artwork[edit]

The artwork for this album was created by Costin Chioreanu.[11] Chief songwriter, guitarist and band leader Michael Amott commented about the artwork:

Promotion[edit]

The first single and music video "War Eternal" was released on March 20, 2014. The video was the first of three produced and directed by Patric Ullaeus and his Revolver Film Company.[13] The band will start their War Eternal world tour in May with an extensive run through Europe. A North American tour is planned for fall 2014, to be followed by more dates in Europe.[14] As of May, over 80 tour dates have been scheduled so far. On 27 May they released their second music video, "You Will Know My Name".[15] The third video, "No More Regrets" was released the same week as the album.

A fourth music video for the track "Stolen Life" was released on 5 May 2015 which was the first to include Jeff Loomis on guitar. The track is almost identical to the album version, but it includes two extra solos recorded by Loomis.

Accolades[edit]

At the 2014 Burrn! magazine awards, War Eternal won Best Album and the title track won Best Tune.[16]

Track listing[edit]

Standard Edition
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Tempore nihil sanat (Prelude in F Minor)" (Prelude)InstrumentalMichael Amott1:12
2."Never Forgive, Never Forget"AmottAmott, Nick Cordle3:44
3."War Eternal"AmottAmott, Cordle4:16
4."As the Pages Burn"Alissa White-GluzAmott4:01
5."No More Regrets"White-GluzAmott, Cordle4:06
6."You Will Know My Name"AmottAmott, Cordle4:37
7."Graveyard of Dreams" (Interlude)InstrumentalDaniel Erlandsson, Amott1:10
8."Stolen Life"AmottAmott3:00
9."Time Is Black"White-GluzAmott, Erlandsson5:24
10."On and On"White-GluzAmott, Cordle4:04
11."Avalanche"White-GluzAmott, Cordle, Erlandsson4:39
12."Down to Nothing"AmottAmott, Cordle3:48
13."Not Long for This World" (Occlude)InstrumentalAmott3:29
Total length:47:30

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[17] 13
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[18] 39
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[19] 43
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[20] 26
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[21] 38
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[22] 36
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[23] 5
French Albums (SNEP)[24] 56
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[25] 9
Italian Albums (FIMI)[26] 89
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[27] 40
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[28] 16
US Billboard 200[29] 44
US Top Album Sales (Billboard)[30] 44
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[31] 5
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[32] 17
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[33] 11

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format
Japan June 4, 2014 Trooper Entertainment CD
Europe June 9, 2014 Century Media Records CD
US June 10, 2014 Century Media Records CD
Australia June 13, 2014 Century Media Records CD

References[edit]

  1. ^ "the Official Arch Enemy Website". centurymedia.com. Retrieved 2014-03-28.
  2. ^ Van Horn, Jr., Ray. "Arch Enemy 'War Eternal'". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2014-06-10.
  3. ^ Riedl, Katrin (6 June 2014). "Arch Enemy War Eternal". Metal Hammer DE (in German). Axel Springer Mediahouse Berlin. Retrieved 2014-05-18.
  4. ^ Rees, Adam (July 2014). "Swedish behemoths reveal a bold new front". Metal Hammer UK (print). TeamRock (258): 86. ISSN 0955-1190.
  5. ^ Croteau, Justin. "Album Review: ARCH ENEMY War Eternal". Metal Injection. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
  6. ^ "Arch Enemy - War Eternal Review". Terrorizer. Dark Arts (249). June 2014. ISSN 1350-6978.
  7. ^ a b "Surprising news from the Arch Enemy camp as it's been revealed that Angela Gossow has left the band. Find out who's replacing her inside". metalhammer.teamrock.com. 17 March 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-28.
  8. ^ "Jeff Loomis Joins Arch Enemy". jeffloomis.com. November 17, 2014. Retrieved 2014-11-18.
  9. ^ AXL ROSENBERG (March 4, 2014). "Arch Enemy Announce New Album, War Eternal". metalsuck.net. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
  10. ^ Graham Hartmann (March 18, 2014). "New Arch Enemy Vocalist Alissa White-Gluz Had 'Every Intention' of Continuing With the Agonist". loudwire.com. Retrieved 2015-03-12.
  11. ^ "ARCH ENEMY reveals artwork, track-listing for 'War Eternal'". neufutur.com. Retrieved 2011-03-28.
  12. ^ "ARCH ENEMY reveals artwork, track-listing for 'War Eternal'". neufutur.com. Retrieved 2014-03-28.
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  18. ^ "Ultratop.be – Arch Enemy – War Eternal" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
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  20. ^ "Czech Albums – Top 100". ČNS IFPI. Note: On the chart page, select 201426 on the field besides the word "Zobrazit", and then click over the word to retrieve the correct chart data. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  21. ^ "Danishcharts.dk – Arch Enemy – War Eternal". Hung Medien.
  22. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Arch Enemy – War Eternal" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  23. ^ "Arch Enemy: War Eternal" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  24. ^ "Lescharts.com – Arch Enemy – War Eternal". Hung Medien.
  25. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH.
  26. ^ "Artisti – Classifica settimanale WK 24 (dal 09-06-2014 al 15-06-2014)" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  27. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Arch Enemy – War Eternal". Hung Medien.
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  32. ^ "Arch Enemy Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard.
  33. ^ "Arch Enemy Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard.