War Eternal

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War Eternal
Arch Enemy - War Eternal artwork.jpg
Studio album by Arch Enemy
Released June 4, 2014 (2014-06-04) (Japan)
June 9, 2014 (2014-06-09) (Europe)
June 10, 2014 (2014-06-10) (US)[1]
Recorded 2013-2014 at Fascination Street Studios, Örebro, Sweden
Genre Melodic death metal
Length 47:30 (standard)
1:51:29 (artbook)
Label Century Media
Producer Arch Enemy
Arch Enemy chronology
Khaos Legions
War Eternal
Stolen Life
Singles from War Eternal
  1. "War Eternal"
    Released: March 20, 2014
  2. "As the Pages Burn"
    Released: April 28, 2014
  3. "You Will Know My Name"
    Released: May 26, 2014
  4. "No More Regrets"
    Released: June 10, 2014
  5. "Stolen Life"
    Released: February 25, 2015
  6. "Avalanche"
    Released: July 20, 2015
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Blabbermouth.net 9/10[2]
Metal Hammer DE 6/7[3]
Metal Hammer UK (print) 8/10[4]
Terrorizer 7.5/10[5]

War Eternal is the ninth studio album by Swedish melodic death metal band Arch Enemy, which was released on June 9, 2014 by Century Media. It is the first Arch Enemy album in 13 years since Wages of Sin 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.[6] 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[7]

Background and development[edit]

On March 3, 2014 the band revealed the album's title War Eternal and the release date.[8]

On March 17, 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."[6]

White-Gluz also released a statement saying:


The artwork for this album was created by Costin Chioreanu.[10] Chief songwriter, guitarist and band leader Michael Amott commented about the artwork:


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.[12] 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.[13] As of May, over 80 tour dates have been scheduled so far. On May 27 they released their second music video, "You Will Know My Name".[14] 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 2 extra solos recorded by Loomis.

Track listing[edit]

Standard Edition
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Tempore nihil sanat (Prelude in F Minor)" (Prelude) Instrumental M. Amott 1:12
2. "Never Forgive, Never Forget"   M. Amott M. Amott, N. Cordle 3:44
3. "War Eternal"   M. Amott M. Amott, N. Cordle 4:16
4. "As the Pages Burn"   A. White-Gluz M. Amott 4:01
5. "No More Regrets"   A. White-Gluz M. Amott, N. Cordle 4:06
6. "You Will Know My Name"   M. Amott M. Amott, N. Cordle 4:37
7. "Graveyard of Dreams" (Interlude) Instrumental D. Erlandsson, M. Amott 1:10
8. "Stolen Life"   M. Amott M. Amott 3:00
9. "Time Is Black"   A. White-Gluz M. Amott, D. Erlandsson 5:24
10. "On and On"   A. White-Gluz M. Amott, N. Cordle 4:04
11. "Avalanche"   A. White-Gluz M. Amott, N. Cordle, D. Erlandsson 4:39
12. "Down to Nothing"   M. Amott M. Amott, N. Cordle 3:48
13. "Not Long for This World" (Occlude) Instrumental M. Amott 3:29
Total length:



Chart (2014) Peak
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[15] 13
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[16] 39
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[17] 43
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[18] 38
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[19] 36
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[20] 5
French Albums (SNEP)[21] 56
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[22] 9
Italian Albums (FIMI)[23] 89
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[24] 40
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[25] 16
US Billboard 200[26] 44

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


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  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. 
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