Will to Power (Arch Enemy album)

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Will to Power
Cover of Will to Power by Arch Enemy.jpg
Studio album by
Released8 September 2017 (2017-09-08)
Recorded2016–2017
Studio
  • Sweetspot Satellite
  • Sweetspot
  • Studio Mega
GenreMelodic death metal
Length50:32
LabelCentury Media
Producer
Arch Enemy chronology
War Eternal
(2014)
Will to Power
(2017)
Råpunk
(2017)
Singles from Will to Power
  1. "The World is Yours"
    Released: 14 July 2017 (2017-07-14)
  2. "The Eagle Flies Alone"
    Released: 25 August 2017 (2017-08-25)
  3. "The Race"
    Released: 17 October 2017 (2017-10-17)
  4. "Reason To Believe"
    Released: 7 December 2018 (2018-12-07)

Will to Power is the tenth studio album by Swedish melodic death metal band Arch Enemy, released on 8 September 2017 via Century Media Records.[1][2] This is the first album to feature guitarist Jeff Loomis who joined the band in November 2014.[3] It is also the first Arch Enemy album to feature a song with clean singing as lead vocals, that being "Reason to Believe", referred to as "their first ever, largely clean-sung power ballad."[4]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Metal Hammer8/10[4]
Metal Injection8.5/10[5]
MetalSucks2.5/5 stars[6]
Terrorizer6/10[7]

Ross Baker of Terrorizer gave the album a moderate rating, and wrote, "'Will To Power' doesn't see a dramatic stylistic shift from melodic death metal, but Michael Amott and company flex their muscles and experiment a bit on this tenth release."[7]

Accolades[edit]

Metal Hammer magazine ranked Will to Power at #40 on its list of 100 Best Albums of 2017.[8]

At the 2017 Burrn! magazine awards, the album won Best Album and Best Artwork, and the song "The World Is Yours" won Best Tune.[9]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Set Flame to the Night"instrumental1:18
2."The Race"Alissa White-Gluz
  • Amott
  • Erlandsson
3:15
3."Blood in the Water"Amott
  • Amott
  • Erlandsson
3:55
4."The World Is Yours"Amott
  • Amott
  • Erlandsson
4:53
5."The Eagle Flies Alone[a]"AmottAmott5:15
6."Reason To Believe"Amott4:47
7."Murder Scene"White-Gluz
  • Amott
  • Erlandsson
3:50
8."First Day in Hell"White-GluzAmott4:48
9."Saturnine"instrumentalErlandsson1:09
10."Dreams of Retribution"Amott
  • Amott
  • C. Amott
  • Erlandsson
6:40
11."My Shadow and I"White-GluzAmott4:05
12."A Fight I Must Win"
  • Amott
  • White-Gluz
  • Amott
  • Erlandsson
6:37
Total length:50:32
Note
  1. ^ Some versions of the album use the edited version of this song, which cuts out part of the intro, making it a length of 5:00.

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[11] 26
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[12] 6
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[13] 11
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[14] 15
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[15] 80
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[16] 5
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[17] 11
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[18] 2
French Albums (SNEP)[19] 22
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[20] 3
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[21] 13
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ)[22] 10
Scottish Albums (OCC)[23] 24
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[24] 17
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[25] 11
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[26] 5
UK Albums (OCC)[27] 37
US Billboard 200[28] 90
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[29] 3
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[30] 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ARCH ENEMY: ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND FIRST TOUR DATES". Century Media Records. June 12, 2017. Retrieved August 20, 2017.
  2. ^ "ARCH ENEMY To Release 'Will To Power' Album In September". Blabbermouth.net. May 22, 2017. Retrieved August 20, 2017.
  3. ^ "ARCH ENEMY welcomes Jeff Loomis as their new guitarist!..." Facebook. November 18, 2014. Retrieved August 20, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Leivers, Danni (September 2017). "Arch Enemy Will To Power Century Media". Metal Hammer. United Kingdom: Future Publishing (300): 84. ISSN 0955-1190. OCLC 775087096.
  5. ^ "Album Review: Arch Enemy Will To Power". metalinjection.com. Brooklyn, New York. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  6. ^ "Album Review: Arch Enemy's Will to Power ". metalsucks.net. Brooklyn, New York. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Baker, Ross (November 2017). "Arch Enemy 'Will to Power' Century Media". Terrorizer. Leigh-on-Sea: Dark Arts (285): 51. ISSN 1350-6978.
  8. ^ https://www.loudersound.com/features/metal-hammers-100-best-albums-of-the-year-2017
  9. ^ https://twitter.com/archenemymetal/status/970615887169454081
  10. ^ "Trooper Entertainment Inc. - ARTIST-Arch Enemy" (in Japanese). Trooper Entertainment. Retrieved August 20, 2017.
  11. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Arch Enemy – Will to Power". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 16, 2017.
  12. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Arch Enemy – Will to Power" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – Arch Enemy – Will to Power" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 15, 2017.
  14. ^ "Ultratop.be – Arch Enemy – Will to Power" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 15, 2017.
  15. ^ "Arch Enemy Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  16. ^ "Czech Albums – Top 100". ČNS IFPI. Note: On the chart page, select 201737 on the field besides the word "Zobrazit", and then click over the word to retrieve the correct chart data. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  17. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Arch Enemy – Will to Power" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 15, 2017.
  18. ^ "Arch Enemy: Will to Power" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  19. ^ "Lescharts.com – Arch Enemy – Will to Power". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  20. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Arch Enemy – Will to Power" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved September 15, 2017.
  21. ^ "Top 40 album DVD és válogatáslemez-lista – 2017. 37. hét" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ. Retrieved September 23, 2017.
  22. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. September 18, 2017. Retrieved September 15, 2017.
  23. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 16, 2017.
  24. ^ "Top 100 Álbumes — Semana 37: del 08.09.2017 al 14.09.2017" (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  25. ^ "Sverigetopplistan – Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved September 15, 2017. Click on "Veckans albumlista".
  26. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Arch Enemy – Will to Power". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  27. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 16, 2017.
  28. ^ "Arch Enemy Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  29. ^ "Arch Enemy Chart History (Top Hard Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  30. ^ "Arch Enemy Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 19, 2017.